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 2021-01-22 16:15 

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Authorities Warn New COVID-19 Variants Could Impact Antivirus Efforts...

[Domestic] : South Korean authorities say new variants of COVID-19 are the biggest variable in determining future quarantine efforts.In a Saturday briefing, Health Ministry official Kwon Jun-wook said the variants are more contagious than the original and...

 2021-01-22 14:43 

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Cho Seong-jin to Premiere Unheard Mozart Piece in Austria...

[Culture] : Renowned South Korean pianist Cho Seong-jin will perform the world premiere of a newly discovered piano piece by Mozart in the composer's hometown in Austria to mark his 265th birthday.Cho's performance of Mozart's "Allegro in ...

 2021-01-22 14:38 

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Skeleton Racer Yun Wins Silver in IBSF World Cup...

[Sports] : South Korean skeleton racer Yun Sung-bin has won a silver medal in the 2020-21 World Cup hosted by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation.In the men's skeleton race at this season's seventh World Cup event in Germany on Frida...

 2021-01-22 14:20 

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PM Orders Review of In-Person Classes for New Semester...

[Politics] : Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has directed the Education Ministry to review expanding in-person classes at schools in the new semester.Chairing a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Saturday, Chung menti...

 2021-01-22 14:18 

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White House to Adopt New Strategy to Deal with N. Korea...

[Politics] : Anchor: A White House spokesperson said Friday that North Korea's nuclear weapons program poses a serious threat and Washington is devising a new strategy to deal with it. Seoul is concerned of losing any remaining momentum for rapprochem...

 2021-01-22 14:15 

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S. Korea, US National Security Advisers Hold Phone Talks...

[Politics] : National Security Office Director Suh Hoon held phone talks with his U.S. counterpart White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and discussed bilateral cooperation including peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula.In a written briefin...

 2021-01-22 12:28 

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S. Korea Reports 431 New COVID-19 Cases...

[Domestic] : South Korea has reported 431 new COVID-19 cases.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Saturday 403 local transmissions and 28 imported cases were reported throughout Friday, raising the country's accumulated caseload ...

 2021-01-21 20:09 

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Report: N. Korea's Budget Revenue, Expenditure Growth Plunge This Year...

[Politics] : A government think tank in Seoul has reported that the growth of North Korea's budget revenue and expenditures is estimated to be the lowest in nearly two decades. Choi Ji-young, a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unificatio...

 2021-01-21 19:48 

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S. Korea to Announce COVID-19 Vaccination Plans This Month...

[Domestic] : The South Korean government is expected to announce detailed COVID-19 vaccination plans by the end of the month.Yoon Tae-ho, director general for public health policy at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said on Friday that the announcement...

 2021-01-21 19:08 

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Ruling on Sex Slave Victims Likely to Take Effect without Challenge...

[Politics] : A South Korean court ruling that called on Tokyo to compensate Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery is expected to take effect on Saturday. On January eight, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of 12 Korean victims...

 2021-01-21 19:01 

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Survey: Ahn Would Beat Park in 2-Way Race for Seoul Mayor...

[Politics] : A new poll suggests Ahn Cheol-soo would win a one-on-one race for the Seoul mayor's office against the anticipated candidate of the ruling Democratic Party. Southern Post R&C said it surveyed a thousand adults over three days. Forty-one-p...

 2021-01-21 17:04 

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British PM Sends G7 Letter of Invitation to S. Korea, Moon to Officially Accept...

[Politics] : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent a letter of formal invitation to South Korea for the upcoming Group of Seven(G7) summit, which President Moon Jae-in intends to officially accept.Last week, Britain announced its plan to hold an i...

 2021-01-21 16:52 

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Finance Chief to Review Steps to Compensate Businesses Hit by Shutdowns...

[Economy] : Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki has promised to review calls for legislative steps to compensate business owners who suffered losses due to COVID-19 restrictions.In a Facebook post on Friday that is seen as a response to Prime Minister Chung Sye-...

 2021-01-21 16:49 

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KOSPI Ends Friday Down 0.64%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell 20-point-21 points, or zero-point-64 percent on Friday, to close the week at three-thousand-140-point-63.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also fell, losing one-point-42 points, or zero-point-14 ...

 2021-01-21 16:05 

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Ex-Pres. Chun's Family Loses Lawsuit on Seized Property...

[Domestic] : Former President Chun Doo-hwan's family has lost an administrative lawsuit filed in protest of a seized building from the family's residence located in Seoul's Yeonhee-dong area.The Seoul Administrative Court on Friday did not rul...

 2021-01-21 15:58 

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Japan Denies Report of Internal Decision to Cancel Summer Olympics...

[International] : Japan has denied a media report that it internally decided to cancel the Summer Olympics and Paralympics rescheduled for July and September this year, after being delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Deputy Chief Cabinet Secret...

 2021-01-21 15:49 

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Gov't to Set up 250 Vaccination Centers Nationwide...

[Domestic] : The government will designate 250 vaccination centers nationwide for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, which are believed to arrive in the country early next month.Doses for 50-thousand people will first arrive from the COVAX Facility ...

 2021-01-21 15:37 

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Gov't to Carefully Review Easing Distancing, Despite Signs of COVID-19 Slowdown...

[Domestic] : The South Korean government said it will carefully review easing social distancing regulations, despite recent signs that the latest wave of the COVID-19 epidemic is slowing down.Yoon Tae-ho, a senior Health Ministry official, said on Friday ...

 2021-01-21 15:00 

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New S. Korean Ambassador to Japan Vows to Deliver Seoul's Will to Normalize Ties...

[Politics] : New South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kang Chang-il, who departed for Tokyo on Friday, said he will deliver the Moon Jae-in administration's will to normalize relations with Japan.Speaking to reporters, Kang referred to the president expre...

 2021-01-21 14:34 

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Prosecutors Resume Raid for Probe into Alleged Travel Ban Violation...

[Domestic] : Prosecutors on Friday continued a raid at the Justice Ministry for the second day as part of their investigation into an alleged violation in issuing a travel ban against former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-ui in 2019.The Suwon District Pros...

 2021-01-21 14:28 

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Biden Era: US Stimulus, Eased Uncertainties to Benefit S. Korean Exports...

[Economy] : Anchor: As the Joe Biden administration entered office in the United States this week, attention is drawn to how its policies will affect the South Korean economy. While consumption in the U.S. is expected to increase and economic uncertaintie...

 2021-01-21 13:54 

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Transport of Construction Materials onto THAAD Base Faces Fierce Protest...

[Domestic] : The South Korean military on Friday allowed entry of 32 vehicles onto a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD) base in the southeastern city of Sangju to bring in construction equipment and non-weapon materials.According to the Defense Mi...

 2021-01-21 12:54 

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S. Korea Sets Tariff on Imported Rice Exceeding Quota at 513%...

[Economy] : South Korea has officially set its tariff on imported rice exceeding a quota at 513 percent.The Agriculture Ministry said on Friday that revisions to the country's schedules of concessions to the World Trade Organization(WTO) have been pro...

 2021-01-21 12:43 

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Committee Chief: Decision on Whether Olympics Will Be Held to Come Before March 25...

[Sports] : The head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee says a decision will be reached before March 25 on whether or not the sports event will take place this summer. Yoshiro Mori said in an interview with a local media outlet on F...

 2021-01-21 11:56 

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Sung Kim Named US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia & Pacific Affairs...

[Politics] : Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim has been named Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. According to the State Department's website on Thursday, Kim's appointment came when the Joe Biden administr...

 2021-01-21 11:38 

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S. Korea Sees Lowest Daily COVID-19 Cases in 2 Months on Fri....

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases returned to the 300s after two days in the 400 range as the latest wave of the epidemic continues to ease. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said that as of 12:00 a.m. Friday, 346 additional people tes...

 2021-01-21 11:33 

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UN Report: Nearly Half of N. Koreans Undernourished, Worst in Asia-Pacific...

[Politics] : A UN report says that North Korea has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the Asia-Pacific region.According to the report jointly compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and other global agencies,...

 2021-01-21 11:06 

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S. Korea's Observational Satellite to be Launched in Kazakhstan on March 20...

[Domestic] : South Korea's new domestically developed observational satellite will be launched into space from Kazakhstan in March. The Ministry of Science and ICT said on Friday that the midsized satellite is scheduled to be launched from the space f...

 2021-01-21 10:38 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases Return to 300s as Latest Wave Slows Down...

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases returned to the 300s after two days in the 400 range as the latest wave of the epidemic continues to ease. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said that as of 12:00 a.m. Friday, 346 additional people tes...

 2021-01-21 10:37 

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S. Korea Wins WTO Case against US Trade Measures...

[Politics] : The World Trade Organization(WTO) has ruled in favor of South Korea in a lawsuit against the United States' high tariffs based on "adverse facts available."The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Thursday that the WTO r...

 2021-01-21 10:15 

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Prosecutors to Resume Search of Justice Ministry Friday...

[Politics] : Prosecutors will conduct a second day of searching the Justice Ministry on Friday as part of their investigation into its alleged violation in issuing a travel ban against former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-ui in 2019.The Suwon District Pro...

 2021-01-21 09:43 

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Fire Hits World's Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Factory in India...

[International] : A huge fire reportedly broke out at the site of the world's largest COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer in India, killing at least five. According to NDTV and other local media, the fire occurred at a construction site of the Serum Institu...

 2021-01-21 09:38 

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Former Energy Minister Faces Questioning on Reactor Shutdown...

[Politics] : Former Energy Minister Baek Woon-kyu is facing questioning by the prosecution on his alleged involvement in the controversial early closure of a nuclear reactor. The Daejeon District Prosecutors' Office is said to have recently notified t...

 2021-01-21 09:32 

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Kyodo: IOC Chief Says 'No Plan B' for Tokyo Olympics...

[International] : International Olympic Committee(IOC) chief Thomas Bach said on Thursday that the virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics will be held this summer and there is "no plan B." Bach said in an online interview with Japan's Kyodo News that at...

 2021-01-21 09:26 

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Biden: All Air Travelers to US Will Need to Quarantine on Arrival...

[International] : U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that all passengers flying to the U.S. will need to quarantine upon arrival.AFP reported that the president made the remarks in a televised national address at the White House as he announced a s...

 2021-01-20 20:00 

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CIO Chief Promises New Organization Won't Become Arrogant Before the Public...

[Domestic] : The inaugural chief of the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) says the new agency will never become an "arrogant power" before the public. Kim Jin-wook made the pledge in his inaugural speech delivered onl...

 2021-01-20 19:57 

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Seoul to Pursue Swift High-Level Exchanges with Joe Biden Gov't...

[Politics] : Seoul's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it will swiftly pursue high-level exchanges with the Joe Biden administration to coordinate strategies for the resumption of talks between Washington and Pyongyang. The ministry revealed the plan ...

 2021-01-20 19:48 

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S. Korea Seeks to Institutionalize Military Talks with N. Korea...

[Politics] : The South Korean Defense Ministry says it will faithfully implement inter-Korean military agreements and pursue inter-Korean military talks on a regular basis. Defense Minister Suh Wook on Thursday briefed President Moon Jae-in at the preside...

 2021-01-20 19:44 

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Moon Calls for End to Stalemate with N. Korea...

[Politics] : Following the launch of the Joe Biden administration in the U.S., President Moon Jae-in has stressed efforts to end a long-standing impasse in talks on the denuclearization and lasting peace of the Korean Peninsula. During a meeting of the Na...

 2021-01-20 16:57 

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Pres. Moon Stresses CIO Must Gain Public's Trust...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in presented on Thursday a letter of appointment to Kim Jin-wook, the inaugural chief of the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO).Presidential spokesperson Kang Min-seok said after presenting the ...

 2021-01-20 16:37 

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KOSPI Ends Thursday Up 1.49%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) rose 46-point-29 points, or one-point-49 percent on Thursday, to close at three-thousand-160-point-84.The KOSPI took its cue from a rally on Wall Street, fueled by Joe Biden's inaugura...

 2021-01-20 16:34 

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Pfizer Korea to Apply for Authorization to Use Vaccines This Month...

[Domestic] : Pfizer Korea will apply this month for authorization to use its COVID-19 vaccine so South Koreans can soon begin receiving inoculations.On Thursday, industry sources say Pfizer will submit an application to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safet...

 2021-01-20 16:24 

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LG Considering All Options including Sell-off...

[Economy] : Anchor: Following LG Electronics' announcement on Wednesday that it is reviewing future plans for its unprofitable mobile business, including a disposal, attention is being drawn towards potential candidates for the takeover.Park Jong-hong...

 2021-01-20 16:08 

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Foreign Workers Required to File for Year-End Income Tax Adjustments by End of Feb....

[Economy] : Foreign workers in South Korea, excluding day laborers, will have to file for year-end income tax adjustments by the end of February, regardless of the period of their stay.According to the National Tax Service(NTS) on Thursday, if the worker ...

 2021-01-20 16:03 

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Potential Candidates for Possible Takeover of LG Electronics' Mobile Unit Named...

[Economy] : Following LG Electronics' announcement on Wednesday that it is reviewing future plans for its unprofitable mobile business, including a disposal, attention is drawing towards potential candidates for the takeover.According to industry sour...

 2021-01-20 15:38 

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COVID-19 Variant Identified in S. Africa May Have High Risk of Reinfection...

[International] : New research finds that the COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa has a strong probability of reinfection and may reduce the efficacy of the current line of vaccines.The assessment was made in a paper recently published by a team o...

 2021-01-20 15:21 

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Biden Sworn in, Promises to Rebuild Alliances...

[International] : Anchor: Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States amid heightened security and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a letter of congratulations to the new American president ...

 2021-01-20 15:13 

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Prosecutors Raid Justice Ministry in Probe into Alleged Travel Ban Violation...

[Domestic] : Prosecutors on Thursday raided the Justice Ministry as part of their investigation into its alleged violation in issuing a travel ban against former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-ui in 2019.The Suwon District Prosecutors' Office began the...

 2021-01-20 15:12 

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Imprisoned De Facto Samsung Chief Vows Support for Group's Compliance Panel...

[Economy] : Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung Group, has vowed his continuous support for the group's compliance committee in his first message from prison.Lee was incarcerated on Monday after he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in priso...

 2021-01-20 15:11 

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Trump Vows Return in Some Form in Farewell to White House...

[Politics] : U.S. President Donald Trump expressed hopes for the new government's success while also vowing to keep fighting for the American people as he bid farewell to the White House. In a send-off ceremony held on Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews ...

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