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 2021-12-31 12:53 

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New COVID-19 Cases Below 5,000, Omicron Cases Top 1,000...

[Domestic] : On New Year's Day, South Korea saw some four-thousand new COVID-19 cases. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Saturday the country added four-thousand-416 new infections the previous day raising the accumulated cas...

 2021-12-31 12:42 

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Inflation, Rate Hike, Supply Disruptions Threaten Recovery amid 3% Growth Forecast...

[Economy] : Anchor: The government and major agencies at home and abroad project South Korea's real gross domestic product(GDP) will expand two-point-eight to three-point-three percent on-year in 2022. While the rosy outlook came before the onset of t...

 2021-12-31 12:41 

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Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony Held Virtually for 2nd Year...

[Domestic] : Seoul City held its year-end bell-ringing ceremony virtually in light of the pandemic.Fourteen people including Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and ten citizen representatives gathered at Bosingak Pavilion on New Year's Eve and rang the bell 33 ti...

 2021-12-30 15:50 

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S. Korea Emitted 701.3 Tons of Greenhouse Gas in 2019...

[Science] : South Korea emitted a total of 701-point-three million tons of greenhouse gas in 2019, falling short of the government's annual reduction target.The environment ministry's Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center said on Friday tha...

 2021-12-30 15:25 

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Consumer Prices Grow at Fastest Pace in 10 Yrs. in 2021...

[Economy] : Consumer prices grew at the fastest pace in ten years this year, reflecting rising global prices for raw materials and recovery for demand.According to data from Statistics Korea on Friday, consumer prices expanded two-point-five percent on-ye...

 2021-12-30 15:04 

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2021 to End in Bitter Cold, Cloudy Skies Forecast for New Year's Day...

[Science] : Most parts of the country will have clear skies but biting cold weather on the last day of 2021. Small amounts of snow will fall on the west coast of southern North Jeolla Province and the western regions of South Jeolla while Ulleung Island a...

 2021-12-30 14:42 

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Theater, Performance Hall Curfews Slightly Revised...

[Culture] : Starting January 3 for two weeks, movie theaters and performance halls can accept customers until 9 p.m.In extending current distancing measures by two more weeks, health authorities on Friday also announced slight changes to operating hours f...

 2021-12-30 14:19 

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Small Businesses Demand Full Compensation for Losses Following Extended Curbs...

[Domestic] : Despite the government decision to pay five million won in compensation for pandemic restrictions, small business owners insist they need 100 percent compensation for their losses.In a statement Friday, the Korea Federation of Micro Enterpris...

 2021-12-30 14:12 

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N. Korea Reviews Draft Resolution Setting Direction for 2022 State Policies...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea reviewed a draft resolution expected to be adopted at an ongoing ruling Workers' Party meeting to set the direction for state policies next year.Ruling party mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun said on Friday that the party convened t...

 2021-12-30 14:06 

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PM Kim: COVID-19 Pills Could Roll Out in as Early as 2 Weeks...

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Friday that oral medication to treat COVID-19 could be rolled out for at-home patients as early as two weeks from now.Visiting the Seoul Medical Center, Kim said the pills will help to better manage patients a...

 2021-12-30 13:30 

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Revisions Passed Lowering Electoral Eligibility to 18 Yrs. of Age...

[Politics] : Starting in the March by-elections, people aged 18 or older will be able to run for office.The National Assembly passed dozens of bills during the final plenary session of the year on Friday, including revisions to the election law that lower...

 2021-12-30 12:50 

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PPP Candidate to Seek Support from Buddhist Community, Show Support for Port Employees...

[Politics] : Main opposition People Power Party(PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol will visit a temple in North Chungcheong Province on Friday, to seek support from the Buddhist community.After attending a ceremony at Guinsa Temple, Yoon will wrap ...

 2021-12-30 12:46 

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DP Candidate to Visit COVID-19 Hospital, Announce Policy Proposal Campaign...

[Politics] : Ruling Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung on Friday will visit a hospital in Gyeonggi Province that specializes in treating COVID-19, to support health care workers and seek ways to improve operations.The privately-run ...

 2021-12-30 12:42 

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BTS Receives Special International Music Award at Japan Record Awards for 2nd Straight Year...

[Culture] : K-pop sensation BTS won the Special International Music Award for the second straight year at the Japan Record Awards. The group's management agency, Bit Hit Music, said Friday that the septet was presented the award at the 63rd Japan Reco...

 2021-12-30 12:33 

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Gov't Extends Tightened Social Distancing Rules by 2 Weeks...

[Domestic] : The government has decided to extend current social distancing regulations by two more weeks. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced the decision during a government meeting on the COVID-19 response in Seoul on Friday. Under the current rules,...

 2021-12-30 12:23 

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Ex-Pres. Park Released from Prison after 4 Years, 9 Months...

[Politics] : Former President Park Geun-hye was officially released from prison in the early hours of Friday after being behind bars for over four years.Procedures for Park's release were implemented at a hospital in Seoul where she is currently recei...

 2021-12-30 12:19 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases and No. of Critical Patients Both See Decline...

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases and the number of critical cases both saw declines on Friday from the previous day, but the number of daily deaths posted the second highest jump. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said Friday that fou...

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