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 2022-01-20 11:01 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases Remain Above 6,000 for Second Day...

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases remained above six-thousand for the second straight day amid the rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said on Friday that six-thousand-769 cases w...

 2022-01-20 10:58 

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Exports Rise 22% in First 20 Days of Jan....

[Economy] : Exports rose over 20 percent on-year in the first 20 days of January. According to tentative data from the Korea Customs Service on Friday, the country's outbound shipments stood at 34-point-four billion U.S. dollars in the cited period, u...

 2022-01-20 10:45 

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Age Limit for COVID-19 Pills to Drop to 60...

[Domestic] : The government has decided to lower the age limit for COVID-19 treatment pills to 60 from the current 65 and older.The prescription-only antiviral drug, which is currently administered only to patients undergoing home treatment and those at C...

 2022-01-20 10:15 

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US, Japan Reaffirm Commitment to CVID of N. Korea...

[International] : The United States and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to thecomplete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons. In a statement on the non-proliferation treaty released Thursday, the two said t...

 2022-01-20 09:57 

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US, 7 Countries Call for UN Sanctions on N. Koreans...

[International] : The United States and seven other countries condemned a series of recent ballistic missile tests by North Korea, calling for UN sanctions on individuals contributing to the North's missile development. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda...

 2022-01-20 09:54 

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Poll: Presidential Candidates Lee, Yoon in Neck-and-Neck Race...

[Politics] : With less than 50 days until the March presidential election, a new poll shows ruling Democratic Party's Lee Jae-myung and main opposition People Power Party's Yoon Suk Yeol in a fierce neck-and-neck race within the margin of error. T...

 2022-01-20 09:46 

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Moon, Egyptian President Agree to Make Joint Efforts to Complete K-9 Deal...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in held a summit with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday for talks on cooperation between the two nations in defense and transportation.Moon's trip marks the second visit to the African country by a Sou...

 2022-01-20 09:38 

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Report: China, Russia Block UN Sanctions on N. Koreans...

[International] : China and Russia have reportedly blocked a U.S. bid to impose UN sanctions on North Korea.According to Reuters and AFP, China and Russia delayed a U.S. bid to slap UN sanctions on five North Koreans who are allegedly responsible for the ...

 2022-01-19 20:28 

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3 S. Korean Drugmakers Land Deal to Manufacture Merck COVID-19 Pills...

[Domestic] : Three South Korean pharmaceutical companies have been chosen together with two dozens of other pharmaceutical companies across the world to produce COVID-19 oral drugs developed by Merck. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Thursday th...

 2022-01-19 20:25 

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Survey: N. Korea Persecuting Christians at Unprecedented Level...

[Politics] : A new international survey shows that Christians in North Korea are suffering from an unprecedented level of persecution by Pyongyang. According to Radio Free Asia on Thursday, Open Doors, an international Christian watchdog group, announced ...

 2022-01-19 20:19 

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Survey: Public Employees Account for 1 out of 10 Workers in 2020...

[Economy] : A survey shows that one in ten people working in the nation in 2020 was employed in the public sector. Statistics Korea said on Thursday the number of jobs in the public sector nationwide stood at two-point-77 million in 2020, up by 164-thousa...

 2022-01-19 19:41 

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Moon Addresses Challenges to Build Lasting Peace on Peninsula...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has addressed challenging circumstances regarding efforts to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula. Moon shared his views in a written interview with Egyptian daily Al-Ahram published on Thursday as he began a thre...

 2022-01-19 17:18 

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S. Korea keeping Keen Eye on N. Korea, Will Continue Efforts for Dialogue...

[Politics] : The government says it's closely monitoring the latest trends in North Korea, keeping an eye on recent regional affairs surrounding the Korean peninsula.Foreign ministry spokesperson Choi Young-sam made the remarks during Thursday's r...

 2022-01-19 17:05 

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NIH Survey: Pfizer Booster Shot Raises Protection against Omicron...

[Domestic] : Pfizer booster shots after being fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine can increase protection from the omicron variant by up to 29 times, according to a new study.The National Institute of Health surveyed 35 people aged 20 to 59 who ...

 2022-01-19 16:51 

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Pres. Moon Calls for Shift to Omicron-Focused Antivirus Measures...

[Domestic] : President Moon Jae-in ordered the government to put forth all efforts into creating omicron-tailored antivirus measures as the variant continues to spread in the country.According to presidential spokesperson Park Kyung-mee, President Moon, w...

 2022-01-19 16:42 

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KOSPI Ends Thursday Up 0.72%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) rose 20-point-40 points, or zero-point-72 percent, on Thursday, ending the day at two-thousand-862-point-68.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining 24-point-80 points, or two-point-66 per...

 2022-01-19 16:33 

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Lee Vows Basic Income for Culture Workers, Yoon Pledges Free Meals For Preschoolers...

[Politics] : The Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate promised a basic income for workers in the culture sector while the People Power Party's(PPP) candidate pledged free meals at day cares and kindergartens.Ruling DP candidate Lee Jae-myung on...

 2022-01-19 16:15 

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Gov't Cautiously Monitoring N. Korea, Stresses Dialogue...

[Politics] : The government said on Thursday that it is closely monitoring the latest North Korea trends while staying cautious.A unification ministry official said in a statement that the government will make detailed preparations for the worst-case scen...

 2022-01-19 15:51 

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BOK: Working From Home Cushioned GDP Decline...

[Economy] : Working from home has helped significantly in mitigating the drop in the country's gross domestic product(GDP).According to a recent survey by the Bank of Korea(BOK) on Thursday, the GDP declined by only one-point-two percent in the first ...

 2022-01-19 15:34 

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Antivirus System to Shift to Omicron-Based Protocol if Avg Daily Infections Hit 7,000...

[Domestic] : The country will shift to an omicron-tailored response system if daily COVID-19 infections average around seven-thousand.Senior health ministry official Son Young-rae on Thursday explained that should daily numbers hover around seven-thousand...

 2022-01-19 14:57 

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1 in 3 S. Koreans Paid Subscribers of OTT Platforms...

[Domestic] : Over one-third of South Koreans were paid subscribers of over-the-top media services(OTT) last year, as video-streaming on OTT platforms is steadily increasing.According to a survey by the Korea Communications Commission(KCC) of six-thousand-...

 2022-01-19 14:23 

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Seoul City Notifies HDC of Upcoming 8-Month Suspension...

[Domestic] : Seoul City has launched disciplinary action against HDC Hyundai Development Company regarding the fatal collapse of a building just before demolition in Gwangju last year.According to the land ministry and city officials on Thursday, Seoul me...

 2022-01-19 14:04 

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Independent Lawmaker Gets 3 Mln Won Fine, Suspended Sentence, Seat at Risk...

[Politics] : A Seoul court handed down a fine and suspended prison sentence to Rep. Yang Jung-suk that could result in the independent lawmaker losing her parliamentary seat if the ruling is upheld in appeals.The Seoul Southern District Court on Thursday ...

 2022-01-19 13:06 

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Gov't Seeking to Advance to 5th in Global Metaverse Market Share by 2026...

[Economy] : The government will put forth support measures for the nation to rank fifth in global metaverse market share by 2026.At an emergency economic meeting on Thursday, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki pledged to foster 40-thousand personnel by 2026 thr...

 2022-01-19 13:03 

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Seoul to Transform 1 Mln Old Buildings into Low-Carbon Buildings by 2026...

[Domestic] : By 2026, Seoul plans to transform one million old buildings into low-carbon buildings, which are energy-efficient and emit less greenhouse gasses as part of a plan to respond to climate change.The Seoul Metropolitan Government revealed the fi...

 2022-01-19 12:43 

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Finance Minister Pushes for Pan-Gov't System to Mediate Labor-Management Disputes...

[Domestic] : The government is seeking to form a pan-government response and support system to mediate labor-management disputes.At an emergency economic meeting on Thursday, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki assessed that while last year's labor-managemen...

 2022-01-19 12:38 

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Japan Likely to Defer Recommending Mine Linked to Wartime Forced Labor for UNESCO Designation...

[Politics] : A leading Japanese daily says Tokyo is leaning toward deferring efforts to recommend a mine where Koreans were forced into harsh labor during its colonial rule for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation.Quoting a number of government offi...

 2022-01-19 12:09 

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Seoul Court Allows Broadcast of Larger Portion of Recorded Calls with PPP Candidate's Wife...

[Politics] : A Seoul court has allowed the YouTube channel "Open Mind TV" to air hours of telephone conversations involving the wife of main opposition People Power Party(PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol with the exception of content ment...

 2022-01-19 11:31 

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Court Rejects DP's Injunction to Stop Sale of Book on Presidential Candidate...

[Politics] : A Seoul court has rejected a provisional injunction filed by the ruling Democratic Party(DP) to prohibit the sale and distribution of a book that depicts the conflict between presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung and his late brother, Lee Jae-...

 2022-01-19 11:17 

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Samsung Electronics World's Top Smartphone Vendor in 2021...

[Economy] : Samsung Electronics took the top position in global smartphone sales last year, edging out U.S. tech giant Apple.According to market tracker Counterpoint Research on Wednesday, the South Korean tech firm accounted for 18-point-nine percent of ...

 2022-01-19 11:02 

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OECD Leading Index for S. Korea Falls for 5th Month in December...

[Economy] : A leading economic index for South Korea declined for the fifth straight month in December, indicating that the economy is expected to slow down in the coming months.According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developm...

 2022-01-19 11:00 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases Jump to 6,603...

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases jumped above six-thousand for the first time in about a month amid the rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said on Thursday that six-thousand-603...

 2022-01-19 10:36 

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US Lawmaker Expresses Support for War-Ending Declaration, Condemns Missile Tests...

[Politics] : The head of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee says he's supportive of declaring a formal end to the Korean War, but it would be meaningless if North Korea threatens U.S. allies and regional security.Rep. Gregory Meeks issu...

 2022-01-19 10:00 

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Moon Arrives in Egypt for Summit Talks...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has arrived in Egypt for the third and final leg of his three-nation tour to the Middle East. The president departed Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday afternoon and arrived at Cairo International Air...

 2022-01-19 09:47 

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Producer Prices Almost Flat in December...

[Economy] : Producer prices remained almost flat in December, snapping a 14-month rising streak.According to the Bank of Korea(BOK) on Thursday, the producer price index for all commodities and services stood at 113-point-22 in December, almost unchanged ...

 2022-01-19 09:39 

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S. Korea, Gulf Nations Agree to Resume FTA Talks after 12-Year Hiatus...

[Economy] : South Korea and six Middle Eastern countries have agreed to resume talks for a free trade agreement after a 12-year hiatus. Minister for Trade Yeo Han-koo and Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC) Secretary-General Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajraf announced ...

 2022-01-19 09:34 

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N. Korea Warns of Ending Moratorium on Nuclear, Missile Tests...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea has hinted that it may end a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests.According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) on Thursday, the Central Committee of the ruling Work...

 2022-01-18 20:19 

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PM Visits First Ever Mountain Brigade in Gangwon Province...

[Politics] : Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum visited the country's first mountain brigade in Donghae, Gangwon Province, on Wednesday to offer encouragement to the troops stationed there.The brigade, the first of its kind for the Army, was established on D...

 2022-01-18 20:13 

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Wednesday Rally Held Without Clash Following Watchdog Advisory...

[Domestic] : A weekly rally protesting Japan's wartime sex slavery was held without incident on Wednesday, in a first such gathering since a human rights watchdog issued a recommendation to the police to actively safeguard the protest.The event's ...

 2022-01-18 20:09 

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Discovered Counterfeit Bills at Record Low Last Year...

[Economy] : The number of counterfeit banknotes uncovered by authorities hit a record low last year as paper bills were used less during the pandemic.The Bank of Korea said Wednesday that 176 forged notes were discovered in 2021, down 35 percent from a ye...

 2022-01-18 20:05 

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First Lady Meets Students Learning Korean at Women's University in Riyadh...

[Politics] : As part of a state visit to Saudi Arabia with the president, First Lady Kim Jung-sook met with students studying the Korean language at Riyadh's sole public women's university.At the Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University on Wedn...

 2022-01-18 17:45 

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Appellate Court Upholds Life Sentence for Man Convicted of Killing Mother, 2 Daughters...

[Domestic] : An appellate court upheld the life sentence given to a man convicted of killing a mother and two daughters.The Seoul High Court on Wednesday announced the ruling for 26-year-old Kim Tae-hyun, saying life imprisonment must be executed without ...

 2022-01-18 16:54 

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Those Hospitalized on Vaccine Reaction to be Exempted from COVID Pass System...

[Domestic] : The Central Disease Control Headquarters on Wednesday announced two more exemptions to the COVID-19 pass system. People hospitalized for adverse effects within six weeks of vaccination will be exempt from the pass system starting Monday, as w...

 2022-01-18 16:38 

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KOSPI Ends Wednesday Down 0.77%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell 21-point-96 points, or zero-point-77 percent, on Wednesday, closing the day at two-thousand-842-point-28.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also fell, losing ten-point-04 points, or one-point-06 p...

 2022-01-18 16:34 

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Answer Sheets to 1840 State Exam Found on Palace Folding Screen...

[Culture] : Answer sheets to a 19th century state examination have been found on the backside of a folding screen kept at Changdeok Palace in Seoul.According to the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, the discovery was made while the four-pa...

 2022-01-18 16:24 

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AhnLab Red-Flags DDos Attack Malware Linked to Adult Game...

[Domestic] : IT security firm AhnLab is calling for caution after discovering the circulation of denial-of-service(DDoS) attack malware disguised as an adult game through file-sharing websites.According to the company on Wednesday, the culprit uploaded a ...

 2022-01-18 16:16 

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S. Korea, Saudi Arabia to Cooperate on Desalination Tech, Casting-Forging Plant...

[Economy] : South Korea and Saudi Arabia discussed upcoming cooperation projects at the Vision 2030 bilateral committee meeting, including the construction of a 940-million-dollar casting and forging plant.At the meeting in Riyadh Tuesday, the two sides s...

 2022-01-18 16:06 

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Top Military Brass Discuss Key Tasks in OPCON FOC Assessment...

[Politics] : Top military brass on Wednesday discussed key tasks needed to successfully complete the second phase of the conditions-based transfer of wartime operational control(OPCON) from the United States. The meeting, presided over by Defense Minister...

 2022-01-18 15:45 

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Health Authorities Urge Foreigners to Complete Vaccination, Get Booster Shots...

[Domestic] : Health authorities urged foreigners residing in the country to complete vaccination and get booster shots, amid increased COVID-19 infections among those who are not fully vaccinated.The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarter...

 2022-01-18 14:39 

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Senior Officials from S. Korea, US Discuss Korean Peninsula, Other Issues...

[Politics] : Senior diplomatic officials from South Korea and the U.S. discussed issues on the Korean Peninsula, as well as other regional and global matters, over the phone.According to the foreign ministry on Wednesday, First Vice Foreign Minister Choi ...

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