South Korea becomes the first East Asian country to legalize
According to anti-drug laws in force in South Korea, the country's citizens who smoke, possess, buy, or sell cannabis face imprisonment of up to 5 years or are obligated to pay a fine of up to 100,000 million Korean won (around $88,000). Despite the existing legislation, South Korean authorities approved the medical use of cannabis this week.
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Seo Ji-hyeon, a leading figure of the Me Too movement in South Korea, files a suit against former South Korean chief prosecutor Ahn Tae-keun and the government for physical and psychological distress. 2018-11-5 (Context: South Korean)
A South Korean train arrives towards Panmun Station and crosses the DMZ border for the first time since 2008, when a South Korean cargo train operated five times a week. 2018-11-30 (Context: South Korean)
South Korea shuts down the country's largest dog meat slaughterhouse. The move is lauded by animal rights activists. 2018-11-22 (Context: South Korean)
Lee Jae-rock, a South Korean pastor and leader of Manmin Central Church, is sentenced to 15 years in prison over 42 counts of sexual harassment and sexual assault against eight of his followers. According to the Seoul Central District Court, the victims could not resist his advances "due to their absolute faith in the infallibility of the accused." 2018-11-22 (Context: South Korean)
North Korea blows up ten of its front-line guard posts in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in accordance with agreements made with South Korea earlier this year. 2018-11-20 (Context: South Korean)