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South Korea: Country in East Asia
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, and sharing a land border with North Korea. 25 million people, around half of the country's population of more than 51 million people, live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the world.

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Taking S. Korea's grueling exam in COVID times [Video]

Taking S. Korea's grueling exam in COVID times

Nearly half a million South Korean students nervously began a hyper-competitive university entrance exam on Thursday, amid the country's third coronavirus wave. Gloria Tso reports.

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Hyundai Motor makes major push into electric [Video]

Hyundai Motor makes major push into electric

South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group said on Wednesday it will introduce an electric vehicle-only platform early next year that will use its own battery technology to cut production time and costs. Ciara..

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K-pop law allows BTS stars to delay military duty [Video]

K-pop law allows BTS stars to delay military duty

South Korea's parliament on Tuesday passed a bill to allow globally recognized K-pop artists such as BTS to postpone their mandatory military service to age 30. Adam Reed reports.

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South Korea cases stay above 500 for second day [Video]

South Korea cases stay above 500 for second day

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Sexual abuse ring leader sentenced to 40 years [Video]

Sexual abuse ring leader sentenced to 40 years

A South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the leader of an online sexual blackmail ring to 40 years in prison, according to the Yonhap news agency. Gloria Tso reports.

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BTS snags K-pop's first ever Grammy nomination [Video]

BTS snags K-pop's first ever Grammy nomination

South Korean boy band BTS on Tuesday (November 24) snagged the first ever Grammy nomination for a K-pop band, taking the worldwide sensation a step closer to winning the music award.

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Being overworked to death in South Korea [Video]

Being overworked to death in South Korea

South Korea's delivery workers have fallen into what they call a "legal blind spot" and say it's a deadly place to be as the novel coronavirus drives an unprecedented boom in online business. Megan..

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South Korea’s hikers make ‘junk art’ from trash [Video]

South Korea’s hikers make ‘junk art’ from trash

Meet the mountain hikers who are making ‘junk art’ to encourage others not to litter, as social distancing measures drive more people from the cities to the hills. Rosanna Philpott reports.

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South Korea: Warnings of third wave as COVID-19 cases rise [Video]

South Korea: Warnings of third wave as COVID-19 cases rise

South Korea is introducing new restrictions to try and stem a third wave of coronavirus infections as winter starts.

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BTS 'Can't Wait to Meet UK Fans Again' After Cancelling Show [Video]

BTS 'Can't Wait to Meet UK Fans Again' After Cancelling Show

BTS have told their UK fans they can't wait to meet them again after having to cancel shows because of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ITV News, the K-pop stars gave a message to fans..

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COVID-19 cases in S Korea exceed 300 for first time since August [Video]

COVID-19 cases in S Korea exceed 300 for first time since August

Stubborn cluster outbreaks prompt concern that country is on brink of another wave of the coronavirus.

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Why South Korean women are becoming morticians [Video]

Why South Korean women are becoming morticians

As suicide rates in South Korea climb and taboos about death begin to soften, there’s a growing demand in conservative South Korea for women’s bodies to be handled by other women. Francesca Lynagh..

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Twitter rolls out new feature 'Fleets' [Video]

Twitter rolls out new feature 'Fleets'

Social networking service Twitter has got a new feature, called Fleets. The new tool will allow a user to write text, post photos, videos, or add earlier tweets into a little visual info-nugget that..

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South Korea warns of new COVID-19 crisis [Video]

South Korea warns of new COVID-19 crisis

New social-distancing measures will come into effect for the greater Seoul area on Thursday, as officials warn of an even bigger crisis if anti-COVID-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases. ..

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South Korea to tighten social distancing, warns of new Covid-19 crisis [Video]

South Korea to tighten social distancing, warns of new Covid-19 crisis

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Asia forms world's biggest trade bloc, without US [Video]

Asia forms world's biggest trade bloc, without US

A China-backed free trade bloc, spanning 30% of the world's economy, was formed at a virtual summit on Sunday in a move that likely gives Beijing greater influence and leaves Washington on the outside...

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Trot is hot: It's not just K-pop in South Korea [Video]

Trot is hot: It's not just K-pop in South Korea

Once ridiculed as music for grannies, trot is making a comeback and many South Koreans, mostly in their 40s and above, are cheering an alternative to K-pop idol music in one of the world's fastest..

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Biden seeks to reassure U.S. allies in Asia [Video]

Biden seeks to reassure U.S. allies in Asia

In their first calls with President-elect Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia reaffirmed their commitment to tackling climate change and regional..

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South Korea showcases drone taxi [Video]

South Korea showcases drone taxi

South Korea's transport ministry and Seoul City conducted a test-run of a drone taxi – capable of carrying two people, with a demonstration in Seoul on Wednesday.

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Gaming industry growth: South Korea top market amid rising demand [Video]

Gaming industry growth: South Korea top market amid rising demand

South Korea has embarked on a quest for digital supremacy, now with new devices to help it.

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K-pop stars, a panda, and anger in China [Video]

K-pop stars, a panda, and anger in China

A reality TV episode showing K-pop girl band BLACKPINK holding a newly born panda was pulled after accusations in China that the group mishandled a national treasure, the latest problem between South..

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