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‘Second thoughts’: what makes North Korean defectors want to go back?

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No one knows what awaited Kim Woo-joo when he arrived back in North Korea, just over a year after he had fled the world’s most oppressive regime for a life of freedom in the South. Earlier this month, the 29-year-old ...

North Korean train makes first crossing into China since Covid border lockdown

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A North Korean cargo train has reportedly pulled into a Chinese border town in what would be the first confirmed crossing since its anti-coronavirus border lockdowns began. North Korea has not officially reported any ...

North Korean hackers stole $400m in digital assets last year, says report

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North Korea has launched at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms that extracted nearly $400m worth of digital assets last year, one of its most successful years on record, according to a new analysis. “From...

North Korean hypersonic missile hit target in test firing, says state media

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North Korea test fired a “hypersonic missile” this week that successfully hit a target, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday, as the country pursues new military capabilities amid stalled denuclearisation talks...

South Korean crosses demilitarised zone in rare defection to North

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A South Korean has crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea, South Korea’s military has said. Years of repression and poverty in North Korea have led more than 30,000 people to flee to t...

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye to receive pardon for corruption

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South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye has been pardoned by her successor, Moon Jae-in, in a special amnesty that could influence voters in a presidential election that is just three months away. Park ...

Australia welcomes South Korean president with confirmation of border reopening

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Australia’s international border will open to more travellers on Wednesday, as the prime minister confirmed that his government would end the “pause” triggered by the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant. Scott Morr...

Can you say Squid Game in Korean? TV show fuels demand for east Asian language learning

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Whether it’s down to Squid Game or kawaii culture, fascination with Korea and Japan is fuelling a boom in learning east Asian languages. Japanese is the fastest growing language to be learned in the UK this year on th...

Widow of former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan offers ‘deep apology’ for brutal rule

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The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator has issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital to pay t...

Hellbound: the South Korean death-fest that wipes the floor with Squid Game

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The easiest thing in the world would be to call Hellbound the new Squid Game. After all, they’re both South Korean dramas, they both deal in violent death and they’re both smash hits on Netflix. This week it was repor...

Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90

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Former South Korean president, Chun Doo-hwan, who presided over the infamous Gwanju massacre during his iron-fisted eight-year rule, has died aged 90. Chun had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which was in remission, ...

South Korean horror Hellbound takes over Squid Game as most popular Netflix series globally

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Another South Korean fantasy horror series from Netflix has become an overnight global phenomenon, with Hellbound toppling Squid Game as the most-watched TV show on the streaming platform. According to FlixPatrol anal...

Slim Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader believed healthy despite weight loss

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has recently lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) but remains healthy and is trying to increase public loyalty to him in the face of worsening economic problems, South Korea’s spy agency...

North Korean leader watches extreme martial arts performance – video

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has watched an extreme martial arts demonstration by soldiers at a military event marking the 76th founding anniversary of its ruling party. In the video aired by the North's state-run ...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marks 76th anniversary of ruling party – video

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has attended celebrations for the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' party of Korea. Kim made a speech to a gathering of officials, the KCNA news agency said. State ...

How to make the perfect Korean fried chicken – recipe

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“Koreans,” according to Vice magazine, “are the undisputed Asian masters of chicken.” I suspect there may be some dispute over this, but even a few Filipinos, themselves no slouches when it comes to chicken, concede S...

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