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APEC Leaders Push Back Against Protectionism

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations have ended their annual summit with a call to resist protectionism and protect the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, which has been thrown into uncertainty after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum cl… …read more

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PM Calls for Global Dialogue on Low Growth, Trade Protectionism

[Politics] : Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has proposed discussing ways to overcome slow economic growth and …[more…] …read more

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Zika No Longer a Global Health Emergency, WHO Says

The World Health Organization said Friday that the Zika virus no longer posed a world public health emergency, but it stressed the need for a long-term response to the mosquito-borne disease.
“The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not anymore a public health em… …read more

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Rallies Calling for Park's Resignation Being Held Nationwide

[Domestic] : A mass rally is being held for the fourth weekend in a row in 46 locations nationwide on Saturday demanding the president’s resignation over the Choi Soon-sil scandal [more…] …read more

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British Teen Wins Right to Be Cryogenically Preserved

A judge in Britain has granted the wish of a 14-year-old girl who suffered from terminal cancer but wanted to be cryogenically preserved, in what the judge called the first case of its kind in England and possibly the world.
The girl, who was not identified, told High Court Judge Peter Jackson she h… …read more

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Low Income, Poor Education Dim Marriage Prospects for Men

Men in their 20s and 30s with low levels of education or non-regular jobs have trouble finding someone who will marry them, according to a study by the Korea Labor and Society Institute.
Only 6.9 percent of men in their 20s and 30s in the bottom 10 percent of the wage bracket are married, compared … …read more

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Foreign Ministry Names New Ambassadors

[Politics] : South Korea has formally appointed a range of new ambassadors to countries around the world.

Vice …[more…] …read more

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US Director of Nat'l Intelligence Submits Resignation

[International] : U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who last month made a controversial proposal regarding the North Korea’s nuclear program, has expressed his intent to resign.
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Taiwanese Protest For, Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Thousands of Taiwanese have protested outside the legislature for and against a bill that could make it the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Organizers estimated that Thursday’s protests attracted more than 20,000 people who carried placards, flew flags and chanted slogans as lawma… …read more

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Prosecutors Issue Ultimatum for Questioning Park

Prosecutors issued a virtual ultimatum for President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday by insisting that she must submit to questioning in a snowballing corruption scandal by no later than Friday.
Park’s lawyers and Cheong Wa Dae officials spent the week so far frantically trying to stall, demanding more … …read more

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S. Korea, Central America Agree to Sign FTA

[Economy] : Anchor: South Korea has concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement with six Central American …[more…] …read more

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UN Committee Passes Resolution for ICC Referral of N. Korean Human Rights Situation

[International] : A UN committee has passed a resolution that includes a call to punish North Korean leader Kim …[more…] …read more

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Obama Reassures Europe on Final Overseas Trip

President Barack Obama says NATO is “absolutely vital” as he seeks to reassure Europe about the U.S. commitment to the alliance under the presidency of Donald Trump.
In Athens, Greece Tuesday on his last foreign trip as president, Obama said NATO “provides significant continuity even as we see a tra… …read more

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US Welcomes Seoul-Japan Provisional Signing of Military Info Sharing

[International] : The U.S. Department of Defense has welcomed the provisional signing of a military intelligence sharing treaty between Seoul and Tokyo.[more…] …read more

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Russia-Friendly Political Novice Elected Bulgaria's President

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party candidate has won the presidential election, leading to the resignation of the country’s prime minister.Former air force commander General Rumen Radev, a Russian-friendly political novice, won nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to nearly complete results released Mon… …read more

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Presidential Office Prepares for Park’s Investigation

[Politics] : The presidential office said it will by Tuesday respond to the prosecution’s scheduled …[more…] …read more

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Moment of Silence Begins Concert for Paris Attack Victims

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris reopened Saturday night, nearly a year after 130 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in the city in a coordinated attack by Islamic State militants.
Rock star Sting headlined the Bataclan concert, which started with a minute of silence to remember the 90 peop… …read more

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Chinese Spend Billions Online on Singles Day

In a bright spot for China’s cooling economy, online shoppers spent billions of dollars Friday on “Singles Day,” a quirky holiday that has grown into the world’s busiest day for e-commerce.
The country’s biggest e-commerce brand, Alibaba Group, said sales by the thousands of retailers on its platfor… …read more

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Ahn Urges Park to Decide for Sake of Country, People

[Politics] : Former joint chairman of the minor opposition People’s Party Ahn Cheol-soo is out on the street in …[more…] …read more

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Park Plows Ahead with Foreign Policy Business

President Park Geun-hye seems to have been emboldened by the election of tarnished outsider Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency to show she is still at the helm despite a massive corruption scandal.
Cheong Wa Dae officials and pro-Park lawmakers in the ruling Saenuri Party, who had been keeping a lo… …read more

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