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 2021-01-18 12:22 

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CIO Chief Nominee Vows to Protect Political Neutrality, Autonomy...

[Domestic] : The nominee to head the powerful Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) vowed to protect the agency's political neutrality and autonomy, while investigating corruption involving officials without anything being of...

 2021-01-18 11:54 

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S. Korea to Monitor Market Volatility over Yield Spreads of State Bonds...

[Economy] : South Korea's vice finance minister said the government will closely monitor a potential increase in volatility of the financial markets as the yield spread between short and long-term state bonds is increasing.First Vice Finance Minister ...

 2021-01-18 11:38 

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Russian Foreign Minister Assesses Koreas, US Refraining from Provocation...

[Politics] : Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has assessed that the two Koreas and the United States are all refraining from radical acts that may raise tensions.The Russian top diplomat gave the assessment on Monday during an annual New Year press ...

 2021-01-18 10:51 

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Parliament to Hold Confirmation Hearing for CIO Chief Nominee...

[Politics] : The parliament will hold a confirmation hearing for the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) chief nominee Kim Jin-wook on Tuesday. The National Assembly Legislation and Judiciary Committee is expected to focus on t...

 2021-01-18 10:36 

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S. Korea Reports 386 New COVID-19 Cases...

[Domestic] : South Korea reported 386 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, remaining in the 300 range for the second straight day. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Tuesday that the new cases raised the country's accumulated caseloa...

 2021-01-18 10:14 

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S. Korea's Exports to Japan Fall 11.7% in 2020...

[Politics] : South Korea's exports to Japan declined nearly 12 percent in 2020 from a year earlier due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.According to data from the Korea International Trade Association(KITA) on Tuesday, Seoul's exports to th...

 2021-01-18 10:05 

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4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in West Sea...

[Science] : An earthquake with a magnitude of four-point-six was reported in the West Sea on Monday morning, with calls reported from across South Korea from people who felt the tremor.Quoting data by the China Earthquake Administration, Seoul's Korea...

 2021-01-18 09:35 

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Independent Pandemic Review Panel Critical of WHO, China Delays...

[International] : An independent panel reviewing the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has issued criticism that the World Health Organization(WHO) and China should have reacted sooner in the early stages of the pandemic.AFP reported that the Indep...

 2021-01-18 09:26 

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Cold Snap Grips S. Korea...

[Politics] : A cold snap gripped South Korea on Tuesday, with morning low temperatures plunging to around minus 15 degrees Celsius in inland and mountain areas. Cold wave advisories are in place for the central region and inland areas of North Gyeongsang ...

 2021-01-17 20:06 

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S. Korea Protests Japan's Latest Claim to Dokdo...

[Politics] : Seoul has denounced Tokyo's fresh claim to South Korea's Dokdo islets. In a spokesperson's statement on Monday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said it strongly protests a repetition of unjust claims on Dokdo, which is sovereign...

 2021-01-17 20:03 

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China Welcomes Pres. Moon's Remark on Xi's Planned Visit...

[Politics] : China has welcomed President Moon Jae-in's pledge to work toward an early visit to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying relayed the stance in a media briefing on Monday, saying di...

 2021-01-17 20:01 

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Seoul: Tehran Requested Using Frozen Money to Pay UN Membership Fees...

[Politics] : South Korea said on Monday that it has received Iran's request regarding Tehran's reported plan to pay its overdue United Nations membership fees with its seven billion dollars frozen at two South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions.A ...

 2021-01-17 19:57 

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Lee Jae-yong Sent Back to Jail after Appeals Court Ruling in Bribery Retrial...

[Domestic] : Anchor: Nearly three years after he was released on a suspended prison term on a bribery case involving jailed former President Park Geun-hye, Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong is back in prison after an appeals court reversed the previous verdict in...

 2021-01-17 17:30 

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Japanese FM Renews Dokdo Claim in Diet Speech...

[Politics] : Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi laid claim to South Korea's Dokdo islets while addressing the opening of the Diet's regular session on Monday.It's the eighth straight year since 2014 that Tokyo's top diplomat has m...

 2021-01-17 17:00 

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Kevin Na Wins Sony Open in 5th PGA Tour Victory...

[Sports] : Korean American golfer Kevin Na has won the Sony Open, his fifth victory in the PGA Tour.The 37-year-old birdied the final hole to win the tournament by one stroke in the final round held Sunday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Na finished ...

 2021-01-17 16:48 

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KOSPI Ends Monday Down 2.33%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell 71-point-97 points, or two-point-33 percent, on Monday to close at three-thousand-13-point-93.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also fell, losing 19-point-77 points, or two-point-05 percent, to c...

 2021-01-17 16:48 

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Moon Pledges 'Extraordinary Measures' to Increase Housing Supply...

[Domestic] : President Moon Jae-in has pledged to announce "extraordinary measures" before next month's Lunar New Year holiday, including public redevelopment, development of areas near subways stations and new land, to increase the housing su...

 2021-01-17 16:36 

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Suga Urges Seoul to Present Solutions to Bilateral Issues...

[Politics] : Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has again urged South Korea to present solutions to issues of bilateral conflict.Speaking at the opening of the Diet's regular session on Monday, the Japanese leader said relations with South Korea a...

 2021-01-17 16:17 

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N. Korea's Budget on Economic Development Rises 0.6%, Despite 5-Year Plan...

[Economy] : Despite announcing a new five-year economic development plan at a recent ruling party congress, North Korea's budget on economic development this year remained at the same level as last year.According to the North's state-run Korean Ce...

 2021-01-17 16:09 

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Iran Proposes to Pay Overdue UN Membership Fees with Frozen Funds...

[Politics] : Iran has proposed paying its overdue United Nations membership fees with its seven billion dollars frozen at two South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions.On the Iranian Foreign Ministry website on Sunday, ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzad...

 2021-01-17 15:48 

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Moon Hesitant to Pardon Convicted Ex-Presidents...

[Politics] : Anchor: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in held a New Year's news conference earlier this Monday, addressing a wide range of issues, including denuclearization of North Korea, strained relations with Japan, possible pardons for two f...

 2021-01-17 15:43 

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Growing Number of S. Koreans Choose to Die with Dignity since Legalization...

[Domestic] : A growing number of people in South Korea are choosing to forgo life-sustaining treatment since the legalization of the right to die with dignity three years ago.According to the National Agency for Management of Life-Sustaining Treatment on ...

 2021-01-17 15:38 

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Samsung Heir Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for Bribery...

[Domestic] : Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison in a retrial of a bribery case involving jailed former President Park Geun-hye.The Seoul High Court held a sentencing hearing on Monday, about...

 2021-01-17 14:30 

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Moon: Seoul, Tokyo Should Develop Future-Oriented Ties...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in said Seoul and Tokyo should work towards developing future-oriented relations, apart from resolving historical issues which should be dealt with separately.At a New Year's press conference on Monday, Moon said the tw...

 2021-01-17 13:32 

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Moon Expects N. Korean Leader to Visit Seoul Some Time in Future...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in said he expects for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul some time in the future, as Kim's visit, following Moon's visit to Pyongyang in 2018, had been agreed between the two sides.At a New Year's p...

 2021-01-17 13:08 

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Moon Assures Public about Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has assured the South Korean people of the safety of COVID-19 vaccines developed by global pharmaceutical companies that are scheduled to arrive so that vaccinations can start next month.At a New Year's press confere...

 2021-01-17 13:01 

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Moon: N. Korea Nuclear Issue Can be Resolved through Peace Agreement...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in said issues surrounding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs can be resolved after talks on establishing a permanent peace regime successfully conclude with an agreement.At a New Year's press conference on ...

 2021-01-17 11:59 

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Pres. Moon Says Doesn't Believe Top Prosecutor Has Politics in Mind...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in said that his assessment on Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl is that he is the top prosecutor of his administration. In a televised New Year's conference at the presidential office on Monday, Moon said he does not b...

 2021-01-17 11:51 

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Gov't to Keep Strict Social Distancing Rules despite Drop in Cases...

[Domestic] : Anchor: The government has decided to keep current social distancing rules in place for two more weeks despite a recent decline in COVID-19 cases as part of efforts to conclusively curb the third wave of the pandemic. It is also set to implem...

 2021-01-17 11:41 

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Britain Invites S. Korea, Australia, India to G7 Summit...

[Politics] : Britain announced that it will hold the first in-person meeting of the Group of Seven(G7) nations in nearly two years in June.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday in a statement that he wants to use Britain's presidency o...

 2021-01-17 11:31 

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Moon: It's Not Time Yet to Pardon 2 Incarcerated Ex-Presidents...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has expressed a negative view on early pardons of former Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye, who are in prison after being convicted of corruption and other charges.In a televised New Year's conference at the...

 2021-01-17 10:58 

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Court to Rule on Samsung Electronics Chief's Bribery Case...

[Politics] : An appeals court will give a verdict on Monday for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong in a retrial of a bribery case involving jailed former President Park Geun-hye.The Seoul High Court is set to hold a sentencing hearing at 2:05 ...

 2021-01-17 10:40 

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Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon Announces Bid to Run for Reelection...

[Politics] : Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced on Sunday his candidacy for the Seoul mayoral by-election set for April.Oh, a member of the main opposition People Power Party(PPP), declared his bid in northern Seoul, vowing to win the mayoral by-elec...

 2021-01-17 10:38 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases Fall to 389...

[Domestic] : South Korea's daily COVID-19 cases fell to the 300 range for the first time in 54 days. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Monday that 389 new infections were detected throughout the previous day, raising the coun...

 2021-01-17 09:53 

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N. Korea Conducts Major Cabinet Reshuffle...

[Politics] : North Korea reportedly convened a parliamentary session on Sunday and conducted a major reshuffle of Cabinet members in charge of economic affairs. According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) on Monday, the Supreme ...

 2021-01-17 09:45 

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Moon Set to Hold New Year's Press Conference...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in is set to hold a New Year's press conference on Monday to explain the government's key policies for 2021. The 100-minute live television event will begin at 10 a.m. at the presidential office. During the first vi...

 2021-01-17 09:22 

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S. Korea Eases Restrictions on Cafes, Gyms...

[Politics] : Some businesses that have been shut down amid a recent surge in COVID-19 infections will be able to reopen on Monday as the government eased related restrictions. About 112-thousand indoor gyms, karaoke facilities and private cram schools in ...

 2021-01-17 08:36 

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Heavy Snow to Hit S. Korea...

[Science] : Heavy snow is expected to hit South Korea on Monday, with related advisories issued for parts of the capital region, Chungcheong and Jeolla Provinces.The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecast more than ten centimeters of heavy sno...

 2021-01-16 15:14 

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Hyundai, Kia's Eco-Friendly Car Sales Jump 36% in 2020...

[Economy] : Eco-friendly car sales of Hyundai Motor Group in the global market jumped 36 percent last year from a year earlier.According to the auto industry on Sunday, Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors sold over 161-thousand units of eco-friendl...

 2021-01-16 15:10 

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Heavy Snow Expected to Hit Central Region...

[Science] : Heavy snow is expected to hit parts of the nation Sunday and Monday, with preliminary advisories issued for the capital region and inland areas of the southern and central regions.The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecast up to or...

 2021-01-16 14:06 

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Japanese Minister Says 'Anything Can Happen with Olympics'...

[International] : A Japanese Cabinet minister reportedly said that "anything can happen" with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, hinting at a possible cancellation of the games.Taro Kono, minister for administrative and regulatory refo...

 2021-01-16 14:02 

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Temporary Testing Sites Detect 35% of Daily Infections in Greater Seoul Saturday...

[Domestic] : Temporary COVID-19 testing sites in the greater Seoul area identified 124 infections on Saturday, which is about one third of the daily total for the area.According to health authorities on Sunday, 144 makeshift testing sites in the metro are...

 2021-01-16 13:56 

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Biden Picks Wendy Sherman for No. 2 State Department Post...

[International] : United States President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated longtime diplomat Wendy Sherman as the No. 2 official at the State Department.Biden announced his picks for key posts in his administration as he is set to take office on Wedn...

 2021-01-16 13:23 

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N. Korea Set to Hold Supreme People's Assembly Session...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea is set to convene a parliamentary session in Pyongyang on Sunday following a recent congress of the ruling Workers' Party.The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday that Choe Ryong-hae, th...

 2021-01-16 13:18 

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Outgoing S. Korean Ambassador Returns without Meeting with Suga...

[Politics] : Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has reportedly refused to meet with outgoing South Korean ambassador in a show of discontent over a recent court ruling in Seoul that ordered Tokyo to pay damages to victims of Japan's wartime sexual...

 2021-01-16 10:55 

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S. Korea Reports 520 New COVID-19 Cases...

[Domestic] : South Korea has reported 520 new COVID-19 cases, marking the sixth straight day that the daily tally has been in the 500s.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Sunday that 500 local transmissions and 20 imported cases we...

 2021-01-15 14:44 

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N. Korea Focuses on Internal Unity After Party Congress Ends...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea is shoring up domestic solidarity following the conclusion of a rare party congress and military parade by urging party members and citizens to study the decisions that came out of the events.The ruling Workers Party newspaper ...

 2021-01-15 14:30 

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AI Chatbot Faces Class Action Suit over Privacy Leak...

[Culture] : A class action lawsuit will be filed against an artificial intelligence(AI) chatbot service called "Lee Luda."Developed by a local startup, the chatbot has been mired in controversy over its use of discriminatory and offensive language...

 2021-01-15 14:29 

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S. Korea Ranks 6th in Military Strength...

[Politics] : South Korea has ranked sixth in global military strength.According to 2021 list from the U.S. ranking agency Global Firepower, South Korea ranks sixth out of 138 countries, the same as last year, with a PowerIndex score of zero-point-1621.Nor...

 2021-01-15 14:27 

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Ministry: No Korean Casualties Reported from Indonesia Quake...

[International] : Seoul's Foreign Ministry says no South Korean casualties or damages have been reported from the six-point-two magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Friday.A ministry official said Saturday there are no K...

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