N.Korea Cracks Down on Long Hair
North Korean officials are ordering young men to keep their hair short and are enforcing their tonsorial diktat if they find anyone who fails to comply. Young men have been told to model their hairstyle on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. >> Full Text

Korean Firms Pay High Costs Laying Off Employees
Korea ranks third among OECD countries and emerging economies when it comes to the cost of firing workers. The state-run Korea Development Institute said a comparison of layoff cost in 39 countries showed Korean businesses have to pay three-and-a-half months or 14.8 weeks worth of wages as severance pay per worker. >> Full Text

Int'l Alliance to Spread Awareness of Sex Slavery
Lawmakers from around the world on Monday announced an international alliance to spread awareness of the Japanese army's wartime sexual enslavement of women. The group is called the International Parliamentary Coalition for Victims of Sexual Slavery. >> Full Text

Hikers enjoy snowy scenery on Mt. Odae in Gangwon Province on Wednesday.

Women look at woolen hats at a department store in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis

Girl group T-ara pose after being appointed promotional ambassadors for Korean business in China in Seoul on Wednesday.

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