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New bicycle-only lane opens on the main street in Seoul’s Jongno district

A dedicated bicycle lane has been created in central Seoul’s Jongno district. On Apr. 8, the city of Seoul opened up a 2.6 kilometer-long bike path measuring 1 to 1.5 meters in width between the Jongn.. …

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Foreign ministers of S. Korea and Japan to meet to discuss bilateral ties, N.K.

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) — The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan are expected to meet this week to exchange views on the North Korea nuclear problem and other issues of mutual concern, a source said Monday. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang K …

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Brazil’s Ex-President ‘Lula’ Defies Court, Jail

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defied an order to turn himself in to police Friday, instead hunkering down with supporters at a metallurgical union that was the spiritual birthplace of his rise to power.The once wildly popular leader, who rose from poverty to lead Latin America… …

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MOTIE calls on GM Korea to swiftly resolve labor disputes

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Un-gyu visited GM Korea in person to call for labor-management dialogue and a swift resolution to negotiations. Paik’s visit came amid conflict between GM K.. …

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S. Korea, China agree to hold joint economic committee session in Beijing

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) — South Korea and China agreed to re-open their annual joint economic committee session later this month in Beijing, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday. This is the first time since 2016 that South Korean and Chinese comm …

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Employment in Auto Industry Drops Sharply

[Economy] : Employment at the local auto industry marked the steepest drop in March since April 2014. According to data released by the Ministry of Employment and Labor on Sunday, the number of people with jobs in the auto manufacturing sector decreased by 52-hundred in March from a year earlier. The drop …[more…] …

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Park could be sent to a workhouse if she is unable to pay millions in fines

A sentence of 18 billion won (US$16.8 million) in fines imposed by the court on Apr. 6 in addition to its 24-year prison sentence against former President Park Geun-hye is raising questions about how .. …

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Koreas discuss establishing hotline between leaders

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) — The two Koreas held talks on Saturday to discuss establishing a direct telephone link between their leaders and other communication issues ahead of a historic summit between them later this month. The meeting at the North …

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Trump to Skip Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Donald Trump, a constant critic of what he calls “fake news,” will skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for a second year in a row.White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev said in a statement Friday that the “White House has informed us that the president doe… …

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'Sweden, Mongolia Offer Venue for N. Korea-US Summit'

[Politics] : A Japanese daily reports that the governments of Mongolia and Sweden have proposed their capitals as a possible venue for the summit meeting scheduled between North Korea and the United States next month. Citing a source familiar with Washington-Pyongyang relations, the Asahi Shimbun daily said Saturday …[more…] …

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'It's all my fault,' confidante says after learning of Park's prison term: sources

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) — A longtime friend and confidante of former President Park Geun-hye has reproached herself upon hearing news that Park received a heavy prison term over a massive corruption scandal that also involves the friend, sources in th …

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President Moon replies to letter from Korean War veteran

Director General of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Kim Kwang-woo (left) gives the Ambassador of Peace Medal, a medal awarded to Korean War veterans, to Burley Smith, one of the crew mem …

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N. Korea Proposes Resumption of Inter-Korean Literary Exchanges

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea is said to have proposed resuming literary exchanges with South Korea during his recent visit to Pyongyang leading a delegation from Seoul. According to South Korea’s Culture Ministry and members of the South Korean art troupe that performed in the North recently, Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan …[more…] …

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[Correspondent’s Column] Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear deal could complicate summit with Kim Jong-un

The Trump administration has three major diplomatic events scheduled for May. Many are aware of Trump’s potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. There is also the deadline for deciding w.. …

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(2nd LD) Ousted leader Park gets 24 years in prison for corruption

(ATTN: ADDS more details) SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined 18 billion won (US$16.8 million) on Friday in a ruling on a massive corruption case that led to her removal from office e …

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Park Sentenced to 24 Years Behind Bars

The Seoul Central District Court on Friday sentenced ex-President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison and fined her W18 billion on a raft of corruption and other criminal charges (US$1=W1,061). The sentence is heavier than that of her toxic confidante Choi soon-sil, who was sentenced to 20 years beh… …

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Summit Preparatory Committee Conducts On-site Inspection on Panmunjeom

[Politics] : The presidential office says that a preparatory committee for the scheduled inter-Korean summit has conducted an on-site inspection on the truce village of Panmunjeom where the landmark meeting will be held.   Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters Friday that committee members left for …[more…] …

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Lawmaker grilled in illicit hiring probe

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) — The prosecution on Friday questioned a lawmaker of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party over allegations that he has peddled influence in the recruitment process for a state-run casino operator. The Seoul Northern Dist …

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Constitutional revision guarantees stronger basic rights

President Moon Jae-in speaks during a luncheon with members of a special advisory committee on constitutional reform, at Cheong Wa Dae on March 13. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Sohn JiAe …

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Na Young-seok Promotes 'Slow Living' in New Show

Na Young-seok, the star producer of hugely popular reality shows including “Grandpas Over Flowers,” “Three Meals a Day,” and “Youn’s Kitchen,” has trained his sights on the “slow living” movement with his new program. The first episode of “Little House in the Forest” will be aired on Friday. “The sh… …

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