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Two Mongolians rescued from demolished building in Seoul

Two Mongolian construction workers were rescued from a demolished building in Seoul on Saturday, South Korea’s fire depa …

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Post offices closing amid widespread use of smartphones

DAEGU, April 22 (Yonhap) — The number of post offices fell 4.5 percent last year from a decade ago, data showed Saturday, as many people use smartphones, text messages and emails to communicate. The number of post offices came to 3,497 across the …

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“Voters’ lotto” to encourage voter turnout with $4,390 in prize money up for grabs

“The most effective way of increasing voter turnout in South Korea would be through a ‘voters’ lotto,’ where voters are issued given a certificate with a serial number printed on it for a draw to be h.. …

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Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

   TOKYO –Dozens of Japanese lawmakers, including a government minister, visited a controversial war shrine on Friday, …

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History Groups Demand Apology from Chinese President

[International] : South Korean civic groups and history-related organizations are protesting Chinese President Xi …[more…] …

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Korea's April Exports until 20th Rise 28.4% Year on Year

Korea’s exports are showing signs of continuing surge for six consecutive months. According to the Korea Customs Service on April 21, the amount of exports for 20 days between April 1 and 20 was US$30.4 billion, up 28.4 percent from 12 months ago. The export volume for March was 13.6 percent higher than the same month last year, keeping the export pace on an even keel for five months in a row. If April sees a positive year-on-year figure in export amount, it would be the first time in 64 months … …

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(2nd LD) Front-runner Moon on the defensive after memo disclosed on N.K. rights vote

(ATTN: ADDS more info in last 3 paras) SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) — A former top diplomat on Friday disclosed a document to back up his claim that Seoul officials consulted North Korea before a key U.N. vote in 2007. It added fuel to a political fire t …

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Hong makes ideological plea to boost lackluster campaign

Conservative presidential nominee Hong Joon-pyo on Friday launched ideological attacks on liberal and progressive groups …

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Choi Soon-sil’s Daughter Banned from Dressage Competitions

The Korea Equestrian Federation has effectively ended the riding career of Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of ex-President Park Geun-hye’s crony Choi Soon-sil, who funneled much of the shush funds she allegedly amassed into her daughter’s dressage ambitions.The KEF on Thursday said Chung is banned from c… …

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Gov't Vows to Promote Accurate View of History Globally

[International] : The government says it will work hard to promote an accurate view of history to not only the U.S. …[more…] …

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Bright Forecast Ahead for Lotte Chemical

Lotte Chemical is estimated to have achieved record-breaking operating profit in the first quarter of this year. Some analysts expected Lotte Chemical’s strong performance to continue for the time being since the petrochemical industry entered the phase of “super cycle.” Another positive factor that would contribute to increasing the corporate value of Lotte Chemical is the upcoming IPO of its Malaysian subsidiary Lotte Chemical Titan Holding which is scheduled to be listed within the s… …

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China puts bombers on 'high alert' to prepare for potential N.K. contingency: CNN

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Yonhap) — China has put bombers on “high alert” in preparation for a potential contingency in neighboring North Korea, a U.S. defense official was quoted as saying Thursday. CNN cited the unidentified official as saying that …

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Presidential Candidates Launch TV Campaign Ads

With the presidential election 20 days away, candidates have started their ad campaign on TV.Under election laws, each candidate can air a TV campaign ad no longer than 60 seconds up to 30 times during the campaign period. Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, Hong Jun-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party,… …

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All five presidential candidates point to China as key to addressing N. Korea issue

The five candidates in the May 9 presidential election called generally for pressuring China into sanctioning North Korea to forestall the possibility of a sixth nuclear test. The positions came amid .. …

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US Vice President: No Talks with N. Korea for Now

[International] : Anchor: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. will not talk with North Korea anytime …[more…] …

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S. Korea re-elected to UNICEF's executive board

SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) — South Korea has been re-elected to the governing body of UNICEF, the United Nations’ fund for children, the foreign ministry here said Thursday. In the elections held during the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Coordin …

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Ex-U.S. President George H. W. Bush Extends Hospital Stay

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will spend at least another day at a Houston hospital where he is under observation while recovering from his second bout of pneumonia in three months, his spokesman said on Wednesday.Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday for a cough th… …

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[Editorial] Seoul should respond wisely to US calls to amend KORUS FTA

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Apr. 18 that the US would be pursuing an amendment of its free trade agreement with South Korea (KORUS FTA). Pence who arrived in South Korea on Apr. 16, said in a.. …

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Moon grilled over THAAD, NK in TV debate

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea, the front-runner in the presidential race, came under heavy fire from his …

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Seoul Capital Region Marks First Population Decrease

[Domestic] : The population of the Seoul Metropolitan region has decreased for the first time. According to …[more…] …

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