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 2021-01-29 08:13 

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3-month-old girl suffers severe injuries from beating; mother indicted...

A woman has been indicted on charges of severely abusing her three-month-old daughter in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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International pressure intensifying on anti-North Korea leaflet-sending ban...

The international community's move against South Korea's ban on sending anti-Kim Jong-un regime propaganda leaflets to North Korea is intensifying. Since the National Assembly, which is dominated by the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), pass...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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South Korea keen on providing vaccine aid to North Korea...

The South Korean government is enthusiastic about providing coronavirus vaccines to North Korea as part of its efforts to get stalled inter-Korean relations back on track. Since the Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea failed to produce ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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IU sweeps music charts with new single 'Celebrity'...

IU has proven herself to be one of the top K-pop stars once again with her new single "Celebrity," which has dominated streaming charts since its release on Wednesday. As of Friday morning, the song topped all of the local major streaming charts, ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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SK to invest $1.17 bil. in Hungary ahead of US ruling...

SK Innovation (SKI), the battery affiliate of SK Group, said Friday it will invest 1.3 trillion won, or $1.17 billion, to build a new battery factory in Hungary and expand output capacity in Europe....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Delivery workers to end strike...

South Korea's unionized delivery workers said Friday they have voted to return to work, ending a strike, as they voted to approve a trilateral agreement involving the government. Earlier this week, the Parcel Delivery Workers' Solidarity Union ann...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Galaxy S21 launched globally, set to sell in 130 countries by next month...

Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its new flagship smartphone line has been officially launched globally as the South Korean tech giant hopes its latest handsets can drive the company's mobile business amid fierce challenges from its rivals. Sales o...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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MLB foul ball victims calling for safety nettings...

It was four-year-old Alexis Hoskey's first time going to a baseball game back in 2011. A family fun evening at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, soon turned into a nightmare when a foul ball struck her at an unimaginable speed just above her ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Competition heating up for hydrogen vehicles...

The market for hydrogen-powered vehicles is gaining momentum amid global interest in the fuel as a means of meeting carbon targets. ....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Mirae Asset reports record earnings of \1.1 tril. in 2020...

Mirae Asset Daewoo has reported a record operating profit of 1.12 trillion won for 2020, up 51.76 percent from the previous year, on robust sales in its overall businesses such as wealth management and investment banking the brokerage firm said in a preli...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Undocumented foreigners to get free vaccines...

The government plans to vaccinate undocumented foreigners against COVID-19 free of charge, if necessary, according to the health authorities. The number of foreign nationals staying illegally in Korea is estimated to have risen to about 400,000 due to the...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Mexican TV personality promotes Korean culture, lifestyle...

Christian Burgos, a Mexican TV personality in Korea, is an emcee for the 15th MOKKOJI LIVE (Oct. 20-Jan. 31), an online event hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote Korean culture and lifestyle. The event was joined by several K-...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Cars dumped by foreigners become headache for Incheon airport...

An increasing number of cars dumped by foreigners leaving South Korea has become a headscratcher for management at Incheon International Airport....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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E-Mart-Naver alliance to bring changes to e-commerce market...

Shinsegae Group Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin made a surprise visit to Naver's headquarters in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, to meet Lee Hae-jin, the Internet portal operator's founder and global investment officer (GIO), Thursday. The two were join...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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New justice minister begins term with visit to detention center...

New Justice Minister Park Beom-kye began his term Thursday by visiting a correctional facility at the center of a recent COVID-19 outbreak....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Measures to protect retail investors from short-selling face daunting challenges...

Retail investors are unlikely to level the playing field when it comes to short-selling, despite a growing move by the ruling bloc to increase transparency in the stock market....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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US economy shrinks 3.5% in 2020...

Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years. For 2020 as a whole, a year when the coronavirus inflicted the worst economic freeze...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Will Korea Golf Association hold tournament in North Korea?...

Korea Golf Association President Lee Jung-myung has announced that he will seek to host an international tournament at a golf course on Mount Geumgang in North Korea, during a recent general assembly of the association. Lee, who was inaugurated as the new...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Controversy arises over FTC's regulation on platform operators...

A new bill proposed by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) to regulate platform operators such as Google, Naver and Coupang has triggered controversy, with the Korea Communication Commission (KCC) saying the regulation is redundant, and companies claim...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Court ruling rekindles debate on morality of sex dolls...

A recent court ruling in favor of importing life-size sex dolls has reignited heated debate here over its possible effects on society. While importers and supporters say sex dolls should be treated the same as other sex toys on shelves, opponents say the ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Jeong Jin-woon takes 1st movie lead role since military discharge...

Singer-actor Jeong Jin-woon, 29, a member of K-pop boy band 2AM, will return to the entertainment industry after completing his mandatory military service. Jeong's agency Mystic Story said Friday that he has decided to take the lead role in the upcomi...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Korea's economic recovery remains 'elusive': economists...

Data for the country's industrial output, consumption and investment all turned upward in December, raising hopes that the economy has bottomed out and is about to get back on track for recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data released b...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Vaccination in stages...

The government on Thursday came up with a plan for COVID-19 vaccinations, prioritizing medical personnel at hospitals treating coronavirus patients. The vaccinations will be expanded in stages to inpatients and employees at geriatric hospitals and nursing...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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School staffer given 3 years in jail for leaking SAT questions...

A high school staffer has been sentenced to three years in prison for leaking test papers of the U.S. SAT college entrance exam to a broker. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday it convicted the staffer surnamed Lee, who holds a U.S. passport, of ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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[INTERVIEW] 'I was a GI bride'...

A young woman wailed, as a Seattle-bound ferry departed from the port of Busan and slid into waters on a long voyage in 1954, a year after the bloody Korean War had ended. The woman was Choi Moon-ja, a Korean bride who had just married a Black American so...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Ex-coach of triathlon team sentenced to 7 years in prison after athlete's death...

A former triathlon coach accused of abusing triathlete Choi Sook-hyeon was sentenced to seven years in prison on fraud and assault charges on Friday. The Daegu District Court handed down the term to Kim Gyu-bong, former head coach of the triathlon team at...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Giants re-sign veteran slugger Lee Dae-ho...

The South Korean baseball club Lotte Giants announced Friday they've re-signed slugger Lee Dae-ho to a new two-year contract, ending protracted negotiations that highlighted a gulf between the old-school player and the new-age front office....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Indian farm protesters reinforce after standoff with police...

Thousands of Indian farmers marched overnight to reinforce protesting colleagues camping out on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, to press the government to withdraw three new farm laws that they say will hurt their livelihoods. In a stand-off betw...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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'I'm not cool,' says K-pop diva HyunA...

Nothing could deter K-pop diva HyunA from returning to the stage, not even her health condition. The singer, who has been suffering from depression, panic disorder and vasovagal syncope - a condition caused by triggers such as intense emotional distress -...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Cigarette sales in Korea up 4.1% in 2020...

Sales of cigarettes in South Korea rose 4.1 percent on-year last year as smokers' purchases via duty-free channels were thwarted amid the pandemic, the finance ministry said Friday. South Korean smokers purchased 3.59 billion 20-cigarette packs last y...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Novavax coronavirus vaccine highly effective, but not against South Africa variant...

US biotech firm Novavax said Thursday its two-shot Covid-19 vaccine showed an overall efficacy of 89.3 percent in a major Phase 3 clinical trial in Britain, and remained highly effective against a variant first identified there. But the positive news was ...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Naver to outmatch Kakao in data-driven financial business...

Naver Financial will be able to gain the upper hand over rival Kakao Pay in data-driven financial services after it was granted a license to run "My Data," which will enable it to receive credit information on its customers from conventional finan...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Freezing temperatures sweep Korea...

A freezing cold snap, accompanied by high winds, swept across South Korea on Friday, with temperatures dipping far below zero in all regions, except the southern resort island of Jeju. The day's lowest temperatures dropped below minus 10 C in Seoul an...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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US committed to keeping readiness of USFK through exercises: Pentagon official...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin remains committed to maintaining the readiness of American troops in South Korea through military exercises, a Pentagon official said Thursday. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby also highlighted the importance of t...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Korea's 5G users near 12 million in 2020: data...

The number of 5G subscribers in South Korea approached nearly 12 million last year since the launch of the latest mobile network in April 2019, data showed Friday. South Korea's 5G users stood at 11.85 million as of end-December last year, up over 900...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Hyundai Department Store to test future business model...

Hyundai Department Store is opening a new shopping mall on Yeouido, Seoul, next month - testing the concept for its future retail business. The new building, called "The Hyundai Seoul," stands eight stories tall and extends another seven levels un...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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SM's aespa to release ballad track 'Forever'...

Rookie girl group aespa will release its new track, "Forever," which should warm up K-pop fans this winter. The new song, a ballad from the quartet, will be out on Feb. 5, its record label SM Entertainment said Friday....

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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SK hynix-Intel partnership to help SK see turnaround...

A senior executive at SK hynix, the world's second-largest memory chipmaker, said Friday the firm was hoping to see a major turnaround of its relatively sluggish NAND flash memory chip business this year, based on expectations the anti-trust regulator...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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'To All the Boys' star Lana Condor says filming in Korea was highlight of her career...

Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean Covey in Netflix's upcoming romantic comedy, "To All the Boys: Always and Forever," described to Korean reporters in a press conference on Friday, how excited she was to travel to South Korea to film part of th...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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New virus cases in 400s again...

South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases fell back to below 500 again on Friday due to fewer tests amid cold weather despite a continued rise in clusters tied to religious facilities, which has put health authorities in more prudent mode about relaxi...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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Kim Rae-won to return to small screen with fantasy action series 'L.U.C.A.'...

Actor Kim Rae-won, known for his performances in romantic dramas such as "The Doctors," is set to return to the small screen after about three years off, with tvN's action-packed fantasy series "L.U.C.A. : The Beginning," which will st...

 2021-01-29 08:13 

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 2021-01-29 08:13 

Korea Times

Volkswagen T-Roc appeals Golf fans in Korea...

Volkswagen has debuted the new T-Roc here to create a splash in the highly contested subcompact crossover SUV segment with its competitive pricing and agile performance, as well as making a strong appeal to Korean fans of the brand's best-selling hatc...

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Delivery workers' strike...

The trilateral agreement on preventing delivery workers' deaths from overwork is facing a crisis after just six days. The Parcel Delivery Workers' Solidarity Union said Wednesday that it would enter into an indefinite strike from Friday because th...

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study...

A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Biden stresses need for complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula: White House...

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday highlighted the need to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Biden made the remarks in a call with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, according to the White House....

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Man jailed for 20 years on wrongful murder conviction seeks $2.2 mil. in state compensation...

Yoon Seong-yeo, 54, who was recently acquitted in a retrial after serving 20 years behind bars, having been wrongfully accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl, filed a suit seeking 2.5 billion won ($2.25 million) in compensation for financial losses suffe...

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Meet Korea's disabled but extremely talented models [VIDEO]...

The fashion industry in Korea is by its nature extremely competitive. Although the industry is slowly moving towards embracing diversity, models with disability in Korea have long been ignored and are still largely left out of marketing and promotion camp...

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Bach says IOC 'committed' to Tokyo Olympics, admits fans may be barred...

Olympic chief Thomas Bach on Wednesday said organisers were committed to holding a "successful and safe" Tokyo Games this year, dismissing cancellation talk as "speculation"; - but admitted for the first time that fans may not be allowed. A...

 2021-01-28 11:54 

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Congress has to seize moment to fix immigration...

Amid his first wave of actions after his inauguration Wednesday, President Joe Biden took direct aim at the nation's dysfunctional immigration system by rescinding some of the Trump administration's more extreme approaches to enforcement and pushi...

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