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 2020-02-21 17:29 

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S. Korea strongly protests Japan's renewed claims to Dokdo...

South Korea lodged a strong protest Saturday against Japan's renewed claims to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo. Seoul's foreign ministry called in Hirohisa Soma, a senior official at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, and expressed regre...

 2020-02-21 11:30 

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S. Korea reports 142 more cases of novel coronavirus, total rises to 346...

South Korea reported 142 new cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 346. The number of COVID-19 infections has spiked in the past several days, with most new infections traced to a minor...

 2020-02-21 00:36 

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BTS thanks their fans for positivity on Today Show...

BTS once again thanked their fans for their positivity during their first appearance on the Today Show on Friday. "It's all because of ARMYs that gave us positive energies," RM said as he translated Jin's answer when the band was a...

 2020-02-20 22:25 

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N. Korea cancels int'l marathon over coronavirus: tour agencies...

North Korea has canceled its annual Pyongyang Marathon to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, tour agencies said Friday. The international marathon event, also known as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, was scheduled to take place...

 2020-02-20 22:17 

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S. Korea reports 2nd death of coronavirus patient...

South Korea reported the nation's second death from the new coronavirus, with the number of confirmed cases surpassing 200, officials said Friday. The woman in her 50s died at a hospital in the southeastern city of Busan after being transferred from...

 2020-02-20 21:15 

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S. Korea, Japan to hold talks next month over trade row...

South Korea said Friday that it will hold talks with Japan next month in the latest attempt to resolve the two countries' monthslong trade row. Lee Ho-hyeon, South Korea's director general for international trade policy, is set to meet with his Ja...

 2020-02-20 19:59 

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BTS reflects on seven years together on 'Map of the Soul: 7'...

BTS released Friday its fourth studio album, "Map of the Soul: 7" spanning 20 tracks. The lead track "On" is an electrifying pop/hip-hop anthem that heavily features marching band drums as the group sings the soaring chorus...

 2020-02-20 19:07 

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Minister says COVID-19 under control despite 100 new cases...

South Korea has stepped up measures to detect and contain the new coronavirus, as the number of COVID-19 patients has grown rapidly across the nation. The country reported 100 additional cases Friday, with the total standing at 204 as of 4 p.m. D...

 2020-02-20 18:54 

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No confirmed COVID-19 cases yet in Busan, Ulsan, Gangwon...

The novel coronavirus appears to have spread nationwide this week with a surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 virus infections, with Daegu being the largest cluster in the country as of Friday. Cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed acro...

 2020-02-20 18:13 

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Moon calls for inspection of Shincheonji Church of Jesus in relation to COVID-19...

President Moon Jae-in on Friday called for an inspection of events linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in tracking the COVID-19 outbreak. "A thorough inspection of attendees of services and the funeral is needed," Moon said at an...

 2020-02-20 17:52 

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No plans to delay new semester, Seoul city to support Chinese students...

The government said Friday it has no plans to order a postponement of the new school semester nationwide despite a surge in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Education also set up a task force with the Seoul Metropolitan Gove...

 2020-02-20 17:43 

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[Video] Chungmuro, the heart of Korean cinema, goes beyond 'Hallyuwood'...

The movie district often epitomizes the fame, power and money that comes from the show-biz industry. Known as the mecca of Korea's big screen, Chungmuro has been home to many theaters and movie studios. It used to be the stomping grounds for ho...

 2020-02-20 17:03 

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Foreign artists delay concerts in Korea due to spread of COVID-19...

Foreign artists have postponed their concerts in Korea due to the spread of the COVID-19. As of 10 a.m. Friday, South Korea reported 52 new cases of the coronavirus. The total number of infections in the nation is now at 156. Australian artist Ruel...

 2020-02-20 16:55 

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Red Cross requests sanctions exemption for Pyongyang to fight COVID-19...

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has requested the UN exempt sanctions on Pyongyang to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak, a US radio station reported Friday. The world's largest humanitarian organiza...

 2020-02-20 16:32 

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Use of AI speakers, PCs, smartphones increases in Korea amid COVID-19 outbreak...

The use of AI speakers, PCs and smartphones has increased here amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to industry data. South Korean mobile carrier KT on Friday said use of its AI speaker Giga Genie increased 8.3 percent in Jan. 30-Feb. 12 compare...

 2020-02-20 16:25 

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Coronavirus presumed as factor in S. Korean man's death...

The new coronavirus likely was a factor in the death of a South Korean man who posthumously tested positive for COVID-19, the health authorities said Friday. The 63-year-old man who died of pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in the southeastern city...

 2020-02-20 16:23 

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[Diplomatic circuit] Hungarian envoy envisions 'Invented in Hungary' goods with Korean firms...

More than just a production base, Hungary wants to become a hub for creative innovations for Korean companies, Ambassador to Seoul Mozes Csoma said. "We would like to move together with Korea," Csoma told The Korea Herald at the embassy...

 2020-02-20 16:22 

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[Diplomatic circuit] FKCCI opens larger office...

The French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opened a new business center with a spacious office for business representatives and meetings, the group said Monday. The expansion comes amid a rise in the number of French companies tapping in...

 2020-02-20 15:51 

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S. Korea set to release 1 more fully recovered coronavirus patient...

South Korea will release one more fully recovered coronavirus patient later in the day, the health authorities said Friday. So far, South Korea has released 16 virus patients from hospitals. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and...

 2020-02-20 15:37 

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BTS' 'Boy With Luv' video featuring Halsey tops 700m YouTube views...

The video of "Boy With Luv," K-pop boy band BTS' Billboard-topping song featuring Halsey, has topped 700 million YouTube views, the band's management agency said Friday. The lead track of BTS' previous album, "Map of the Soul: Pers...

 2020-02-20 15:09 

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Ex-S. Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng leaves for Spain to finalize talks with top-division club...

INCHEON -- Former South Korean men's football captain Ki Sung-yueng departed for Spain on Friday to finalize talks with a top-flight club there, looking to continue his pro career in Europe after negotiations with domestic teams fell through. The 31...

 2020-02-20 14:43 

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Pro football matches in southeastern region postponed due to coronavirus...

Upcoming professional football matches in South Korea's southeastern region have been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus. The K League announced Friday that the Feb. 29 home opener for Daegu FC in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul...

 2020-02-20 14:28 

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Samsung's Z Flip Tom Brown edition sells out in 2 1/2 hours...

Online sales of Samsung Electronics' Z Flip Tom Brown edition ended within just 2 1/2 hours on Friday. Samsung Electronics at Thursday midnight started sales of the limited Thom Browne edition of its new foldable phone. The company's o...

 2020-02-20 14:06 

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Seoul city to ban rallies in central Seoul, close Shincheonji Seoul facilities...

Seoul's city government said Friday it will ban rallies in the center of the city and close down the facilities of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Seoul as part of efforts to rein in the spread of the COVID-19 virus. "We plan to ban...

 2020-02-20 14:06 

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Jongno district skittish about virus spread after reporting most infections in Seoul...

Jongno Ward in central Seoul has reported the most cases of the new coronavirus in the capital, spawning concerns that the district with many senior citizens and commuters may be vulnerable to infections. As of Friday, seven cases of COVID-19 infect...

 2020-02-20 12:58 

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Former finance minister to head Samsung Electronics' board...

Former Finance Minister Park Jae-wan was appointed as the new board chair of Samsung Electronics, becoming the first outside director to head the tech giant's board of directors, the company said Friday. Park, 64, has been an outside director...

 2020-02-20 12:33 

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China, Russia supply combined 53,000 tons of refined oil to N. Korea last year...

China and Russia supplied around 53,000 tons of refined oil to North Korea last year despite tough sanctions restricting trade with Pyongyang, a United Nations report showed Friday. According to the report disclosed by the UN Security Council (UNSC)...

 2020-02-20 12:31 

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Seoul stocks extend losses late Friday morning on virus woes...

South Korean stocks extended losses late Friday morning amid rising concerns over the fast spreading novel coronavirus in the country. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 25.94 points, or 1.18 percent, to 2,169.56 as of 11:2...

 2020-02-20 12:29 

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Two Australian evacuees from Japan ship have coronavirus...

SYDNEY (AFP) -- Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said Friday, raising questions about Japan's policy of allowing evacuees to return home after testing negative. "W...

 2020-02-20 12:28 

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Military fighting coronavirus after first armed forces infections confirmed...

The military is making all-out efforts to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading further into the barracks, officials said Friday, after the country's first infections in the armed forces were confirmed. Earlier in the day, a Navy sailor on the...

 2020-02-20 12:18 

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Trump scoffs at 'Parasite's' Oscar win...

COLORADO SPRINGS (AFP) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday scorned the best picture Oscar for South Korean film "Parasite," asking how a foreign movie could get the honor. "How bad was the Academy Awards this year?" Trump asked...

 2020-02-20 12:13 

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Former Hanjin executives support current chairman, denounce KCGI coalition...

Following the Hanjin Group labor union's endorsement of Chairman Cho Won-tae last week, former executives have also stepped up to support the current management, according to their statement Friday. Issued in the name of the former executive...

 2020-02-20 12:11 

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Schools asked to report foreign students' visits to China amid virus outbreak...

As part of its efforts to combat the new coronavirus, the government has asked elementary and secondary schools nationwide to verify and report their foreign students' record of visiting China and their current whereabouts, the Ministry of Education...

 2020-02-20 12:09 

Korea Herald

Seoul city to ban rallies, Shincheonji church services to curb virus...

As part of drastic measures to curb the sprawling new coronavirus, the Seoul city government on Friday said it will be banning rallies and closing down Shincheonji church services. "We plan to ban use of Seoul plaza, Cheonggye plaza and Gwanghw...

 2020-02-20 12:07 

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[Newsmaker] Virus-infected hospital staff stoke concerns over further transmission to patients...

Some nurses at a hospital here have contracted the new coronavirus, fueling fears that more virus cases will be identified, public health officials said Friday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and public health authoriti...

 2020-02-20 12:04 

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Creators of 'Crash Landing on You' explains making the film...

SEOUL (AP) -- "At first, we were even told not to use the word 'Chairman'" an honorific title alluding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Joo Dong-man, a props manager, recalling the painstakingly meticulous process of re-cre...

 2020-02-20 11:58 

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Airlines to suspend more flights over coronavirus...

South Korean airlines said Friday they will reduce more routes and ask employees to take unpaid leave as the spread of the novel coronavirus is impacting travel. With no clear end in sight for the COVID-19 outbreak, local airlines began to suspend...

 2020-02-20 11:39 

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S. Korea reports 52 new virus cases, total now at 156...

South Korea reported 52 new cases of the new coronavirus Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 156, with the potentially fatal illness spreading fast across the country. The number of COVID-19 infections here has almost tr...

 2020-02-20 11:02 

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New threats emerge in outbreak while China voices optimism...

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese health officials expressed new optimism Thursday over the deadly virus outbreak while authorities in South Korea's fourth-largest city urged residents to hunker down as fears nagged communities far from the illness' epicent...

 2020-02-20 11:00 

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Iran announces 3 new cases of new virus after 2 deaths...

TEHRAN (AP) -- Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new virus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city...

 2020-02-20 10:54 

Korea Herald

New BTS album 'Map of the Soul: 7' set to rock global music scene...

K-pop phenomenon BTS will drop a new album, "Map of the Soul: 7," Friday evening, rocking the world music scene once again. The upcoming 20-track album is the second part of its "Map of the Soul" album series, following "Ma...

 2020-02-20 10:51 

Korea Herald

Cho Hee-sook Asia's Best Female Chef of 2020...

Cho Hee-sook has been named Asia's Best Female Chef of 2020 by the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, one of the most influential groups in the cuisine industry in Asia. Cho, who owns Hansikgonggan in Seoul, a Michelin-starred Korean r...

 2020-02-20 10:46 

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[Eye Plus] Inside a mountain fortress...

Sitting 480 meters above sea level, Namhansanseong is a mountain fortress 25 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The fortress stretches 12 kilometers, and is said to have been built during the Unified Silla Kingdom in the seventh century. Namhansanseo...

 2020-02-20 10:44 

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[Box Office] Movies in theaters this week...

Corpus Christi (Poland) Opened Feb. 13 Drama Directed by Jan Komasa Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) experiences a spiritual rebirth during his time in a youth detention center and the 20-year-old decides to become a priest. However, his criminal record pr...

 2020-02-20 10:42 

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[Around the Hotels] Promotions and Packages...

Spring flounder returns to Millennium Hilton Seoul Genji, within Millennium Hilton Seoul, presents a spring promotion for March and April featuring flounder. Flounder, a variety of flatfish considered a great delicacy, is enjoyed in spring. The f...

 2020-02-20 10:35 

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[Travel Bits] Festivals and sights across Korea...

Gurye Sansuyu Festival The Gurye Sansuyu Festival, an annual spring flower festival, runs March 14-22 in the Jirisan hot springs area. Major attractions include an exhibition of local products made with "sansuyu" (cornus fruit) as well...

 2020-02-20 10:31 

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[Digital Simplicity] Consumers face dilemma of subscription economy...

What is called a "subscription economy" is not so far removed from the everyday life of ordinary Koreans. A growing number of Korean consumers, especially those in their 20s, are embracing this new model that favors subscriptions over own...

 2020-02-20 10:30 

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[Eye] Wisdom in a dish...

While more people around the world are starting to appreciate Korean food -- or "hansik" in Korean -- a basic understanding of true Korean food is necessary for all Koreans, says the Ven. Sunjae, head of the Korean Food Promotion I...

 2020-02-20 10:28 

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Expats find performance community in Wordsmiths...

On the surface, Wordsmiths is like any other open mic event, providing a space for writers to share their poetry, prose and music. But a swift dig beneath the surface reveals a community of warmth, mutual support and acceptance. Wordsmiths'...

 2020-02-20 10:27 

Korea Herald

[Weekender] The 'Parasite' impact...

For Jeon Da-jung, a 35-year-old office worker who often commutes through the neighborhood of Buam-dong, central Seoul, the concrete staircase that leads to the nearby Jahamun Tunnel didn't mean much to her. But "Parasite,"...

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