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Int'l biodiversity conference opens in Pyeongchang
Oct 07, 2014
The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12) began in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do (Ganwon Province), on October 6. The opening ceremony was held at the Alpensia Convention Center and was attended by nearly 2,000 people. Among the...

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President says North Korea needs to act to improve inte...
Oct 07, 2014
President Park Geun-hye has made a comment on the visit to Incheon by a high-profile North Korean delegation. "Ministerial-level meetings should not be a one-time event,” the president said on October 6. “The two Koreas must hold talks regularly to pave the way for a peaceful reu...

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North Korean delegation attends Incheon Asian Games clo...
Oct 06, 2014
A high-level North Korean delegation, including Hwang Pyong-so, director of the North Korean military’s General Political Bureau, Choe Ryong-hae, secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, and Kim Yang-gon, director of the party’s North Korean United Front Department, arrived in Inc...

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Faster tax refunds for international tourists
Oct 02, 2014
Getting tax refunds for international tourists, based on their purchases made in Korea, has now become faster and easier. A series of dedicated computer terminals, solely to handle tax refunds, started operations on September 29 to expedite tax refunds for international tourists ...

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Korea, Vietnam discuss ways to deepen economic cooperat...
Oct 02, 2014
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, on October 2 at Cheong Wa Dae upon his state visit to Korea. The two leaders agreed to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) this year and to ...

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UNEP names culture ministry leading sustainable tourism...
Oct 01, 2014
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has been selected as a leading institution to promote "sustainable consumption and production" in the global tourism industry.The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has so far awarded the designation to related ministrie...

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President attends World Conference on Constitutional Ju...
Oct 01, 2014
President Park Geun-hye attended the third congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, held in Seoul on September 29. The conference is a high-level meeting that draws more than 500 judiciary leaders, including heads of constitutional courts and chief justices of ...

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Korea helps Philippines fend off floods
Sep 29, 2014
The Korean government has begun helping the Philippines to manage natural disasters, such as typhoons and floods. The National Disaster Management Institute (NDMI), part of the Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration, recently helped establish an automatic rainfall ...

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Presidential visit contributes to "int'l cooperation, w...
Sep 29, 2014
President Park Geun-hye flew back to Korea on September 26 after finishing her state visit to Canada and her high-ranking meetings at the U.N. in New York. President Park Geun-hye (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands after signing the Korea-Canada FT...

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Gov’t raises arts, culture budget by more than 10%
Sep 26, 2014
The volume of government money going toward the arts, theaters, music, museums and heritage over the next year has shown the highest increase among all budget categories. According to the annual budget for next year, recently unveiled by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Touris...