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Overseas travel ban slapped on former YG chief

An overseas travel ban has been imposed on former YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun-suk amid the ongoing investigations into his alleged overseas gambling. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Tuesday, its intellectual crime investigation division recently requested for the Ministry of Justice to place the ban on Yang, and the ministry issued it. The travel ban was also slapped on Seungri, the fallen K-pop idol who was a member of BIGBANG - one of YG's most successful K-pop idol groups - for the same gambling allegation.

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[INTERVIEW] Korea should join Japan to keep China at bay

As a representative specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, Narushige Michishita is vice president and professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.

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Deaf Korean tennis player notches landmark win

Lee Duck-hee became the first deaf player to win an ATP match on Monday, making a statement with a straight-sets win over Henri Laaksonen in Winston-Salem. "People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn't be playing," the 21-year-old South Korean said after shrugging off a lengthy rain delay to post a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 victory.

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Korean Air to further cut flights to Japan amid export curbs

Korean Air Lines Co. said Tuesday it will reduce more flights to Japan in the coming months due to lower travel demand to the neighboring country amid a trade dispute. Demand on the Japanese routes has been on a sharp decline since last month when Japan implemented export restrictions of key materials to South Korea. Early this month, Tokyo also officially removed Seoul from its list of trusted trade partners in economic retaliation against a Seoul court's rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of wartime forced labor.

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Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. The company also said it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first applied in 2017 to two Russian entities.

Even away from music scene for break, BTS makes buzz

Off to its first-ever official break in its sensational seven-year career, K-pop super band BTS is away from the public eye, but the presence of its members' surprise internet feeds and release of a special photo album continues to make the world music scene abuzz with the beloved band. Dropping a YouTube video of the seven BTS members, flawlessly dressed up against the backdrop of a Korean wood-and-clay traditional house, "hanok" in Korean, last Thursday, BTS announced the arrival of their annual summertime photo album, "Summer Package," whose presales began Monday and official release is set for Sept. 26.

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