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North Korea’s first lady cries next to Kim Jong-un during armistice event – video

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North Korea's first lady, Ri Sol-ju, cried next to her husband, Kim Jong-un, while singing the national anthem during an event marking the 69th anniversary of the 27 July Korean war armistice, footage aired on Thursda...

North Korea’s first lady cries next to Kim Jong-un during armistice event – video

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North Korea's first lady, Ri Sol-ju, cried next to her husband, Kim Jong-un, while singing the national anthem during an event marking the 69th anniversary of the 27 July Korean war armistice, footage aired on Thursda...

North Korea’s Covid outbreak likely ‘getting worse’, WHO says

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The World Health Organization has cast doubts on North Korea’s claims of progress in the fight against a Covid-19 outbreak, saying it believes the situation is getting worse, not better, amid an absence of independent...

North Korea’s Covid caseload passes 2 million amid global concern about regime’s pandemic plan

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Experts have questioned North Korea’s claim that it is achieving “good results” in its battle against a Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of people with symptoms of the virus surpassed 2 million. The regime reported 26...

Kim Jong-un calls North Korea’s response to Covid outbreak ‘inadequate’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has criticised his country’s response to its first officially confirmed Covid-19 outbreak as “immature”, accusing government officials of inadequacies and inertia as fever cases swept t...

Kim Jong-un calls in the army to respond to North Korea’s Covid-19 crisis

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Kim Jong-un has criticised North Korea’s pandemic response and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, state media said Monday, as the country said 50 people had died since first reporting an outbreak of Covid-1...

Claims of shamans and curses as South Korea’s president shuns official residence

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For decades, South Korea’s presidents have begun their terms in office by acquainting themselves with the vast premises of the Blue House. But on Tuesday, Yoon Suk-yeol became the first leader in the country’s modern ...

South Korea’s highest court overturns military convictions of two gay soldiers

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South Korea’s supreme court has thrown out a military court ruling that convicted two gay soldiers for having sex outside their military facilities, saying it stretched the reading of the country’s widely criticised m...

Testing times: why North Korea’s missile launches should worry the west

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When it comes to North Korean missile launches – and much else about the secretive regime – all may not be as it seems. Days after the regime claimed it had successfully tested its biggest intercontinental ballistic m...

‘Devastated’: gender equality hopes on hold as ‘anti-feminist’ voted South Korea’s president

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The election of an avowed “anti-feminist” as the next president of South Korea has been greeted with dismay amid accusations Yoon Suk-yeol fuelled the county’s gender divide to garner support from young male voters. F...

South Korea’s poisonous gender politics a test for next president

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The identity of South Korea’s next leader will be determined this week by the economy, housing prices and incomes, but the road to the presidential Blue House will also be dotted with the wreckage of the country’s poi...

South Korea’s presidential candidates face balancing act amid rising anti-China sentiment

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When Moon Jae-in, the outgoing president of South Korea, returned home from Washington in May last year, his foreign minister, Chung Eui-yong, rushed to clarify the mention of Taiwan in his joint statement with Joe Bi...

South Korea’s nose-only ‘kosk’ mask for Covid-safe eating raises eyebrows

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An anti-virus mask that only covers the nose and can continue to be worn while eating and drinking is on sale in South Korea. The “kosk”, a combination of ko, the Korean word for nose, and mask, has been released by a...

Precursors of K-pop: Korea’s National Dance Company astonishes Sadler’s Wells, 1977

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Alan Road reported on the return visit to Britain of the ‘graceful dancers of Korea’, having been a big hit in 1972 (‘East Side Story: Korea Brings on the Dancing Girls’, 4 September 1977) in an early example of its s...

What the UK can learn from South Korea’s Covid response

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With winter approaching, it’s time to talk about the optimal Covid-19 strategy again – and for that, we need to look once more at what’s happening in South Korea. It has vaccinated 79.2% of its population with two dos...

Squid Game lays bare South Korea’s real-life personal debt crisis

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After midnight, when the crowds of revellers have gone, Choi Young-soo* crouches in a shabby alleyway in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam district. This is the only time that the 35-year-old, a part-time food delivery rider, d...

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