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 2020-07-16 11:04 

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US Embassy to resume nonimmigrant visa services for student, exchange program participants...

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said Thursday it will resume nonimmigrant visa services for students and exchange program participants, partially rolling back the suspension of all visa operations put in place over coronavirus fears. The new measure will take e...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Gyeonggi governor to retain post after top court's ruling...

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung will retain his position, as the Supreme Court on Thursday sent his case back to a lower court, in a decision that salvaged his political career. The Council of Supreme Court Justices, the highest body in judicial ...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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More statues won't solve our statue problem...

We already have a statue problem. President Donald Trump's solution to the problem is ... more statues. During his July 3 Mount Rushmore speech, the president announced his signing of an executive order proposing the creation of a statuary park, the N...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Call for truth about allegations against mayor...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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'Iran is not our enemy'...

How much do we know about Iran? How do we know what we've been told about Iran is true?"The Way Time Goes by in Iran" published by Hani Books raises these two questions and author Yu Dal-seung tries to answer them based on his first-hand exper...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Another virus outbreak reported on Russian vessel in Busan...

Health authorities said Thursday that three crewmen on a Russian ship docked in the southeastern port city of Busan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, fueling concerns over another potential group infection amid a rising number of imported ca...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Blondie & Garfield - JULY 17, 2020...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Korea mulls opening up greenbelt zones in Seoul area to supply homes...

Korea is considering opening up greenbelt zones in the Seoul metropolitan area to make more land available for housing as part of efforts to help resolve the country's housing supply shortage in the densely populated area, the transport ministry said ...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Amid pandemic, take pen in hand...

I can't recall the last time I wrote or received a handwritten letter - but it's time to send such letters again.The reasons why the handwritten letter died are obvious: email, text messaging and cellphones. With how quick those innovations make w...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Busan to fine beachgoers for not wearing masks...

Visitors to some of Busan's most popular beaches will have to wear masks or face hefty fines if not. ....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Trump and Dr. Fauci cement...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Pentagon official expresses condolences over Korean War hero Paik's death...

A senior Pentagon official has mourned the passing of Korean War hero Paik Sun-yup, calling him a "stalwart friend" of the alliance between South Korea and the United States. In a message delivered via the Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation on Wednesd...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Korea ramps up efforts to bring back looted treasures...

Earlier this month, a rare and intricate mother-of-pearl lacquerware box from the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392) was returned to Korea from a private collector in Japan. The return is one of the achievements of the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation ...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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'Incredible' Kane keeps Tottenham in the hunt for Europe...

NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom - Jose Mourinho branded Harry Kane's commitment to Tottenham "incredible" after the England captain put his body on the line to score his 200th club goal in a 3-1 win at Newcastle on Wednesday....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Illegal cellphone sales...

The nation's three mobile carriers and the Korea Association for ICT Promotion (KAIT) will constantly monitor illegally subsidized cellphone sales on the online market. There have been sporadic cases of monitoring specific online channels before. Howe...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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NK leader made least number of public appearances in first half...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made the least number of public appearances in the first half of this year since he assumed power in 2012, amid efforts to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, a recent report said Thursday.According t...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Why isn't California criticized like Florida on COVID-19?...

Why aren't critics of pandemic reopenings talking about California in the same breath as some other states? And what does that say about combating Covid-19?...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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No recovery without debt relief...

Last month, the African Union launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform to facilitate the production and provision of vital medical equipment - the latest achievement in an already impressive response to the COVID-19 crisis....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Tourists invited to retrace WWII history at Tinian...

The Mariana Islands are a popular destination for travelers due to their beautiful views and travel attractions in addition to warm weather all year round....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Moon's approval rating lowest in 9 months...

President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating fell to its lowest level in nine months, according to a poll agency, Thursday, with the recent sexual harassment accusation against and death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, a member of the ruling Democratic P...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Gov't launches new inspection to find hidden cameras in schools...

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday that it has asked 17 regional education offices to conduct a "full-scale" inspection into whether hidden cameras are installed in elementary, middle and highs schools nationwide....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Interest rate freeze...

The Bank of Korea (BOK) decided to leave its key interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent Thursday. This decision lived up to market expectations of a rate freeze. The move reflects worries that a further rate cut could do more harm than good to the economy...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls...

Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong's unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by ...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Moon's rating falls to 9-month low...

President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell significantly to the lowest level in nine months, a poll showed Thursday amid controversies over the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon of Moon's liberal party and his policies on the real estate market...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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[Reporter's notebook] What is your identity? A question to FTC chief Joh Sung-wook...

Innovation is a major policy drive of Moon Jae-in administration....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon collaborates with (G)I-DLE's Soyeon for new single...

Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon - also known as DJ HYO - is collaborating with Soyeon of K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE for her new single, her record label SM Entertainment said Thursday....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Korea's population to halve in 80 years: study...

Korea's population will halve in 80 years and by then two Asian countries - Indonesia and the Philippines - are expected to outgrow its GDP, according to a study in the medical journal Lancet. The analysis, published Tuesday, shows that Korea's po...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Trump loyalty test...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Hotel Lobby...

The Lounge on the 24th floor of the Park Hyatt Seoul is presenting "The Taste Boyangsik Dinner Set," inspired by Korea's tradition of rejuvenating the body through special dishes in summer....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Skepticism grows over city's determination to investigate late mayor...

Civic activists are expressing doubts over Seoul Municipal Government's pledge to uncover the truth about the sexual harassment allegations made against the late Mayor Park Won-soon, made by his former secretary....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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[FULL TEXT] BOK statement on monetary policy decision in July...

The following is the full text of the Bank of Korea's statement on its monetary policy decision. The central bank's monetary policy board voted Thursday to keep the base interest rate steady at 0.5 percent....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Blow for EU as Apple wins fight against $15 billion tax order...

Apple scored a major win on Wednesday as Europe's second-highest court rejected an EU order for the iPhone maker to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in Irish back taxes, dealing a blow to the bloc's attempts to crack down on sweetheart tax deals...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Moon's new security team may have limits in engaging North Korea...

President Moon Jae-in recently shook up his national security team in a bid to double down on his inter-Korean peace initiative, but the ambitious reshuffle may fall short of his expectations, with few gambits to curry favor with North Korea, according to...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Book donation for North Korean refugees...

Park Min, center, CEO of PR agency ToGo Communication, holds a copy of the book "Winning English" with Casey Lartigue Jr., co-founder of Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), a NGO offering educational services to North Korean refugees, in a donatio...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Apink's Jeong Eun-ji conveys message of empathy in new EP 'Simple'...

Jeong Eun-ji, the main vocalist of K-pop act Apink, dropped her fourth solo mini-album "Simple" on Wednesday. This comes a year and nine months since her third solo mini-album "Hyehwa" released in 2018....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Menace of illicit drugs in Golden Triangle region...

The Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia is one of the major producers of illicit drugs. This region includes northern Thailand, western Laos, and eastern Myanmar. Earlier, the region was known for its opium cultivation, processing and distribution ac...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Trump floats summit possibility for status quo with NK...

Despite North Korea's rejection of another summit with the United States, the Donald Trump administration has been floating the idea ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. However, doubting its sincerity, diplomatic experts say it is a U...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Dr. Fauci, we always knew it would come to this...

Let's begin today with Joe Biden, who is far too often trumped by the tumultuous roar of the MAGA train wreck. Biden, who currently leads Trump by nine points nationally and by as many as five points in Texas (Texas!), had a few choice things to say a...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Moon vows full measures against housing price hikes, calls for parliament's support...

President Moon Jae-in said Thursday his government will use all available measures in the fight against property speculation and soaring housing prices, especially around the capital area. He vowed to "listen to the voice of opposition parties" de...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Can reshuffle jumpstart engagement, denuclearization?...

The appointment of Suh Hoon to National Security Council director should be a good move for the South Korean administration, now going into its fourth year. Director Suh seems to have the background and the seriousness to make this key position work for t...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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SK-LG battery patent dispute reaching climax...

The dispute between LG Chem and SK Innovation over electric vehicle (EV) battery patents is reaching a climax, after the former filed a complaint with the prosecution in Korea. The move is seen as an attempt to raise its leverage before the U.S. Internati...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton accused of abusing power...

French luxury brands Chanel and Louis Vuitton stand accused of abusing their brand power against local department stores. According to an industry source, both Chanel and Louis Vuitton have been forcing department store franchises here to bear the cost of...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Korea reports 61 new coronavirus infections...

South Korea's new virus cases bounced back to surpass 60 again on Thursday as imported cases continued to rise amid a slowdown in local infections. The country added 61 cases, including 47 imported cases, raising the total caseload to 13,612, accordin...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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BOK holds key rate steady at 0.5% amid signs of improvement...

As widely expected, the Bank of Korea (BOK) kept the policy rate frozen at 0.5 percent Thursday, amid slight signs of an economic recovery from the pandemic-caused slump and growing concerns over soaring property prices....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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'Superband' winner hopes to extend fandom for classical music...

Last year, JTBC aired "Superband," a music competition program where various musicians were randomly teamed up to perform together. The show was popular among those who were thirsty for quality music with fresh combinations of contemporary and cla...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Tearing down statues...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Basic income for everyone...

If you receive - for example - 500,000 won every month as basic income, how will your life change? Seeing a homeless man on the street one day, I thought about how his life would change if he received basic income. Perhaps he will be able to find a room t...

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Supporting small business owners...
 2020-07-16 11:04 

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[Reporter's Notebook] New jeonse loan for expats at this moment?...

It may have been expected that KB Kookmin Bank's recent announcement of its new foreigner-only housing loan product for "jeonse" payments would be good news for foreign residents in Korea....

 2020-07-16 11:04 

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Broadcasters hit for making 'defamatory' remarks against Park's accuser...

Freelance announcer Park Ji-hee and radio host Lee Dong-hyeong sparked controversy over inappropriate remarks about the former secretary who made sexual harassment allegations against the late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon during their show, Thursday....

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