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Korea, China Sign FTA

President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping officially signed a bilateral free trade agreement on Monday. Park was given a letter from Xi by visiting Chinese Trade Minister Gao Hucheng at Cheong Wa Dae.

In the letter, Xi called the FTA a “landmark” that would pave the wa… …read more

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Seoul City to Allow Tax Payment with KakaoPay

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Seoul taxpayers will be able to remit their local taxes with Daum Kakao’s mobile payment service, KakaoPay, within this year.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Apologizes for Anthrax Shipment

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has apologized for the inadvertent shipments of live anthrax …

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Singapore PM Urges Japan to acknowledge past wrongs

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The prime minister of Singapore has urged Japan to acknowledge its past aggression.
 
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China Confirms First Case of MERS

China said on Friday a 44-year-old Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him.

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US Envoy: China Agrees on Need to Pressure N. Korea

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U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Sung Kim says that China has also expressed …

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Seoul Must Be Told of Bio-Warfare Training on Its Soil

The U.S. Forces Korea said Thursday that a U.S. military lab in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax to a lab at an air base in Osan south of Seoul. It claimed the samples were destroyed as soon as it was notified by headquarters that they were lively samples of the deadly biological… …read more

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Park to Hold Summit with Senegal's President Next Week

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President Macky Sall of Senegal will be visiting Seoul on President Park Geun-hye’s …

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Will Ban Ki-moon Run for President?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could try his luck in the presidential elections two years hence, Foreign Policy magazine speculates. Under the headline “President Ban Ki-moon? UN Secretary-General Pivots Back to Asia,” it said on its website, “Ban Ki-moon says he is not interested in running fo… …read more

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Song Joong-ki Completes Military Service

Actor Song Joong-ki was discharged from the Army on Tuesday after completing his 21 months of mandatory military service.

Many fans from home and abroad gathered at an army base in Gangwon Province to greet him.

He thanked them, saying their support helped a lot during his service.<… …read more

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38 North: AIIB Could Be Tool for Engagement with N. Korea

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An expert on the North Korean economy has surmised that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) could be a tool for productive engagement with North Korea.

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Container Ship Arrives in Busan Through New Logistics Route

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A container ship entered the port of Busan for the first time through a new logistics route linking …

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China Lists Sex Slaves Documents as National Heritage

China has raised historical records on imperial Japan’s drafting of wartime sex slaves to national heritage status.

The documents on sex slaves were collected from nine archives since 2013.

“Until recently China has felt ashamed of the history of sexual slavery,” a diplomatic sourc… …read more

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French Refugee Drama Wins Cannes Top Prize

The French film Dheepan won director Jacques Audiard the Palme d’Or prize, the top honor, at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France.

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N. Korea Demands Inter-Korean Probe into Cheonan Sinking

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North Korea repeated its demand for an inter-Korean probe into the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, calling on the South to lift its sanctions imposed on the North after the incident.

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Japanese PM's Wife Visits Controversial Shrine

Japan’s first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War II aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie does not hold political off… …read more

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Ex-German Leader Stresses Post-Unification Structural Reform

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is visiting South Korea, has stressed the absolute …

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3rd MERS Virus Infection Confirmed

A third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been confirmed in Korea. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said a 76-year-old man who shared a hospital room with the first confirmed patient was also diagnosed with MERS.

He is being treated in a quaranti… …read more

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U.S. Official Calls for Permanent THAAD Deployment in Korea

The U.S. wants to station Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries in Korea permanently, according to a senior U.S. official.

Frank Rose, an assistant secretary of state, was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Corean-American Studies in Washington Tuesday.

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S. Korea Urges North to Stop Provocative Acts

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The government has demanded that the North stop provocative acts following Pyongyang’s claim to have already developed nuclear warheads small enough to be mounted atop a missile.

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