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Fitch Upgrades Greece's Credit Rating

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Greece's credit rating from CCC to B-, a one-notch improvement that still leaves the bonds issued by the crisis-battered country well below investment grade.The ratings agency said Friday that the outlook of the Greek economy was positive and that it expected talks with ...

More Young People Take Relationship Classes

An increasing number of young people are turning to private tutoring on love and relationships. A keyword search for "consultancy on love" or "relationship coaching" throws up over 120 companies, some with over 70,000 subscribers.They tend to cluster around university campuses and teach classes on ...

Jang Dong-gun Comes out with Another R-Rated Film

Actor Jang Dong-gun is set to show off his rugged side, taking on a tough-guy role in an action-packed spy film to be released next week."It was my first time wearing glasses for a role since a TV series I appeared in about 20 years ago. I felt unnatural, as if I were wearing a disguise. In fact I ...

Today's Photo: August 19, 2017

 

Today's Photo: August 19, 2017

Hyundai Unveils Ambitious Eco-Car Plans

Hyundai on Thursday unveiled plans to roll out 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, including hybrids, electric and hydrogen-powered cars. The goal is to bolster the automaker's current lineup of 14 eco-friendly cars to become the world's No. 2 in the field.The carmaker said it will unveil an electric ...

Hyundai Unveils Ambitious Eco-Car Plans

Hyundai on Thursday unveiled plans to roll out 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, including hybrids, electric and hydrogen-powered cars. The goal is to bolster the automaker's current lineup of 14 eco-friendly cars to become the world's No. 2 in the field. The company said it will unveil an electric ...

Japanese Tourists Return to Jeju

The number of Japanese tourists to Jeju Island has risen again for the first time in five years. According to the Jeju provincial government on Wednesday, 32,651 Japanese had visited Jeju until mid-August, up 6.7 percent from a year earlier.Until 2012, about 180,000 Japanese visited the island ...

'Eco' Farm Eggs Contaminated with Insecticides

Some 32 poultry farms in Korea have now been found to produce eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, most of them billing themselves as "organic." The government is testing 363 more farms, so the numbers are only expected to rise as the global scandal widens.The Ministry of Agriculture, ...

N.Korea Still Selling Seafood to China

The North continues to export seafood to China despite a blanket ban under UN sanctions by trading it on the high seas before it is labeled as Chinese, Radio Free Asia reported Thursday.RFA quoted a source in China as saying that "maritime markets" crop up at night on the West Sea, where Chinese ...

Court Detains Unruly Spectator in Park's Corruption Trial

A judge ordered the arrest of an unruly spectator during the trial of ex-President Park Geun-hye on Thursday.The spectator, identified only by his surname Kwak , shouted at a prosecutor after Thursday's trial, "You will be punished too!" Kwak was ordered to be detained for five days at a remand ...

N.Korea Still Selling Seafood to China

The North continues to export seafood to China despite a blanket ban under UN sanctions by trading it on the high seas before it is labeled as Chinese, Radio Free Asia reported Thursday. RFA quoted a source in China as saying that "maritime markets" crop up at night on the West Sea, where Chinese ...

Court Detains Unruly Spectator in Park's Corruption Trial

A judge ordered the arrest of an unruly spectator during the trial of ex-President Park Geun-hye on Thursday. The spectator, identified only by his surname Kwak , shouted at a prosecutor after Thursday's trial, "You will be punished too!" Kwak was ordered to be detained for five days at a reman...

Golfer Choi Hye-jin to Turn Pro with Huge Deal

Teen golfer Choi Hye-jin, who stole the spotlight after finishing second at the U.S. Women's Open last month, will turn pro with a huge sponsorship deal with Lotte.Her contract will reportedly be bigger than the W500-million deal Kim Hyo-joo signed with Lotte when she turned pro in 2012. Kim's deal ...

The Mimic

Genres: Horror and Mystery Running Time: 100 min. Directed by: Huh Jung Starring: Yum Jung-ah, Park Hyuk-kwon Synopsis: A family gets involved with a mysterious creature known as "Jangsanbum." The animal can imitate a human's voice and entices children to eat them.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Genres: Action, Adventure and Drama Running Time: 140 min. Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson Synopsis: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

The Mimic

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

 

Moon Promises No Tax Hike in Speech Marking 1st 100 Days

President Moon Jae-in on Thursday marked his first 100 days in office with a press conference where he said the government can pay for his ambitious welfare plans without raising taxes.He added a general tax increase is only an option if there is full social consensus that it would be worth it. ...

Moon Warns N.Korea Is Nearing 'Red Line'

President Moon Jae-in on Thursday warned North Korea will cross over a "red line" if it weaponizes nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles. He was speaking at a press conference marking his first 100 days in office. The "red line" has been set down by South Korea and the U.S. for ...

Da-hyun of TWICE Sidelined Due to Sprained Ankle

Da-hyun of girl group TWICE has injured her ankle and will miss a number of scheduled events. The group's agency said on Thursday that Da-hyun is recovering after she sprained her ankle last week. "Unfortunately, she will have to miss some of her schedule as her speedy recovery is our top ...

Song Ji-hyo to Promote Korean Products Fair in Indonesia

Actress Song Ji-hyo has been named a promotional ambassador for a Korean Wave expo, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Thursday. The fair is held annually to promote Korean products and pop culture. This year's event will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sept. 4-5. Song will give ...

N.Korea's Satellite Pic of Guam Was 6 Years Old

A satellite picture displayed to illustrate North Korea's ostensible plans to surround Guam with "enveloping fire" was at least six years old, analysis shows. The discovery fuels suspicion that the "detailed plan" was an elaborate bluff. The satellite picture of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam ...

Emma Stone Tops Forbes' List of Highest-paid Actresses

Fresh off winning her first Oscar, actress Emma Stone ousted Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday to claim the top spot on Forbes' 2017 list of the world's highest-paid actresses.Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling actress in "La La Land," made $26 million in pre-tax earnings, ...

Plan to Silence Big Ben's Beloved Bell Under Review

British Parliament officials said Wednesday they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after senior politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell.When the repairs were announced last year, officials said the massive bell in Parliament's clock tower would ...

Anti-Muslim Australian Senator Wears Burqa in Parliament

An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers. Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle ...

U.S. Says Joint S.Korea War Games Not on Negotiating Table

The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles ...

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

Islamic State is claiming responsibility for Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a driver sped a van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.Catalonia police say two people are in custody -- one from Morocco and the other from the Spanish enclave of ...

To keep the flavour of corn when boiling it

To keep the flavour of corn when boiling it, leave a layer of husk around it.

Today's Photo: August 18, 2017

 

LG Opens Store in Iraq

LG Electronics has opened its biggest overseas store in Iraq, the company said Wednesday. Iraq is fast emerging as a new market after the influence of ISIS there dwindled. The opening ceremony in Erbil, the relatively stable Kurdish city in northern Iraq, was attended by dignitaries including ...

U.S. State Department Refuses to Be Drawn on Moon's Warning

The U.S. State Department was anxious Wednesday to avoid any further impression of chaos in the Trump administration after President Moon Jae-in warned hawkish U.S. officials that Washington cannot go over Seoul's head in taking military action against North Korea.Asked for a comment on Moon's ...

Hong Sang-soo's Latest Film Invited to New York, Toronto Film Fests

Hong Sang-soo's "The Day After" has been invited to both the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival in September. The film's distributor said two of Hong's films, "The Day After" and "On the Beach at Night Alone" have both been invited to the Main Slate lineup at the New ...

Kia Releases Special Edition of Its Sports Sedan

Kia released a special edition of its high-performance Stinger sports sedan, boosted by its popularity in the market as it sold over 5,000 units already since its release in late May.The new model boasts even more powerful features aimed at improving the driving experience."Over 60 percent of ...

Golfer Bae Sang-moon Finishes Mandatory Military Service

Golfer Bae Sang-moon was honorably discharged on Wednesday after completing his 21-month mandatory military service. "I missed being on a golf course so much and can't wait to be back on it and compete. I will start practicing straight away," he said. During his military service period, Bae was ...

Actress Hwang Jung-eum Becomes a Mom on Liberation Day

Actress Hwang Jung-eum gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday."Hwang gave birth on Tuesday evening. Both the mother and the baby are healthy, and are resting," said her management agency in a press release."I am happy to deliver a healthy baby, and I cannot be happier that he was born on Liberation ...

Ryu Jun-yeol, Hye-ri in Off-Screen Relationship

Actor Ryu Jun-yeol and Hye-ri of girl group Girls Day are dating, Ryu's management agency admitted Wednesday after an internet news site broke the news. The two shared the spotlight in the popular TV series "Reply 1988" in 2015. In the series, Ryu's character was in an unrequited love with Hye-ri's ...

N.Korean Missile Engines Supplied by Russia

The government of Ukraine on Tuesday confirmed a U.S. media report that the engine of North Korea's Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile was Ukrainian in origin and apparently supplied to the North by Russia. But Ukraine claimed it merely built the engine and blamed Russia for letting it ...

Moon Marks 100th Day in Office with High Approval Rating

President Moon Jae-in marks his 100th day in office on Thursday with approval ratings of nearly 80 percent in recent polls.His approval rating was 78 percent in a poll by Gallup Korea on Aug. 8-10. In the first week of June, shortly after his election, it stood at 84 percent but then fell to 74 ...

Seoul, Washington in Talks on Boosting S.Korean Missiles

Seoul and Washington are discussing a revision of guidelines that restrict the payload of South Korean missiles. Under the current guidelines, which were last revised in 2012, South Korea can only have ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 km and a payload of up to 500 kg. Gen. Lee Sun-jin, ...

U.S. Military Chief in Rare Visit to China-N.Korea Border

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff made a visit to China's border with North Korea on Wednesday. It was the first time in 10 years that a top U.S. military official has visited a command post of the Chinese armed forces along the border, which will be the first to be deployed in an ...

How to Play It Safe When Cycling

It is important to stay hydrated during the hot summer months, especially when enjoying a bike ride. Fluid intake should prevent dehydration, so drink 500 ml of water one or two hours before you ride.Try to take in fluids every 20 minutes during the ride and drink plenty of them afterwards. Avoid ...

Listed Companies Post All-Time High Net Profits

Companies listed on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index logged their biggest-ever gains in net profit.According to the Korea Exchange, net profit at more than 530 listed companies rose 24-percent on-year, in the first half to around US$53 billion. Their operating profit jumped 19 percent to ...

Korea to Host World Scout Jamboree in 2023

Korea won its bid to host the 25th World Scout Jamboree in 2023, where tens of thousands of scouts from around the world will gather.The winning bid was announced on Wednesday, with Korea's Saemangun in North Jeolla Province beating a rival bid from Poland. This is the second time Korea will host ...

UN Chief Urges Political Solution on N.Korea Nukes

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said a political solution must be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, because the potential consequences of military action "are too horrific to even contemplate.""Tensions related to the Korean peninsula are at levels not seen in decades," Guterres said ...

Ireland Rejects EU's Demand to Collect Billions from Apple

Ireland's finance minister rejected the European Commission's demand that it retroactively collect 13 billion euros in taxes from Apple, saying this was not Dublin's job in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.In the interview, extracts from which the FAZ published on W...

Trump Dissolves Business Advisory Councils After CEOs Quit in Protest

U.S. President Donald Trump continues to face a barrage of criticism for his contention that both white supremacists and counterprotesters were to blame for the deadly violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Wednesday, the president announced that he had dissolved two ...

To keep peaches fresh and juicy

To keep peaches fresh and juicy, wrap them in kitchen paper and store them in a cool place rather than in the refrigerator.

Today's Photo: August 17, 2017

Does Moon Have a Plan B?

President Moon Jae-in in a speech on Tuesday marking Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule pledged his government will do "all it can" to prevent war on the peninsula and added that "the North Korean nuclear problem must be addressed in a peaceful manner." "Without the consent of [South ...