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N. Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit: KCNA

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, pledging to blow up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media. US President Donald Trump praised the North’s decision to dismantle the Punggye-ri test site in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25,…

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May 13, 2018


Historic Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Donald Trump on Thursday revealed his historic summit with Kim Jong Un — the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — will take place in Singapore on June 12. The location and date of the landmark meeting were announced in a presidential tweet just hours after Trump welcomed to the…

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May 11, 2018


N. Korea says ‘historic meeting’ opens ‘new era for peace’

SEOUL: The inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in was a “historic meeting” that paved the way for the start of a new era, Pyongyang’s state media said Saturday. The official KCNA news agency said it was a “historic meeting that has opened a new era for…

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April 28, 2018


Two Koreas’ leaders in historic handshake

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in shook hands Friday over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism ahead of a historic summit. “I am happy to meet you,” Moon told Kim before the visitor stepped over the line, making him the…

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April 27, 2018


Kim and Moon to hold historic inter-Korean summit

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in were to meet at the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries on Friday for a historic summit. The meeting on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom — only the third of its kind since the end of the 1950-53…

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April 27, 2018


Samsung Electronics flags record $14.7 bn Q1 operating profit

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics flagged Friday a first-quarter operating profit of 15.6 trillion won ($14.7 billion), a record for any-three month period, as it benefited from soaring demand for its memory chips for mobile devices. Sales for January to March are expected to reach 60 trillion won, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and memory chips…

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April 6, 2018


US, China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump enlisted the help of China’s Xi Jinping to keep sanctions pressure on North Korea Friday, amid fears that an audacious diplomatic gambit by the US president could lead to backsliding. Trump and the ever-more-powerful Chinese president spoke by phone, the White House said, after the US leader stunned the world by accepting…

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March 10, 2018


Kim and Trump to meet on North Korean nukes by May

WASHINGTON: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have agreed to meet to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, US and South Korean officials said Thursday “I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he’s committed to denuclearization,” said South…

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March 9, 2018


Afghan refugee saga vies for top prize at Busan festival

BUSAN, South Korea: A gripping drama depicting the harrowing plight of Afghan refugees is targeting Oscars history as it vies for the top prize at Asia’s premier film festival this week. Director Navid Mahmoudi was told shortly before making the trip to the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea that his debut film…

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October 11, 2016


Boycott test for Asia’s top film festival

SEOUL: The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off Thursday, with an extended row over artistic freedom and a boycott by high-profile local cineastes threatening to undermine its reputation as Asia’s premier movie showcase. This year’s event will screen some 300 films from nearly 70 countries, including 66 features that will be receiving their…

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October 5, 2016


Samsung to resume sales of new Note 7 phones

SEOUL: Samsung said Thursday it would resume sales of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea this week, hoping to turn the page on the troubled device after an ongoing global recall prompted by battery explosions. The company on September 2 suspended sales of the oversized “phablet” and recalled 2.5 million units shipped worldwide after…

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September 29, 2016


Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

SEOUL: Visitors to a giant aquarium in Seoul on Friday were presented with the gory aftermath of a territorial dispute between two sharks, which left one dead inside the mouth and gullet of the other. Staff at the COEX aquarium said the fight between a 2.2 meter long sand tiger shark and a banded hound…

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January 30, 2016


‘Twinsters’ film premiere brings orphaned siblings tale to birthplace

BUSAN: A documentary tracing the remarkable story of orphaned twin sisters, separated at birth, who only discover each other due to a chance encounter on social media, has screened its international premiere in the Korean city where the girls were born. “We had to bring our crazy story here because this is where it all…

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October 7, 2015


Ferry captain's actions 'tantamount to murder:' SK president

SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Monday that the behaviour of the captain and crew of the ferry that capsized five days ago with 476 people on board was unacceptable and “tantamount to murder”. “The actions of the captain and some crew members were utterly incomprehensible, unacceptable and tantamount to murder,” the presidential Blue…

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April 21, 2014


SKorea edge Pakistan to win Asia Cup

KUANTAN, Malaysia: South Korea won their third Asia Cup hockey title after beating three-time champions Pakistan 1-0 in a hard-fought final in Malaysia on Saturday. The winning goal was scored by drag flick specialist Kim Byung-hoon in the 65th minute. Kim also finished as the tournament?s top scorer with six goals. It was a winning…

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