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Seoul’s public transport fees during commuter hours will be waived on Wednesday, according to the city government Tuesday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it will implement the measure once again - just two days after the last time - as part of efforts to reduce ultra-fine dust. Commuters during the morning (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) hours won’t be charged for using buses or trains.
Morse code was once an essential method to transmit text-based information in the 19th century, but other communication systems replaced it and it nearly went extinct as technology advanced. Australian artist Angelica Mesiti breathed new life into the practically dead medium by converting the code into a sound sculpture. "Appel a Tous / Calling All," a mobile-like sculpture installed at the entrance of her first solo exhibit in Korea at the Art Sonje Center in central Seoul, consists of a series of short and long signals, also known as "dits" and "dahs." It is the last message transmitted by the French Navy using Morse code on Jan. 31, 1997 _ "Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence."
Today is Wednesday, January 17, the 17th day of 2018. There are 348 days left in the year.
Do Jong-hwan, minister of culture, sports and tourism, revealed his limited understanding of team sports during a meeting with lawmakers in the National Assembly on Monday. He dismissed the public’s worries that South Korean hockey players will suffer if a unified women’s hockey team with North Korea is formed. “In ice hockey, players are replaced every two minutes (because hockey is a physically demanding sport),” he said regarding the worries that the unified women’s ice hockey team would deal a blow to South Korean players who have sweated for many years for the Olympics. “So, all players are going to get an opportunity to play during the Olympic Games.”
The Ministry of Education decided Tuesday to suspend its earlier plan to ban English classes for preschoolers, which was due to begin in March, after facing protests from angry parents.
UNITED NATIONS - Surging crowds thronged the streets of Tehran and cities across Iran screaming “Death to the Shah,” “Death to America.” A revolutionary situation brewing for a few years reached its boiling point with the return of an obscure ayatollah from exile. The old order collapsed as the mob triumphed, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from Paris, and darkness descended across the land. Those chaotic events between late 1978 and February 1979 jolted the Middle East.
Controversy has arisen here over a possible joint entrance of South Korean and North Korean athletes ones at the opening ceremony got the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games under a “Korean unification flag” instead of South Korea's national flag. Supporters say that will show the Olympic spirit of peace, while opponents say it is nonsense for the host country to be unable to use its national flag.
The South Korean military will have intelligent surveillance cameras with more stringent technological support than ever after the nation's defense ministry scouted the leading online network agency to vet the equipment.
The government is considering a property tax hike on owners of multiple homes in Seoul's affluent areas to stabilize the property market, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said Tuesday.
North Korea will send an art troupe to perform concerts in Seoul and Gangneung during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, the Ministry of Unification announced Monday.
The Moon Jae-in administration's top policymakers are sending confusing messages about how to curb speculative investment in virtual currencies. The country's finance minister plans to impose a tax on cryptocurrency transactions.
Lim Hyun-jin, a staff sergeant in the Korean Army, has become the nation's first female tank driver. Lim, 31, is participating in the five-day winter training in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, honing her skills as a driver of the K1A2 battle tank, the Army said Tuesday.
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae said Tuesday she is willing to assume a diplomatic role to mediate between the United States and North Korea. “If the North makes a decision for peace and coexistence, the Moon Jae-in government and the DPK will actively respond to it,” Choo said during a press conference.
Rep. Park In-sook of the Bareun Party announced Tuesday that she will rejoin the larger conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP), leaving the minor conservative party with nine parliamentary seats. The announcement came one day after Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil, a former Bareun Party member, rejoined the LKP. Last week, Bareun Party lawmaker Kim Se-yeon also defected to the LKP. Rep. Kim was a close aide to party chief Yoo Seong-min.
In 2001, following massive earthquakes that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced more than 1 million in El Salvador, the United States made room for people who had come here illegally fleeing the catastrophe. It was an act of generosity taken by President George W. Bush under a federal program known as temporary protected status. Some 200,000 people took advantage of the offer to live and work legally in this country.
Whether rain or shine, or the economy is up or down, Koreans can't seem to start their day without a cup of coffee. The rising coffee consumption especially among those in their 20s and 30s has certainly spurred sales at a bunch of local franchises, but not as much as Starbucks. The U.S. coffee king, partly operated here by Shinsegae's E-mart, is forecast to post an operating profit of over 100 billion won for the first time in its 18 years of operations here.