• Moon grants special pardons to 5,174 people in time for New Years
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    Moon grants special pardons to 5,174 people in time for New Years

    president Mullen is granting pardons for the new year to five thousand 174 people including some eighteen hundred conscientious objectors plus ordinary criminals and those convicted of election offences the list also includes the former head of the Korean Confederation of trade unions who was jailed after clashes during protests over working hours as well as the former Seoul Education superintendent the presidential office explained that the pardons this time are aimed at enhancing unity among the Korean people the Justice Ministry says they’ll take effect on New Year’s Eve this is the third time the president has used his power to issue pardons since taking office two years ago

  • S. Korea’s Constitutional Court dismisses appeal to review 2015 Seoul-Tokyo…
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    S. Korea’s Constitutional Court dismisses appeal to review 2015 Seoul-Tokyo…

    South Korea’s Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal for it to review the controversial 2015 agreement between Seoul and Tokyo on the so-called comfort women the Court ruled Friday that the deal is not a state to state treaty but just a political declaration it added that because the deal does not create legal obligations it does not violate the basic rights of the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery in December 2015 the park geun-hye administration in South Korea and the Japanese government agreed to a deal that would provide around 9 million u.s. dollars to a fund to help the Korean victims in return for the South Korean…

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    S. Korea’s Constitutional Court to rule on 2015 ‘comfort women’ deal

    our top story this morning all eyes will be on South Korea’s Constitutional Court later today as it’s set to rule on the validity of the highly controversial 2015 comfort women agreement between Seoul and Tokyo the ruling comes in the four years after the now elderly victims who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military before and during World War two demanded the deal be scrapped Eason J starts us off in 2015 South Korea’s Park geun-hye administration and the Japanese government agreed to a deal that will provide 1 billion yen or roughly 9 million u.s. dollars to a fund to help the Korean victims of…

  • Constitutional Court to announce impeachment verdict on Friday
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    Constitutional Court to announce impeachment verdict on Friday

    Our top story this morning… After several months of frustration, anger and uncertainty,… the suspense will soon be over. In just over 24 hours from now,… Korea’s Constitutional Court will announce its decision on whether to uphold or overturn the impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye. Given the immense weight of national interest in the decision,… the court will allow broadcasters to televise the ruling live. Kim Ji-yeon starts us off. The wait is nearly over. Korea’s Constitutional Court has announced a date to deliver its verdict on the impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye. The ruling follows two months of impeachment hearings held… since the motion was passed by…

  • President Trump says removal of controversial Confederate statues rips apart history and culture
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    President Trump says removal of controversial Confederate statues rips apart history and culture

    Now to the latest on the fallout from the incident in Charlottesville,… Despite growing criticism,… President Trump has been tweeting again,… making more controversial remarks. This time he says moves to take down Confederate statues will rip apart the country’s history and culture. He said he was sad to see the removal of the “beautiful” monuments,… and that while you CAN’T change history, you can learn from it. Despite growing condemnation after Trump doubled down on blaming both sides — the white nationalists and the counter-protesters — for the Charlottesville violence, Trump is showing no sign of backing down. He has announced his plans to hold a campaign-style rally in…

  • Korea’s Constitution Day; history of constitution and ongoing discussions on possible amendment
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    Korea’s Constitution Day; history of constitution and ongoing discussions on possible amendment

    Constitutional revision. An unsolved task for more than a decade… with some administrations of the past, promising to deliver… but failing in the end. This time it may be different, with clear set goals and a timeline. But not all support the change, and… even among those all for it… they differ on the fine print.. Oh Jung-hee sheds light on the history of the constitution and the ongoing revision discussions. First enacted in 1948,… Korea’s constitution has been revised nine times over the past seven decades. Some revisions were made by political leaders wanting to extend their tenure,… others from the public’s resistance movements. In 1972, Korea’s former president…

  • Judge writes letter against proposed drug possession amendment
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    Judge writes letter against proposed drug possession amendment

    An update now to a story we first brought you yesterday…Ohio issue one. The state’s top judge is weighing-in on the proposed amendment. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor sent a letter to judges and magistrates across the state. She warned that if Issue 1 is approved in November, it will leave Ohio with what she calls the “most lenient drug crime laws in the nation”. The Issue would make all non-violent possession cases misdemeanors, regardless of what drug was involved. Supporters claim the Issue would reduce inmate populations, and provide more money for treatment programs.

  • Korea’s Constitution Day; history of constitution and …
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    Korea’s Constitution Day; history of constitution and …

    Constitutional revision. An unsolved task for more than a decade… with some administrations of the past, promising to deliver… but failing in the end. This time it may be different, with clear set goals and a timeline. But not all support the change. For our news features tonight, Oh Jung-hee sheds light on the history of the constitution and the ongoing revision discussions. First enacted in 1948,… Korea’s constitution has been revised nine times over the past seven decades. Some revisions were made by political leaders wanting to extend their tenure,… others from the public’s resistance movements. In 1972, Korea’s former president Park Chung-hee changed the constitution to allow indirect…

  • President Park announces to begin process of constitutional amendment for presidential term
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    President Park announces to begin process of constitutional amendment for presidential term

    We begin with President Park Geun-hye’s policy address to the National Assembly. In her annual speech to parliament,… President Park announced that the government will begin the process revising the Constitution to change Korea’s one-term presidency. The issue has long been a hot topic of debate, but with the president officially announcing the beginning of the process,… it may now become a reality. We go to our presidential office correspondent Song Ji-sun at Cheong Wa Dae for the details. Ji-sun, could you give us a summary of the president’s remarks? Mark. President Park has vowed to put the revision into effect before her single five-year term ends, citing the outstanding…