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North Korea stages artillery firing drill in latest weapons test, says State media
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North Korea stages artillery firing drill in latest weapons test, says State media

Leader Kim Jong-un was not mentioned in the report, suggesting he did not observe the training

North Korea's Kim Jong-un vows to build invincible military, slams US' 'persistent hostility'
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North Korea's Kim Jong-un vows to build invincible military, slams US' 'persistent hostility'

Kim also accused South Korea of hypocrisy because it criticises North Korea’s weapons development as provocations while spending heavily to increase its own military capabilities

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un vows to build 'invincible' military to combat US hostility
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North Korea's Kim Jong-Un vows to build 'invincible' military to combat US hostility

In an apparent continued effort to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, Kim also used his speech at a rare exhibition of weapons systems on Monday to stress that his military might isn’t targeted at South Korea

North Korea's Kim Jong-un orders to restore hotlines with South Korea as he condemns 'cunning' US
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North Korea's Kim Jong-un orders to restore hotlines with South Korea as he condemns 'cunning' US

Kim's comments carried in a state media report are an apparent effort to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington as he wants South Korea to help him win relief from crippling US-led economic sanctions and other concessions.

Rising sea levels serious threat to Asian cities, may put 15 mn people at risk by 2030: Greenpeace report
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Rising sea levels serious threat to Asian cities, may put 15 mn people at risk by 2030: Greenpeace report

The report focuses on seven cities which are - Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei and Manila.

Kim Jong-un berates top officials for ‘great crisis’ in North Korea, failure to prevent COVID-19
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Kim Jong-un berates top officials for ‘great crisis’ in North Korea, failure to prevent COVID-19

North Korea has claimed to have had no coronavirus infections, despite testing thousands of people and sharing a porous border with China

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea's Kim Jong-un, dismisses chances of talks with United States
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Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea's Kim Jong-un, dismisses chances of talks with United States

Her blunt statement indicates that the diplomatic impasse over North Korea's nuclear programme is likely to continue in the absence of greater economic and pandemic-related difficulties, experts said

Dance practise, weight control and hope: In the story of an upcoming band, reflections of K-pop's cut-throat world
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Dance practise, weight control and hope: In the story of an upcoming band, reflections of K-pop's cut-throat world

The K-pop industry is accused of consuming young hopefuls with only a tiny minority surviving to stardom.

The fierce appeal of Yuh-Jung Youn: How the actress endeared herself to South Koreans years before Minari
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The fierce appeal of Yuh-Jung Youn: How the actress endeared herself to South Koreans years before Minari

Yuh-Jung Youn's life story and work made her Oscar win resonate deeply in South Korea, particularly among women who have long struggled under the country’s male-dominant hierarchical order.

US, China agree to co-operate on climate crisis with urgency during talks at Seoul
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US, China agree to co-operate on climate crisis with urgency during talks at Seoul

Co-operation between the two countries is key to successful global efforts to curb climate change, but frayed ties over human rights and trade threaten to undermine these efforts

'Don't cause a stink': Kim Jong-un's sister warns US against military exercises with South Korea
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'Don't cause a stink': Kim Jong-un's sister warns US against military exercises with South Korea

The warning comes a day before America's top diplomat and defence chief, who are currently in Japan, are scheduled to arrive in Seoul

South Korea signs USD 43 billion deal for 'world's biggest' offshore wind farm complex
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South Korea signs USD 43 billion deal for 'world's biggest' offshore wind farm complex

Seoul announced last year its goal to become one of the world's top five offshore wind energy powerhouses by 2030.

Kim Jong-un admits mistakes as party opens rare congress, says economic plan failed ‘in almost all areas'
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Kim Jong-un admits mistakes as party opens rare congress, says economic plan failed ‘in almost all areas'

The gathering is the first of its kind in five years, only the eighth in North Korea's history, and comes two weeks before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office

North Korea defies coronavirus with huge military parade, celebrates ruling party's anniversary amid economic woes
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North Korea defies coronavirus with huge military parade, celebrates ruling party's anniversary amid economic woes

Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus, which first emerged in neighbouring China, and has yet to confirm a single case

Fire engulfs high-rise apartment complex in South Korea’s Ulsan; at least 88 sustain minor injuries
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Fire engulfs high-rise apartment complex in South Korea’s Ulsan; at least 88 sustain minor injuries

Officials said the fire started at a balcony in one of the lower floors and spread up the exterior of the building amid strong winds

North Korean soldiers killed 'defector' from South and burnt his body, claims Seoul
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North Korean soldiers killed 'defector' from South and burnt his body, claims Seoul

The first killing of a Southern citizen by North Korean forces in a decade comes at a time when Pyongyang is at high alert over the coronavirus pandemic and inter-Korean relations are at a standstill

Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering south Japan islands; over 20 injured, 1,600 evacuated
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Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering south Japan islands; over 20 injured, 1,600 evacuated

The Korea Meteorological Administration warned of 'very heavy rain and very strong winds’, adding the typhoon would likely reduce to a tropical storm within 24 hours

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon found dead days after being accused of harassment by secretary
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Seoul mayor Park Won-soon found dead days after being accused of harassment by secretary

Park, who was serving his third term as mayor of Seoul, a city of 10 million, had often been cited as a possible successor to President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term is set to expire in 2022

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon goes missing after sexual harassment allegations, search underway
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Seoul mayor Park Won-soon goes missing after sexual harassment allegations, search underway

His daughter called the police on Thursday afternoon and said her father had given her 'a will-like' verbal message before leaving their home

North Korea vows to redeploy troops on border with South, rejects Seoul’s offer to send envoys amid tensions over propaganda leaflets
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North Korea vows to redeploy troops on border with South, rejects Seoul’s offer to send envoys amid tensions over propaganda leaflets

North Korea said it had rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating bilateral tensions, and vowed to redeploy troops to demilitarised border units in the latest step towards nullifying inter-Korean peace accords