(VOVworld) - The South Korean government has urged calm and respect for law during a mass rally against President Park Geun-hye on Saturday. Demonstrators call for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in central Seoul. (Photo: AFP) Deputy Prime Minister Lee Joon-sik said people have right to demonstrate but it should take place in a peaceful manner and respect of the law. This has been the third demonstration on weekends to protest President Park Geun-hye who let her close friend Choi Soo-Sil interfere in South Korea’s internal affairs. Police said around 170,000 protesters would take part in the Saturday rally, but organizers said they expect up to 500,000 people to participate. … [Read more...] about South Korean government calls on demonstrators to respect law
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Consumer prices advanced 1.2 percent in August from a year before, down from a 1.5 percent on-year gain tallied in the previous month, according to Statistics Korea. The August figure was the lowest since a 1.1 percent on-year gain tallied in May 2000. The growth remained in the 1 percent level for two straight months, and stayed below the midpoint of Bank of Korea (BOK)'s inflation target band of 2-4 percent for six straight months. The last month's fall was mainly attributed to base effect. In August 2011, consumer prices surged 4.7 percent on an on-year basis, the highest in nearly three years. From a month earlier, the consumer prices were up 0.4 percent in August. It was the first rebound in three months following a 0. 1 percent decline in June and a 0.2 percent fall in July. The rebound came as agricultural and oil products prices jumped due to extreme weather and rising crude prices. "A rebound in prices for fruits, vegetables and oil products served to a rise in consumer … [Read more...] about South Korean consumer price growth slows to 12-year low in Aug.
Nineteen newly-freed South Korean hostages flew out of the Afghan capital on Friday after a six-week kidnap drama following a deal with Taliban insurgents critics fear could spur more abductions. The South Korean Christian volunteers, part of a group of 23 missionaries kidnapped in southeast Afghanistan in mid-July, left Kabul on a chartered United Nations plane bound for Dubai en route to Seoul, a Korean embassy official said. Taliban representative Mullah Nasrullah addresses media representatives in the Afghan Red Crescent Society of Ghazni province, in Ghazni … [Read more...] about South Koreans leave Afghanistan after hostage ordeal
Scores of South Korean-owned factories are closing surreptitiously in eastern China as their owners flee rising costs, leaving behind embittered workers like Li Hua. Li and more than 200 colleagues have been fighting for a year to get the six weeks' wages they were owed when the owner of the toy factory where they worked fled during the 2007 Lunar New Year holidays. A general view shows the factory building of a closed-down South Korean enterprise in Qingdao, Shandong province March 21, 2008. Picture taken March 21, 2008 … [Read more...] about South Korean investors quit China over rising costs
A Vietnamese woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her South Korean husband at their house in Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday (May 24), just weeks after she'd given birth to their child. Hoang Thi Nam's mother, Nguyen Thi Hoa (L), and her aunt Nguyen Thi Hoang Mai meet with members of the Association of South Korean in Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...] about Another Vietnamese woman murdered by South Korean husband