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'Squid Game isn't about survival, it's about people': Korean star Lee Jung-jae on global success of Netflix dystopian show
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'Squid Game isn't about survival, it's about people': Korean star Lee Jung-jae on global success of Netflix dystopian show

"I think we pose questions to ourselves as we watch the show: Have I been forgetting anything that I should never lose sight of as a human being?": says Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae.

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea in latest weapon test
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North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea in latest weapon test

Within days, President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, is scheduled to hold talks with US allies in Seoul over the prospects of reviving talks with North Korea

Japan, South Korea leaders look to deepen bilateral ties despite strains
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Japan, South Korea leaders look to deepen bilateral ties despite strains

Although both countries share common concerns over North Korea and China, ties between Tokyo and Seoul have suffered over the legacy of Japan's World War II atrocities

Squid Game and Parasite aren't just massive South Korean crossovers, but also biting critiques of inequity
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Squid Game and Parasite aren't just massive South Korean crossovers, but also biting critiques of inequity

Money and power run the world we live in today, and people – like the characters in Parasite and Squid Game – are being driven to a point where they will do anything in their capacity to gain and maintain financial security.

Squid Game becomes Netflix's most popular series launch with 111 mn fans since September debut
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Squid Game becomes Netflix's most popular series launch with 111 mn fans since September debut

By comparison, Regency romp Bridgerton reached 82 million households on debut, using Netflix's internal metric which includes any account that watched an episode for at least two minutes.

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

Squid Game, South Korea's global hit show on Netflix, speaks to financial despair of the country's youth
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Squid Game, South Korea's global hit show on Netflix, speaks to financial despair of the country's youth

“The stories and the problems of the characters are extremely personalised but also reflect the problems and realities of Korean society,” says Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game.

China's military flights near Taiwan may escalate, affect global stakeholders
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China's military flights near Taiwan may escalate, affect global stakeholders

Experts agree that armed conflict is not imminent, but as military activity increases, there are growing fears that a mishap or miscalculation could lead to an unintended escalation

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Tottenham star Son Heung-min's late winner helps South Korea pip Syria
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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Tottenham star Son Heung-min's late winner helps South Korea pip Syria

The talisman forward saved the Koreans from what would have been a deeply disappointing draw and means they top Asian qualifying Group A after two wins and a draw in three matches.

Asian Table Tennis Championships: Indian men finish with bronze after loss to South Korea
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Asian Table Tennis Championships: Indian men finish with bronze after loss to South Korea

With a medal already in their pocket, the Indian paddlers took on the Koreans head-on. But the rampaging Koreans, also the top seeds, were a far better side.

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.

North Korea continues to expand nuclear arsenal, tests new hypersonic missile
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North Korea continues to expand nuclear arsenal, tests new hypersonic missile

The announcement comes a day after South Korean and Japanese militaries said they detected North Korea firing a missile into its eastern sea

North Korea accuses US of hostility, claims nukes a deterrent; wants South to come out of American influence
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North Korea accuses US of hostility, claims nukes a deterrent; wants South to come out of American influence

North Korea mainly uses the term "hostile policy" to refer to US-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme and the joint US-South Korea military drills

North Korea wants US-led sanctions lifted before officially ending war with South Korea; here's why
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North Korea wants US-led sanctions lifted before officially ending war with South Korea; here's why

Analysts say North Korea is trying to use Moon’s desire for inter-Korean engagement to pressure South Korea into extracting concessions from Washington on its behalf

Why Kim Jong Un's recent missile launches hint at North Korea's nuclear arsenal expansion
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Why Kim Jong Un's recent missile launches hint at North Korea's nuclear arsenal expansion

Kim may also be going back to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations at the last minute meant to extract aid, experts said

Korean Peninsula on edge again as Pyongyang, Seoul test missiles hours apart from each other
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Korean Peninsula on edge again as Pyongyang, Seoul test missiles hours apart from each other

The North Korean missile tests came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul

North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles into eastern waters amid deadlocked nuclear talks with US
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North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles into eastern waters amid deadlocked nuclear talks with US

Japan's coast guard says they landed outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

Senior diplomats from Japan, United States and South Korea urge North Korea to return to arms talks
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Senior diplomats from Japan, United States and South Korea urge North Korea to return to arms talks

On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the tests of the new missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.

South Korea imposes $177 million penalty on Google for allegedly forcing its software on smartphone cos
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South Korea imposes $177 million penalty on Google for allegedly forcing its software on smartphone cos

In what would be one of the country’s biggest antitrust penalties ever, South Korea has fined Google for allegedly blocking smartphone makers from using other operating systems.

Missile tests revive fears of North Korea building capacity to strike against US allies
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Missile tests revive fears of North Korea building capacity to strike against US allies

The tests came before US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, was to meet his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Tokyo this week to discuss stalled talks with North Korea