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Moon gets support in peace process, but tasks ahead

BRUSSELS/COPENHAGEN - President Moon Jae-in's efforts to persuade the EU and permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) to help North Korea get some relief from UNSC sanctions faces challenges following “differing thinking” between Moon and his European counterparts on the matter. Moon wrapped up a nine-day trip to European capitals including Paris, Rome, Brussels, Copenhagen and the Vatican.

Koreas to start joint inspection of western railway as early as this week

South and North Korea are likely to start their joint on-site inspection as early as this week for a project to modernize and re-link railways across their border, government officials said Sunday. At high-level talks last week, the two Koreas agreed to begin field surveys of the western Gyeongui railway in late October and the Donghae railway along their east coast in November.

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Double amputee girl dreams of becoming Paralympic taekwondo star

A girl, who lost her legs to meningitis as a baby, is dreaming of representing the United Kingdom at para-taekwondo someday. According to World Taekwondo (WT) Sunday, Maisie Catt, 8, was invited to the Manchester Grand Prix on Saturday and showed off her skills in front of a packed crowd.

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Taiwan independence protesters take to the street in Taipei

Thousands of Taiwan independence campaigners rallied in Taipei on Saturday demanding President Tsai Ing-wen allow a referendum to decide whether the self-ruled island should break from mainland China.

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South Korean firms operating in China less optimistic about Q4

A majority of South Korean companies operating in China are less optimistic about business conditions in the fourth-quarter of this year, as the Chinese economy is cooling amid a trade spat with the United States, a survey showed Sunday. According to the survey of 218 manufacturers, conducted by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), their business survey index (BSI) stood at 103 for the October-December period, down 12 from a quarter ago.

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Pyongyang's first rail system

On September 18, 1899, the Seoul-Chemulpo Railway began operating between the capital city and the port of Jemulpo. It was a tremendous event that excited the imagination of Koreans and foreigners alike and ushered in an era of greater prosperity. What kind of impact on the populace did it have? In his book “The Dawn of Modern Korea”, Prof. Andre Lankov included the “flowery prose” of The Independent's reporter who wrote:

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