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Charisma incarnate - women save men

In the recent local box-office hit “Extreme Job,” drug lord Lee Moo-bae (played by Shin Ha-kyun) has a female body guard Sun-hee. The tall, tight-lipped woman in a black suit with her hair pulled up in a ponytail dispatches all the henchmen of a rival drug ring with decisive action.

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Anti-North Korea group protecting Kim Han-sol raises bitcoin fund

Free Joseon, an anti-North Korea political group previously known as Cheollima Civil Defense, had over the past two years raised a 38 million won ($34,000) “bitcoin fund.” According to the group's website, Wednesday, it received 14.22 bitcoin between March 8, 2017, and March 18 of this year, from sponsors of its activities which include support for North Korean defectors.

Baek Ye-rin conquers music charts with her solo comeback

Baek Ye-rin. Courtesy of JYP EntertainmentBy Lee Han-naBaek Ye-rin, a member of JYP Entertainment's duet girl group 15&, made a solo comeback with her album “Our Love is Great” on Monday, breaking a two-year hiatus.Within a day, all her songs made the top 100 in music charts and the lead single “Maybe It's Not Our Fault” topped the Genie, Mnet and Melon music charts. The surprising popularity comes amid much-anticipated releases by popular girl group MAMAMOO and former popular girl band 2NE1 member Park Bom. Baek participated in writing and composing all seven songs, showing off her capability as a singer-songwriter. Baek's performance in the album charts shows how much fans have been waiting for her comeback. Baek debuted in 2012 as part of 15& with group mate Park Ji-min, the winner of the first season of SBS music survival show “K-Pop Star.” Even before her official debut, Baek was well-known among music lovers for her beautiful but powerful voice. She won the SBS singing competition “Star King” with Whitney Houston's “I Have Nothing.” She was only 10 at the time and earned the nickname “Singing Prodigy” for her stunning performance. 15& had not released any albums since 2015, fueling speculation the duet might be disbanded sooner or later. Years later, Park denied the rumor, saying the two members have different musical tastes and have never considered parting ways. Park said she was drawn into urban R&B, while Baek was attached to indie music. Lee Han-na is The Korea Times intern.

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Moon meets US spy chief

President Moon Jae-in met U.S. spy chief Dan Coats at Cheong Wa Dae, Wednesday, to discuss pending issues, according to presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

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Thousands of auto workers set to lose jobs

Thousands of manufacturing jobs at Hyundai, Kia and other automakers here will disappear when electric vehicles (EVs) and other future cars become mainstream, according to industry analysts Wednesday.

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NK should prove willingness: PM

The time is ripe for North Korea to prove its willingness to denuclearize by responding to a proposal from the U.S., Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said in a National Assembly interpellation session Wednesday.“It appears North Korea was not ready to respond to a big proposal from the U.S. during their second summit in Hanoi,” Lee said.

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