S. Korea ranks 3rd in global passport index

The South Korean passport was found to be the third most effective one for travelers around the world, allowing its bearers to travel to 191 countries visa-free, data showed Sunday,…

S. Korea in search of solutions for looming ultra-low childbirth, aging population

SEOUL– The inclination against having babies and raising a family, particularly stronger among South Koreans, has turned out to be a trend that apparently not even money can solve. South…

Elite high schools retain status in 10-0 victory over education authorities

SEOUL– Elite high schools will be able to keep their status for the time being after the courts ruled 10-0 against the education authorities’ decision to cancel their licenses. On…

KBO to discuss possible suspension of season following multiple COVID-19 cases

SEOUL– The South Korean professional baseball league will convene an emergency meeting with club executives Sunday to discuss a possible suspension of the ongoing season, in light of multiple coronavirus…

S. Korean finance minister, IMF chief hold talks on sidelines of G-20 meeting

SEJONG– South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki held talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Italy,…

Court to begin trials Friday for ex-YG chief in whistleblower blackmail case

SEOUL– A Seoul court will this week begin trials for Yang Hyun-suk, former CEO of K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment, on charges of attempting to cover up a drug scandal involving…

BTS’ ‘Permission to Dance’ ranks No. 2 on Spotify’s global chart

SEOUL– “Permission to Dance” by South Korean superband BTS snatched the No. 2 spot on Spotify’s Global Top 200 chart, the global streaming giant said Sunday. The upbeat number was…

Kim and Xi highlight strong relations on treaty-signing anniversary

SEOUL– North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted their commitment to further strengthen relations between the two countries as they exchanged messages to mark the 60th…

S. Korea’s manufacturing sentiment hits 2-yr high: KIET

SEOUL– South Korean manufacturers’ business sentiment soared to a two-year high, largely buoyed by optimism about a fast rebound of the tech industry, data showed Sunday. The business survey index…

S. Korean shipbuilders’ orders hit 13-year high in H1

SEOUL– New orders won by South Korean shipbuilders hit a 13-year high in the first half of the year amid signs of a modest recovery in global trade from the…