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Sun, November 27, 2022 | 14:08
Ruling party agrees to raise age of consent to 16 in fight against child sexual abuse
The ruling Democratic Party of Korea on Thursday vowed to raise the age of consent to 16 from 13 in its fight against child sexual abuse. The move comes a week after the Ministry of Justice said a 13-year-old is not mature enough to consent to sexual acts and that the age should be raised to 16. At a high-level meeting at the National Assembly, the two sides agreed to coopera...
Vietnamese man caught working illegally at farm during quarantine period
A Vietnamese man has been caught working illegally at a farm in Korea during a mandatory self-quarantine period, police said Thursday. According to the North Jeolla provincial government and police, the man, 21, who had left his residence in Jeonju without reporting to authorities, was found working illegally at a farm in the neighboring city of Namwon during a 14-day isolati...
Two pet cats test positive for COVID-19 in New York
Two cats in New York state are the first pets in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, according to U.S. federal agencies Thursday (KST). The animals, which are from separate areas of the state, showed mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a joint statement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Co...
Another Vietnamese citizen violates self-quarantine rules: authorities
Another Vietnamese citizen has broken self-quarantine rules just a few days after the government decided to deport three Vietnamese students for violating the regulations. According to the North Jeolla provincial government and police Wednesday, the Vietnamese man, 21, who was ordered to isolate himself at his residence in Jeonju, has disappeared. After reporting the case to ...
Undocumented hero: Koreans urge gov't not to deport Kazakh man who saved people from burning building
A Kazakh man who risked his life to save 10 people from a burning building faces deportation after his illegal status came to light. Moved by his story, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition urging the government not to deport the man, 28, who they say deserves permanent residency and a reward, not deportation. “The government should compensate him for what he did,” ...
Gov't pushes to raise consent age to 16 from 13 in fight against sexual exploitation
A college student, 20, who had been indicted on charges of child sexual abuse, was acquitted last year by a Daejeon court that ruled that his girlfriend, 14, clearly gave consent to sexual activity. But how old is old enough to consent to sexual activity? In Korea, it is only 13. After the Nth room sexual-abuse scandal, which involves dozens of victims, including minors, the ...
Gyeonggi to offer universal basic income to marriage immigrants, permanent residents
The Gyeonggi provincial government will offer universal basic income to marriage immigrants and permanent residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Lee Jae-myung said Sunday that F-5 and F-6 visa holders will also be eligible to receive 100,000 won ($82) just like Korean citizens. Initially, all foreigners were excluded from access to the benefit. “It would be difficult ...
CNN: North Korean leader 'in grave danger' after surgery
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “is in grave danger” after undergoing surgery, according to CNN Tuesday (KST). CNN reported that Kim's condition is being monitored by U.S. intelligence officials after the recent cardiovascular operation. The report came after a Seoul-based internet news outlet said that Kim has been receiving medical treatment at a villa in the resort county ...
National Assembly speaker to return 30% of salary in solidarity with those hit by COVID-19
Top-ranking officials at the National Assembly, including Speaker Moon Hee-sang, will return 30 percent of their salaries to show solidarity with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Assembly Secretariat said Friday that Moon will donate 30 percent of his salary for April and May - about 9.6 million won ($7,900) excluding special activity expenses - “to share...
US Forces Korea lifts Daegu travel ban after two months
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has lifted its travel ban on Daegu, once a COVID-19 hotbed in Korea, after the city successfully brought the situation under control. “Due to the hard work of the City of Daegu, USAG Daegu and the 19th ESC, the USFK Commander has declared the Daegu area is no longer a Hot Spot off-limits area, effective 15 April 2020 at 4:00 PM. Current HPCON measures...
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