BLACKPINK singer Lisa to star as ‘White Lotus’ hits Thailand

Singer Lisa of megastar K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will join the cast of “The White Lotus”, HBO said Tuesday, as the third season of the hit TV series moves to…

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NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has flown Earth science missions for more than 25 years under NASA’s Airborne Science Program.//Photo : NASA

World’s biggest flying lab comes to Asia on air pollution mission

Clark, Philippines – NASA has kicked off a series of c, in an ambitious mission to improve the models that help to forecast and fight air pollution. Millions of deaths each year are…

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South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung, who was attacked in Busan, lies on a stretcher as he arrives at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul on January 2.//AFP

Stabbed South Korean opposition leader ‘recovering well’: doctor

Seoul, South Korea – South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung, who was stabbed in the neck, is recovering well but still needs close monitoring to avoid complications, a Seoul National University…

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South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung is attended to after being attacked in Busan on January 2, 2024.//AFP

South Korean opposition leader stabbed in neck

Seoul, South Korea – South Korean opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck on Tuesday while talking to reporters in the port city of Busan. Lee was walking…

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A man walks past a bus used for promotion for the BlackPink band on the eve of their two day concert in Hanoi on July 28.//AFP

All BLACKPINK members renew contracts with label YG

Seoul, South Korea – All members of the megastar girl group BLACKPINK renewed their contracts with YG Entertainment on Wednesday, the company said, ending speculation around their future and driving…

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The robotic arm crushed the man’s body against a conveyor belt after mistaking him for a box. PHOTO: THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

South Korean man killed by industrial robot that identified him as a box

SEOUL – A man was crushed to death by a robot in South Korea after the machine apparently failed to differentiate him from the boxes of produce it was handling, the…

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Luxury brands remove Blackpink Lisa’s photos on social media

All of the photos featuring Lisa have disappeared from Weibo accounts of the two high-end brands, for which the singer is acting as the global ambassador, reported VN Express International…

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PM advises revellers to avoid overcrowded Halloween events

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has advised people celebrating Halloween to avoid severely crowded areas, to prevent repeat of the fatal crush in South Korea last year. 159 people were killed,…

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Immigration process eased for Malaysians using Sadao checkpoint

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to exempt Malaysian tourists from needing to submit the “tor mor 6” immigration form to enter Thailand through the Sadao border checkpoint, to speed…

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Blackpink’s Lisa dazzles at ‘Crazy Horse’ in Paris

Blackpink member Lisa has given her first performance at the famous “Crazy Horse” venue in Paris, France. On September 28, Lisa made history by becoming the first K-pop artist to…

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French artist Miguel Chevalier

The immersive world of Miguel Chevalier

Digital art may be very common today but 40 years ago, it was not recognised as “art” with non-enthusiasts regarding it as a waste of time and effort. “In the…

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This picture shows an engineer from artificial intelligence company Pulse9 conducting a demonstration as a live actor for virtual human Zaein, seen on-screen, during an interview with AFP at the company in Seoul.//AFP

From K-pop to sales girls: AI goes mainstream in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea – Her face is a deepfake. Her body belongs to a team of similar-sized actors. But she sings, reads the news, and sells luxury clothes on TV as AI…

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Shares of K-pop agency plunge after Lisa Blackpink reportedly rejects contract renewal offer

Shares of K-pop agency YG Entertainment tumbled almost 9% on Friday after South Korean media reported that Blackpink member Lisa has rejected a contract renewal offer from the agency, reported…

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US President Joe Biden attends the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance at the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 9,.//AFP

US and Vietnam set to expand ties as China worries grow

US President Joe Biden arrives in Vietnam on Sunday set to deepen cooperation between the two nations, in the face of China’s growing ambitions in the region. Biden — who…

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Korea reopens its borders to citizens living abroad: KCNA

North Korea has moved to further open up from strict pandemic-era isolation, with state media reporting Sunday that citizens living abroad have been allowed to reenter the country. State-run KCNA…

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A South Korean man holds a placard in front of a building housing the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 24.//AFP

More than 10 arrested trying to enter Japan embassy in Seoul over Fukushima: police

More than 10 people were arrested Thursday for trying to enter the Japanese embassy in Seoul during a protest over the release of Fukushima wastewater, police told AFP. “More than…

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Kanoon (standing) and Durian

Kanoon and Durian join K-9 customs department team

The Customs Department has recently introduced two new four-legged officials, whose duties include the detection for narcotics and other contraband. Director General Patchara Anuntasilpa said his office now has its…

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K-pop to the rescue? S. Korea all-in for scout jamboree closing concert

Seoul : Tens of thousands of scouts are set to gather for a massive K-pop festival in Seoul on Friday, as South Korea seeks to salvage a problem-plagued jamboree with…

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A scout cools himself under a spray of water mist during preparations to leave the World Scout Jamboree in Buan, on August 8.//AFP

Heatwave, overflowing toilets at S. Korea’s ‘cursed’ scout jamboree

South Korea was evacuating tens of thousands of scouts on Tuesday from a problem-plagued jamboree campsite ahead of a typhoon, days after a heatwave caused mass illnesses. Korean media have…

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Thailand to host 5th round of IPEF negotiations in September

Thailand is due to hold the 5th Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (IPEF) Negotiation Round, from September 10-16, according to an informed source. Thailand is one of the 14 founding signatories to…

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South Korean lesbian couple Kim Kyu-jin (L) and her wife Kim Sae-yeon (R) posing with a pregnant woman badge during an interview with AFP.//AFP

Happy mothers’: South Korean couple beat same-sex barriers to parenthood

South Korea has spent billions of dollars on policies to boost its birth rate. But when Kim Kyu-jin and her wife wanted to have a baby, they had to fly…

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Thermal camera captures red hot images of Seoul

Seoul landmarks appeared red hot on a thermal camera on Thursday (August 3) as parts of the country roast in temperatures over 38 degrees Celsius this week. The thermal camera…

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Policemen examine a scene where, according to media reports, nine people have been stabbed and four others hurt by a car driven by the suspected attacker in Seongnam, South Korea, August 3, 2023. (Yonhap via REUTERS)

Several hurt in South Korean ‘stabbing rampage’: police

A man went on a “stabbing rampage” near a South Korean subway station, police said Thursday, with as many as 10 people reported wounded two weeks after a similar attack…

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South Korea to release self-driving car in 2023

South Korea plans to release its Level 3-autonomous driving vehicle in 2023 that is capable of driving without human operation. South Korean media report shows a test drive of a…

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(File Photo) People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test. Pyongyang routinely conducts weapons tests. (AFP)

North Korea fires missiles ahead of key anniversary

Pyongyang conducted twin missile launches late Monday, ahead of Korean War anniversary celebrations that will be attended by Chinese dignitaries in the first foreign delegation visit to the country since…

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US submarine arrives in South Korea amid tensions over North Korea

A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine arrived in South Korea on Monday (July 24), only days after the first U.S. nuclear armed submarine made port in the country in four decades, as…

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Another new South Korean TV series a hit in Thailand

“King the Land” is the latest series from South Korea which has become the talk of town in Thailand, and not because of the usual good-looking stars. It is because…

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Houses collapsed from a landslide caused by heavy rain are seen in Yecheon, South Korea, Sunday, July 16, 2023. (Photo by Yun Kwan-shick/Yonhap via AP)

Thai woman among the flood fatalities in South Korea

A Thai woman has died in a flash flood in Gyeongsangbuk-do, over 200km southeast of Seoul. She was among 39 fatalities in recent flooding and land-slides in South Korea, after…

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At least 31 killed by heavy rains in South Korea; rescuers hunt for missing people

Five bodies of people who were trapped under a tunnel submerged by heavy rains in central South Korea were pulled out on Sunday, firefighting authorities said, taking the death toll…

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Thailand and Korea strengthen commercial ties

South Korea and Thailand are marking 65 years of diplomatic relations this year and to celebrate the occasion, Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggido Business and Science Accelerator (GBSA) brought the G-Fair…

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This picture taken on April 27, 2023 shows South Korean drag queen Hurricane Kimchi performing during a drag queen show at an underground music club in the Hongdae nightlife district of Seoul. Hurricane Kimchi, also known as activist and artist Heezy Yang, said some resistance is inevitable while South Korea slowly gets used to the idea that LGBTQ people are part of society. “We are everywhere, so there should be LGBTQ events everywhere and we should be visible everywhere,” Yang told AFP. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

‘Get used to us’: South Korean drag queens fight for LGBTQ rights

Drag queen Hurricane Kimchi has torn through Seoul’s nightlife scene like their meteorological namesake for a decade, part of a burgeoning LGBTQ community fighting for their rights in socially conservative…

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A view of South Korean and Japanese national flags hoisted ahead of the arrival of South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon-hee, at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) in Tokyo, Japan March 16, 2023. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan, South Korea revive currency swaps as icy relations slowly thaw

Japan and South Korea agreed on Thursday to revive a $10-billion currency swap deal, a symbolic but significant step as the countries’ leaders seek to improve long-strained ties amid increasing…

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South Korean nurses strike after PM Yoon vetoes bill on pay, working conditions

Tens of thousands of South Korean nurses went on strike on Friday (May 19) after President Yoon Suk Yeol vetoed a law to improve their pay and working conditions. The…

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Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches a naval base in Busan, South Korea, Friday, June 16, 2023. (Gang Duck-chul/Yonhap via AP)

US guided-missile submarine arrives in South Korea, a day after North Korea resumes missile tests

The United States deployed a nuclear-powered submarine capable of carrying about 150 Tomahawk missiles to South Korea on Friday, a day after North Korea resumed missile tests in protest of…

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South Korea sea salt demand grows ahead of Japan’s Fukushima contaminated water release

Ahead of Japan’s planned release of contaminated wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in the summer, demand for sea salt in neighbouring South Korea has recently grown and retailers…

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Seoul airport bus to rely on hydrogen by 2030

Seoul metropolitan government announces that all airport buses will be replaced by hydrogen buses by 2030. Most of airport buses are diesel-powered at present. This airport bus travels between Incheon…

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Need more data for ‘accurate conclusion’ – South Korean experts after Fukushima inspection

South Korean experts on Wednesday (May 31) said more analysis was needed for an accurate conclusion after inspecting facilities related to water release from the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power…

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This picture taken on January 20, 2023 shows the storage tanks for contaminated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Okuma of Fukushima prefecture. (Phiti by Philip Fong / AFP)

South Korean experts to begin inspections at Fukushima nuclear plant

A team of South Korean experts will start a four-day survey on Monday to check the safety of Japan’s plan to release treated and diluted water from the crippled Fukushima…

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Korean screenwriter Park Jae-Beom speaks to the audience at the ‘Seminar on Script writer development to increase the value of the creative content industry’.

S. Korea’s investment in its screenwriters results in a K-content global sensation

“There is a saying ‘don’t invest in the project, do invest in screenwriters’”,  said Park Jae-Beom, screenwriter of several well-known K-dramas, including Vincenzo, The Good Manager and The Good Doctor,…

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(L to R) US President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol greet each other ahead of a trilateral meeting during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Hiroshima on May 21, 2023. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

Biden invites Japan, S. Korea leaders to US for talks

US President Joe Biden on Sunday invited the leaders of Japan and South Korea to formal three-way talks in Washington, a senior US administration official said. The leaders met briefly…

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks on the government budget at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, 25 October 2022. JEON HEON-KYUN/Pool via REUTERS

South Korea’s Yoon says nuclear consultative group upgrades U.S. alliance

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Tuesday that a planned nuclear consultative group and new partnerships on supply chains and science and technologyare an “upgrade” to the country’s alliance with…

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US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. (Source: AFP)

Biden, Yoon warn North Korea of nuclear response to any attack

US President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol warned North Korea it would face a nuclear response and the “end” of the leadership there if Pyongyang uses its…

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President Joe Biden and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US to dock nuclear subs in SKorea for 1st time in 40 years

Presidents Joe Biden and Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday will sign an agreement that includes plans to have U.S. nuclear-armed submarines dock in South Korea for the first time in…

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South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol (R) and his wife Kim Keon-hee (L) board a plane as they leave for Washington at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam on April 24, 2023. – South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol flew to Washington on April 24, for a six-day state visit, as the allies move to bulk up military cooperation over North Korea’s expanding nuclear threats. (Photo by YONHAP / AFP)

South Korea’s Yoon heads to US ahead of Biden summit

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol flew to Washington Monday for a six-day state visit, as the allies move to bulk up military cooperation over North Korea’s expanding nuclear threats….

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Tensions with North Korea have flared after the South has taken part in drills with the United States and Japan.(Reuters: The South Korea Defense Ministry/File)

South Korea fires warning shots after North’s boat crosses sea border

South Korea fired warning shots toward a North Korean vessel that crossed the maritime border, South Korea’s military said on Sunday, a day after the incident that further raised tension…

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Forest fire in central Seoul forces evacuation of 120 homes

A forest fire raged in central Seoul on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of at least 120 homes in the densely populated capital, authorities said. The fire, which started on a mountain in…

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Bangkok in Airbnb reservation platform’s top 5 tourist destinations for 2023

Bangkok has been listed as one of the world’s top five tourist destinations in’s 2023 rankings, based on the searches for hotel bookings during the first three quarters of…

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South Korea moves to ‘normalise’ military pact with Japan

South Korea will fully implement a key military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a defence ministry official told AFP on Saturday, as the two countries move to thaw long-frozen relations and renew…

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US, S.Korea kick off largest drills in five years

South Korea and the United States kicked off their largest joint military exercises in five years on Monday, after nuclear-armed Pyongyang warned such drills could be seen as a “declaration…

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South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol speaks during a ceremony marking the 104th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement Day against Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul on March 1, 2023. JUNG YEON-JE / POOL / AFP

South Korea and Japan mend fences

After decades of bickering and bitterness, finally, the South Korean government has shown magnanimity by reaching out to Japan. In his historic speech on 1st March, Independence Movement Day, President…

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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Kim’s sister warns N. Korea ready to act against US, South

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Tuesday that the country is ready to take “quick, overwhelming action” against the United States and South Korea, as…

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A South Korean soldier wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) leads a group of Chinese tourists to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre upon their arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, January 12, 2023. / REUTERS

South Korea to lift post-arrival COVID test requirement for travellers from China

South Korea will not require travellers from China to test for COVID-19 after arrival starting next month, although they will still need to take pre-departure tests, a senior South Korean official said on Wednesday,…

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This handout photo taken on February 5, 2023 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows coast guard members searching for missing people after a fishing boat capsized in waters off the coast of Sinan county. (Photo by Handout / the Korea Coast Guard / AFP)

Nine missing after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

Rescue workers were searching by sea and air for nine people missing after a fishing boat capsized in waters off South Korea’s southwestern coast, authorities said Sunday. The 24-tonne vessel…

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Passengers arriving from China pass by a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 measures recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Japan, S. Korea protest China visa stoppage amid COVID spat

Japan and South Korea defended public health restrictions on travelers from China on Wednesday, a day after China stopped issuing new visas in both countries in apparent retaliation. Chinese embassies…

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol [REUTERS/Daewoung Kim/File Photo]

South Korea, U.S. eye exercises using nuclear assets, Yoon says -newspaper

South Korea and the United States are discussing possible joint planning and exercises using U.S. nuclear assets in the face of North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats, South Korean…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on December 23, 2022 after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles according to South Korea’s military. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

Seoul says warning shots fired after N. Korea drone incursion

(AFP) – South Korea accused the North of flying “several” drones across their shared border on Monday, prompting Seoul’s military to deploy warplanes and fire warning shots to ward them…

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The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016. Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

South Korea, U.S. consider live-fire drills amid North Korea threats

South Korea and the United States are considering staging their first large-scale joint live-fire demonstration in six years in 2023 amid North Korea’s growing military threats, Seoul’s defence ministry said…

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North Korea fires more artillery shells into sea in response to South Korea drills -KCNA

North Korea said on Tuesday it had ordered military units to fire more artillery shells into the sea, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported, in response to South Korea’s ongoing drills across…

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“Royal Procession with the People” brings old tradition to life on screen.

Bringing Thailand and South Korea even closer through art

Thailand and Korea share no borders and are 6 hours away by plane, yet everything Korean has become part of Thai life including music, food and TV series.  The ties…

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A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on November 2, 2022. / AFP

N Korean missile lands close to S Korean waters for ‘first time’, Seoul military says

North Korea fired at least 10 missiles Wednesday, including one that landed close to South Korea’s territorial waters and prompted a rare warning for people on an island to shelter…

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Thai golfer Atthaya is world’s No 1 women’s professional player

Thai teenage golfer Atthaya Thitikul reached the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings on Monday, becoming the 16th player and second youngest under 20 to get to the…

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A man offers a flower at a joint memorial altar for victims of the deadly Halloween crowd surge, in Naksopyeong, near the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 31, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

South Korea mourns Halloween crowd surge victims

South Koreans gathered Monday at memorials honouring the 154 people killed in a crowd surge at Halloween celebrations, as authorities faced accusations that lax crowd control had caused the disaster….

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Revellers gather in the neighbourhood of Itaewon in Seoul on October 30, 2022, near to the location where a Halloween stampede took place. – More than 140 people were killed on October 29 and some 150 were injured in a horrific stampede in central Seoul when a large crowd celebrating Halloween crammed into a narrow street, officials said. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

More than 150 killed in Halloween stampede in Seoul

(AFP) – More than 150 people were killed and scores more were injured in a deadly stampede at a packed Halloween event in central Seoul late Saturday, officials said, in…

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Lee Jae-yong was formally named executive chairman of Samsung Electronics after years of being its de facto leader Jung Yeon-je AFP

Ex-convict Samsung heir takes top job after pardon

The once-disgraced heir to the sprawling Samsung empire was on Thursday named top executive of its most important business, two months after South Korea’s president pardoned him for embezzlement and corruption convictions. The board of Samsung Electronics, one of the…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 9, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

North, South Korea trade warning shots on maritime border

(AFP) – South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a North Korean ship before dawn on Monday, deeming the vessel had crossed the adversaries’ disputed maritime border, prompting the North…

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Lee Rae-jin, the older brother of a South Korean fisheries official who was fatally shot and burned at sea by North Korean soldiers in 2020, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ansan, South Korea, August 8, 2022. To match Insight SOUTHKOREA-NORTHKOREA/KILLING REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korean court issues arrest warrants for former security leaders over official slain by North

A South Korean court on Saturday issued arrest warrants for a former defence minister and a former coast guard chief over their alleged mishandling of the death of a state…

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File photo shows a South Korean soldier takes a position in front of a cosmetic shop during an anti-terror drill as part of the massive annual “Hoguk Exercise” at a subway station in Seoul. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

South Korea kicks off military drills amid talk of North Korean nuclear test

South Korea’s troops kicked off their annual Hoguk defense drills on Monday, designed to boost their ability to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats amid simmering tension over…

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BTS pose on the red carpet as they attend the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona

BTS to hold free concert to support S.Korea’s bid to host World Expo

K-pop boy band BTS is reuniting on Saturday for a concert in the southern port city of Busan, which the city and the South Korean government hope will help win…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends the opening ceremony of the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm to mark the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 11, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

N.Korea fires missile, flies warplanes near border as South imposes sanctions

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by the nuclear-armed…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un oversees a missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 10, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

N.Korea says missile tests simulate striking South with nuclear weapons

North Korea‘s recent flurry of missile tests were designed to simulate showering the South with tactical nuclear weapons as a warning after large-scale navy drills by South Korean and U.S. forces, state…

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In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, an Army Tactical Missile System or ATACMS, missile is fired during a joint military drill between U.S. and South Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. / AP

Seoul’s reprisal blows up after North Korean missile success

A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea’s…

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US, S.Korea conduct ‘precision bombing drill’ after N.Korea missile launched

South Korean and US fighter jets carried out precision bombing drills Tuesday, Seoul’s military said, in response to North Korea firing an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile over Japan. “With the participation of four…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in South Korea Thursday on a trip to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. DC POOL / AFP

US VP Harris lands in S. Korea after North’s missile tests

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea Thursday to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. Harris, who landed at Osan airbase after a trip to Tokyo to attend…

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Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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S.Korea, Japan hold first bilateral talks since 2019, seek stronger ties

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held their first one-on-one talks on Wednesday and agreed on the need to improve relations dogged by historical disputes….

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Thai rapper Milli’s performance in South Korea on Sunday cancelled due to visa problem

Well-known Thai rapper and singer Danupha Khanatheerakul, aka “Milli”, will not perform at the Hiphopplaya Festival in South Korea this Sunday due to visa problem. Milli’s agent, Yupp! Entertainment, said…

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Google, Meta face record fines in South Korea over privacy violations

South Korea has fined Google and Meta more than $71 million collectively for gathering users’ personal information without consent for tailored ads, regulators said Wednesday, the country’s highest-ever data protection…

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‘Succession’ and ‘Squid Game’ big winners at television’s Emmys

Dysfunctional family saga “Succession” on Monday took top honors for best drama at the Emmys, television’s biggest night of the year, as “Squid Game” made history when Lee Jung-jae was named…

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Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Bangkok Office. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

South Korea and Thailand team up to drive tourism back to the boom times

Thailand and South Korea can add to their list of “things in common” their tourism industries, both of which are working to get back on track after COVID-19. Tourism exchanges…

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A South Korean war veteran holds the national flag during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Cheorwon, South Korea, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korea offers talks with N.Korea to discuss reunion of separated families

South Korea on Thursday offered talks with North Korea to discuss a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, in its first direct overture since President Yoon Suk-yeol…

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A signboard is seen damaged by Typhoon Hinnamnor in Changwon, South Korea, September 6, 2022. Yonhap/via REUTERS

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Hinnamnor hits S.Korea

Thousands of South Koreans have evacuated as Typhoon Hinnamnor made landfall in the country’s south, authorities said on Tuesday, with heavy rain and strong winds expected to continue throughout the day. The typhoon,…

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45-year-old illegal Thai migrant worker dies while awaiting deportation from South Korea

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday (Tuesday) that a Thai male, who had worked in South Korea for 8 years without a work permit, died of unknown causes last…

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The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016. Picture taken on August 23, 2016. Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

South Korea, U.S. begin military drills amid N.Korea backlash

SEOUL, Aug 22 (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States began their annual joint military drills on Monday with a resumption of field training, officials said, as the allies seek to tighten readiness posture over North Korea‘s potential…

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Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, South Korea Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup, Netherlands Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, China’s State Councilor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and Laos’ Major General Chanthong Sonetaath chat before the ministerial working lunch during the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Jun 11, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Caroline Chia)

South Korea says it will boost defence capacity to counter North Korean threat

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters) – South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country would enhance its defence capabilities and work closely with the United States and Japan to counter North…

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China’s destroyer flotilla conducts naval drill in South China Sea

China’s destroyer flotilla has conducted a live-fire multi-subject combat drill in the South China Sea, reported by Chinese state media CCTV. The report said the drill was to verify the…

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New South Korean government’s new approach

In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s foreign policy agenda, which will focus on the promotion of a liberal democracy,…

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Countries around the world use soft power to spread their appeal and influence, though some have proved more successful in achieving this than others. (Photo by Z @dead____artist)

From Thailand to America to China, the secret to global success is soft power

 Soft power. The United States has Hollywood, jazz and Facebook while South Korea can boast K-pop, kimchi and taekwondo. For Thailand, pad thai, tom yum kung and Muay Thai pack…

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Why Thailand’s soft power is not as successful as South Korea’s

After female Thai rapper, Danupha “Milli” Khanatheerakul, ate mango sticky rice during her Coachella concert performance a week ago, the Thai dessert suddenly became a hot item and has been…

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FILE PHOTO: General view during the test firing of what state media report is a North Korean “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on March 24, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

U.S. special representative for N.Korea to visit Seoul to discuss missile launches

SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. envoy for North Korea will visit Seoul next week for meetings with South Korean counterparts to discuss the international response to the North’s recent intercontinental…

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North Korea fires ‘multiple rocket launchers’: Seoul

North Korea fired multiple rocket launchers on Sunday, Seoul said, the latest in a series of provocations by the nuclear-armed nation to heighten tensions in the region. Pyongyang launched a string of…

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People wearing face masks walk through a railway station in Seoul on February 18, 2022, after South Korea’s daily Covid-19 caseload crossed 100,000 for the first time. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

South Korea reports record 400,741 new daily COVID cases

South Korea reported a record 400,741 new daily COVID-19 cases, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday, as the country seeks to further ease social distancing rules despite a wave of…

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South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol when becoming new government leader earlier this year. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Tectonic shift in S.Korea politics as conservative outsider elected president

SEOUL, March 10 (Reuters) – Conservative South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol rode to victory in the country’s tight presidential election on a wave of discontent over economic policy, scandals,…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 5, 2022. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea claims new test of ‘reconnaissance satellite’ component

North Korea carried out “another important test” towards the development of a reconnaissance satellite, state media said Sunday, but analysts warned it was a thinly-veiled ballistic missile launch, just days before South Korea elects…

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North Korea fires two missiles in latest testing frenzy, South Korea says

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, South Korea‘s military said on Thursday, in what would be the sixth…

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In this photo taken during Dec. 27 – Dec. 31, 2021 and provided on Jan. 1, 2022 by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal…

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North Korea has continued to expand its military capabilities amid a self-imposed pandemic lockdown

North Korea fires second suspected missile in less than a week

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea, South Korea’s military said Tuesday, ratcheting up tensions less than a week after Pyongyang reported testing a hypersonic missile. The early-morning launch came as the UN Security Council met in New York to…

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Experts confirm micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe

The Busan Research Institute of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe. Plastic breaks apart into tiny fragments in the rivers…

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Couples leave a pub during the curfew hours starting at 9:00 p.m., as part of tightened social distancing rules to contain a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Seoul, South Korea, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korea reports first deaths linked to Omicron coronavirus variant – Yonhap

SEOUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Two people who posthumously tested positive for the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus appear to be the first such reported deaths in the…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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The leaders of North and South Korea embraced at a summit in 2018

Is South Korea close to officially ending the Korean War?

It has long been a dream of South Korean President Moon to formally end the war with the North, but analysts caution the idea may not be strategically sound or…

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