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 2020-04-04 15:03 

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S. Korea's Exports of Farm Products Rise 5.8% in Q1...

[Economy] : South Korea's exports of agricultural products rose about six percent in the first quarter despite the outbreak of the COVID-19. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Sunday, the country's exports of farm ...

 2020-04-04 14:48 

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Arrest Warrant Sought for Soldier over Alleged Involvement in Online Sex Scandal...

[Domestic] : The military prosecution on Sunday sought an arrest warrant for an Army soldier suspected of involvement in an online sexual exploitation case. According to military sources on Sunday, the prosecution asked the military court for a pretrial d...

 2020-04-04 14:40 

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Moon Plants Trees in Wildfire-hit Gangneung on Arbor Day...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in marked Arbor Day by planted trees in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Sunday. Moon and First Lady Kim Jung-sook planted pine trees with about 40 local residents and public officials who fought a devastating forest fire in ...

 2020-04-04 14:27 

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Nearly 44 Million S. Koreans Eligible to Vote in General Elections...

[Politics] : Nearly 44 million South Koreans are eligible to vote in the upcoming general elections. The National Election Commission said on Sunday that it has completed drawing up the list of voters for the elections set to be held on April 15. Accordin...

 2020-04-04 14:18 

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S. Korea's Exports of Hand Sanitizers, Virus Test Kits Jump Amid COVID-19 Pandemic...

[Economy] : South Korea's exports of coronavirus test kits and hand sanitizers surged last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Sunday, the country's outbound shipments of hand saniti...

 2020-04-04 13:50 

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Rival Parties to Canvass Nationwide for General Elections...

[Politics] : Rival parties will continue campaigning for the April 15 general elections on Sunday, the first weekend of the 13-day official campaign period. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) will canvass in the capital region and Jeolla Province,...

 2020-04-04 13:45 

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Moon Urges Churches to Comply with Social Distancing Drive...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in asked religious groups to comply with the extended nationwide social distancing drive by avoiding offline services in order to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The president made the call on Saturday in a Faceb...

 2020-04-04 11:49 

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S. Korea Reports 81 New COVID-19 Cases...

[Domestic] : South Korea reported 81 additional COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the accumulated total to ten-thousand-237. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC), 24 of the new cases were detected upon arrival in South ...

 2020-04-03 16:09 

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S. Korea to Introduce WIG Craft for Passenger Transport Next Year...

[Economy] : As early as next year, South Korea is expected to introduce what's called a wing-in-ground craft or WIG vehicle for passenger transport between Pohang and Ulleung Island.According to the Oceans and Fisheries Ministry on Saturday, the compa...

 2020-04-03 15:33 

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Parties Woo Voters in First Weekend of Official Campaigning...

[Politics] : Rival parties campaigned for the April 15 general elections across the country in the first weekend of official campaigning.Lee Nak-yon, co-chair of the ruling Democratic Party's election committee, canvassed in the critical Seoul distric...

 2020-04-03 15:23 

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WHO Warns against Lifting Social Distancing, Quarantine Restrictions...

[Politics] : Anchor: South Korea has decided to extend its strict social distancing campaign for two more weeks alongside its self-isolation restriction for international travelers to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. As the pandemic s...

 2020-04-03 14:51 

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Moon Mourns Death of Doctor Who Died of COVID-19...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has expressed his condolences over the death of a South Korean doctor who died after contracting the coronavirus while treating a patient. Writing on social media on Saturday, Moon said it's very unfortunate to see t...

 2020-04-03 14:29 

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Public Firm Holds Written Exam for Job Applicants at Football Stadium...

[Domestic] : South Korean companies are devising ways to minimize disruptions to important annual events amid the coronavirus pandemic, including their hiring cycles.Ansan Urban Corporation held a 90-minute written exam for 139 job applicants on Saturday ...

 2020-04-03 14:21 

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S. Korea Aims to Reduce Daily COVID-19 Infections to 50...

[Politics] : Anchor: South Korea has reported 94 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the accumulated total to ten-thousand-156. As such, the government will continue its social distancing campaign for two more weeks, seeking to reduce daily...

 2020-04-03 13:52 

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PM Chung: Continuation of Social Distancing Inevitable...

[Politics] : Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Saturday the country has no choice but to continue strict social distancing for some time.Chairing a COVID-19 response meeting at the Seoul Government Complex, Chung said now is not the time to lower our gua...

 2020-04-03 13:29 

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Gov't Extends Strict Social Distancing for 2 More Weeks...

[Domestic] : The South Korean government announced on Saturday that it will extend the social distancing campaign for two more weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic.It explained that small-scale cluster infections continue at hospitals and religious ...

 2020-04-03 12:41 

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S. Korea Reports 94 More COVID-19 Cases, Total at 10,156...

[Domestic] : South Korea has reported 94 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the accumulated total to ten-thousand-156. During the daily briefing Saturday, South Korean quarantine authorities explained that 48 of the new infections come fro...

 2020-04-02 19:35 

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Google: S. Koreans Visiting Parks More Frequently Despite Coronavirus Scare...

[Politics] : New data shows South Koreans are more frequently visiting parks than before the COVID-19 outbreak, despite the government's stern social distancing guidelines.According to Google community mobility reports released Friday, the number of p...

 2020-04-02 19:18 

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PM Chung Requests Religious Community's Cooperation on Social Distancing...

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun continued to urged the religious community to cooperate with the government's social distancing drive to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chung once again requested their help on Friday, during a luncheon meet...

 2020-04-02 18:36 

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KEI: S. Korea Can Help Many Countries in Fight Against COVID-19...

[Politics] : A U.S.-based think tank has emphasized South Korea's role in overcoming the coronavirus outbreak across the world. According to the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea(AMCHAM) on Friday, Kyle Ferrier, director of academic affairs and re...

 2020-04-02 17:55 

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Online Shopping in Feb. Jumps Nearly 25% Due to COVID-19...

[Economy] : The volume of online shopping in South Korea posted the steepest increase in 16 months in February amid social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.Data from Statistics Korea on Friday showed online transactions jumped more th...

 2020-04-02 17:42 

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March 2020 Average Temperature 2nd Highest on Record...

[Science] : South Korea recorded this year its second warmest March to date.According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), last month's average temperature of seven-point-nine degrees Celsius is the second highest for March since the agenc...

 2020-04-02 17:18 

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UN Grants Sanctions Exemption on Relief Supplies to N. Korea from Irish NGO...

[International] : The United Nations has granted a sanctions exemption on humanitarian aid to North Korea requested by the Irish relief organization Concern Worldwide.The UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee approved the exemption for...

 2020-04-02 17:01 

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S. Korea Enforces Movement Restrictions on Foreigners with 14-Day Quarantine...

[Domestic] : South Korea began enforcing restrictions on the movement of foreigners coming into the country from Wednesday, when it started requiring all overseas travelers to go under a 14-day quarantine to prevent foreign entry of COVID-19.The Justice M...

 2020-04-02 16:59 

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S. Korea's Rival Parties Target Strategic Regions on Second Day of Campaigning...

[Politics] : South Korea's ruling and main opposition parties targeted strategic regions on Friday, day two of campaigning for the April 15 general elections.Marking the 72nd anniversary of the April 3 Jeju uprising and massacre, the ruling Democratic...

 2020-04-02 16:39 

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KOSPI Ends Friday Up 0.03%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained point-58 points, or point-03 percent, on Friday. It ended the week at one-thousand-725-point-44.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining 5-point-31 points, or point-94 percent, to c...

 2020-04-02 16:06 

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Poll: UFP's Satellite Party to Win More Proportional Votes Than DP's in Upcoming Elections...

[Politics] : The latest survey has found the main opposition United Future Party's(UFP) satellite party will likely take away more proportional representation votes than that of the ruling Democratic Party(DP) during the April 15 general elections.In ...

 2020-04-02 15:40 

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Nearly 20,000 of 27,000 in Self-Quarantine Recently Arrived from Foreign Country...

[Politics] : Some 27-thousand people are in self-quarantine in South Korea, of which nearly 20-thousand are people who have recently arrived from a foreign country.Authorities said on Friday that as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 27-thousand-66 people are self-is...

 2020-04-02 15:34 

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Global Novel Coronavirus Infections Surpass 1 Mln, S. Korea Reports Over 10,000 Cases...

[Domestic] : Anchor: Just three months after China reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in late December, more than one million people around the world have contracted the virus, now known as COVID-19. South Korea, which reported its first inf...

 2020-04-02 13:40 

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Fitch Revises Down Growth Outlook for S. Korea to -0.2%...

[Politics] : Global credit rater Fitch Ratings revised down its growth outlook for South Korea this year, citing the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic.In its latest report on Thursday, Fitch trimmed its forecast from point-eight percent last mon...

 2020-04-02 13:03 

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Moon Urges Assembly to Handle Bill on Compensating April 3 Jeju Incident Victims...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged the National Assembly to promptly address a pending bill aimed at compensating victims and bereaved families of the April 3 Jeju uprising and massacre from seven decades ago.Attending an annual ceremony t...

 2020-04-02 12:18 

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Gov't to Provide Emergency Relief Funds Based on March Health Insurance Fees...

[Politics] : The government will provide emergency disaster relief funds to households that fall within the nation's bottom 70 percent bracket based on health insurance fees paid in March. The government unveiled the criteria it devised for giving out...

 2020-04-02 12:12 

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Gov't Vows Efforts to Help Keep Competitive Biz Open...

[Politics] : The government has again pledged efforts to not let any competitive businesses close due to a temporary lack of liquidity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.First Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom made the pledge on Friday during a meeting, saying ...

 2020-04-02 11:45 

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N. Korea to Keep Emergency Quarantine System until Pandemic is Over...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea says it will maintain a national emergency quarantine system until the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end.The North's state-run Korean Central Broadcasting Station said Friday that the North will keep the emergency quarantin...

 2020-04-02 11:33 

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S. Korea Reports 86 New COVID-19 Cases as Nation Surpasses 10,000 Infections...

[Domestic] : The number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea topped 10-thousand on Friday, the 74th day of the country's outbreak.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC) reported 86 new cases during the 24-hour period through 12 a.m. Fr...

 2020-04-02 11:32 

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USFK Commander Calls N. Korea's Claim of No COVID-19 Cases 'Impossible'...

[Inter-Korea] : The commander of U.S. Forces Korea said on Thursday that he does not believe North Korea's claim that it has no coronavirus cases, calling it an "impossible claim."In an interview with CNN and the Voice of America in Seoul, USF...

 2020-04-02 11:20 

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Prime Minister: Gov't Able to Manage Most Imported COVID-19 Cases Soon...

[Politics] : Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun says he believes the government will be able to manage most imported cases of COVID-19 once the size of self-quarantine cases stabilize and the number of travelers entering the country further declines. Chung rev...

 2020-04-02 11:07 

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S. Korea Seeks Special Virtual Summit of ASEAN+3 Leaders...

[Politics] : South Korea is pushing for a virtual summit of the so-called ASEAN Plus Three to advance global cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.ASEAN Plus Three refers to ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

 2020-04-02 10:34 

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US Urges N. Korea to Free Religious Prisoners amid COVID-19 Pandemic...

[Inter-Korea] : The U.S. State Department has urged North Korea and other countries to immediately release hundreds of thousands of religious prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Free...

 2020-04-02 10:19 

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Special Flight Arranged to Bring Home Stranded S. Koreans in Russia...

[International] : A flight has been arranged to bring home South Koreans who were stranded in Russia after a flight bound for South Korea was abruptly canceled on Monday.The South Korean Embassy in Russia said on Thursday that they held consultations with...

 2020-04-02 09:50 

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Moon: S. Korea Willing to Share COVID-19 Experience with Int'l Community...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke on the phone on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Presidential spokesperson Kang Min-seok said in a press briefing that in the t...

 2020-04-02 09:22 

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S. Korea's FX Reserves Post Biggest Drop Since 2008...

[Economy] : South Korea's foreign exchange(FX) reserves hit their biggest monthly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis. According to the Bank of Korea on Friday, the country's foreign exchange reserves came to 400-point-21 billion dollars a...

 2020-04-02 09:13 

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US Official: S. Korea-US Defense Cost Talks 'Never Ended'...

[International] : A senior U.S. official said on Thursday that defense-cost sharing negotiations between South Korea and the U.S. have "never ended," stressing an "equitable and mutually beneficial deal" for both sides.In a video press bri...

 2020-04-02 09:10 

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Worldwide COVID-19 Cases Top 1 Million...

[International] : The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus around the world has surpassed one million. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as of Thursday afternoon eastern daylight time, there were over one million and tw...

 2020-04-01 19:26 

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Hospitals in S. Korea Continue to Be Hotspots for Mass Infections...

[Domestic] : South Korea is witnessing a concerning growth in the number of COVID-19 cases that lead to mass infections, including at hospitals.Kwon Jun-wook, deputy head of the central quarantine headquarters under the Korea Centers for Disease Control a...

 2020-04-01 19:04 

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BOK Mulls Additional Liquidity Provision Measure for Nonfinancial Firms...

[Economy] : Bank of Korea(BOK) Governor Lee Ju-yeol says the central bank will consider lending to non-banking financial institutions if the financial market situation worsen due to growing fallout from COVID-19. He made the remark in a meeting with BOK s...

 2020-04-01 18:47 

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FM Kang, Ambassadors Discuss Cooperation with Latin America Amid Pandemic...

[Politics] : Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and South Korea's top diplomatic envoys in South and Central America held discussion on public safety and regional cooperation amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to the Foreign Ministry, during ...

 2020-04-01 18:39 

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Official Campaigning for General Elections Kicks Off...

[Politics] : Official campaigning for the April 15 general elections kicked off Thursday with rival parties canvassing in Seoul.The ruling Democratic Party(DP) and its satellite shoot-off, the Together Citizens Party, held a ceremony marking the start of ...

 2020-04-01 17:07 

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S. Korean Firms Continue to Suspend Overseas Plants...

[Economy] : Overseas factory shutdowns by South Korean firms continue amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Shutdown periods are also being extended as other countries have imposed bans on movement and business operations to help contain the virus.The globa...

 2020-04-01 16:43 

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BOK Injects 5.2 Tln Won in First Repo Operation...

[Economy] : The Bank of Korea(BOK) on Thursday provided over five trillion won to the capital market in its first repurchase agreement or repo operation.It marks the first supply after the bank vowed to release an "unlimited" amount of liquidity t...

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