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New PM Confirmed

Hwang Kyo-ahn was confirmed as prime minister on Thursday, 28 days after being nominated by President Park Geun-hye.

Hwang took over the second-highest government position, which was left vacant after Lee Wan-koo quit over bribery allegations 52 days ago.

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N.Korea Sends Back 2 S.Koreans

North Korea on Wednesday handed over to the Unification Ministry here two South Koreans who had trespassed across the Chinese border in May.

Ministry officials took over the couple at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, a ministry spokesman said.

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Seoul Court Denying Entry to People With MERS Symptoms

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The Seoul Central District Court will deny entry to people who show symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Leaders of S. Korea, Japan to Send Congratulatory Messages to 50th Anniversary Events

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Leaders of South Korea and Japan will send congratulatory messages to be read at events held in …

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How to Strengthen the Immune System Against MERS

More and more people are going out of their way to protect themselves from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Park Sung-joo, editor in chief of a health food magazine said since there is no known food that is effective in combatting MERS, people should think about boosting their immune sys… …read more

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N.Korea Opens Door for Cross-Border Dialogue

North Korea on Monday said there is no need for the two Koreas to avoid talks if an atmosphere of trust and reconciliation is created.

In a statement quoted by its official Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean government said it is determined to improve inter-Korean relations, whi… …read more

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S. Korean Man in Slovakia Tests Negative for MERS

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Final test results on a South Korean man quarantined in a Slovakian hospital over a possible contraction of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were negative.

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Revised National Assembly Act Sent to President

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National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa has sent a revision to the National Assembly Act to the …

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MERS Keeps Spreading Amid Porous Quarantine

The number of patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome continues to rise, with 24 cases newly confirmed over the weekend, bringing the total to 150.

Many newly confirmed cases were the result of ignoring quarantine rules. An ambulance driver for Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, who … …read more

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S. Korea's Exports Increase 16.5% in June

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South Korea’s exports reached over 13-point-two billion U.S. dollars this month, up 16-point-and-a-half percent year-on-year.

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Korea-Japan Parliamentarian Soccer Friendly Reopens after 9 Yrs

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A soccer game between South Korean and Japanese lawmakers has reopened after nine years. The …

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Obama Trade Agenda Suffers Setback in House

President Barack Obama’s ambitious Asia-Pacific free-trade agenda was dealt a serious blow Friday when the House of Representatives voted against part of a trade package.

A solid majority of Obama’s fellow Democrats joined most Republicans in easily defeating a measure that would have give… …read more

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Child under Age 10 Tests Positive for MERS

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An elementary school student has been tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome …

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Bobby Kim Fined for Molesting Flight Attendant

Singer Bobby Kim on Thursday was fined W4 million for molesting a flight attendant and ordered to take 40 hours of sexual harassment education (US$1=W1,112).

Kim was charged with causing a disturbance while intoxicated aboard a Korean Air flight from Incheon to San Francisco on Jan. 7. </P… …read more

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Parties Unable to Agree on Adopting Hwang's Confirmation Hearing Report

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Chief deputy floor leaders of the rival parties met to narrow their differences on the confirmation …

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Was Park Right to Cancel U.S. Trip?

President Park Geun-hye has decided to postpone her U.S. visit scheduled for next week, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. “Given that the people’s safety is her top priority, she will try to settle the public fear over the disease at home,” her spokesman Kim Sung-woo said. He added that Seoul and Was… …read more

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Health Officials Urge Public Cooperation in MERS Fight

A third patient made a full recovery from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Tuesday, 20 days since the first confirmed case of the deadly disease was discovered in Korea.

The patient was Kim Bok-soon (77), who has suffered from asthma for 20 years. Kim was infected at St. Mary’s Hospita… …read more

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French Influenza Expert Questions Need for School Closures

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A French influenza expert has questioned the necessity of school closures in South Korea when …

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Deputy PM Determined to End Seriousness of MERS This Week

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The deputy prime minister says the government is determined to end the seriousness of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak this week.

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Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music

Apple’s iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.</P… …read more

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