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As 'Noeasy' joins K-pop pantheon, industry records all-time high sales
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) The Korean pop culture market has suffered a heavy blow from the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, but the K-pop industry remains less affected thanks to the strongest sales of physical albums in a decade.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Cinema/Showbiz
S.Korea voices 'deep regrets' over Kishida's offering to war shrine
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) South Korea on Sunday expressed "deep regrets" over Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ritual offering to a controversial Yasukuni war shrine in the latest move that underscores challenges in improving bilateral relations, just two days after their leaders agreed to develop their ties in a future-oriented manner.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean Vice FM leaves for Europe for talks on security, diplomatic ties
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) Choi Jong-kun, South Korea's first Vice Foreign Minister, left for London on Sunday for talks with British officials on bilateral relations, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of mutual interest, his office said.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Seoul logs coldest Oct morning in 67 years
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) Temperatures in Seoul sharply dropped to nearly 1 degree Celsius on Sunday, marking the coldest morning for October in 67 years, the state weather agency said.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
IAEA chief vows close consultations with S.Korea over Fukushima water release plan
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog has vowed to continue close consultations with South Korea and other nations over Japan's plan to discharge radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean nuke envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration
Seoul, Oct 17 (IANS) South Korea's chief nuclear envoy said that a formal declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War could pave the way for resuming the stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea.
2021-10-17
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ to feature wider displays: Report
Seoul, Oct 16 (IANS) Samsung is planning to launch its next premium flagship, Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, soon. As per a recent report, S22 generation will be a bit wider and less "skinny and tall" than the current S21.
2021-10-16
Category: International, South Korea,Technology
Top S.Korean nuke envoy to depart for US
Seoul, Oct 16 (IANS) South Korea's chief nuclear envoy will leave for Washington on Saturday for talks with his US and Japanese counterparts after his trip to Moscow aimed at securing Russia's cooperation in bringing North Korea back to dialogue, officials said here.
2021-10-16
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Cold wave alerts issued for most of S.Korea
Seoul, Oct 16 (IANS) Cold wave alerts were issued for most of South Korea on Saturday as an Arctic air mass brought an unseasonably cold weather, the state weather agency said.
2021-10-16
Category: International, South Korea,Environment/Wildlife
'N.Korea may be considering engaging with S.Korea, rest of the world'
Seoul, Oct 16 (IANS) North Korea may be considering engaging with South Korea and the rest of the world, former US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said.
2021-10-16
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Moon, Kishida agree to accelerate consultations to resolve forced labour row
Seoul, Oct 16 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed to accelerate diplomatic consultations between the two countries to resolve a protracted row over wartime forced labour, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
2021-10-16
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Moon meets CIA chief, touts S.Korea-US alliance
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a meeting with William Burns, the chief of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), here on Friday, touting the Seoul-Washington alliance as a foundation of the nation's security.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Unseasonable cold snap to dip Seoul's temperatures to 64-yr low
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) Temperatures are forecast to drop sharply this coming weekend to a 64-year low for Seoul due to an unseasonable cold snap, the state weather agency said on Friday.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
N.Korea opens western sea route to receive medical supplies: Unicef
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) North Korea has opened a key sea route on the western coast to receive humanitarian aid deliveries following its closure attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Unicef office in Seoul said on Friday.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
N.Korean defector sentenced for breaking into police station
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) A North Korean defector has been sentenced to six months in prison for breaking into a police station in Seoul and pouring flour over an officer to stream the incident on his online channel, judicial sources said on Friday.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Top nuke envoys of S.Korea, US, Japan to meet in Washington
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the US and Japan will meet in Washington next week to discuss joint efforts to bring North Korea back to dialogue, the Foreign Ministry in Seoul announced on Friday.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korea to raise private gathering size limit to 8
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) The South Korean government has decided to raise the private gathering size limit to eight people for the capital area and 10 for elsewhere before the country shifts to a "living with Covid-19" scheme next month, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced on Friday.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Aparna Sen's 'The Rapist' wins top award at Busan film fest
Busan, Oct 15 (IANS) Aparna Sen's hard-hitting social drama, 'The Rapist', was declared the joint winner of the Kim Jiseok Award at the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which concluded here on Friday. The film, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, had been premiered at the festival's 'A Window on Asian Cinema' section on October 7.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Cinema/Showbiz
S.Korean Prez, First Lady receive Covid booster shots
Seoul, Oct 15 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook on Friday received their Covid-19 booster shots, in line with a guidance from health authorities, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
2021-10-15
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
LG units to repay GM $1.2bn for Bolt EV battery recall costs
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) LG Electronics and LG Energy Solution said that they will repay General Motors about 1.4 trillion won ($1.2 billion) in costs for the recalls of Bolt electric vehicles due to battery defects.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Technology
S.Korean Navy to press ahead with aircraft carrier project
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) Adm. Boo Suk-jong, South Korea's Chief of Naval Operations, vowed ON Thursday to press ahead with a project to build the country's first light aircraft carrier by 2033 despite persistent doubts over its feasibility and necessity.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korea monitoring withdrawal of embassies in Pyongyang
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) The South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it is closely monitoring the withdrawal of foreign diplomats in North Korea amid the Covid-19 pandemic, following reports the Romanian mission in Pyongyang has also temporally halted its activities.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean umbrella union to hold large-scale rally
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) A major South Korean umbrella labour union said on Thursday that it will hold a large-scale rally in Seoul next week when its members walk off their jobs for a one-day general strike to call for the enhancement of labour rights.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Enhypen aim to become 'hottest K-pop group'
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) Rising rookie group Enhypen have said they hope to become the "hottest" band in the K-pop industry. Band leader Jung-won made this declaration before dropping the first full-length album after the group's debut about a year ago.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Cinema/Showbiz
Seoul to offer compensation to spy agents during Korean War
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) The South Korean Defence Ministry is planning to provide financial compensation for South Koreans who operated in North Korea as part of American military intelligence units during the 1950-53 Korean War, officials said on Thursday.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean wine imports almost double in 2021 amid pandemic
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) South Korea's wine imports nearly doubled in the first eight months of 2021 from a year earlier as more people enjoyed drinking at home and alone amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, data revealed on Thursday.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
'US, S.Korea working to restart dialogue with Pyongyang'
Seoul, Oct 14 (IANS) South Korea and the US are working closely together to restart dialogue with North Korea, Seoul's Ambassador to Washington Lee Soo-hyuck said.
2021-10-14
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
LG sees Q3 operating profit to drop nearly by half from a year earlier
Seoul, Oct 13 (IANS) LG Electronics has estimated its third-quarter operating profit to drop nearly by half from a year earlier, largely due to a recall provision cost.
2021-10-13
Category: International, South Korea,Business/Economy,Technology
S. Korea to prepare for return to normalcy from pandemic
Seoul, Oct 13 (IANS) South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Wednesday that the government will prepare for a gradual return to normalcy from the Covid-19 pandemic amid a higher vaccination rate.
2021-10-13
Category: International, South Korea,National,Health/Medicine
T-shirt with portrait of Kim appears at N.Korea's public event for 1st time
Seoul, Oct 13 (IANS) A T-shirt with a printed portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was spotted during a public event in Pyongyang for the first time, state media showed, amid the reclusive regime's push to rev up an image of being a "normal state."
2021-10-13
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Samsung begins mass production of 14nm DRAM with EUV technology
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it has started mass production of the industry's smallest 14-nanometre DRAM using extreme ultraviolet lithography technology as part of efforts to consolidate its leadership in the memory industry.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Technology
N.Korea vows to strengthen ties with Russia on 73rd anniversary of bilateral ties
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) North Korea on Tuesday stressed its "invariable" friendship with Russia as they celebrated the 73rd anniversary of establishing ties, vowing to further enhance their cooperation against an "adverse environment".
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korea to donate AstraZeneca vax to Vietnam, Thailand
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) South Korea will donate the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam and Thailand, as it has enough doses to inoculate its own people and help other countries, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Health/Medicine
Kim Jong-un calls for boosting military capabilities
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for boosting the country's military capabilities to counter what he called "hostile forces" against Pyongyang but said the move is not aimed at a war against South Korea or the US, state media reported on Tuesday.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korea at last gateway to return to normal: Prez
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) South Korea is about to enter the "last gateway" to a return to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic, President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean man given life sentence for murdering online friend he stalked
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) A Seoul court on Tuesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for brutally killing an online game mate he stalked and her family members, in a case that raised awareness about stalking crimes.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
'Squid Game' is a global hit, but its star says Hollywood isn't calling him yet
Seoul, Oct 12 (IANS) Top South Korean star Lee Jung-jae, who is currently enjoying the global success of 'Squid Game', Netflix's survival game TV series, says that Hollywood has not called him yet for work.
2021-10-12
Category: International, South Korea,Cinema/Showbiz
Foldable steering wheel for future vehicles arriving soon
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's largest auto parts maker, said on Monday it has developed a foldable steering wheel for future vehicles.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Technology
5 more soldiers at S.Korean Army boot camp test Covid positive
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) Five more draftees at a South Korean Army boot camp have tested positive for Covid-19 after cluster infections were reported at their base, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Health/Medicine
S.Korean provincial chief confirmed as ruling party's prez candidate (Ld)
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) South Korea's ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Monday confirmed the nomination of Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung as its 2022 presidential candidate, adding that it was decided after runner-up, former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon appealed the results.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
S.Korean FM to leave for US to attend G20 meeting
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki will leave for the US this week to attend a G20 meeting of finance chiefs and central bankers to discuss global economic and financial issues, it was announced on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
2nd largest S.Korean airlines to resume business class services on domestic flights after 18 yrs
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea's second-largest airline, will resume offering business class services on domestic flights starting next month after a hiatus of 18 years, as it tries to improve profitability amid the Covid-19 pandemic, industry insiders said on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Samsung joins top filmmakers to produce movies with Galaxy devices
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) Samsung Electronics said on Monday it has partnered with some high-profile filmmakers to produce movies with its Galaxy smartphones as the South Korean tech giant aims to better promote its mobile devices among budding creators.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,National,Technology
S.Korean provincial chief nominated as ruling party's prez candidate
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) South Korea's Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung has been nominated as the presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Party to run in the March 2022 elections.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Kim Jong-un urges improvement in people's livelihoods
Seoul, Oct 11 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stressed the need for improving people's livelihoods, as he held a session to mark the 76th founding anniversary of the country's ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Seoul city govt bans labour group's planned street rallies this month
Seoul, Oct 10 (IANS) The Seoul city government has prohibited South Korea's major umbrella labour group from staging street rallies this month in accordance with a law on preventing the spread of Covid-19, an official said on Sunday.
2021-10-10
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
N.Korea unveils new construction site under plan to build 10,000 homes
Seoul, Oct 10 (IANS) North Korea is accelerating the drive to construct new apartment buildings in its capital city, as it aims to provide 10,000 new homes within this year and 40,000 more by 2025, state media revealed on Sunday.
2021-10-10
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
'N.Korea's nuclear reactor appears to be still operating'
Seoul, Oct 9 (IANS) North Korea appears to be still operating its uranium enrichment plant at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, a US website monitoring Pyongyang's activities said on Saturday.
2021-10-09
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
South Korea grants asylum to Angolan family
Seoul, Oct 9 (IANS) The South Korean Ministry of Justice has granted refugee status to an Angolan family with a Congolese background, citing the likelihood of persecution should they return home, officials said on Saturday.
2021-10-09
Category: International, South Korea,Politics
Samsung, SK hynix could face new global taxation rules
Seoul, Oct 9 (IANS) South Korean chipmakers Samsung Electronics and SK hynix may have to pay part of their corporate taxes to foreign countries where they earn profits under a new landmark global taxation scheme.
2021-10-09
Category: International, South Korea,Technology