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US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31, says Pentagon

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US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31, says Pentagon

- WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States and South Korea will start a joint exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) on Aug 21 lasting through to Aug 31, the Pentagon said on Friday (Aug 18), as tensions had escalated over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programme. The statement said about 17,500 US service members would join in the exercise in addition to troops from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Britain
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Suspect arrested over South Korean murder at Genting Highlands

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Suspect arrested over South Korean murder at Genting Highlands

- KUANTAN: Malaysia police have arrested a South Korean man, believed to be able to shed light on the recent murder of a fellow countrywoman found in a toilet of a hotel in Genting Highlands. Bentong district Police Chief Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor said the 57-year-old suspect was found at the compound of a flat in Bentong at 2.45pm on Thursday (Aug 17)
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Radical Islamic cleric Zakir Naik says he is victim of religious ‘persecution’

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Radical Islamic cleric Zakir Naik says he is victim of religious ‘persecution’

- FUNDAMENTALIST Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has claimed terror and money laundering charges against him are part of anti-Muslim “persecution” in India. Believed to currently be in Malaysia, the Salafi “televangelist” and self-professed “expert” on comparative religion is currently dodging arrest warrants from Interpol and the Indian counter-terrorism body National Investigation Agency (NIA). The newspaper reported on Friday that Zakir had submitted an appeal against the NIA’s request to Interpol for a ‘red notice’ in which he claimed the charges against him are because of “religious persecution of minorities in India
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The world reacts to Barcelona terror attack

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The world reacts to Barcelona terror attack

- LEADERS across Asia, and the world, have come out in force to condemn the deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain that left at least 13 people dead and dozens injured. A van plowed through pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, a popular tourist destination, on Thursday, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage along the city’s most famous avenue, which was packed with tourists taking an afternoon stroll
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Hong Kong: Umbrella revolution leader Joshua Wong jailed

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Hong Kong: Umbrella revolution leader Joshua Wong jailed

- HONG Kong activist and leader of the city’s youth-led push for universal suffrage Joshua Wong was jailed for six months on Thursday along with two other pro-democracy advocates. Wong, 20, was jailed, along with two other student leaders – Nathan Law, 26, and Alex Chow, 24 – for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy protests known as the Umbrella Revolution. Having been tried and found guilty of unlawful assembly last year, Wong was sentenced to community service
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Single, ‘jomblo’ Indonesians are happier than those who are married

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Single, ‘jomblo’ Indonesians are happier than those who are married

- SINGLE Indonesians are happier than those who are married, according to findings by the government’s national statistics body. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) released the 2017 Indonesian Happiness Index on Tuesday, revealing that singles report a significantly higher personal satisfaction rating than those in wedlock and are marginally happier. Out of a possible score of 100, those with a single marital status had a personal satisfaction rating of 68
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Six South Korean soldiers hurt, seventh dies in training session, army official says

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Six South Korean soldiers hurt, seventh dies in training session, army official says

- SEOUL: An explosion during an artillery exercise on Friday injured six South Korean soldiers and killed a seventh, a South Korean army official told Reuters. The incident did not have anything to do with North Korea, said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media. The blast took place during a regular training session, the official added
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Details of Galaxy Note 8 leaked in Australia

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Details of Galaxy Note 8 leaked in Australia

- SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- Australia-based media Ausdroid reported Friday it has obtained marketing material for Samsung Electronics Co.'s presumed Galaxy Note 8, slated to be showcased next week. Ausdroid said it obtained a sales brochure for the South Korean tech giant's upcoming phablet, originally slated to be revealed in New York on Wednesday, which included information on detailed specifications. According to the report, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6
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US, Japan To Advance Security, Defence Ties With India, South Korea And Australia

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US, Japan To Advance Security, Defence Ties With India, South Korea And Australia

- Washington: The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with India, South Korea and Australia in view of North Korea's dangerous provocative behaviour, leaders of the countries have said. The threat posed by North Korea was discussed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Defence Secretary James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera
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China’s top Internet regulators warn Alibaba over illicit content, VPNs

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China’s top Internet regulators warn Alibaba over illicit content, VPNs

- INTERNET regulators in China have warned online services, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., against carrying illegal content such as virtual private networks (VPN) that help users bypass its censorship actions. On Thursday, the Cyber Administration of China named Alibaba’s Taobao Internet bazaar as among five services that needed to rectify related issues immediately, Bloomberg reported. Users had told the regulator they found “controlled substances”, including VPNs used to access foreign websites, for sale in Taobao
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Winter Olympics towns in Korea offer array of tourist attractions, delicacies

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Winter Olympics towns in Korea offer array of tourist attractions, delicacies

- PYEONGCHANG -- The towns hosting the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, set to open next February, offer a stunning array of tourist attractions and delicacies, with visitors to be spoilt for choices available.South Korea is scheduled to host the sports event in the three towns -- the mountainous area of PyeongChang in the country's northeast province of Gangwon, and its nearby sub-host cities of Gangneung and Jeongseon
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Mosquito-borne infectious diseases: Crafting an Asian solution

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Mosquito-borne infectious diseases: Crafting an Asian solution

- THE FIGHT against mosquito-borne diseases in Asia is at a critical moment in time. In the last year, diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika have made headlines across the region and put millions of families at risk. The increasing impact of globalisation, urbanisation and climate change means the region remains in jeopardy of significant and disruptive outbreaks of mosquito-borne infectious diseases
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Australia: Far-right politician wears burqa in Parliament

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Australia: Far-right politician wears burqa in Parliament

- FAR-RIGHT Australian lawmaker Pauline Hanson has entered the Australian Senate in a burqa, in a move deemed an “appalling” stunt by Australia’s top legal official. Just days after Trump administration criticised Hanson’s nationalist One Nation party as a threat to religious freedom in Australia noting her comment the country was “in danger of being swamped by Muslims”, she entered the Upper house in the conservative Islamic garb on Thursday
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‘Let’s kill another 32 every day’: Philippines drug war sees deadliest days on record

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‘Let’s kill another 32 every day’: Philippines drug war sees deadliest days on record

- THE GOVERNMENT’s war on drugs in the Philippines has seen its bloodiest days on record since it began in June last year, with at least 58 alleged drug suspects killed so far this week. Police launched a major operation last night across the capital city Manila in which some 26 people were killed, as President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown intensifies. Colonel Erwin Margarejo, a spokesman for Manila police, applauded the raid and said those killed were resisting arrest
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‘There will not be war again’ on Korean Peninsula – South Korean president

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‘There will not be war again’ on Korean Peninsula – South Korean president

- SOUTH KOREA’s President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula, after heightened tensions between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. At a press conference to mark his first 100 days in office, Moon declared he would “prevent war at all cost.” The AFP quoted the president as saying: “All South Koreans have worked so hard together to rebuild the country from the ruins of the Korean War
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Hong Kong: Umbrella Movement leader ‘mentally prepared’ for jailtime

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Hong Kong: Umbrella Movement leader ‘mentally prepared’ for jailtime

- PROMINENT Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong says he is mentally prepared to face jail for his role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests that shook the former British Colony, local media reported. On Thursday, the 20-year-old student took to Twitter to urge his supporters to “stay strong” as the appeal court decides whether to send him and two other activists to prison
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  • US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31, says Pentagon
    US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31, says Pentagon

    , straitstimes.com

    WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States and South Korea will start a joint exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) on Aug 21 lasting through to Aug 31, the Pentagon said on Friday (Aug 18), as tensions had escalated over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programme. The statement said about 17,500 US service members would join in the exercise in addition to troops from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Britain
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Politics & Government

  • China urges calm after Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’
    China urges calm after Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’

    , bostonglobe.com

    SEOUL, South Korea — Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation. The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the U
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Sports

  • Premier League week one overreactions: Manchester United bring back glory days as Chelsea slip into crisis
    Premier League week one overreactions: Manchester United bring back glory days as Chelsea slip into crisis

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    OVERREACTING to results and performances is part of being a football fan – and there is nothing quite like the overreaction to the opening weekend of Premier League games. Having waited all summer for the action to resume, too much can be read into the first round of matches, with conclusions swiftly being drawn about how a team’s entire season will pan out
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Business

  • Banks' foreign currency deposits rise in July
    Banks' foreign currency deposits rise in July

    , yonhapnews.co.kr

    SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- Foreign currency deposits held by banks operating in South Korea rose in July from a month earlier as exporters increased their deposits of dollar-denominated earnings, central bank data showed Thursday. Outstanding foreign currency deposits held by local lenders, domestic and foreign, reached US$69.11 billion in July, up $5.5 billion from a month earlier, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said in a statement
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Technology

Health

  • Green Cross WellBeing launches vitamin D supplement
    Green Cross WellBeing launches vitamin D supplement

    , koreatimes.co.kr

    Dr. PNT (Personalized Nutrition Therapy) of Green Cross WellBeing, a health and functional brand for clinics, has launched Every D, a high-vitamin spray product, a company spokesman said last week. He said Every D is a vitamin D supplement for those who lack outdoor activity. The product's major component is activated vitamin D3, which contains 1,000 IU, 2.5 times the recommended daily intake of 400 IU for adults
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Family & Parenting

  • Malaysia: Girl who married rapist is ‘fine’ – women’s minister
    Malaysia: Girl who married rapist is ‘fine’ – women’s minister

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    MALAYSIA’s top government official for women’s issues has declared a teenager married to her adult rapist is “doing fine.” The country’s Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said in a parliamentary statement a 16-year-old, whose rapist Riduan Masmud, 42, took as a second wife to avoid being prosecuted, had not been to school since she was attacked, but was healthy
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Society & Culture

  • South Korean killed in suspected Genting Highlands murder
    South Korean killed in suspected Genting Highlands murder

    , channelnewsasia.com

    KUANTAN: The tied-up body of a 92-year-old South Korean woman was found in the bathroom of a Genting Highlands hotel on Tuesday (Aug 15), believed to have been murdered by her fellow countryman. Bentong police chief, Superintendent Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor, said the body of Xiang Lian Jin was discovered at 8.40am, almost 17 hours after the male suspect entered her room armed with a knife
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Religion & Spirituality

  • Radical Islamic cleric Zakir Naik says he is victim of religious ‘persecution’
    Radical Islamic cleric Zakir Naik says he is victim of religious ‘persecution’

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    FUNDAMENTALIST Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has claimed terror and money laundering charges against him are part of anti-Muslim “persecution” in India. Believed to currently be in Malaysia, the Salafi “televangelist” and self-professed “expert” on comparative religion is currently dodging arrest warrants from Interpol and the Indian counter-terrorism body National Investigation Agency (NIA). The newspaper reported on Friday that Zakir had submitted an appeal against the NIA’s request to Interpol for a ‘red notice’ in which he claimed the charges against him are because of “religious persecution of minorities in India
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Pianist hopes PyeongChang Music Fest continues to thrive after Winter Games
    Pianist hopes PyeongChang Music Fest continues to thrive after Winter Games

    , koreatimes.co.kr

    By Lee Hyo-won PYEONGCHANG _ Shortly after winning silver at the Tchaikovsky competition in 2011, pianist Son Yeol-eum gave a big homecoming concert at the PyeongChang Music Festival and School. "I just can't believe I got to play for her tonight," Son had told The Korea Times at the time, about performing in front of her "idol," violinist and festival artistic director Chung Kyung-wha
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Education

  • Pakistan: Nobel laureate education activist Malala accepted to Oxford
    Pakistan: Nobel laureate education activist Malala accepted to Oxford

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    PAKISTANI education activist Malala Yousafzai was once shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for fighting for women’s education, and now the world’s youngest Nobel laureate is going to study in Oxford. On Thursday, the 20-year-old Malala took to social media to share her excitement over her acceptance to the prestigious university. “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students — the hardest year
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Farming

  • More pesticide-contaminated eggs found in S. Korea
    More pesticide-contaminated eggs found in S. Korea

    , yonhapnews.co.kr

    SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Friday that 13 more poultry farms have been found using illegal insecticides or a chemical in excess of tolerated levels, further fueling nationwide concerns over food safety. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has completed inspections on 1,155 egg farms and related facilities, which represents some 93 percent of all egg production facilities subject to the nationwide inspection
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Travel & Recreation

  • Not even a nuclear crisis can keep South Korean tourists away from Guam
    Not even a nuclear crisis can keep South Korean tourists away from Guam

    , washingtonpost.com

    Guam is an ideal vacation spot for many South Koreans, and not even nuclear threats against the tropical island appear to be keeping them away. Son Hye-ra, a Seoul office worker, is among vacationers who say they will proceed with their plans to visit. “I think the safety of these people is similar here and there,” she told the Herald Business News
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Law & Crime

  • Suspect arrested over South Korean murder at Genting Highlands
    Suspect arrested over South Korean murder at Genting Highlands

    , channelnewsasia.com

    KUANTAN: Malaysia police have arrested a South Korean man, believed to be able to shed light on the recent murder of a fellow countrywoman found in a toilet of a hotel in Genting Highlands. Bentong district Police Chief Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor said the 57-year-old suspect was found at the compound of a flat in Bentong at 2.45pm on Thursday (Aug 17)
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Life & Style

  • Top 30 groups see spike in H1 operating income
    Top 30 groups see spike in H1 operating income

    , yonhapnews.co.kr

    SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top 30 conglomerates saw their combined operating income soar nearly 48 percent on-year in the first half of the year on strong performances by two chip giants, a market tracker said Thursday. But their total payrolls inched down as the country's three major shipbuilding companies cut a large number of jobs in the wake of last year's huge losses due mainly to plunging orders
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Motoring

  • Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range
    Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

    , freep.com

    SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards. If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV, launched in 2013
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Media & Information

  • Philippine News Agency editors under fire over repeat blunders, pro-China op-ed
    Philippine News Agency editors under fire over repeat blunders, pro-China op-ed

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    THE EDITORS of the state-operated Philippine News Agency (PNA) are in hot water after a series of editorial blunders in recent weeks, with one lawmaker calling for them to be fired. During a press conference on Saturday, the country’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar described the editors of the government media outlet as “idiots” and lamented the “mistakes just keep coming.” He threatened to re-assign them to the remote islands of Jolo and Basilan
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Science & Nature

  • Suicides and forced migration: The reality of climate change in South Asia
    Suicides and forced migration: The reality of climate change in South Asia

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    A STUDY published last week in warned of deadly heatwaves capable of killing even healthy people within hours that will strike parts of South Asia by the turn of the century if nothing is done to cut global carbon emissions. While the study is jarring in the imminent and extreme nature of the consequences, for rural farmers in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, the devastating costs of climate change are already all too real
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