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The Hankyoreh

More than $2 billion has come to S. Korean stock market via overseas tax havens



Figures come from Chaebul.com analysis of foreign investors with stakes of 5% or more in companies listed in S. Korea.

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The Korea Times

K-pop wave ripples across Mexico



President Park Geun-hye stepped up cultural diplomacy on her second day in Mexico, Monday, to capitalize on the growing popularity of the Korean cultural wave or "hallyu" there.

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The Korea Times

Lesbian romance in internet drama slammed



The media content watchdog has warned the distributor of an online drama series about lesbian love.

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The Hankyoreh

Next year, S. Korea will have more old folks than youngsters



The milestone in aging comes as the changing distribution poses challenges to economic growth potential

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The Hankyoreh

For prestigious university admission, S. Korean students and parents in a war for information



With complex admission procedure, opportunities can be determined by access to info and money.

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The Hankyoreh

Study finds men suffer workplace sexual harassment as well



Both women and men report dealing with intrusive questions, unwanted touching and denigrating comments.

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The Hankyoreh

Ban Ki-moon explains his "welcoming" of comfort women agreement



UN Secretary General reportedly says his use of the word "welcome" was standard UN phrasing.

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The Korea Times

Sex, money and celebrities



Police recently smashed a prostitution ring involving several Korean female celebrities suspected of having sold sex for money here and in the United States.

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Yonhap News Agency

Park again urges N. Korea to abandon nuclear programs



South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on North Korea Friday to abandon its nuclear programs, again urging the isolationist country to embrace change.

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The Korea Times

Number of jobless college graduates surges to 3.3 mil.



The number of people having university degree or higher but who are not seeking jobs has more than doubled over 15 years, data showed Monday.

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The Korea Times

Korea urged to expand female labor force



Korea should increase the number of women in the workforce as a means to cope with the aging population, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Friday.

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The Hankyoreh

After three years in office, Pres. Park's foreign policy in tatters



Park has cut connections with N. Korea and is alienating China by clinging close to US interests.

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Yonhap News Agency

Ballerina Lee Eun-seo, youngest member of Korean National Ballet, talks about her dreams

Lee has taken Korean ballet fans by surprise by becoming the youngest ballerina in January to join the Korean National Ballet (KNB) at the age of 18, an accomplishment normally achieved by those who went through years of training in prestigious ballet schools in and out of the country.

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The Hankyoreh

US and China jousting over North Korea's actions



Beijing objecting to South Korea-US missile defense cooperation, hoping dialogue could lead to denuclearization.

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Yonhap News Agency

S. Korea urges Japan to stop provocation on Dokdo



South Korea called on Japan Friday to stop its provocative territorial claim to Dokdo, a set of rocky islets in the East Sea.

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The Korea Herald

Seoul decides to suspend inter-Korean factory park



South Korea on Wednesday announced the closure of a joint factory park in North Korea in fresh retribution for its wayward neighbor's latest nuclear and missile provocations.

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Yonhap News Agency

Gov't to be alert over N.K. rocket launch during key holiday



The Unification Ministry said Friday it will be on high alert during the Lunar New Year's holiday to monitor a possible launch of North Korea's long-range rocket.

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The Hankyoreh

In message to UN, Japan again denies official responsibility for comfort women



Following the Dec. 28 South Korea-Japan comfort women settlement, Japan is still attempting to reduce the issue to a failure to manage aberrant brokers.

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The Hankyoreh

Major S. Korean companies see sales and profits drop



South Korea's top businesses are struggling with sliding performance, recent reports show.

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The Korea Times

Man gets suspended sentence for homosexual grope in sauna

Jeonju District Court has sentenced a man in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province to four months' jail – suspended for a year – for groping another man at a sauna, Yonhap reports.

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Yonhap News Agency

S. Korea not considering closure of Kaesong complex



South Korea's pointman on inter-Korean affairs made it clear Friday the government is not considering shutting down a joint industrial complex in North Korea or withdraw South Koreans from there despite the North's nuclear test.

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The Hankyoreh

Park's claims defending comfort women settlement fail to convince



President's accusations that previous administrations "gave up on" the comfort women are receiving backlash.

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Yonhap News Agency

Regional powers to meet this week over N. Korea's nuclear test



Regional powers involved in the now-stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea will hold a series of talks this week to discuss their response to the North's recent nuclear test, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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The Korea Herald

South restarts loudspeaker broadcasts



Tension prevailed across the Demilitarized Zone after South Korea reactivated sets of loudspeakers for anti-Pyongyang broadcasts on Friday in a first punitive step against the North's fourth nuclear test two days ago.

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The Hankyoreh

South Korea-Japan comfort women agreement faces stumbling blocks



Removal of the comfort women statue and the establishment of a foundation to support former comfort women are becoming major points of contention.

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The Korea Times

Police shut down nation's largest porn site server



The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Thursday the core server of the nation's largest porn site, Soranet was shut down by the authorities in the Netherlands.

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The Hankyoreh

Pres. Park directing government to refrain from criticizing Japan



Despite terms, high-ranking Japanese officials have made provocative comments on comfort women agreement.

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The Korea Herald

Korean chipmakers face Chinese threat



China's aggressive move to increase its foothold in the world's chip sector is becoming a threat to Korean manufacturers, including Samsung Electronics and SK hynix.

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Yonhap News Agency

S. Korea's per capita income shrinks in 2015

South Korea's per capita income dropped in 2015 from the previous year, marking the first on-year drop in six years even though the decline was largely attributed to the depreciation of the local currency against the U.S. dollar.

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The Korea Times

Ideological barrier melts down with skating, shooting and body checks



"Few can say they were lucky enough to travel the DPRK, but how many can say they rocked up with their hockey gear?" said Jordan Ashton, a Canadian expat working in South Korea.

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The Korea Herald

N. Korea fires ballistic missile into East Sea



North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea on Friday, the military said, in the latest show of force against the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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Yonhap News Agency

S. Korean envoy to U.N. warns of tougher sanctions for additional N.K. provocations



A top South Korean envoy to the United Nations warned Monday that the international organization could further tighten sanctions on North Korea should the communist regime engage in additional provocations.

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The Hankyoreh

S. Korean anti-terror law - the view from Paris



In France, there was an actual attack and an effort to reach consensus before legislation was enacted.

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The Korea Times

Medical fees for foreign patients to be disclosed



Fifty medical centers have disclosed their fees to prevent illegal brokerage activities and provide credible service information, as a growing number of foreign patients seek treatment here.

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The Hankyoreh

Korea University to only issue scholarships based on financial need



Switch away from scholarships for good grades is intended to help low-income students, but could burden others.

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The Hankyoreh

US and China agree to draft of UN sanctions on North Korea



Security Council Resolution would sanction N. Korea bodies that are involved with weapons development.

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The Korea Times

Samsung unveils VR, Galaxy S7



Samsung Electronics unveiled the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the latest models in its flagship smartphone lineup, at the CCIB center here, Monday (KST).

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The Korea Herald

U.S. enacts strongest standalone N.K. sanctions

The U.S. on Thursday put in place a package of its strongest, most comprehensive standalone sanctions yet against North Korea over its fresh nuclear and long-range missile tests, also targeting cybercrimes, human rights violations and other illicit activities.

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Yonhap News Agency

3 killed, 1 injured in military chopper crash



A military helicopter crashed near a residential area in South Korea's eastern region, leaving three crew members dead and one seriously injured, authorities said Monday.

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The Hankyoreh

The Blue House initiates recent hard-line responses to North Korea provocations



Calls from the Ministry of Unification for the Kaesong shutdown to be only temporary or provisional were shrugged off, the Park administration favoring to go on the offensive.

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The Korea Times

New Cold War looms over Korean Peninsula



China, Russia protest talks on THAAD after NK missile launch.

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The Korea Times

Lunar New Year holiday exodus begins

Millions of people hit the road on Friday to spend the Lunar New Year holiday with family or take advantage of the five-day long weekend by traveling.

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The Korea Herald

National debt to hit 600 trillion won



South Korea's national debt is expected to exceed 600 trillion won ($496 billion) for the first time ever this week, drawing concerns over the nation's fiscal health amid a slowing economy and rapid population aging, the National Assembly said Sunday.

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The Korea Times

'Itaewon murder' suspect found guilty



A district court sentenced Arthur John Patterson, a U.S. citizen, to 20 years in prison Friday after finding him guilty of the stabbing death of Korean student Cho Joong-pil at a Burger King restaurant in 1997.

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Yonhap News Agency

Majority of seniors suffer from multidimensional poverty



Seven out of 10 senior citizens in South Korea are suffering from deprivation in two or more areas, a report showed Monday.

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The Korea Times

Read all about it: Koreans not bookworms



The rate of adults who read at least one book last year was the lowest since the government started keeping records, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Friday.

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The Korea Times

LG takes on Samsung with new phone at MWC



Korea's top two handset producers plan to unveil new devices at this year's mobile expo in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

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The Hankyoreh

Young couples face an increasingly expensive housing market



Average cost of apartment deposits rising faster than young workers' salaries, forcing many first-time renters to take out onerous loans.

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Yonhap News Agency

Mutation detected in S. Korean MERS virus: gov't



The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus that spread through South Korea last year underwent a mutation that could have affected its ability to infect people and the fatality rate, the government said Friday.

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The Korea Times

Warm weather changing winter scene



Despite a brief cold snap forecast for this week, unusually warm weather has been sweeping the country this winter, disrupting many seasonal festivals and events in the provinces.

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The Korea Herald

Korea declares war on sugar



South Korea on Thursday released a set of measures to reduce its citizens' sugar consumption, after a recent government study revealed almost half of young Koreans aged 3-29 are eating too much sugar, leaving them vulnerable to a number of health conditions, including obesity and diabetes.

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The Korea Herald

G5 steers turnaround of LG's mobile unit



LG Electronics has made diverse new experiments with its smartphones such as the leather-clad G4 and dual-camera phone V10 over the past year. The phones were great but received little acknowledgement from customers.

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The New York Times

North Koreans rely on smuggled cellphones to connect to the outside world



The man drove Ju Chan-yang to a mountain overlooking North Korea's border with China. He looked around, making sure they were alone. Then he dialed his Chinese cellphone and handed it to her.

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The Korea Times

'Descendants of the Sun' makes Taebaek a tourism magnet



The city of Taekbaek in Gangwon Province plans to rebuild the film set of the hit drama series "Descendants of the Sun," as demand for visits to the area from travel agencies and drama fans is soaring.

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Yonhap News Agency

S. Korea, Japan to hold talks over 'comfort women' deal

South Korea and Japan will hold working-level talks this week to follow up on last year's agreement to settle their dispute over Tokyo's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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The New York Times

Google's computer program beats Lee Se-dol in Go tournament

Ending what was billed as the match of the century, a Google computer program defeated a South Korean master of Go, an ancient board game renowned for its complexity, in their last face-off on Tuesday.

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The New York Times

South Korean gets 'priceless' victory over computer in Go match



After three straight losses, a South Korean expert rallied on Sunday for his first victory against a Google computer program playing Go, an ancient board game known as the most complex ever invented.

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The Korea Herald

Seoul to unveil new unilateral sanctions on North Korea this week

South Korea plans to unveil further standalone sanctions against North Korea this week, including a ship entry ban, as part of efforts to tighten its squeeze on its errant neighbor and shore up a recent U.N. resolution, officials said Sunday.

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The Korea Herald

Seoul city approves Shilla's hanok hotel plan



Seoul City approved a plan by Hotel Shilla to build traditional-style accommodation in central Seoul after rejecting four previous attempts, officials said Thursday.

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The Korea Herald

Korea to inject W200b into moon exploration for 3 years



South Korea will spend a total of 746.4 billion won ($603 million) on its space program this year, as part of efforts to realize its long-cherished goal of reaching the moon.

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The Korea Herald

Filibuster galvanizes voters' attention to politics



For Yoon Hee-won, a 31-year-old South Korean graduate student who studied political science in the United States for more than 10 years, the ongoing legislative standoff back home is quite different from what he saw while living overseas.

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The Korea Herald

China's increasing presence in Korean entertainment



China is increasing its investments in joint film productions with Hollywood studios, from 3-D animations to drama and fantasy action movies.

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The Korea Times

Foreign artist gets 'King of Mask Singer' gig



A famous foreign pop singer will appear on TV show "King of Mask Singer," which airs Sunday evening on MBC, it was reported Friday.

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The Korea Times

Chocopie Revolution

President Park Geun-hye was watching YTN coverage of a CNN feed about a North Korean refugee crisis along the border near the Chinese city of Dandong.

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The Korea Herald

North Korea freezes Gaeseong assets, expels South Korean workers



Pyongyang on Thursday froze South Korean assets in the inter-Korean industrial complex in its border city of Gaeseong, closed the factory park and declared it as a military off-limit zone in an angry response to Seoul's decision to pull out of it.

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The New York Times

North Korea launches rocket seen as cover for a missile test



Defying warnings of tougher sanctions from Washington, North Korea launched a rocket on Sunday that Western experts believe is part of a program to develop intercontinental ballistic missile technologies.

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The Hankyoreh

South Korea's first domestically-developed maglev train opens

There was a low hum as the maglev (magnetic levitation) train departed from Incheon International Airport Station. Called "Ecobee," a name that combines "eco-friendly" with "bee," the maglev train is completely based on homegrown technology.

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The Korea Times

Zika virus sparks fears in Korea



The fear of the Zika virus, which is linked to the birth defect microcephaly, is growing in Korea.

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The Korea Herald

North Korea seen preparing to test missile



Speculation soared Thursday that North Korea may be counting down to a fresh test of a long-range missiles, prompting Seoul and its partners to tighten monitoring activities and warning of a surprise provocation in light of the recent fourth nuclear test.

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The Korea Herald

Jeju airport resumes operations



Jeju International Airport resumed operations at noon on Monday after a 42–hour closure due to heavy snow and high winds.

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The Korea Herald

Park calls for five-way talks to disarm N.K.



President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for a separate meeting of five members of the six-party talks to step up pressure on North Korea, expressing skepticism for the first time over the efficacy of the decade-old negotiations.

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The Korea Herald

China to join UN resolution for N.K. sanctions



Seoul on Friday stepped up its efforts to enlist Beijing's support for the adoption of stringent sanctions to punish Pyongyang's recent nuclear test during talks between its senior defense and diplomatic officials and their Chinese counterparts.

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The Korea Times

North Korean leader says bomb test 'self-defensive'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un salutes the People's Armed Forces in this photo published Sunday in the Rodong Shinmun. He re-asserted that a bomb test conducted on Jan. 6 was a "self-defensive measure" in an address delivered to soldiers of the North Korean army at a new year event.

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The New York Times

Security council condemns nuclear test by North Korea



The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea for its nuclear test on Wednesday, but there was no evidence yet that the North's most powerful backer, China, was willing to stiffen sanctions in a way that could push the unpredictable country to the point of collapse or slow its nuclear progress.

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The Korea Times

UN chief will play major role in domestic politics



U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will remain a major figure in Korean politics this year due to rumors circulating here throughout the year about whether he will run in the 2017 presidential election.

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