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South proposes talks with the North in January
Dec 30, 2014
The Korean government made an official proposal to Pyongyang to hold a meeting in January to discuss topics of mutual interest. Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae of the Ministry of Unification announced on December 29 during a briefing that, "The Presidential Committee for Unification Prepa...

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President meets Indian foreign minister
Dec 30, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on her visit to Korea to attend the eighth India-Republic of Korea joint commission meeting, on December 29 at Cheong Wa Dae. During the meeting, they exchanged their views on major issues, strove ...

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Talented individuals drive the creative industries: pre...
Dec 29, 2014
President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of talented people in science and research and development (R&D) on December 26. “Talented individuals are the beacons of a bright future for the Republic of Korea,” said the president, speaking at a meeting with talented scie...

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Consumer help line opens for non-Korean speakers
Dec 26, 2014
A telephone consultation service launched on December 22 for residents of Korea who do not speak Korean. The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) began operating the service in 19 languages, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the Seoul Global Center. The phone number is 043-8...

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Korea, Indonesia cooperate on mechanized rice farming
Dec 26, 2014
Korea and Indonesia have joined forces on mechanized rice farming in the Southeast Asian nation. A ceremony recently marked the completion of a mechanized rice farming complex in Banjarnegara, a town in Central Java, Indonesia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ...

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Paraguay adopts Korean digital broadcasting tech
Dec 26, 2014
A trial digital television service has started in Paraguay, as a digital broadcasting system has now been established there using Korean technologies. A digital broadcasting system consisting of Korean equipment was set up at Paraguay TV, the national television station, in Asunc...

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Gov't move to Sejong now complete
Dec 24, 2014
The transfer of central government ministries and institutions to Sejong City was finalized on December 23. The transfer continued in three phases starting in 2005 and now a total of 36 ministries and institutions have moved to the country's new administrative capital. On the sam...

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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 work week and the five-day school week, according to research released by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. According to the resea...