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Single card allows book lovers to use 295 public librar...
Dec 22, 2014
With a single card, people will now be able to borrow books from 295 public libraries across the nation. As announced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 22, the Library One Card, or Chaekieum, will be used nationwide starting in January next year. Wit...

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'Historical decision to protect liberal democracy': pre...
Dec 22, 2014
President Park Geun-hye has called the Constitutional Court's ruling to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) a, "historical decision to firmly protect liberal democracy," announced Yoon Doo-hyun, chief presidential public affairs secretary, on December 20. Yoon delivered ...

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People enjoy more leisure, less work in 2014
Dec 22, 2014
In 2014, people had more time for leisure activities and spent fewer hours at work thanks to the extended implementation of the five-day workweek and the five-day school week, according to research released by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. According to the resear...

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President meets with US Rep., think tank
Dec 22, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met U.S. Rep. Michael Honda, D-Calif., on December 19 to discuss the relationship between Korea and the U.S., current affairs and unification plans for the Korean Peninsula. President Park expressed gratitude for the efforts of both Honda and the U.S. Hous...

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Open alliance launched for IoT standard
Dec 19, 2014
A foundation to commercialize the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the future's key information technologies, has now been established. On December 16, the Korea Electronics Technology Institute and some 50 companies, including Posco ICT and Cisco Systems, launched the Open Allia...

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Korea, China to study 'comfort women' issue
Dec 19, 2014
Korea and China have embarked on a joint study of the "comfort women" issue. On December 15, the Northeast Asian History Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jilin Province Archives to conduct research into the issue of the comfort women, people who were...

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Korea, ASEAN forest cooperation: hope for 600 mil. peop...
Dec 18, 2014
The leaders of Indonesia and Cambodia have stressed the need for cooperation between Korea and ASEAN on the forestry sector at the 2014 Special ASEAN-ROK Ministerial Meeting on Forestry, held on December 11 in Busan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers the keynote spee...

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ASEAN-Korea summit catches attention of foreign press
Dec 16, 2014
Foreign media outlets paid much attention to the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit that was held in Busan on December 11 and 12. They reported with detail that Korea and Vietnam tentatively reached a free trade agreement (FTA) after two years of negotiations. The Wall ...

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High-tech classroom opens in Paraguay
Dec 16, 2014
A computer-equipped classroom has been opened in Asunción, Paraguay, that uses Korean information technology. A ceremony to celebrate the opening of the high-tech classroom was held at the No. 1 National School of Commerce (Escuela Nacional de Comercio Numero Uno) in Asunción on ...

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Seed industry IP to be strengthened
Dec 15, 2014
The Korea Seed and Variety Service (KSVS) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have joined forces to develop and protect the domestic seed industry. The two organizations co-hosted a symposium on December 12 to discuss intellectual property (IP) surrounding newly de...