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Korean, US foreign ministers strengthen alliance agains...
Sep 01, 2015
The top foreign affairs officials from Korea and the U.S. held talks in Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 31. Pictured are Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (right) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a joint press conference in Seoul on May 18, 2015. The top foreig...

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Countries to cooperate on health security, tackle infec...
Sep 01, 2015
Infectious diseases are often considered only a matter that should be dealt with at the country level. However, recent outbreaks of MERS and Ebola have taught us that responses to infectious diseases is no longer a matter confined to a single country. It is, rather, an issue that...

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Koreas to discuss family reunions
Aug 31, 2015
The two Koreas agreed to hold working-level meetings in Panmunjom on Sept. 7 at the Inter-Korean Truce Village in the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the reunion of separated families. On Aug. 28, the Korean Red Cross sent a notice addressed to Kang Su-rin, the chi...

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Agriculture is a key industry: president
Aug 31, 2015
“We need a sound backup system to help people start agricultural businesses or to return to rural areas to engage in agriculture. We also need to make agriculture one of the core industries of the nation,” President Park Geun-hye said as she stressed the importance of agricultura...

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Korea, Asian countries share environmental know-how
Aug 31, 2015
Government representatives and experts from 19 countries share their experiences and information about climate change and resilience capabilities, at the 10th policy forum, part of the Seoul Initiative. Korea hosted a policy forum with countries from across the Asia Pacific, gi...

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Korea cooperates on online gov't services with Indonesi...
Aug 28, 2015
Korea is cooperating with Indonesia and Uganda to develop online government services in those countries. The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs and Indonesia's Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform formed their second e-government and...

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Economic growth lies in investing in new tech: presiden...
Aug 28, 2015
“The key to lifting the nation from its sluggish economy and its downward spiral lies in the creative industries,” said President Park Geun-hye during the opening ceremony for the “Center for a Creative Economy and Innovation Festival” held in Daejeon on Aug. 27. Presid...

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Korea, 15 African nations share post-harvest technology
Aug 27, 2015
The Rural Development Administration (RDA) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMRD) in Nigeria held a workshop on developing post-harvest handling models for horticultural crops. The Korea-Africa Food Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI)...

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Gov’t to ease regulations in economic zones
Aug 27, 2015
Investors who build factories in free economic zones (FEZs) will no longer have to go through environmental impact assessments twice if they meet the requirements the first time. In addition to these eased regulations, companies that operate in free trade zones (FTZs), a s...

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Civil servant pension reform makes concessions for futu...
Aug 25, 2015
A pension is an essential financial asset that guarantees stability in one's later years. People may want to contribute less to their pension out of their monthly income, but still receive a payout after retirement. However, as a super-aged society approaches, countries face a se...