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Song Joong-ki Completes Military Service

Actor Song Joong-ki was discharged from the Army on Tuesday after completing his 21 months of mandatory military service.

Many fans from home and abroad gathered at an army base in Gangwon Province to greet him.

He thanked them, saying their support helped a lot during his service.<… …read more

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38 North: AIIB Could Be Tool for Engagement with N. Korea

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An expert on the North Korean economy has surmised that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) could be a tool for productive engagement with North Korea.

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Container Ship Arrives in Busan Through New Logistics Route

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A container ship entered the port of Busan for the first time through a new logistics route linking …

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China Lists Sex Slaves Documents as National Heritage

China has raised historical records on imperial Japan’s drafting of wartime sex slaves to national heritage status.

The documents on sex slaves were collected from nine archives since 2013.

“Until recently China has felt ashamed of the history of sexual slavery,” a diplomatic sourc… …read more

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French Refugee Drama Wins Cannes Top Prize

The French film Dheepan won director Jacques Audiard the Palme d’Or prize, the top honor, at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France.

Auid… …read more

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N. Korea Demands Inter-Korean Probe into Cheonan Sinking

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North Korea repeated its demand for an inter-Korean probe into the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, calling on the South to lift its sanctions imposed on the North after the incident.

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Japanese PM's Wife Visits Controversial Shrine

Japan’s first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War II aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie does not hold political off… …read more

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Ex-German Leader Stresses Post-Unification Structural Reform

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is visiting South Korea, has stressed the absolute …

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3rd MERS Virus Infection Confirmed

A third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been confirmed in Korea. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said a 76-year-old man who shared a hospital room with the first confirmed patient was also diagnosed with MERS.

He is being treated in a quaranti… …read more

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U.S. Official Calls for Permanent THAAD Deployment in Korea

The U.S. wants to station Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries in Korea permanently, according to a senior U.S. official.

Frank Rose, an assistant secretary of state, was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Corean-American Studies in Washington Tuesday.

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S. Korea Urges North to Stop Provocative Acts

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The government has demanded that the North stop provocative acts following Pyongyang’s claim to have already developed nuclear warheads small enough to be mounted atop a missile.

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When Is the Hardest Time to Catch a Taxi in Seoul?

The hardest place to catch a cab in Seoul is near City Hall downtown, where it takes an average of 9.4 minutes. Chances of catching a taxi are not much higher near Gyeongbok Palace and Jongno, where it takes an average 8.9 minutes.

And 9 p.m. till midnight is the toughest time to catch a … …read more

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UN Chief to Visit Gaeseong Park on Thursday

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, a first for a United …

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'Avengers' Sequel Draws 10 Million Viewers

Hollywood blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has attracted over 10 million viewers in Korea as of Sunday, in less than a month since its release on April 23.

It is the 15th film ever to achieve the feat in Korea, and fourth foreign film to do so.

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Park Meets US Secretary of State

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President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Seoul to discuss bilateral …

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Bae Yong-joon's Engagement Dominates Headlines

News that superstar and eternal bachelor Bae Yong-joon is engaged to actress Park Soo-jin have dominated the entertainment headlines and social media since it was announced last Thursday.

KeyEast, the talent agency Bae founded and that handles them both, said the two had known each other f… …read more

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Opposition Party Urges Prosecution to Arrest, Indict Governor, Ex-PM

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The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) has urged the prosecution to arrest and indict South Gyeongsang Governor Hong Joon-pyo and former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, who are being investigated for allegations that they received money from a deceased businessman.

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US House Underlines Korea Alliance in NDAA

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The U.S. House of Representatives has expressed support for the South Korean leader’s policies on Korean unification and the enhancement of the Korea- U.S. alliance.

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Matisse Work from Munich Art Trove Returned to Owner's Heirs

A Matisse painting that was looted by the Nazis and became part of a German collector’s long-hidden trove was handed over on Friday to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer.

Henri Matisse’s “Woman Sitting in an Armchair” was one of the first two works from the vast trove of art hoarded by Corne… …read more

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WSJ Poll: Most Economists See Fed Raising Key Rates in September

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Many economists expect an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve in September, instead of …

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