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Samsung Ranked World’s 3rd Most Valuable Brand

Samsung has been named the world’s third most valuable brand, according to Brand Finance on Monday.
Samsung’s overall value rose some 1.8 percent to US$83.2 billion on-year, edging out Amazon with $69.6 billion and Microsoft with $67.2 billion, the U.K. brand valuation firm said.
Apple ranked firs… …read more

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Golfer Chun In-gee To Miss Another Tournament Due to Injury

Chun In-gee will not participate in the JTBC Founders Cup, as she is still recovering from the injury that forced her out of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament earlier this month.
Chun’s agency said Friday that the golfer had been receiving treatment since returning to Korea last Tuesday. She de… …read more

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High-Value Bank Account Balance Reaches Record High

[Economy] : The total amount of money deposited into high-value South Korean bank accounts that hold at least one billion won has surpassed 500 trillion won for the first time.
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AlphaGo Scores 3rd Win Against Go Champion

[Science] : The South Korean grandmaster of the board game Go has lost to artificial intelligence in a historic …[more…] …read more

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EU Members Urged to Admit 6,000 Migrants Monthly

The European Union on Thursday called upon member states to take up to 6,000 migrants a month from Greece and Italy.
European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said EU nations had taken in fewer than 900 migrants from an overburdened Greece and Italy out of an initial 160,000 they had agr… …read more

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More N. Korean Residents in Japan Obtain S. Korean Nationality

[International] : The number of North Korean nationals residing in Japan is reportedly decreasing every year.[more…] …read more

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N.Korea Lobs Short-Range Missiles into East Sea

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea on Thursday in a show of protest against the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S., the Joint Chiefs of Staff here said.
The missiles are presumed to be Scuds.
The launches follow North Korea’s claim on Wednesday… …read more

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UN Chief Urges N. Korea to Adhere to UNSC Resolution

[International] : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North Korea to comply with relevant UN …[more…] …read more

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US Deploys 3 B-2 Bombers to Asia-Pacific

[International] : The United States has deployed three B-2 stealth bombers to the Asia-Pacific region as tensions …[more…] …read more

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Macedonia Closes Border to Migrants

Thousands of migrants trying to reach northern Europe are now stranded in Greece after Macedonia closed its border Wednesday, police officials said.The decision comes a day after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia closed their borders to transiting migrants, with exceptions being made only for asylum-seek… …read more

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Seoul Blacklists Top N.Korean Officials

Seoul on Tuesday blacklisted senior North Korean officials including Kim Yong-chol, who was allegedly responsible for the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010.
South Korea will also bar any ships that have docked in North Korean ports in the last six mo… …read more

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Leon Panetta: THAAD to be Deployed to S. Korea in a Year

[International] : Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has said the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD) system would likely be deployed to South Korea within a year.[more…] …read more

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Presidential Office Calls for Anti-Cyberterrorism Bill

[Politics] : The presidential office has repeated the urgency of the need to approve an anti-cyberterrorism bill …[more…] …read more

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Prince William, Kate, Kids Enjoy Snow in Ski Holiday Photos

Kensington Palace has released photos of Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children George and Charlotte on a ski holiday in the French Alps. The six images published Monday show William, Kate, 2 1/2-year-old George and 10-month-old Charlotte on the snowy slopes last week.&nbs… …read more

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Seoul Metro to Crack Down on Subway Fare Evaders

[Domestic] : Seoul Metro, the operator of subway lines one to four, will launch an intensive crackdown on fare evaders over the next two weeks.[more…] …read more

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Authorities Probe Suspected Hacking into Domestic Firm by IS

[Domestic] : Intelligence authorities are looking into rumors of death threats against South Korean nationals by …[more…] …read more

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Rupert Murdoch Weds Jerry Hall in London

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and model-actress Jerry Hall married Friday at an aristocratic palace in London. They were photographed emerging with smiles Friday from Spencer House, which was built in the 18th century by ancestors of the late Princess Diana. The 84-year-old groom wore a business … …read more

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Iceland Best Country for Working Women, S. Korea Last in OECD

[International] : South Korea has been found to have the most prominent “glass ceiling” against female workers among member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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Russia Urges N. Korea to Return to Denuclearization Talks

[International] : Russia has urged North Korea to return to denuclearization talks in the wake of the latest UN …[more…] …read more

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Ex-Clinton Aide Granted Immunity in Email Probe

A one-time aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the leading 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has been granted immunity as prosecutors question him about the possible mishandling of classified information on her private email server when she was the country’s top diploma… …read more

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