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KBS 1TV Places First in Viewer Satisfaction Survey

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KBS 1TV placed first in a survey of viewer satisfaction last year.

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Park Tae-hwan Apologizes over Doping Scandal

Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan on Friday tearfully apologized for being embroiled in a doping case.

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Koreans to Be Airlifted Out of Yemen Amid Saudi Airstrikes

Saudi Arabia has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-backed Houthi fighters that have taken over much of neighboring Yemen.

The main airport in the capital of Sana’a has been shut down making it impossible for civilian aircraft to land.

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Seoul Subway Line 9 Expansion Opens

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The first expansion of Line 9 on the Seoul subway opened on Saturday, which now extends the line …

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S. Korea to Increase Operation of Int'l Flights This Summer

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South Korea will increase the number of international flights this summer.
 
The Ministry of …

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Arsonist Attacks Korea Cultural Center in Tokyo

An arsonist attempted to set fire to the Korea Cultural Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo around midnight Wednesday.

The unidentified person ran away after setting fire to two portable Zippo lighter fuel canisters outside the center’s side gate at 11:50 p.m., the Korean Embassy in Tokyo said Thurs… …read more

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Seoul to Join China-led AIIB

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The South Korean government has announced its decision to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure …

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Resettlement Program for Defectors Needs Total Overhaul

The most pressing issue for North Korean defectors is speedy resettlement in South Korean society. The Unification Ministry operates a resettlement center called Hanawon, where defectors undergo a three-month training program.

But many North Korean defectors are unhappy with the training. … …read more

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DMZ Fire Contained after Burning 1 Million ㎡ Forest

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A wildfire at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas has been contained after burning …

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Korea Fares Poorly in Managing Social Conflict

Korea is one of the most scrappy societies in the OECD but the government’s ability to handle social conflicts ranks among the lowest.

In a recent report by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Korea came fifth with 1.043 in the social conflict index as of 2011, after Turkey… …read more

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Radioactive Cesium Found in Japanese Agro-Fishery Products

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It has been confirmed that some Japanese agricultural and fishery products are contaminated …

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Chilly Weather, Dirty Air to Blanket Korea

A brief cold snap and sandstorms from China are ending clear and relatively warm weather this week.

The mercury fell to -1 degree Celsius in Seoul on Monday morning, about four degrees colder than normal.

Morning lows dropped below zero throughout the country, except for South Jeol… …read more

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S. Korea to Seek Public Input on 74 Policies in 2015

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The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs said it will seek public input on 74 policies throughout 41 government agencies this year.

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Difficulty of Mending Ties at Trilateral Ministerial Talks, Japanese Media

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The Japanese media said that the foreign ministers’ talks between South Korea, China and Japan have shown that the three nations have a long way to go in order to restore their strained relations.

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S. Korea, China, Japan Agree to Hold Summit as Early as Possible

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South Korea, China and Japan held foreign ministers’ meetings in Seoul on Saturday and agreed to make efforts to hold trilateral summit talks as early as possible.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry: S. Korea Actively Reviewing AIIB Issue

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With the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) spurring a tug-of-war between China and the …

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China Sends Anti-Aircraft Weapons to South Sudan

China has supplied South Sudan with Chinese-made anti-aircraft weapons to protect its oil fields, according to a news report Thursday.

South Sudanese troops were given Qianwei-2 anti-aircraft missiles, which though small are equipped with an infrared tracking system and capable of interce… …read more

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S. Korea to Double Halal Food Exports by 2017

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The government said it aims to double exports of Halal foods to Islamic countries by …

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Supercars Buck Recession

Sales of imported cars set new records every month despite the recession, with so-called “supercars” making considerable inroads.

Status-consciousness, it seems, is recession-proof, and the very rich are always very rich, whatever the economic climate.

The Bentley, which costs ove… …read more

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Gaeseong Biz Delegation Discuss Wage Hike with N. Korean Officials

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Representatives of South Korean companies operating factories at the inter-Korean Gaeseong …

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