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 2021-11-24 12:27 

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Prime Minister: Medical Response Capacity in Seoul Metro Area Nearly Exhausted...

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum has assessed that the medical response capacity is nearly exhausted in the Seoul metro area. Kim made the assessment on Thursday when he chaired a government meeting on the phased transition into living with COVID-...

 2021-11-24 11:57 

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BOK Maintains 4% Economic Growth Outlook for This Year...

[Economy] : The Bank of Korea(BOK) has maintained its economic growth outlook of four percent for this year despite the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The central bank unveiled the projection on Thursday, leaving it unchanged from its forecast issu...

 2021-11-24 11:53 

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Pres. Moon Stresses Importance of Floating Solar Power Plants...

[Domestic] : President Moon Jae-in underlined the importance of floating solar power plants on Wednesday in a ceremony marking the launch of operations of a facility on Hapcheon Dam in South Gyeongsang Province. Moon said solar energy is being viewed as t...

 2021-11-24 11:02 

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BOK Raises Key Interest Rate to 1%...

[Economy] : The Bank of Korea(BOK) raised its key interest rate to the one percent range for the first time in 20 months.The central bank's monetary policy board raised the key interest rate by point-25 percentage points to one percent during a meetin...

 2021-11-24 11:00 

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KDCA Reports 3,938 COVID-19 Cases, Critical Patients Hit New High of 612...

[Domestic] : Health authorities reported nearly four-thousand new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the number of severe patients surpassing 600 and hitting a new high. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) reported Thursday that three-thou...

 2021-11-24 10:51 

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38 North: More Evidence of N. Korean Reactor Operations...

[Politics] : A United States website specializing in North Korea analysis reported that recent satellite imagery provided more evidence that the North is operating the five-megawatt reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.38 North on Wednesday presented t...

 2021-11-24 10:47 

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No Decision in PPP Presidential Candidate Yoon's Meeting with Kim Chong-in...

[Politics] : Main opposition People Power Party(PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol met with political heavyweight Kim Chong-in on Wednesday but failed to reach agreement on the appointment of Kim as his election committee chief. Yoon and the forme...

 2021-11-24 10:21 

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Japan's Ruling Party to Set up Task Force on Response to Dokdo Visit...

[International] : Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) has reportedly decided to set up a task force to review Tokyo's responses to a recent visit to the Dokdo islets by South Korea's police commissioner. According to Japan's Asahi...

 2021-11-24 10:05 

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Report: S. Korea, US Deadlocked over War-Ending Declaration Text...

[Politics] : South Korea and the United States are reportedly finalizing discussions on the document for a war-ending declaration, but remain deadlocked over how to include language about "denuclearization."U.S. media outlet Politico issued the re...

 2021-11-24 09:39 

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Top Diplomats of S. Korea, Greece Discuss Cooperation in Defense, Tourism...

[Politics] : Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong held phone talks with his Greek counterpart on Wednesday and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the two nations. According to Seoul's foreign ministry, Minister Chung and Greek Foreign Ministe...

 2021-11-24 09:34 

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Prime Minister to Attend Virtual ASEM Summit...

[Politics] : Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum will attend a virtual summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting(ASEM) set for Thursday and Friday.According to the Office of Government Policy Coordination, Kim will attend the opening ceremony of the 13th ASEM Summit on T...

 2021-11-24 09:23 

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Cargo Truckers Launch 3-Day General Strike...

[Domestic] : Unionized truckers have launched a three-day general strike.According to labor circles, the Cargo Truckers Solidarity, affiliated with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU), started the nationwide strike at 12 a.m. Thursday. The labo...

 2021-11-23 20:28 

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Comic Behind Netflix Series 'Hellbound' Sold to 11 Countries...

[Culture] : Rights to the comic behind the popular South Korean Netflix series "Hellbound" has been sold to eleven countries.Its publisher Munhakdongne Publishing Group said Wednesday that licensing rights were sold to the U.S., Japan, France, Ita...

 2021-11-23 20:08 

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US Officials Welcome Samsung's Investment Plan...

[Economy] : U.S. officials have welcomed confirmation of a new Samsung chip plant to be built in Taylor, Texas.In a joint statement Tuesday, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that securing Amer...

 2021-11-23 20:03 

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Unionized Truckers to Go on 3-Day Strike on Thursday...

[Domestic] : Unionized truckers are set to launch their first-phase general strike from Thursday to Saturday.Regional walkouts will take place on the first two days, and on the third day protesters are set to gather in Seoul to denounce the government and...

 2021-11-23 19:10 

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K-pop Bands Promote Hanbok in Times Square Ad...

[Culture] : K-pop girl group Brave Girls, boy band DKB and Korea's first virtual influencer Rozy are promoting the beauty of hanbok, the Korean traditional attire, in Manhattan as well as the online space. The culture ministry said a video featuring t...

 2021-11-23 17:05 

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Late Pres. Chun's Contemporaries Pay Respects at Funeral Altar...

[Domestic] : Ex-military officials and politicians have paid their respects at the funeral of late former President Chun Doo-hwan.Former ministers Park Chul-eon and Kim Yong-gap, along with former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Chun's funera...

 2021-11-23 16:50 

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KOSPI Ends Wednesday Down 0.10%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell three-point-04 points, or zero-point-10 percent, on Wednesday, closing the day at two-thousand-994-point-29.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ rose, however, gaining six-point-41 points, or zero-p...

 2021-11-23 16:49 

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S. Korea Reports First COVID-19 Fetal Death...

[Domestic] : The country has reported its first COVID-19 fetal death.According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) on Wednesday, a 24-week pregnant woman delivered a stillborn fetus on Monday, four days after being confirmed with the ...

 2021-11-23 16:37 

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N. Korea Stresses Ideological Control against Imperialist Culture...

[Politics] : North Korea has again stressed guarding its ideology, arguing that young people are the main target of the infiltration of imperialist culture.The Rodong Sinmun, the state's ruling party newspaper, said in a Wednesday editorial that imper...

 2021-11-23 16:19 

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Unif. Minister: War-End Declaration, Beijing Olympics Not Connected...

[Inter-Korea] : Unification Minister Lee In-young says there is no need to inseparably link the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Korean War-ending declaration.In a press conference Wednesday, Lee said the push for the declaration was not intended to target...

 2021-11-23 16:01 

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Prosecutors Summon Lee Jae-myung's Ex-Aide in Seongnam Development Probe...

[Domestic] : Prosecutors investigating the Seongnam land development project summoned the former chief of staff to Lee Jae-myung, who was the Seongnam mayor at the time of the project.The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office began questioning Li...

 2021-11-23 15:54 

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Gov't Begins to Consider Emergency Suspension of 'With COVID-19'...

[Domestic] : The government began to consider taking emergency action to suspend the transition into living with COVID-19 in the capital region, after the death toll and number of severe cases set new records.This comes after the government previously pla...

 2021-11-23 15:26 

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DP Candidate Pushes Reform Bills, PPP in Deadlock over Election Committee...

[Politics] : Ruling Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung is seeking to accelerate passage of reform bills, while the main opposition People Power Party's(PPP) Yoon Seok-youl has yet to iron out differences over his election commit...

 2021-11-23 14:54 

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Amount to Be Collected for Comprehensive Real Estate Tax More than Doubles...

[Economy] : The amount to be collected this year for the comprehensive real estate tax increased by four-point-three trillion won, more than doubling from last year.According to the National Tax Service(NTS) on Wednesday, eight-point-57 trillion won in ta...

 2021-11-23 14:22 

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Ministry Announces Plan to Reform Curriculum in School System...

[Domestic] : The education ministry on Wednesday announced a package of reform measures for curriculum in elementary to high schools starting with the 2024 school year.This comes as high schools in the country are set to adopt a credit system, currently o...

 2021-11-23 14:18 

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Trial for Key Figure in Seongnam Development Scandal Postponed due to COVID-19...

[Domestic] : The first hearing of a trial against a key figure in the Seongnam land development scandal was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.According to the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday, the hearing for Yoo Dong-kyu, a former executive at th...

 2021-11-23 14:12 

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Ex-Pres. Chun's Civil Defamation Trial Postponed...

[Domestic] : A civil trial regarding former President Chun Doo-hwan's alleged defamation in his memoir was delayed following the ex-military dictator's sudden death.The Gwangju District Court postponed Wednesday's appeal hearing for a lawsuit ...

 2021-11-23 13:00 

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No. of Newborns Post Decline for 70th Consecutive Month...

[Domestic] : The number of babies born in the nation slid six-point-seven percent on-year in September, posting a decline for the 70th consecutive month. According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, a total of 21-thousand-920 babies were born in the nation...

 2021-11-23 12:49 

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Homeowners Subject to Expanded Real Estate Tax File for Constitutional Review...

[Domestic] : A group of homeowners subject to the expanded comprehensive real estate tax filed a court request for the Constitutional Court's formal review on the constitutionality of the related law.The group of 123 people on Monday submitted the req...

 2021-11-23 12:40 

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Top Office Senior Official: Factors Affecting Housing Prices on Downward Trend...

[Politics] : The presidential office's chief policy adviser Lee Ho-seung said factors that affect housing prices are all heading downward with regard to real estate market outlook. Lee made the remark on Wednesday on a KBS radio program, saying the go...

 2021-11-23 12:26 

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Relic of 1st S. Korean Catholic Priest to Be Enshrined in Burkina Faso...

[Culture] : Some of the remains of the nation's first Catholic priest, St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, will be enshrined in Burkina Faso. Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, delivered a vessel containing the relic on Tuesday to a counsello...

 2021-11-23 11:52 

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Exports to US to Account for 15% of Total Exports for 1st Time in 17 Yrs....

[Economy] : The nation's exports to the U.S. are expected to account for 15 percent of total exports for the first time in 17 years this year.The Federation of Korean Industries(FKI) released the data on Wednesday after comparing the nation's cumu...

 2021-11-23 11:45 

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Pohang Steelers Lose 2-0 to Al-Hilal at ACL Finals...

[Sports] : The Pohang Steelers have failed to reclaim their Asian champions title. The South Korean club lost 2-0 to Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia during the finals of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League(ACL) at the King Fahd International Stadiu...

 2021-11-23 11:37 

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Prime Minister: COVID-19 Risks in Capital Region Merit Emergency Plan...

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the greater Seoul area is critical enough to consider an immediate emergency plan for the region. Kim made the remark while presiding over a meeting of the Central Disaster and...

 2021-11-23 11:08 

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Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit New High at 4,116, Critical Cases Hit 586...

[Domestic] : Daily new COVID-19 cases have exceeded four-thousand for the first time since the pandemic began. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) reported Wednesday that four-thousand-116 cases were compiled throughout the previous day,...

 2021-11-23 10:49 

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Samsung Chooses Taylor, Texas for $17 Bln Chip Plant...

[Economy] : Samsung Electronics has chosen Taylor, Texas as the site for its new semiconductor manufacturing facility. Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kim Ki-nam announced the decision in Texas on Tuesday. The firm said it plans to spend 17 billion doll...

 2021-11-23 10:16 

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S. Korea Decides to Join US in Releasing Reserve Oil amid Rising Oil Prices...

[Economy] : South Korea has decided to join the U.S. and others in releasing reserves of crude oil in a concerted effort to stem rising global oil prices. The South Korean government on Tuesday announced the decision, adding it took into account the need ...

 2021-11-23 09:50 

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BTS Fails to Win Nominations for Top Grammy Awards...

[Culture] : BTS has failed to be nominated for any top category in the 2022 Grammys, including the Record of the Year. The 64th Grammy Awards announced its nominees on Tuesday, including the South Korean boy band, who received a sole nomination for pop du...

 2021-11-23 09:30 

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S. Korea to Announce Fresh High Daily COVID-19 Cases...

[Domestic] : Daily COVID-19 cases in South Korea are estimated to have risen to near four-thousand. According to central and local health authorities, already three-thousand-573 daily cases were compiled nationwide as of 9 p.m. Tuesday except for Busan. I...

 2021-11-23 09:13 

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S. Korea Facing Substantial Increase in Critical COVID-19 Cases Ratio...

[Domestic] : Amid an increase in daily COVID-19 cases under the living with COVID-19 system, the portion of new cases developing into critical ones is also rising sharply, putting further strain on healthcare workers. According to the Korea Disease Contro...

 2021-11-22 20:48 

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Samsung Scion Calls on Employees to Pioneer Future...

[Economy] : Samsung Group's de-facto leader Lee Jae-yong has called on employees to strive for a new Samsung. According to the firm, Vice Chairman Lee visited Samsung Electronics' research and development facilities in Silicon Valley this week as ...

 2021-11-22 20:28 

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Vaccination Reservations to Reopen for People Aged 12-17...

[Domestic] : The government will open additional time slots for COVID-19 vaccinations for young people between 12 to 17 years of age from Tuesday night. According to health authorities on Tuesday, the age group will be able to make appointments between 8 ...

 2021-11-22 20:13 

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Gov't Decides Not to Hold State Funeral for Deceased Ex-President...

[Politics] : The government has decided not to hold a state funeral for former President Chun Doo-hwan. A senior government official announced the decision on Tuesday hours after the former dictator and president died apparently of long-term health proble...

 2021-11-22 20:03 

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Pres. Office Sends Condolences on Chun's Death, Regrets Absence of Apology...

[Politics] : The presidential office has extended its condolences to the bereaved family of former President Chun Doo-hwan, who passed away on Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Park Kyumg-mee said in a briefing that the office prays for the repose of the...

 2021-11-22 17:06 

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Biden Set to Disclose Plans on Releasing Crude Reserves on Tues. at Earliest...

[International] : U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to announce as early as Tuesday plans to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve amid rising global oil prices, according to various foreign media. Bloomberg reported Biden's announcement...

 2021-11-22 17:00 

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KOSPI Ends Tuesday Down 0.53%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell 15-point-92 points, or zero-point-53 percent, on Tuesday, closing the day at two-thousand-997-point-33.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also fell, losing 18-point-59 points, or one-point-80 perc...

 2021-11-22 16:58 

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Key Figures in Land Dev. Scandal Plotted from Early on to Maximize Profits of Private Bizs...

[Domestic] : Key figures of the Seongnam land development scandal are believed to have plotted together to maximize private businesses' profits in the development project from its start. According to the official criminal charges read at arraignment t...

 2021-11-22 16:40 

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Human Rights Watchdog Advises 31 Schools to Revise Rules on Student Appearance...

[Domestic] : The National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea announced on Tuesday that it advised the heads of 31 schools in Seoul to revise rules that excessively regulate students' hairstyles or attire. The agency said its move came af...

 2021-11-22 16:35 

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Major Parties Show Mixed Reactions to Chun Doo-hwan's Death...

[Politics] : Major political parties showed somewhat different reactions to the death of former President Chun Doo-hwan.The ruling Democratic Party(DP) voiced opposition against a state funeral for Chun while remaining cautious about whether party leaders...

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