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Carmakers in Marketing Drive for Hybrids

Makers of hybrid cars are bolstering their marketing campaigns at the start of the year with extended warranties and other special offers.

Toyota said Monday it is extending the warranty period for the main batteries of hybrids from five years or 80,000 km to 10 years and 200,000 km… …read more

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S. Korea, US at Odds over Compensation of Faulty Missile

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Military authorities of South Korea and the United States are at odds over compensation for a …

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Gov't Produces English Version Statements of Sex Slavery Victims

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The government has produced an English version of the verbal statements of the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery.

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Prosecutors to Indict Police Official for Top Office Document Leak

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Police Superintendent Park Gwan-cheon, suspected of being the central figure behind the leak of the …

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Bono Says He May Never Play Guitar Again

Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again.

In a blog on the group’s website, the 54-year-old rocker described how he blanked out on impact during the cyclin… …read more

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Kim Jong-un Calls for 'Highest-Level' Talks with Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raised the possibility of an inter-Korean summit in his televised New Year’s address on Thursday.

“Depending on the mood and circumstances to be created, we have no reason not to hold the highest-level talks,” he told his audience on state TV.

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S. Korea Saw Record Trade Surplus of $47.4 in 2014

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South Korea posted a new high last year in terms of exports and trade surplus.

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N. Korean Leader: No Reason Not to Hold Highest-level Inter-Korean Talks

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his willingness for an inter-Korean summit.

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Tropical Storm Kills at Least 53 in the Philippines

Philippine officials say the death toll has risen to 53 from Tropical Storm Jangmi, which caused landslides and floods in the central and southern parts of the country.

Most of the deaths occurred Tuesday as the storm moved away from southern Mindanao Island, where a day earlier its heavy … …read more

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Korean Air Heiress Arrested

Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who exposed the carrier to global ridicule with her “nut rage” on board a flight from New York, will be greeting the New Year in jail.

A Korean Air executive surnamed Yeo who is suspected of destroying evidence that could be potentially damaging to Cho, was… …read more

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US Supports Improved Inter-Korean Relations After Proposed Talks Between Two Koreas

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Following Seoul’s proposal to Pyongyang to hold high-level talks next month, Washington said it …

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PM, Deputy PMs Hold First 3-Way Meeting to Discuss State Affairs

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Prime Minister Chung Hong-won and two deputy prime ministers have held an inaugural meeting of …

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8 Ministry Officials to Be Disciplined Over 'Nut Rage'

Eight civil servants will be disciplined for their misconduct in the investigation of the Korean Air “nut rage” incident.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport came under the fire for blatantly rigging the initial investigation to exculpate Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah.

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S. Korea-Japan Vice Foreign Ministers Meeting Held in Seoul

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Vice Foreign Ministers of South Korea and Japan have agreed to make 2015 the year that marks a …

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Security Still Up on Nuclear Reactors, No Unusual Movements Seen

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The nation’s main nuclear reactors are running normally on Saturday with no unusual movements detected, while officials are still maintaining heightened security around the reactors.

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Today's Photo: December 27, 2014

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Gov't to Remain on Alert By Year-End for Possible Nuke Accidents

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Amid lingering concerns of a cyber attack on the nation’s nuclear facilities, the government and …

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LG to Develop Driverless Tech for Mercedes

LG Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mercedes-Benz to jointly develop a stereo camera system.

Instrumental to driverless cars, the system collects traffic information and detects dangerous situations.

The system will automatically stop the car when an obsta… …read more

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Russia Threatens to Cut Ties with NATO If Ukraine Joins

Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized.

The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in purs… …read more

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BOK to Stick to Expansionary Monetary Policy Next Year

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The Bank of Korea (BOK) says its expansionary monetary policy will continue into next year.

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