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Moon, Trump Agree on Close Consultation for Success of US-N. Korea Summit

[International] : South Korean President Moon Jae-in and United States President Donald Trump have agreed to continue close consultation for a successful summit of the planned U.S.-North Korea summit. Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said on Sunday in a written news briefing that the two leaders spoke on the phone for …[more…] …

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Rival parties fail to reach agreement on extra budget

SEOUL, May 19 (Yonhap) — The ruling and opposition parties failed again to reach an agreement on government-requested supplementary budget Saturday, forcing a plenary session of the National Assembly to be delayed until next week. The ruling Democ …

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Unification Minister: Denuclearization and Inter-Korean Relations Are Two Key Pillars

[International] : Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said he will seek ways to hold a high-level inter-Korean meeting once the annual South Korea-U.S. air drills are finished.  In an interview with Japan's Kyodo News, Cho likened denuclearization and inter-Korean relations as “a car's two wheels” and that with …[more…] …

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Kim Jong-un announces reorganization of defense projects

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discussed and decided upon “organizational measures that will usher in improvements through national defense projects” while presiding over an expanded meeting of the W.. …

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Today in Korean history

May 20 1949 — Kim Yak-su and Lee Mun-won, lawmakers in South Korea’s first National Assembly, are arrested for arguing for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and negotiations on the reunification of the two Koreas. As a result o …

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Huge Crowds, Tight Security as Britain Prepares for Royal Wedding

The big day is nearly here for Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the couple is to marry Saturday in the town of Windsor, outside London.Early Friday Kensington Palace announced that Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father, will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle in her wedding to Prince Harr… …

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'2 N. Koreans Including a Soldier Defect to S. Korea'

[Politics] : Two North Koreans are known to have defected to South Korea across the Yellow Sea, early Saturday. A Seoul government official said a small boat was spotted in waters north of Baengnyeong Island near the western inter-Korean sea border. The official said a South Korean military vessel arrived on the …[more…] …

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Women gather in rain-soaked Gangnam in memory of murdered woman

Amid the pouring rain, the black outfits were still sending a message – the women are here to encourage each other, and they’re not going to stop. At 7 pm on May 17, people gathered in front.. …

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LG Group Heir Elevated to Board

LG heir Koo Gwang-mo has been appointed to the board of the conglomerate to prepare for his succession.He was adopted by his uncle, LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo, from his younger brother Koo Bon-neung in 2004 after his real son suddenly died in an accident in 1994.The appointment is expected to be … …

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Group of Japanese Lawmakers Resume Activities to Improve Ties with N. Korea

[International] : A union of Japanese lawmakers seeking the normalization of Tokyo-Pyongyang relations has reportedly decided to resume its activity amid North Korea’s growing diplomatic engagement with the outside world.  The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Friday that the union held an executives' meeting on Thursday …[more…] …

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Police launch probe into alleged sexual harassment of famous YouTuber

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) — Police on Friday launched an investigation into a YouTube celebrity’s allegations that she was sexually molested and forcibly photographed by a group of men when she worked as a model in 2015. The woman, Yang Ye-won, made …

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Gov't to support investment in 8 leading sectors

President Moon Jae-in speaks during the ministerial report on the innovation-led growth in 2018, held at the Magok R&D complex in Seoul on May 17. (Yonhap News) By Kim Tae Won and Kim Young …

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No. of Reported Dating Violence Cases on Rise in S. Korea

[Domestic] : The number of reported cases of “dating violence” is increasing sharply in South Korea.  The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said Thursday that three-thousand-903 cases were reported in the January-to-April period through its Women Emergency Call Center. That's more than double the number of …[more…] …

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North Korea attacks its former minister to UK

A Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) piece published shortly after North Korea announced the “suspension” of high-level inter-Korean talks on May 16 over joint South Korea-US military exercises accused.. …

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(LEAD) N. Korea threatens to freeze dialogue with S. Korea over military drills with U.S.

(ATTN: ADDS related photo) SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) — North Korea threatened again Thursday to not hold talks with South Korea unless Seoul stops an ongoing military exercise with the U.S., casting a pall over inter-Korean ties after last month’s histo …

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Samsung in Bid to Expand Presence in Global 5G Equipment Market

Samsung is rolling up its sleeves to tap into the global market for 5G network equipment, where the Korean electronics giant has a mere four percent share. In January, Samsung signed a contract with a U.S. telecommunications company to supply 5G communications equipment, and early this month it rece… …

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Renowned Hanbok Designer Dies at Age 82

[Culture] : Renowned hanbok designer Lee Young-hee died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 82.  Lee’s daughter, Lee Jung-woo, told Seoul-based Yonhap News that her mother was hospitalized last month due to pneumonia and her condition had worsened since.  Born in Daegu in 1936, Lee became a designer of …[more…] …

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(LEAD) Three injured in chlorine gas leak at chemical factory

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details) ULSAN, May 17 (Yonhap) — Chlorine gas leaked at a chemical factory in southeastern South Korea on Thursday, leaving three people with difficulty breathing and other symptoms. The accident happened at a Hanw …

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Workers Protest at Treatment by Global IT Giants

Workers at U.S. computer technology company Oracle’s Korean branch launched a general strike on Wednesday demanding higher wages and job security. A vote by unionized workers last week showed 96 percent supported a strike. They are holding a protest rally in front of Oracle Korea’s offices in Samse… …

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38 years later, nobody convicted for murder of civilians during Gwangju Massacre of 1980

The children scattered, startled by the sound of gunfire. One boy’s black rubber shoe came off. As he went back to retrieve it, bullets rained down on him. Then 11 years old, Jeon Jae-su (born in 1969.. …

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