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Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Seoul: Seungri, a former member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, has been sent a notification of his mandatory military service, while he has been on trial on charges of gambling and arranging prostitution, the military manpower agency said Tuesday. Last month, the prosecution indicted the scandal-ridden celebrity without physical detention on charges of gambling overseas […]

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Batam, Riau Islands: The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is preparing three planes to carry Indonesians who have just arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam Island from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where they will be flown to Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna Islands where they will be quarantined. “In line with directives […]

New coronavirus changes everyday life in South Korea

New coronavirus changes everyday life in South Korea

Seoul: Eleven days after South Korea confirmed its first case of a new type of coronavirus, concerns over the contagious disease have permeated everyday life, affecting people in different corners of the country. Lee Ki-eun, mom to an 11-month-old toddler, is one of them. “I didn’t think much of the (outbreak) last week, but it […]

Tragic demise of a basketball giant: A look at Kobe’s life on and off the court

Tragic demise of a basketball giant: A look at Kobe’s life on and off the court

  By Peter Jaegeul Song Reporter at AsiaN Seoul: Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California, in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of seven others. Bryant was 41 and has left his wife, Vanessa, and three other daughters. Bryant was considered as NBA legend and […]

Separated families helped hold secret reunions with North Korea relatives

Separated families helped hold secret reunions with North Korea relatives

  SEOUL: For elderly South Koreans with long-separated relatives in North Korea, a freeze in inter-Korean relations means the government can’t set up family reunions for them and that they should look for other ways if they want to see their loved ones one last time before they die. Hiring brokers is one option, though […]

Seoul mulls providing financial aid to separated families for North Korea visit

Seoul mulls providing financial aid to separated families for North Korea visit

SEOUL: South Korea is considering providing financial support for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to visit North Korea, Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said Saturday. Kim’s remarks are in line with the government’s broader push to allow South Koreans to make individual trips to the North as a way to ease tensions and facilitate […]

Singapore polls may see a wild card at play

Singapore polls may see a wild card at play

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: The unbroken record of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) of winning every general election since 1959 gives it a proud bounce ahead of fresh polls. The party could be buoyed once again by this factor as the nation is tipped to hold a […]

Itaewon in the doldrums after U.S. base withdrawal and gentrification

Itaewon in the doldrums after U.S. base withdrawal and gentrification

Seoul: When TV personality Hong Suk-chun opened a Thai restaurant in Itaewon 14 years ago, the best-known foreigners’ district in South Korea was always bustling with American soldiers and foreign tourists, as well as local visitors sampling the exotic ambience of the neighborhood. Hong has since seen the district lose its vibe as many of […]

Two poems by Pooneh Nedai

Two poems by Pooneh Nedai

Manama: In the ancient texts of Persian literature, the pigeon has different dimensions, but it always plays positive role in human beliefs. Pooneh Nedai, Editor in chief of Shokaran magazine and publisher of Amrood Tehran, continues this tradition in her latest poem and sees the pigeon as a gentle source of pleasure, optimism and optimism […]

First pictures of Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 Hanoi Circuit Pit Building released

First pictures of Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 Hanoi Circuit Pit Building released

  Hanoi: The Vietnam Grand Prix  first images of its newly completed pit and paddock complex were released today. Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation (VGPC), Promoter of the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020, has confirmed that the Hanoi Circuit Pit Building has been completed, The images showcase the finalized, 300m long Pit Building – purpose built […]

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