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Today's Photo: January 27, 2017

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(2nd LD) Court orders stolen Buddhist statue to be returned to Seosan temple

(ATTN: CORRECTS spelling of dynasty’s name in 6th para; ADDS more photo)
DAEJEON/TOKYO, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) — A local court on Thursday ordered an ancient Buddhist statue, stolen from a Japanese temple in 2012, to be handed over to a temple in Seosan o …read more

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Siberian Tigers Find New Home in Gyeongsang Arboretum

[Domestic] : Two endangered Siberian tigers have been relocated to the Baekdu Mountain Range National …[more…] …read more

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Park calls her corruption allegations preposterous, colossal lies

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — Impeached President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday denied a slew of corruption allegations against her once again, calling them “preposterous, colossal” lies.
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No. of Newborns Likely to Hit Record Low

[Domestic] : The number of newborns in South Korea is expected to hit a record low.

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(LEAD) Special counsel gets ready to search presidential office

(ATTN: UPDATES with info on interrogation of Park in para 8)
SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) — Special prosecutors said Tuesday they have completed a legal review of carrying out a search on the presidential office as they accelerate their investigation into …read more

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S. Korea Wins North American Cup in Women's Bobsled

[Sports] : South Korea’s women bobsled teams have swept the North American Cup.

The team of Kim Yoo-ran …[more…] …read more

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(LEAD) Court issues another warrant for Choi Soon-sil

(ATTN: UPDATES with questioning of ex-minister, ex-presidential chief of staff in last para; Minor edits)
SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — A local court has issued another arrest warrant for President Park Geun-hye’s close friend at the center of an influe …read more

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Victim of Japan's Sexual Slavery to Return Compensation Money

[Domestic] : The oldest surviving victim of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery has decided to return compensation …[more…] …read more

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Trump reiterates pledge to renegotiate NAFTA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will soon hold bilateral meetings with the Canadian and Mexican leaders to talk about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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Russian Bill Would Make Domestic Violence Legal

In Russia, giving one’s spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK… …read more

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Military: No Signs of Imminent N. Korea Provocation

[Politics] : North Korea is not believed to be showing any unusual signs amid concerns that it could wage a …[more…] …read more

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Today's Photo: January 21, 2017

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3rd Case of AI Reported in Gimpo

[Politics] : Another case of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza(AI) was confirmed in Gimpo, Gyeonggi …[more…] …read more

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Movie Audiences Dwindle for 1st Time in 7 Years

Movie audiences have dwindled for the first time in seven years. The number of moviegoers hit 200 million for the first time in 2013 and had been rising steadily since, but the Korean Film Council on Thursday said they dwindled by 280,000 last year to 217 million.◆ Blockbusters Sputter The main reas… …read more

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Lotte Decides to Follow up on THAAD Site Swap Deal

[Domestic] : Lotte Group has decided to follow through with a land swap deal with the South Korean military that will allow the deployment of a U.S. THAAD battery on the conglomerate’s golf course in North Gyeongsang Province.
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Lee Sung-kyoung Talks About Her 1st Leading Role on TV

It seems actress Lee Sung-kyoung has yet to fully snap out of the character she played in the MBC TV series “Weightlifting Fairly Kim Bok-joo,” which wrapped up last week. “My eyes are swollen from crying. I was so sad when it ended,” she said. In the coming-of-age sports drama, Lee played to perfec… …read more

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Phone Records Prove Nonstop Contact Between Choi and Cheong Wa Dae

Phone records show that President Park Geun-hye’s longtime crony Choi Soon-sil was in touch with Cheong Wa Dae three times a day till at least the end of 2014.Prosecutors presented the records in the criminal trial of ex-Cheong Wa Dae secretary Jeong Ho-seong on Wednesday. They show that Jeong and C… …read more

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Samsung Welcomes Court's Warrant Rejection

[Economy] : Anchor: Samsung Group has welcomed the Seoul Central District Court’s decision to reject a warrant …[more…] …read more

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Independent Counsel Grills Culture Minister, Ex-Chief of Staff

[Domestic] : Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun and former presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon were sent home …[more…] …read more

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