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Move over Chanel: North Korea's 'raccoon eye makers' get state push

08 Aug 2019

SEOUL North Korea is encouraging its beauty-conscious middle class women to choose domestic cosmetics over foreign brands in an effort to boost self-reliance as international sanctions deepen. | Video

No-deal Brexit could end Japan investment boom, envoy tells UK PM rivals

28 Jun 2019

LONDON/TOKYO Japan on Thursday cautioned the two candidates vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May that a no-deal Brexit would be so disruptive for many companies that Japanese capital's 35-year bet on Britain could end.

Grab and throw: South Korea makes flower vase fire extinguisher

20 Jun 2019

SEOUL, In a panic after a fire has broken out and can't remember where the fire extinguisher is, let alone how to use it? | Video

South Korea radar and thermal camera system warns 'smartphone zombies' of traffic

19 Mar 2019

ILSAN, South Korea A city in South Korea, which has the world's highest smartphone penetration rate, has installed flickering lights and laser beams at a road crossing to warn "smartphone zombies" to look up and drivers to slow down, in the hope of preventing accidents. | Video

Like a son but cheaper: harried South Koreans pamper pets instead of having kids

25 Jan 2019

SEOUL Kang Sung-il buys Sancho, his Pomeranian, a toy every business trip and this Lunar New Year holiday will dress him up in a new $50 suit to visit 'grandma', Kang's mother. | Video

South Koreans lock themselves up to escape prison of daily life

23 Nov 2018

HONGCHEON, South Korea For most people, prison is a place to escape from. For South Koreans in need of a break from the demands of everyday life, a day in a faux jail is the escape. | Video

New generations sustain South Korean church’s mass weddings

27 Aug 2018

GAPYEONG, South Korea Twenty-five years after her parents were married, Iasmin Lumibao traveled from Macau to South Korea to follow in their footsteps and marry alongside thousands of others in a mass wedding that has come to exemplify the South Korea-based Unification Church. | Video

South Korea's diehard Trump supporters hail 'guardian of liberty'

06 Aug 2018

SEOUL Every time an image of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on TV in South Korea, 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran Chung Seung-jin solemnly salutes. | Video

Wailing fans bid farewell to South Korean singer, officials flag suicide concerns

21 Dec 2017

SEOUL Grief-stricken fans braved Seoul's winter cold on Thursday to bid farewell to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, but his apparent suicide fueled health officials' concern about copycat bids. | Video

Mission intangible - 'Warm-hearted' Koreans serve up super-spicy kimchi for a cause

03 Nov 2017

SEOUL Plunging their pink-gloved hands into cartons of cabbages, and slathering the vegetables with a bright-red sauce, more than 2,300 people on Friday got to grips with making the spicy, fermented Korean staple of kimchi.

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Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with United States

Iran will never hold one-on-one talks with the United States but could engage in multilateral discussions if it returns to the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, according to state television.