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Lee Seung-hyun: Former K-pop singer Seungri jailed for three years over prostitution, fraud scandal

Former South Korean K-pop star Seungri was sentenced to three years in prison and fined nearly $1 million after a court convicted him of crimes including procuring prostitutes for potential investors. The trial of Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, is part of a far-reaching scandal involving a network of pop stars, businessmen and […]

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North Korea ‘ghosts’ South Korea on hotline amid military drills with United States

North Korea has failed to respond to phone calls from the South, just weeks after the two countries restored hotlines, officials in Seoul say. It comes hours after the influential sister of North Korea’s leader said the South should pay a price for holding military drills with the US. The drills have increased tensions weeks […]

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North and South Korea restore communication hotline after one year

North and South Korea have restored a communication hotline that was cut off by Pyongyang last June. According to the South’s presidential office, the leaders of both countries have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties. They have exchanged several personal letters since April, the statement added. North Korea cut the hotline in June 2020 […]

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Five-storey building demolition collapses onto bus in South Korea; 9 dead, 8 injured

At least nine people were killed when a five-story building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a bus in South Korea on Wednesday. The bus, which was stationary at the time on a busy road, was buried under the rubble in Gwangju, some 270 kilometers, southwest of the capital, Seoul. A further eight people were injured, the […]

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Belgian ambassador to South Korea loses job after his wife assaults woman in Seoul store

Belgium has called back its ambassador to South Korea after his wife assaulted a woman in Seoul. CCTV footage of the incident shows Peter Lescouhier’s wife, Xiang Xueqiu, slapping a shop assistant in April. Staff had wanted to check the clothes she was leaving in were her own, amid concern she might be shoplifting. Mrs […]

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Belgium ambassador’s wife uses diplomatic immunity to evade charges for slapping clothing store assistant in South Korea

The wife of Belgium’s ambassador to South Korea is exercising her diplomatic immunity to avoid charges for allegedly slapping a store assistant in April, police said Tuesday. Ambassador Peter Lescouhier previously apologized on behalf of his wife, Xiang Xueqiu, saying she “might have had her reasons to be angry at the way she was treated […]

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Two Pakistani diplomats caught shoplifting chocolates and hats in South Korea

Two diplomats from Pakistan’s Embassy in South Korea have been caught shoplifting at a store in Seoul. Police staff from Yongsan Police Station said the two were caught stealing items worth 11,000 won and 1,900 won at the same store in Itaewon, Yongsan District, on different dates. According to Korea Times, the police report mentioned […]

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South Korean flagged tanker and captain detained in Iran for violating pollution rules freed

A South Korean flagged tanker and its captain detained in Iran in January were released, foreign ministry in Seoul said. Iran seized the Hankuk Chemi near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, accusing it of violating pollution rules. All the 20 crew members were set free in February, apart from the captain. The incident happened amid […]

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Boy band BTS named the world’s best-recording artists of 2020

South Korean boy band, BTS named the best-selling artists of 2020 by the IFPI, the organisation that represents the global recorded music industry. The pop group released two chart-topping albums in 2020 Map of the Soul: 7 and Be. The boyband beat Taylor Swift, who took the crown last year, into second place. They are […]

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Guests at South Korean five-star hotel complain of outsiders peeping into their sauna

A hotel in South Korea issued an apology for a mistake that may have enabled outsiders to see into their sauna. The Grand Josun, a new five-star property on the popular resort island of Jeju, issued a statement on their website reported that the sauna’s blinds had been up for part of the day, making […]

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South Korea accuse North Korea of attempting to steal Pfizer vaccine information

South Korean intelligence agency accused North Korea of attempting to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical firm that partnered with Germany’s BioNTech to develop the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine won approval from authorities late last year before being rolled out across the world. North Korea […]

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South Korea catch suspected North Korean man crossing heavily fortified border

South Korea catch a suspected North Korean man after he crossed the border – the heavily fortified de-militarized zone (DMZ) between the two countries. Troops tracked him for three hours on Tuesday as he made his way through the zone, which is filled with land mines and surrounded by barbed wire. They are now investigating […]