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UN Chief Ban Passes Baton to António Guterres in Farewell Speech

[Politics] : Anchor: Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has delivered his farewell address to the UN …[more…] …read more

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António Guterres Sworn in as New UN Chief

Portugal’s António Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth UN secretary-general.”The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective,” Guterres told member states. “It must focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy,” he said.The 67-year-old forme… …read more

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N.Korean Commandos Practice Attack on Cheong Wa Dae

North Korean commandos have practiced attacking South Korea’s presidential compound and abducting key officials as leader Kim Jong-un watched, official media reported Sunday. Given the state media’s practice of reporting events a day late, the attack drills probably took place on Saturday, a day aft… …read more

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Kim Jong-un Stages Commando Drill at Mock Presidential Office

[Inter-Korea] : Anchor: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly observed a special forces’ exercise …[more…] …read more

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Nuke Envoys of S. Korea, China Vow to Faithfully Implement UN Resolution

[International] : Top nuclear negotiators of South Korea and China met Friday, the same day South Korea’s parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye.[more…] …read more

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Obama Orders Review of U.S. Election Hacking

President Barack Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of “hacking-related activity aimed at disrupting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
The announcement comes as pressure is mounting from Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are calling for a thor… …read more

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S. Korea, US, Japan to Hold Defense Talks in Seoul Next Week

[Politics] : South Korea, the United States and Japan are scheduled to hold high-level defense talks in Seoul …[more…] …read more

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US Emphasize Strong Relations with S. Korea Regardless of Presidential Impeachment

[International] : Washington has emphasized that its alliance with Seoul will remain robust regardless of President …[more…] …read more

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Office Workers Join Protests Ahead of Impeachment Vote

Protesters braved driving rain in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido on Thursday evening, a day before lawmakers vote on a bill to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
Many of the protesters were younger office workers from the nearby financial district who had come out after work in their suits… …read more

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Citizens to Hold Rallies, Debate in Front of National Assembly to Press Impeachment

[Politics] : Organizers of weekend candlelight rallies are planning various events for Thursday and Friday in …[more…] …read more

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Korea Must Disentangle Government from Chaebol

The chiefs of Korea’s nine biggest conglomerates appeared on Tuesday before a National Assembly hearing about the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her shadowy confidante Choi Soon-sil.
The last time the heads of the powerful chaebol or family-owned conglomerates all had to e… …read more

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Court Rejects Request to Legally Recognize Gay Marriage

[Domestic] : The Seoul Western District Court has rejected an appeal filed by a South Korean gay couple who …[more…] …read more

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Chinese Shoppers Spend Huge Sums on Korean Online Stores

Chinese shoppers spent an average of W190,000 per purchase in Korean online stores, according to a poll by the Korea Consumer Agency published Monday (US$1=W1,172).
Some of them spent around W6 million on one purchase and they shopped a whopping 32 times a year on average. The most popular goods wer… …read more

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'N. Korea May Misjudge, Stage Provocations'

[Inter-Korea] : South Korea’s military is warning North Korea may respond to renewed sanctions and political …[more…] …read more

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Protester Numbers Set Fresh Record as Park Refuses to Budge

Another round of candle-light protests in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Saturday drew up to 1.7 million people who again peacefully braved freezing temperatures to call on President Park Geun-hye to quit over a massive crony scandal.
There were no arrests. Organizers said 2.32 million participated in… …read more

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Foreign Media Cover S. Korea's Sixth Massive Rally

[International] : Foreign media outlets have reported that a record number of protesters held peaceful rallies on Saturday for the sixth consecutive weekend demanding President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.
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Record 2.3 Million People Take to Streets Demanding Park's Resignation

[Politics] : More than two million people took to the streets across the nation on Saturday in their sixth consecutive weekend rally demanding President Park Geun-hye to step down immediately over the Choi Soon-sil scandal.[more…] …read more

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UN Chief Apologizes for 2010 Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti on Thursday, more than six years after UN peacekeepers were blamed for causing a deadly cholera epidemic on the island nation.
“On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: We apologize to the Haitian people,” Ban tol… …read more

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BTS, Twice Picked as Top K-Pop Singers This Year

[Culture] : The fans have spoken: Bangtan Boys and girl group Twice are the world’s most beloved K-pop groups …[more…] …read more

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Today's Photo: December 2, 2016

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