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Korea, China, Japan make joint effort on air pollution
May 07, 2014
Korea, China and Japan have agreed for the first time to make a joint effort to resolve issues surrounding the fine dust or fine particulate matter known as PM2.5. Representing the host nation, Minister of the Environment Yoon Seong Kyu attended the 16th Tripartite Environment Mi...

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President Park expresses heartache over ferry disaster
May 07, 2014
On May 6, the normally joyous Buddha's Birthday holiday was overshadowed by the nation's somber mood. President Park Geun-hye attended events at Jogyesa Temple to mark Buddha's 2,558th birthday, becoming the first president of Korea to attend the religious ceremony. Giving the ke...

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President apologizes for ferry disaster
Apr 30, 2014
President Park Geun-hye said to the Korean people on April 29 that she is sorry for the tragic sinking of the Sewol and that she has a heavy heart for the many precious lives that have been taken by the disaster. At a cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae, President Park said, “I’d li...

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Korea, US to bolster cooperation on trade, security
Apr 28, 2014
President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama held summit talks on April 25 at Cheong Wa Dae where they discussed bilateral cooperation on the economy and national security. Mourning for ferry sinking victims Prior to the summit, President Barack Obama paid silent tribu...

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Korea, Vietnam share workers' compensation expertise
Apr 25, 2014
Korea has been sharing its experience with and know-how about workers’ compensation with Vietnam. The Korean Workers' Compensation & Welfare Service (COMWEL) hosted an invitational workshop program for 20 Vietnamese officials from related fields starting on April 21. ...

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President Park meets with US representatives
Apr 24, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with a delegation of U.S. representatives on April 23 at Cheong Wa Dae. The delegation was composed of nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.   President Park Geun-hye (third from left) ...

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PM Chung discusses cooperation with Pakistani leaders
Apr 18, 2014
Prime Minister Chung Hongwon paid an official visit to Pakistan on April 14 and 15. During the visit, Chung met with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad to discuss ways to boost cooperation between Korea and Pakistan. Prime Minister Ch...

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Korea, China, Russia, Mongolia cooperate on copyright
Apr 18, 2014
Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia held four-way talks on copyright law and intellectual property (IP), strengthening their cooperation on patents, trade secrets and trademarks. The workshop held in Seoul on April 14 and 15 saw policymakers and academics from the four nations disc...

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Boao Forum covers Asian economic growth
Apr 14, 2014
The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) wrapped up on April 11 in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan. Over the course of its four-day run, this year's conference was attended by ten national leaders, including Korean Prime Minister Chung Hongwon, and other delegates from China,...

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Korean literature reaches out to int'l readers at Londo...
Apr 11, 2014
Korean literature shone in the spotlight at the 43rd London Book Fair held from April 8 to April 10. Korea was the fair's "market focus" this year, or guest of honor, under the slogan, "Books opening the mind, doors opening the future." Some 25,000 people from the publishing indu...