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President apologizes directly to Sewol families
May 19, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with family members of victims who were onboard the sunken passenger ship Sewol on May 16 at Cheong Wa Dae. She vowed to reform the nation's safety standards and procedures. During the face-to-face talks, she apologized again for the government's bo...

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President apologizes for ferry sinking
May 19, 2014
President Park Geun-hye delivered a state address to the nation on May 19, the 34th day after the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry. In the statement, released during a ceremony in the Chunchugwan, the press center at Cheong Wa Dae, the president repeatedly said that she would st...

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President Park meets WTO director-general
May 19, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, on May 16 at Cheong Wa Dae. Among other things, they discussed outlooks on the multilateral trading system in the changing global environment, ways to make progress in th...

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Medical insurance info goes online
May 16, 2014
An online communication channel that will help people better understand domestic health insurance coverage for four major diseases launched on May 9. In 2013, the government began the process of expanding health insurance coverage until 2016 for cancer, heart disease, cerebro...

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President Park honors academics for their contributions
May 15, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with senior academics on May 14 at a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Mentioning the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry, which happened last month, President Park said in her opening remarks that, “The acc...

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Future of clean energy announced at int'l meeting
May 15, 2014
Energy representatives from 24 countries and international organizations, such as the International Energy Agency, have gathered in Korea to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop new clean energy technologies. Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon S...

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Asian nations work together to stop desertification
May 12, 2014
Asian countries, including Korea, China, Cambodia and Mongolia, have joined forces to combat desertification and to beef up cooperation in the forestry sector. As part of a series of joint efforts, the Korea Forest Service and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to C...

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Global trademark info listed at new website
May 12, 2014
Dubbed TM5, or Trademark 5, a new website recently launched that shares with the public trademark and patent information from five of the biggest markets in the world. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) led the launch of the website, as part of its joint cooperation m...

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Updated health care coverage for geriatric dementia
May 09, 2014
Starting in July, the national health care plan for the elderly will be enhanced, as patients with relatively lighter mental illnesses will become eligible for long-term health care insurance benefits. Until today, such benefits have been limited to those with serious symptoms an...

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Foreign Minister Yun stresses non-proliferation at UN m...
May 09, 2014
The United Nation Security Council hosted an open debate on May 7 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540, adopted in 2004 and aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). "Commemorating the 10th Anniversar...