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'Black Panther' will inspire people of all backgrounds: Michelle Obama

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Former first lady of the US Michelle Obama believes the film Black Panther will be an inspiration to individuals from all backgrounds, and the youth will see superheroes that look like them. Michelle appreciated and hailed the team of Black Panther, which is among the first films from the house of Marvel Studios that predominantly has a black cast and also shows...

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US-S.Korea military drills to begin after Winter Olympics

Seoul, Feb 20 (IANS) The South Korean Defence Ministry on Tuesday said that it will carry out its annual military drills with the US once the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This is the first time that Seoul has spoken about the drills following the historic visit of a North Korean delegation headed by Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, representing the greatest rapprochement in years betw...

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Samsung remains smartphone market leader at home turf

Seoul, Feb 19 (IANS) Samsung smartphones maintained their dominant market status late last year as Apple iPhones expanded their presence in South Korea, an industry report said on Monday. According to the report by industry tracker Strategy Analytics, the South Korean tech giant shipped 24 million units in the local market during the fourth quarter of 2017, reports Yonhap news agency.

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Pyongyang accuses US of hampering relations with Seoul

Pyongyang, Feb 19 (IANS) North Korea on Monday accused the US of pressing to resume annual joint military drills with South Korea as soon as the Winter Olympics end and hampering the improved relations achieved in the past few weeks between Pyongyang and Seoul. Seoul and Washington had postponed their annual spring military drills, which are normally held between March and April, so that...

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Post-Olympic fate of 3 major PyeongChang venues still undecided: IOC

PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is content with most of the legacy initiatives for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, a senior IOC official said on Sunday, but noted that the fate of three major venues is still undecided. They've done the right things, fundamentally developing the infrastructures that will help this region be more successf...

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Kim Jong-un's aide reappears after three months

Seoul, Feb 16 (IANS) A close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reappeared in public three months after rumours of his purging surfaced, South Korean authorities said on Friday. Television visuals from the North Korean state broadcaster suggested that Hwang Pyong-so, who held the rank of Vice Marshal, attended the commemorative events of the 76th anniversary of the birth of the form...

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South Korean film industry launches anti-sexual abuse workshops

Seoul, Feb 16 (IANS) The South Korean film industry is launching several initiatives like anti-sexual abuse workshops to combat sexual harassment cases. This has come in the wake of the #MeToo and the Time's Up movements, which have gathered steam in Hollywood and elsewhere, and women are speaking out against sexual misconduct in their workplace like never before. An increasing ...

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Pyongyang discreetly celebrates ex-leader's birth anniversary

Pyongyang, Feb 16 (IANS) North Korea on Friday discreetly commemorated the 76th birth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong-il. As per tradition, the incumbent leader Kim Jong-un paid a visit to the Kumsusan Sun Palace here at midnight and solemnly placed a wreath in front of the embalmed bodies of his father and grandfather, Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, according to the state ag...

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Former Samsung vice chief summoned over bribery allegations

Seoul, Feb 14 (IANS) Prosecutors said on Wednesday they have ordered a former vice chairman of Samsung Group to undergo questioning over alleged bribery involving former President Lee Myung-bak. Lee Hak-soo, who headed the now disbanded Samsung control tower between the late 1990s and 2000s, was summoned to appear at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday, according t...

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S.Korea's unemployment tops 1 mn in January

Seoul, Feb 14 (IANS) Unemployment in South Korea topped 1 million in the first month of this year, with the jobless rate standing at 3.7 per cent, a government report showed on Wednesday. The number of those unemployed was 1.02 million in January, up 12,000 from the same month of last year, according to Statistics Korea. It surpassed 1 million in seven months, indicating the still lacklu...

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S.Korea says norovirus likely from food at private accommodation

Seoul, Feb 13 (IANS) South Korea's health authorities said on Tuesday that the outbreak of norovirus infection in the Olympic host town of PyeongChang was likely caused by contaminated water from a lodging facility where private security staff for the Winter Games stayed. The cooking water at the facility in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, was possibly contaminated, the K...

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Former S. Korean President's friend jailed for 20 years

Seoul, Feb 13 (IANS) A Seoul court sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of former President Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for a string of corruption charges linked to a massive influence-peddling scandal that led to Park's impeachment. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Choi on charges of bribery, abuse of power and coercion. It ordered her to pay a fine of 1...

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177 cases of norovirus infection confirmed in PyeongChang

Seoul, Feb 12 (IANS) Organisers of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics said Monday a total of 177 cases of norovirus infection have been confirmed since the outbreak in the Olympic host town last week. The organising committee added that 19 new cases were confirmed on Sunday. No athletes have been affected by the virus, which is known to cause stomach pain and diarrhea, it said, rep...

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Bad weather forces rescheduling of women's giant slalom event at PyeongChang

PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 12 (IANS) The organisers of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Monday rescheduled the women's giant slalom event due to unfavourable weather conditions. The women's event was scheduled to start at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, 180 kilometres east of Seoul, at 10:15 a.m on Monday but the organisers decided to postpone the event due to high winds an...

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N.Korean delegation's S.Korea visit meaningful: Pyongyang media

Seoul, Feb 12 (IANS) North Korean state media on Monday said its high-level delegation's trip to South Korea was meaningful and it improved stalled inter-Korean relations. The North's delegation led by its ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam returned home late Sunday after a three-day visit to the South for the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics, reports Yonhap News Agency. K...

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IOC impressed by S. Korean authorities' efforts to contain norovirus

PyeongChang, Feb 11 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Director Richard Budgett said on Sunday that he was impressed by the local authorities' efforts to contain norovirus here. The local organisers said that as of Saturday, 158 cases of norovirus infections have been confirmed, but no athlete has been affected by the outbreak. The organisers said that of the i...

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S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

Seoul, Feb 11 (IANS) South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Sunday hosted a lunch for the high-ranking North Korean delegation, including Kim Jong-un's younger sister. According to the Prime Minister's Office , Lee hosted the luncheon from noon at a hotel in eastern Seoul. reports Xinhua news agency. Attending the luncheon were Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister who serves as ...

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Moon dismisses Abe's call to resume US-S. Korea drills

Seoul, Feb 10 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in dismissed a call by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to quickly resume the US-South Korea joint military exercises, an official said on Saturday. The unnamed official of South Korea's presidential Blue House was quoted as saying that Abe told Moon on Friday that it was not a right time to delay the annual joint military drills bet...

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Protesters tear N. Korean flags, leader's photos in Seoul

Seoul, Feb 10 (IANS) Conservative activists tore photos of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and attempted to burn its national flag in demonstrations here on Saturday against Pyongyang's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. A flurry of demonstrations took place on the streets as Kim's sister and other high-ranking officials visited the presidential office and North Korean ar...

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Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's President to Pyongyang

Seoul, Feb 10 (IANS) North Korea's rather reclusive leader Kim Jong-un has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the earliest date possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit. The invitation was delivered on Saturday at a landmark meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong in the Presidential Palace in Seoul, Yonhap news agenc...

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