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South Korea conducts Dokdo defense exercise

South Korea conducts Dokdo defense exercise

Seoul: The South Korean military conducted an exercise on Friday to strengthen defense capabilities for the country’s easternmost islets of Dokdo, the first such drills in four months, a source said, amid budding efforts to restore ties with Japan strained over trade and wartime history. The Korean Navy did not make the exercise public in […]

Three months in, House of BTS pop-up store in Seoul bustles with fans

Three months in, House of BTS pop-up store in Seoul bustles with fans

Seoul: Hirari Yamauchi, a 48-year-old Japanese housewife, and her teenage daughter flew to South Korea for a two-day trip this week, solely for a highly anticipated visit to a pop-up store themed around K-pop boy band BTS currently open in Seoul. The mother and daughter discovered BTS a year ago and have since been avid […]

Xi ‘almost certain’ visit S. Korea in first half of next year

Xi ‘almost certain’ visit S. Korea in first half of next year

Seoul: Chinese President Xi Jinping is “almost certain” to visit South Korea in the first half of next year, a presidential official said Wednesday. President Moon Jae-in invited Xi to visit the South in the near future when they held summit talks in Beijing on Monday. Xi said in response that he will positively consider […]

Gyeongju picked as ‘East Asia Culture City 2021’

Gyeongju picked as ‘East Asia Culture City 2021’

Gyeongju: Gyeongju, the capital of ancient Korea, has been selected as the South Korean city to represent the Culture City of East Asia 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Monday. South Korea, China and Japan launched the Culture City of East Asia project in 2014 to promote trilateral cultural exchanges and widen […]

BTS’ latest three concerts in Seoul had economic effect of $860.7 million

BTS’ latest three concerts in Seoul had economic effect of $860.7 million

Seoul: K-pop boy band BTS created an economic effect worth 1 trillion won (US$860.7 million) with its latest three concerts in Seoul, an academic report showed Monday. The septet finished off its latest world tour, “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself,” with the final leg in Seoul where three evening concerts at Olympic Stadium on Oct. 26, […]

Bahraini artist features in international 2020 calendar

Bahraini artist features in international 2020 calendar

Manama: In a first for Bahrain, an artwork highlighting Bahraini women during the pearling era and their important role in society during that period has been selected to feature in the international excellence 2020 calendar issued by an intercontinental company. The painting by Bahraini artist Leena Al Ayoobi represents the month of January and thus […]

Malaysia: Set realistic academic goals for children

Malaysia: Set realistic academic goals for children

By Nor Hayati Endan Kuala Lumpur: Schooling should be an enjoyable, and not stressful, experience for students. However, there have been many instances of children caving in to the pressure of meeting the high expectations pinned on them by their parents and teachers. In August this year, the media reported the case of a 13-year-old […]

Malaysia to enforce smoke, vape ban in eateries starting 2020

Malaysia to enforce smoke, vape ban in eateries starting 2020

Kuala Lumpur: Smoking and vaping will be strictly prohibited in all eateries across Malaysia from 2020 onwards, the health ministry has announced. Health deputy minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has warned that offenders would be slapped with a fine of RM250 ($60.40). “If stubborn (and) not paying up, a fine of up to RM10,000 can […]

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Gwangju: The remains of about 40 people have been discovered at the site of a former prison in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the government said Friday, with some claiming that they may belong to victims of crackdowns during the pro-democracy movement in the 1980s. The remains were uncovered Thursday when the government undertook work […]

South Korea mulls dispatching troops to safeguard Strait of Hormuz

South Korea mulls dispatching troops to safeguard Strait of Hormuz

Seoul: South Korea has been reviewing various options, including troop dispatch, as to what role it can play to safeguard the Strait of Hormuz, officials said Wednesday. Amid tensions with Iran, the U.S. has asked its allies to join a military coalition to secure the strategic waters, and South Korea also received such calls “both […]

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