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South Korean, U.S. diplomats to meet in Seoul ahead of negotiations on defense cost

South Korean, U.S. diplomats to meet in Seoul ahead of negotiations on defense cost

  Seoul: South Korean and U.S. diplomats will hold talks in Seoul this week over the allies’ envisioned negotiations on the sharing of the cost for the upkeep of American troops here, a diplomatic source said Sunday. Chang Won-sam at Seoul’s foreign ministry and his U.S. counterpart, Timothy Betts, plan to meet Tuesday. They were […]

South Korean court rules against pastors’ sons inheriting church pulpits

South Korean court rules against pastors’ sons inheriting church pulpits

  Seoul: In a high-profile case that checked large churches with money and power, a tribunal in South Korea sent a strong message by nullifying the father-to-son succession of the Myunsung Presbyterian Church’s head pastor. The court of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in Korea (PCK-Tonghap), which includes the Myungsung Church, said this month […]

Samsung Electronics accounts for 20% of South Korea’s exports in H1

Samsung Electronics accounts for 20% of South Korea’s exports in H1

Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co. was responsible for 20 percent of South Korea’s total exports in the first half of this year, showing its heavy influence on the national economy, its financial report showed on Sunday. The South Korean tech giant raised 75.2 trillion won ($62 billion) in sales in the first six months of this […]

Rare 800-year-old vases found in Mongolia

Rare 800-year-old vases found in Mongolia

  Ulaanbaatar: Three vases full of clotted cream and one vase with yellow butter that were frozen in glacial about 700-800 years ago have been found in Mongolia. The rare finding was made by the ‘Umard Mongol’ joint research team of the National Museum of Mongolia, the University of Pittsburgh and the American Center for […]

State measures in Tajikistan bring down number of drug addicts

State measures in Tajikistan bring down number of drug addicts

Dushanbe: The number of drug addicts has significantly decreased in recent years in Tajikistan. In June, the country had 5,666 registered drug addicts, including 128 women, down by 1,222 people (17.7%) from the 2018 figure, the Chairman of the Coordinating Council for the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Azim Ibrohim said […]

Storytelling festival: When myths and legends become a nation’s eternal treasure

Storytelling festival: When myths and legends become a nation’s eternal treasure

By Alireza Bahrami AsiaN Contributor Tehran: An institute for young people in Iran is anticipating a wide international participation in a festival that aims to improve and highlight the invaluable art of storytelling. The Institute of the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon) is planning its next festival at the end of the […]

South Korea voices willingness to talk with Japan over its ‘whitelist’ move

South Korea voices willingness to talk with Japan over its ‘whitelist’ move

  Seoul: South Korea has notified Japan in advance of its plan to remove Tokyo from its list of trusted trading partners and is willing to talk with Japan further if needed, the trade minister said on Saturday. South Korea decided on Monday to remove Japan from its “whitelist” of countries that receive preferential trade […]

In South Korea, Artificial Intelligence speakers fill in welfare blind spots of lonely seniors

In South Korea, Artificial Intelligence speakers fill in welfare blind spots of lonely seniors

  Seoul: Kim In-hwan spends most of her time by herself in a small apartment in Seoul, but the 83-year-old with no family says she’s not lonely thanks to a new talking buddy named Aria, the virtual assistant of SK Telecom Co.’s artificial intelligence (AI) speaker, NUGU. Waking up to the alarm of the AI […]

South Korea, China, Japan to hold foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing next week

South Korea, China, Japan to hold foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing next week

Seoul: South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting of their foreign ministers in Beijing next week to discuss three-way cooperation and regional and international situations, Seoul’s foreign ministry has said. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Wang Yi and Taro Kono, plan to hold talks from Tuesday to […]

Apps are not all fun and games, can expose users to risk of cybercrimes

Apps are not all fun and games, can expose users to risk of cybercrimes

  Kuala Lumpur: Our social media feeds were recently awash with photos of users looking like senior citizens, courtesy of a filter in a popular app called FaceApp. The age filter produced almost uncanny results, encouraging millions to download the app and submitting their photos in order to see this realistic rendering of their future […]

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