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Volkswagen to Pay Dealers $1.2 Billion in Emissions Cheating

Volkswagen has agreed to pay its U.S. dealers up to $1.2 billion to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company’s emissions cheating scandal, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco.
Under the terms of the deal, dealers can… …read more

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'One of THHAD Batteries in Texas to be Deployed in Seongju'

[Politics] : One of THHAD battery units deployed at a United States Army base in Texas will reportedly be deployed in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province.[more…] …read more

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'Russia Seizes Illegally Operating N. Korean Fishing Boat'

[International] : A regional news agency in the Russian Far East has reported that a small North Korean fishing vessel that was illegally operating in Russian waters was seized and detained on Tuesday.
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VOA: 12 Nations Make Changes to Ties with N. Korea

[International] : Voice of America reports at least 12 countries have shown substantive changes in their diplomatic …[more…] …read more

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China: Coal Imports from N. Korea Not Violation of UN Resolutions

[International] : Beijing has claimed that its continuous imports of coal from North Korea do not violate UN Security Council resolutions, expressing opposition to Washington’s efforts to impose its own sanctions on Chinese firms with alleged links to Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
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Sarkozy Loses Support in French Republican Presidential Race

Nicolas Sarkozy, hurt by legal and political setbacks, has lost ground against his main conservative rival in the race for France’s Republican party presidential nomination, two polls showed Wednesday.
Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is pitching himself as a man of action who will push… …read more

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2 Umbrella Labor Unions to Stage Joint Rally Against Merit-Based Pay

[Domestic] : South Korea’s two umbrella labor unions will jointly stage a large-scale rally in Seoul on Thursday …[more…] …read more

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Kakao, KEPCO to Be Spared Tough Conglomerate Rules

Some 37 companies will be exempted from regulations on conglomerates on Friday. They include 25 private companies like Kakao and Harim as well as 12 state-run companies such as KEPCO.
The Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday said a revision of relevant laws means a company will be considered a conglome… …read more

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US Defense Chief to Seek Modernization of US Nuclear Arsenal

[International] : The United States has hinted that it will actively seek to modernize its nuclear arsenal to counter …[more…] …read more

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Autumn Foliage Season Begins

The trees started wearing their flaming autumn colors on Mt. Seorak on Monday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said. That was three days later than last year and a day earlier than on average.The KMA announces the start of the autumn foliage season when the leaves turn on 20 percent of the m… …read more

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Lindsay Lohan Visits Hospital for Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Turkey’s state-run news agency says American actress Lindsay Lohan has visited Syrian refugees at an Istanbul hospital and the home of a refugee family from Aleppo. The Anadolu agency reported Monday that the 30-year-old actress was accompanied by Turkey’s youth and sports deputy minister, Abdu… …read more

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No. of Foreign Prisoners in S. Korea Increases

[Domestic] : The number of foreigners in South Korean correctional facilities increased one-point-seven times over the past five years.
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Russel: THAAD Not Negotiable

[International] : A U.S. State Department official has said the decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area …[more…] …read more

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Bangkok Edges Out London as Top Tourist Draw

Move over London. Bangkok is edging out the British capital as the world’s top city for tourists. That’s according to new figures from Mastercard.
The U.S. credit card issuer forecasts that the Asian city will get almost 21.5 million visitors this year. That’s ahead of London, on just under 20 milli… …read more

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Seoul Metro Unions to Strike Tuesday

[Domestic] : The two major labor unions of Seoul Metro, which operates subway lines one to four in the capital …[more…] …read more

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Time to Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s comments at the Hoover Institute on Monday clearly demonstrate the shift in Washington’s perception of the North Korean nuclear threat. Carter said the U.S. Forces Korea must be prepared to “fight tonight” not because they want to but because the “diplomatic pi… …read more

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S. Korea's Exports to China Fall for 14th Straight Month

[Economy] : South Korea’s exports to China fell for the 14th consecutive month in August.
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American Boy's Letter to Obama Goes Viral

A letter from an American boy offering to take in a Syrian refugee has gone viral.
The letter from Alex, of Scarsdale, New York, was addressed to President Barack Obama and offered to take in Daqneesh, a boy who grabbed the world’s attention when a photo of him looking bloodied and dazed after an at… …read more

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Gyeongju Rattled by Another 6 Aftershocks

Six aftershocks rattled the historic city of Gyeongju on Wednesday ranging in magnitude from 2.1 to 3.5. The area has suffered a total of 412 aftershocks since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake 10 days ago.City officials said no damage or casualties were reported, but the city government was inundated wi… …read more

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White House Official Negative about S. Korea's Nuclear Armament

[International] : A senior White House official says South Korea’s nuclear armament as a deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear threat does not serve the interests of either Seoul or Washington.[more…] …read more

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