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South Korean Lawmaker Proposes Anti-Fake News Bill

South Korean Lawmaker Proposes Anti-Fake News Bill

SEOUL, Jul. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow Internet service providers to delete fake news posts, amid growing concerns over their influence on political stability and evidence from other countries. Lawmaker Lee Eun-kwon, a member of the Liberty Korea Party, set forward a reform bill on Wednesday [...]

South Korea Extends Travel Alert for Philippines’ Mindanao Region

South Korea Extends Travel Alert for Philippines’ Mindanao Region

SEOUL, July 26 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea on Wednesday extended its travel alert for two cities in Mindanao, the Philippines, citing safety concerns from ongoing conflicts between the Philippine government and the Islamic State-inspired group. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said the travel warnings imposed in May on Davao City and Cagayan de [...]

Government Bans Use of Nitrous Oxide as a Hallucinogenic

Government Bans Use of Nitrous Oxide as a Hallucinogenic

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has criminalized the sale and use of nitrous oxide for the purpose of hallucination, bringing an end to the so-called ‘Happy Balloons’ that have become popular among young Koreans. A new toxic chemicals law amendment was passed after a National Assembly vote, establishing legal grounds to [...]

Founder of Mr. Pizza to Stand Trial for Embezzling 15 Billion Won

Founder of Mr. Pizza to Stand Trial for Embezzling 15 Billion Won

SEOUL, July 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The founder of a local pizza franchise will face trial on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust worth 15 billion won (US$13.4 million), prosecutors said Tuesday. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has indicted Chung Woo-hyun, ex-head of MP Group, for misappropriating company funds, breach of duty and [...]

Ministry of Justice Moves to Allow Skilled Migrant Workers to Extend Their Stay

Ministry of Justice Moves to Allow Skilled Migrant Workers to Extend Their Stay

SEOUL, Jul. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice announced plans on Wednesday to trial a point-based skilled migration system beginning next month in a bid to address the growing visa issues facing employers and migrant workers. In the past, there have been numerous instances reported where visa issues forced contract workers from foreign countries [...]

Airlines Hit with Fines and Suspension of Pilots for Accidents

Airlines Hit with Fines and Suspension of Pilots for Accidents

SEOUL, July 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Asiana Airlines was fined 900 million won (US$802,282) for a runway accident two years ago and the pilot responsible stripped of his license, the transport ministry said Thursday while announcing a series of punitive actions against carriers. Korean Air Lines Co. was ordered to pay 600 million won in [...]