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[INTERVIEW] Ex-US envoy calls China 'malign influence,' asks Seoul to join new alliance

[INTERVIEW] Ex-US envoy calls China 'malign influence,' asks Seoul to join new alliance

Harry Harris, in his farewell to South Korea as the U.S. ambassador, expressed the hope that the Asian country will join the U.S. and its other allies to stop China's “malign influence” although not necessarily in the form of an expanded Quad. Harris hinted that the door still remains open for the South to join the Quad, a security coalition of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India, which he described as a “natural grouping” based on shared views and therefore can be expanded.

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[INTERVIEW] 'No likelihood of North Korea collapse with Kim in complete control': Ex-US envoy

[INTERVIEW] 'No likelihood of North Korea collapse with Kim in complete control': Ex-US envoy

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris said North Korea is not likely to collapse in the next several years, noting Kim Jong-un is in “complete control” over the repressive state.

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[INTERVIEW] Climate change revolutionaries: Why students in Korea hit the streets

[INTERVIEW] Climate change revolutionaries: Why students in Korea hit the streets

In March 2013, a flash mob of thousands of students from elementary to high schools across South Korea performed PSY's “Gangnam Style” at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul. Led by the World Wide Fund for Nature Korea (WWF), it was held to encourage people to participate in the WWF's global electricity and energy saving campaign “Earth Hour,” by turning off their lights March 23 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on COVID-19

Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on COVID-19

President Joe Biden on Thursday tightened mask wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the United States, as he got to work on tackling the coronavirus pandemic on his first full day in power. Signing 10 executive orders in the White House, Biden told the nation that the Covid-19 death toll would likely rise from 400,000 to half a million next month - and that drastic action was needed.

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Growing number of Koreans refuse life-sustaining treatment

Growing number of Koreans refuse life-sustaining treatment

Three years have passed since the so-called “Death with Dignity Act” came into effect here in February 2018, which enabled people to make a choice about ceasing life-prolonging medical treatment. During this period, nearly 800,000 individuals have signed up for the program by submitting an advance directive forgoing life sustaining treatment in the event they fall terminally ill with no chance of recovery.

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North Korea ranks worst in undernourishment in Asia-Pacific region

North Korea ranks worst in undernourishment in Asia-Pacific region

North Korea was ranked the worst in terms of prevalence of undernourishment among its population in the Asia-Pacific region, a report showed Friday. According to the report jointly compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and other global agencies, more than 45 percent of the North's population was suffering from undernourishment from 2017-2019.

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