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Two Koreas Wrap up 1st Round of Preparation Talks for Summit

[Inter-Korea] : South and North Korea have wrapped up their first round of working-level talks on the inter-Korean summit set for later this month.  Kwon Hyuk-ki, the head of Cheong Wa Dae’s press center, who attended the meeting, said on Thursday that the two sides had “sufficient discussions” during their four …[more…] …

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(6th LD) Body of F-15K pilot in plane crash recovered

(ATTN: CHANGES headline, lead; ADDS more info in 2nd para) SEOUL/CHILGOK, South Korea, April 5 (Yonhap) — The body of one of two pilots of a South Korean fighter jet was recovered Thursday after the plane crashed into a mountain in a southern region …

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Labor unions take to social media to advance their message

Labor union activity is about more than just shouting fight slogans and demonstrating with red headbands and flags. Now unions are ushering in changes from companies and society as they create more co.. …

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Gov't to Approve Extra Budget Bill on Thurs.

[Economy] : The government plans to approve a four-trillion-won supplementary budget bill on Thursday aimed at supporting job creation programs for young people. The government is expected to approve the bill during an extraordinary Cabinet meeting that will be chaired by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.  Once the …[more…] …

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Korea's Marriage Rate Dips Below Japan's

Koreans in their 20s and 30s now shun marriage to such an extent that Korea has a bigger proportion of younger singles than notoriously marriage-averse Japan. As more and more young Koreans put off marriage, concerns are mounting that the country’s total fertility rate — the average number of child… …

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Gov't to raise public contract prices for smaller firms to ease wage burden

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) — The government will advance its plan to raise contract prices for smaller companies to reflect the suppliers’ increased costs from the latest minimum wage hike, officials said Thursday. The government and the ruling Demo …

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Gov't Must Not Hide Concessions to U.S. from the Public

The government has agreed revised terms of a bilateral free trade agreement with the U.S. that went into effect in 2012, but kept quiet about sensitive portions that are only being revealed in an official announcement by the White House and U.S. Trade Representative.Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong sai… …

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Lavish banquet held for South Korean musicians following Pyongyang performances

A farewell banquet for South Korean musicians visiting Pyongyang for two musical performances was held on the evening of Apr. 3 at Misangak, a guest house for North Korea’s United Front Department (UF.. …

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ATP: Chung Hyeon Has a Shot at Top 8 for Season

[Sports] : South Korea’s top tennis player Chung Hyeon is regarded as a strong candidate to play in the season-ending championships of the ATP World Tour, which will feature the top eight male players around the world.  The Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP) said on Wednesday that “there is a tantalizing …[more…] …

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(LEAD) S. Korean, U.S. marines cancel 'D-Day' landing drill due to weather

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with program cancellation; CHANGES headline) SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) — South Korean and U.S. marines have called off a massive combined amphibious landing exercise this week due to adverse weather, the combined command annou …

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[Special Features Series: April 3 Jeju Uprising, Part V] Young generation learn a painful history

After lunch on Apr. 2, small groups of students filed into a pavilion pitched in front of the gymnasium at Jeju Girls’ High School. The pavilion contained a memorial altar for the Apr. 3 Uprising on J.. …

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Foreign Ministers of N. Korea, China Meet in Beijing

[International] : The top diplomats of North Korea and China met on Tuesday to follow up on the recent summit between their leaders.  China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho held their meeting in Beijing.  According to the ministry, …[more…] …

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French Rail Workers Launch Strike

French railway workers went on strike Tuesday in the first of a series of planned work stoppages in protest of the government’s plans to institute reforms to the system.Only a fraction of trains were running across the country, leaving platforms packed with people and roads clogged with commuters wh… …

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Yonhap news advisory for Wednesday April 4

The following stories are scheduled to be covered by Yonhap News Agency. Your queries are welcome. Yonhap’s English-language news desk can be reached by telephone at 82-2-398-3451 (general) and 82-2-398-3460 (economics), and by email at jjhwang@yna.co. …

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'Jeju Uprising's desire for peace, human rights burns bright': president

President Moon Jae-in and the first lady assist a surviving victim of the Jeju Uprising down the stairs during the 70th commemoration for the victims of the Jeju Uprising, at the Jeju 4.3 Peace Park o …

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Lawmakers Drawing Up Rival Constitutional Revision Bills

[Politics] : Anchor: The main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Tuesday unveiled its constitutional revision bill. Rival parties are expected to clash as they draw up starkly different bills to amend the country’s Constitution for the first time in 38 years. Oh Sooyoung has more.  Report: South Korean lawmakers are …[more…] …

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S. Korea's maritime accidents up 11.9 pct in 2017

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) — The rising popularity of fishing and marine sports caused the number of maritime accidents to rise 11.9 percent in 2017 compared with a year ago, South Korea’s oceans ministry said Tuesday. A total of 2,582 maritime accid …

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Cherry Blossoms Begin to Bloom in Seoul

[Politics] : Cherry blossoms have begun to bloom in Seoul.  The Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA) on Monday said cherry blossom season this spring began four days earlier than last year, and eight days earlier than the annual average. The blooming of cherry trees is officially declared when a randomly chosen …[more…] …

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[Special Feature Series: April 3 Jeju Uprising, Part IV] The silence of the blank white memorial stone

Visitors entering the darkened “Cave of History,” the first exhibit hall at the Jeju April 3 Peace Memorial in Jeju City’s Bonggae neighborhood, hear a brief twittering of birds and see broken water j.. …

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Two Koreas hold first-ever joint taekwondo demonstration in Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, April 2 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) — South Korea’s taekwondo demonstration team gave a joint performance with a North Korean team in Pyongyang on Monday, the first of its kind to be held in the North’s capital. The 22-member team from t …

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