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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ shortlisted for Oscars’ best international film

South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ shortlisted for Oscars’ best international film

Seoul: Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy “Parasite” was shortlisted for best international feature film at the upcoming Academy Awards, U.S. media reported Tuesday, raising hopes that it might become the first South Korean film to win an Oscar. According to the Hollywood Reporter and other entertainment news media, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences […]

Former National Assembly Speaker tapped as South Korea’s prime minister

Former National Assembly Speaker tapped as South Korea’s prime minister

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in announced his nomination of Chung Sye-kyun, a six-term ruling party lawmaker and former National Assembly speaker, as new prime minister on Tuesday. If appointed after a parliamentary confirmation hearing, Chung will be South Korea’s first prime minister who served as a National Assembly speaker. He’s known for experience and expertise in […]

Top diplomats of South Korea, Japan hold talks in Spain

Top diplomats of South Korea, Japan hold talks in Spain

Seoul: The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan held one-on-one talks on the sidelines of a multilateral meeting in Spain on Sunday (Spain time) and discussed key bilateral issues related to the ongoing row over trade and wartime history, Seoul’s foreign ministry said. During the 10-minute talks, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told her Japanese […]

Multiple pileups on South Korea highway kill at least 5, injure over two dozens

Multiple pileups on South Korea highway kill at least 5, injure over two dozens

Seoul: Two massive pileups occurred within moments on a highway in the country’s southeast early Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring more than two dozen others, officials said. The first crash occurred at about 4:40 a.m., when some 10 vehicles, including cargo trucks, collided on a highway en route to Youngcheon, North Gyeongsang […]

North Korea could announce end to nuke talks later this month: think tank

North Korea could announce end to nuke talks later this month: think tank

  Seoul: North Korea could announce an end to denuclearization talks with the United States when it convenes a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party later this month, a state-run think tank said Friday. The North said last week it will convene a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the WPK later this month […]

Singapore Press Watch: Unexpected responses to fake law strictures

Singapore Press Watch: Unexpected responses to fake law strictures

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: The Singapore authorities’ invoking of a new law on fake news to call out two political commentators has met with unexpected responses: while one has complied with an order to post a correction, but not unequivocally, the other has refused to do so. The Office of the […]

U.S. says it is ready to be flexible, urges North Korea to avoid provocations

U.S. says it is ready to be flexible, urges North Korea to avoid provocations

Washington: The United States is ready to be flexible in negotiations with North Korea on dismantling the regime’s nuclear weapons program, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said Wednesday, urging Pyongyang to refrain from provocations. Ambassador Kelly Craft made the remarks at a U.N. Security Council session as Pyongyang’s year-end deadline for nuclear negotiations […]

Kyrgyzstan to set up state entity for personal data protection

Kyrgyzstan to set up state entity for personal data protection

Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan is planning to set up early next year a state entity for the protection of personal data. Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev wants the entity to be formed by February 1, 2020 At the meeting at the Digital Command Centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Abylgaziev stressed that the protection of […]

U.S. flies another reconnaissance plane amid tensions with North Korea: aviation tracker

U.S. flies another reconnaissance plane amid tensions with North Korea: aviation tracker

Seoul: The United States again flew a surveillance aircraft over the Korean Peninsula, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, the latest in a series of flights to monitor North Korea amid growing concern Pyongyang may be preparing for a long-range rocket launch. The RQ-4 Global Hawk was spotted over the Korean Peninsula at 52,000 feet, Aircraft […]

South Korea to grant smaller firms one-year grace period for 52-hour workweek implementation

South Korea to grant smaller firms one-year grace period for 52-hour workweek implementation

  Seoul:  South Korea plans to give a one-year grace period to the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in adopting the 52-hour workweek system, the labor ministry said Wednesday, reflecting financial concerns for the smaller firms amid an economic slowdown. The 52-hour policy was initially devised to cap the average working hours at 52 […]

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