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 2020-08-12 11:02 

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US-China row calls Korea's strategic ambiguity into question...

Korea's diplomatic policy of strategic ambiguity toward the U.S.-China row is being called into question in terms of its effectiveness, with the conflict between the two world powers increasingly expanding from the economic sphere to the security aren...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Disaster relief outlays...

A fourth extra budget for this year appears inevitable to help people recover from flood damage in severely-hit regions throughout the country. The Moon Jae-in administration and the governing party need to work together to quickly draw up emergency outla...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Foreign residents go domestic to satisfy summer travel needs...

Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines are just a few of the popular vacation destinations visited by Korea's foreign residents every year. But with the pandemic and related travel restrictions having grounded summer plans abroad, some p...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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3 new mutated COVID-19 strains detected in S. Korea: KCDC...

Korea's public health authorities said Monday they have found three new mutated genome sequences of the novel coronavirus among imported cases....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Healthcare fraud by coverless foreigners hits $26.6 million over 5 years...

Foreign nationals who do not qualify for Korea's National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) have exploited the state-run healthcare system here over the past five years to the tune of 31.6 billion won ($26.6 million), mostly by using borrowed or stolen ...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Samsung Biologics to build 256,000-liter plant 4...

Samsung Biologics announced its plans to build a 256,000-liter plant in Incheon, which will be the world's largest single plant producing biologic drugs....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Autocratic moment extended...

This column follows up on my earlier piece about the autocratic moment. At that time, I commented on the rise of authoritarian and totalitarian leaders in global nations this century as a phase to be endured. Xi, Putin, Kim Jong-un, and sadly, Donald Trum...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Why do doctors stand against raising medical student quota?...

The Moon Jae-in administration has been at odds with doctors over its healthcare reform bills that will increase the number of medical students admitted to universities and establish a state-funded medical school. The government said July 23 that it wants...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Namdaemun Market hit by COVID-19...

COVID-19 infections traced to a church have spread to Namdaemun Market, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul, the health authorities said Monday. This is renewing concerns over mass infections while the number of new cases here has hovered...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020...

1915-"Of Human Bondage," by William Somerset Maugham, published 1936-Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Nagasaki marks atomic bombing...

The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorates the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a U.S. atomic bomb, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies. 75 , ....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Heavy rainfall forcing insurers to raise car premiums...

The nation's non-life insurers are expected to raise their car insurance premiums in the latter half of this year, as long-lasting heavy rainfall will likely wreak havoc on their already-worsening car insurance profitability, industry officials said T...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Singer Lee Hyo-ri to feature in new reality show...

Singer Lee Hyo-ri is to feature in a new digital reality show, according to Kakao M, Monday. "We are in the first stage of our planning," a company official said. "The program's name and the filming date have not been decided yet."...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Atomic bombs in August...

"Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima?" President Barack Obama asked that question publicly on his visit on May 27, 2016. He was the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Forcibly discharged transgender soldier files lawsuit against Army decision...

A former South Korean solider, who was forcibly discharged after a sex reassignment surgery, on Tuesday filed an administrative suit against the Army's decision, saying it was unconstitutional. Byun Hee-soo, 22, who had the rank of staff sergeant, und...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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More than 82,000 materials on North Korean music unveiled...

An inter-Korean concert in 1990 awakened musicians and researchers to look into the deep differences in musical traditions of the two Koreas since they were separated in 1953 as a result of the Korean War....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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S. Korea suffers record budget deficit in H1...

The country's financial soundness has been deteriorating fast, with its budget deficit reaching a record high of 111 trillion won ($93.6 billion) in the first six months of this year due to the government's fiscal splurge in fighting the COVID-19 ...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Researcher publishes book on waste problems around globe...

Lee Dong-hak, 38, wrote a book on waste issues published earlier this year. Late last month, he founded a think tank on waste issues in Korea....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Concern grows over Chung Yong-jin's love for social media activity...

Unlike many scions of the country's leading conglomerates who are reluctant to make public appearances or to share their daily life with the outside world, Shinsegae Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin loves posting pictures of himself on social media....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Cap on baseball crowds raised to 25 percent of capacity this week...

Beginning with games Tuesday evening, the cap on the size of crowds at South Korean baseball games during the coronavirus-hit season will be raised to 25 percent of capacity....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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No more Galaxy Note?...

With the Galaxy Note series, Samsung Electronics has attracted a slew of customers who want a more PC-like experience with the S Pen stylus on a big screen, ever since the jumbo phone's first edition was unveiled in 2011....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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'Republic of Seoul'...

What will Koreans pick as the most important issue of 2020 toward the year's end?...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Choreographer Ahn connects world in '1'59"'...
 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Emergency meeting over flood damage...
 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Too optimistic view...

President Moon Jae-in got it right when he prioritized housing as his administration's top issue in a senior secretariat meeting at Cheong Wa Dae, Monday. The President has had to replace three of his senior secretaries amid controversy over their own...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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KBS to introduce sign language service to peak time news show...

Sign language interpreters will be introduced to KBS' "News 9," marking the first time a public broadcasting network has introduced the service on a prime time news program. The move has come amid rising calls to improve the right to informati...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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2020 at a glance...
 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Trump excessively touting success with NK for reelection...

En route to the presidential election in November, U.S. President Donald Trump has been increasingly promoting the illusion of progress in ties with North Korea. However, diplomatic watchers say it is nothing more than a campaign strategy to stay in power...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Kuzma's 3-pointer lifts Lakers to 124-121 win over Nuggets...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) _ Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 124-121 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Nuclear threat US posed still terrifying...

The bombs dropped by the United States on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago, in the final days of World War II, incinerated some 200,000 people, most of them civilians....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Wartime OPCON transfer plan may face setback...

The government's goal to finish the transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) of the Korean military from Washington to Seoul by 2022 may face a setback as this year's joint military exercises with the United States will be scaled down due...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Trainee doctors likely to join practitioners' strike in protest over medical workforce reform...

Trainee doctors at general hospitals said Tuesday they are likely to again launch a one-day strike later this week in protest of the government's medical workforce reform plan....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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AOA's Seolhyun 'won't step down' from drama...

Numerous online users are calling on Seolhyun of K-pop girl group AOA to quit her role in tvN's upcoming drama "Day and Night" following her band's bullying scandal, but the drama's crew revealed Monday she would not step down....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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The longer we're isolated, the less productive we get...

COVID-19 is getting old - particularly for employees who've been working from home for months....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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More virus cases reported at Russia-flagged ship in Busan...

More seafarers on a Russia-flagged ship docked in the southern port city of Busan were confirmed to have been infected with the new coronavirus, health authorities said Tuesday. Four additional Indonesian sailors on the fishing vessel have tested positive...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Cambodian residents outraged after man found not guilty of killing Cambodian wife...

Cambodian residents here are furious over a recent court ruling that acquitted a Korean man of charges of killing his Cambodian wife in a "disguised" car accident in order to receive insurance benefits....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Blondie & Garfield - AUGUST 12, 2020...
 2020-08-11 11:23 

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4 rivers projects back in spotlight amid flood...

The controversial Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, which saw 16 barrages built along Korea's four major rivers, has returned to the spotlight as heavy rainfall continues to ravage the country....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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S. Korea reports 34 new coronavirus infections...

South Korea's new coronavirus cases bounced back to above 30 on Tuesday, as an uptick in church-traced infections shows no signs of letup. The country identified an additional 34 virus cases, including 23 domestic infections, raising the total caseloa...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Rupture of Eastar Jet deal hits credit card issuers...

Credit card issuers have fallen unexpected victims to the collapse of the Eastar Jet takeover deal, as they are unlikely to get around 10 billion won ($8.4 million) back from the cash-strapped low-cost carrier, according to industry officials, Tuesday....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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[Cityscapes] Aquatic dangers in subterranean Seoul...

As the nation is facing heavy downpour, eyes are turned to river levels and water infrastructure. Although disaster tourism seems distasteful to me, I've returned to some of my usual underworld entrances to see how Seoul handles rain at critical level...

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Korean economy will recover gradually from pandemic: OECD...

The Korean economy will recover "gradually" from the pandemic as a swift and effective policy response allowed containment of the spread of the virus, recent economic surveys released by the OECD said, Tuesday....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Debate heats up again over law governing Samsung Life...

Attention is growing over whether Samsung Life Insurance will be cornered to sell its Samsung Electronics stocks, after proposed revisions to related regulations appear likely to be passed at the National Assembly....

 2020-08-11 11:23 

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Fernandes in extra time lifts Man United into Europa semis...

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) _ Manchester United needed an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to scrape into the Europa League semifinals after beating Copenhagen 1-0 on Monday....

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