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Report: Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to be Default Search on iPhone, iPad

Search giant Google reportedly paid archnemesis Apple $1 billion to remain the default search engine for Apple’s mobile devices, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
Bloomberg made the claim based on court documents in a copyright lawsuit filed by Oracle Corporation against Google.
Google, which… …read more

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Kyodo: US Seeks Robust Sanctions on N. Korea Including Oil Ban

[International] : Japan’s Kyodo news agency reports that the United States has sounded out China and other countries about banning oil exports to North Korea as part of new U.N. sanctions against the regime’s fourth nuclear test.[more…] …read more

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U.S. Gov't Warned of Nuclear Arms Race in Northeast Asia

Failure by the U.S. government to respond properly to North Korea’s nuclear threat could prompt a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia, an American think tanks warns.
“By extending the U.S. nuclear umbrella, [Washington] has assured allies that should they face a nuclear threat, the United States wou… …read more

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Culture Minister Vows to Expand Hallyu Visas

[Politics] : Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jong-deok says plans are in place to attract 20 million …[more…] …read more

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U.S. Wants China to Act on N.Korean Nuke Program

The U.S. apparently remains inclined to keep the North Korean nuclear problem at arm’s length and let China take the brunt. On Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said China has a “special role” to play in its “special relationship” with North Korea.
Blinken was talking to reporte… …read more

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Gov't Official: Pyongyang Proposed Meetings with S. Korean Civilian Groups after Nuke Test

[Politics] : A government official has said North Korea proposed meetings with South Korean civilian organizations a day after its fourth nuclear weapons test conducted earlier this month.[more…] …read more

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Gov't to Implement Nationwide Integrated Registration System for Bicycles

[Domestic] : The government will implement a nationwide integrated registration and management system for …[more…] …read more

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JYP on Defensive Over Tzuyu Twitterstorm

The Twitterstorm involving Tzuyu, the Taiwan-born member of manufactured girl group TWICE, continues to escalate in Korea, China and Taiwan.
The fracas erupted when Tzuyu, who is all of 16 years old, was seen in a webcast waving the Taiwanese flag and was promptly made to apologize by JYP, the tale… …read more

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Sejong City Confirms Outbreak of Pine Wilt Disease

[Domestic] : Sejong City has confirmed the outbreak of pine wilt disease.[more…] …read more

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China Becomes S. Korea's Second Largest Trading Partner in Q4

[Politics] : China was South Korea’s second-largest trading partner in the fourth quarter of last year.[more…] …read more

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S. Korea, US, Japan Agree to "Strong, Comprehensive" Sanctions on N. Korea

[Politics] : South Korea, the United States and Japan have discussed ways to cooperate against North Korea’s …[more…] …read more

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Singer Celine Dion's Husband Dies After Cancer Battle

René Angélil, the husband of award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion, died on Thursday at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer, Dion announced.
“It’s with profound sadness that we are announcing that René Angélil, 73, died this morning at his Las Vegas home after a courageous battle with … …read more

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Prosecution Seeks 20 Years for Prime Suspect of 1997 Itaewon Murder

[Domestic] : Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for American Arthur John Patterson, the …[more…] …read more

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Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Convicted of Fraud

The Seoul Eastern District Court on Thursday gave mixed martial arts fighter Choi Hong-man a two-year suspended sentence for failing to pay back money he borrowed from friends.
In December 2013, Choi borrowed around 710,000 Hong Kong dollars from an acquaintance identified by his surname Moon in Ma… …read more

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Centenarians Receiving National Pension on the Rise

[Domestic] : The number of centenarians receiving national pension installments in South Korea is increasing.[more…] …read more

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20% of Jeju Property Bought by Seoul Residents

Some 166.8 million sq.m of land was bought and sold on Jeju Island last year, according to officials there, a whopping 32.4 percent leap from 2014.
Of the real estate 60.2 percent or 64.3 million sq.m was purchased by people from the island, but 20.1 percent or 21.5 million sq.m by buyers from Seoul… …read more

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Renault Samsung Launches New Sedan

Renault Samsung launched a new sedan for the first time in three years since it released the QM3 in December 2012.
The carmaker on Wednesday unveiled the SM6 at a press event in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province and said that the model will go on sale in March.The SM6 was first released under the … …read more

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S. Korea Raises Travel Alert Level for Istanbul

[Politics] : South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised the alert level for South Koreans traveling to …[more…] …read more

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N.Korea Retaliates with Own Broadcasts at Border

North Korea on Tuesday started its own propaganda broadcasts across the border with South Korea blaring out messages criticizing President Park Geun-hye. The move comes in retaliation for South Korean broadcasts restarted last week in response to the North’s nuclear test.
A senior Defense Ministry o… …read more

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US Expert: 'N. Korea's SLBM Ejection Likely Fired from Submerged Barge'

[International] : A U.S. expert says recent North Korean images of its alleged submarine-launched ballistic …[more…] …read more

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