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Inter-Korean Vice-Minister Talks Fail to Reach Agreement

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The two Koreas wrapped up their vice-ministerial level talks in Gaeseong, North Korea without …

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Canada Welcomes First Planeload of Syrian Refugees

United Nations and international agencies welcomed the arrival in Toronto, Canada, of a first group of Syrian refugees for settlement.
The 163 refugees, who traveled from Beirut, Lebanon, are the first of 25,000 Syrians to be resettled in Canada by early next year. They arrived late Thursday in Toro… …read more

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Ahn to Issue Statement on Course of Action Sunday Morning

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Former co-chairman of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) Ahn Cheol-soo will issue a statement Saturday regarding the NPAD’s current chief refusing his proposal to hold a party convention.

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N.Korea Has H-Bomb, Says Kim Jong-un

North Korea has turned into a “powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a hydrogen bomb,” leader Kim Jong-un claimed Thursday.
Kim was speaking during a visit to the recently renovated Pyongchon revolutionary site in Pyongyang.
Kim said the bomb would be detonated “to reliably defend the s… …read more

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Two Koreas to Hold Vice-Ministerial Talks

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Anchor: The two Koreas will hold their first regular governmental meeting under the Park Geun-hye …

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U.S. Extends N.Korea Sanctions to Missile Unit

The U.S. State Department and Treasury on Tuesday slapped fresh sanctions on four North Korean agencies and six individuals. They include the Strategic Rocket Force, which supervises North Korea’s missile units.
The sanctions seem to come in response to North Korean attempts to develop more missiles… …read more

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Parties Fail to Pass Contentious Bills; Extraordinary Session to Begin

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Anchor: The last regular session of the 19th National Assembly ended on Wednesday. An extraordinary …

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US Imposes Sanctions on North's Strategic Rocket Force

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Anchor: The United States has imposed sanctions against more North Korean entities and individuals …

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Pets Become Fashionable in Pyongyang

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Pyongyang residents who own dogs over the last three to four years, a source said Sunday. Pets are still a rarity in the isolated country, where animals including dogs are mostly for eating.
The source, a local who was traveling to China, said pe… …read more

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Lee Dae-ho Leaves for U.S. to Pursue Career in MLB

Slugger Lee Dae-ho on Monday left for the U.S. to pursue his dream of playing in Major League Baseball.
Lee headed to Nashville, Tennessee, where the annual MLB Winter Meetings are being held.
“I heard [from my agent] that four to five teams are showing interest,” Lee told reporters at Incheon Inte… …read more

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S. Korea Elected Vice Chair of UNESCO Cultural Heritage Body

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South Korea has been elected vice chair of a UNESCO body which makes decisions on designating …

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Presidential Office Urges Passage of Labor Reform Bills

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The presidential office has urged the National Assembly to pass the government’s labor reform bills …

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Punters Lap Up Cheaper Coffee

The coffee market in Korea is heating up as even convenience stores are getting into the business by selling brewed coffee at affordable prices.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven recently started selling freshly brewed coffee for just W1,000 a cup (US$1=W1,161).
The product became immensely popular … …read more

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Military to Deploy Underwater Mine-Clearing ROV Next Yr

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The South Korean military is expected to deploy a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) to detect and blow up sea mines by as early as late next year.

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FIFA Corruption Scandal Deepens

The alleged corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA plunged to new depths this week when U.S. authorities charged more than a dozen officials with embezzling money from the organization.
Two FIFA vice-presidents were arrested in Switzerland even as the body’s executive committee met to di… …read more

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Student Body of SNU Law School Protests Gov't Decision to Delay Scrapping Bar Exam

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The student council of Seoul National University Law School is protesting the government’s decision to delay scrapping the state bar exam by four more years until 2021.

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Court Rules Police Ban on Protest Is Unjust

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The Seoul Administrative Court has ruled that the police ban on a mass rally scheduled for Saturday …

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Oscar Pistorius Convicted of Murder by Appeals Court

South Africa’s top appeals court has overturned a lesser judgement and convicted superstar athlete Oscar Pistorius of murder — agreeing with prosecutors who say he meant to kill when he shot dead his girlfriend.
Before he began his lengthy remarks, South African Judge of Appeal Eric Leach described… …read more

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Snowy Weather Expected Across the Country

Snow is expected across the country on Thursday and will continue to fall in regions south of Chungcheong provinces until Friday.
Snow started to fall in the Seoul metropolitan area at dawn on Thursday and will spread to most parts of the country in the afternoon, according to the Korea Meteorologi… …read more

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US Bill Calls for Temporary Moratorium on Refugee Admissions

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A United States senator has introduced a bill calling for a temporary moratorium on accepting …

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