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NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) - Talks to end decades of bitter civil war in Myanmar have faltered, a government spokesman warned Sunday, blaming ethnic rebel demands for greater autonomy, which the military fears could break the country up.The civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made striking a peace deal a key pillar of her administration, but fighting has instead intensified in recent months, with tens of thousands displaced by conflict.With only a day to go before the end of the s…
05.28 / 12:58
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GOLD COAST, Australia (AFP) - South Korea Sunday won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast.The South Koreans claimed their fourth cup in the biennial tournament with a charged 21-17, 21-13 win by Choi Sol-Gyu and Chae Yoo-Jung in the mixed doubles match.The victory -- their first in the world mixed teams competition since Eindhoven in 2003 -- ended China's 14-year grip on the Sudirman Cup…
05.28 / 12:58
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) -- Emergency teams rushed food and water Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced by the island's worst flooding for more than a decade, as the death toll climbed to 151.Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said relief operations had intensified following a break in the monsoon rains, with medical teams reinforcing hospitals in affected districts.The official death toll had climbed to 151 with 111 people still listed as missing, Senaratne said. Another 95 we…
05.28 / 12:58
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SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Government forces enforced a strict curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, a day after the killing of a prominent rebel commander by Indian soldiers sparked massive protests in the disputed region.Armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled deserted streets and ordered residents indoors in the region's main city of Srinagar and other towns to stop the anti-India demonstrations.Still, thousands of people assembled in the southern Tral area to …
05.28 / 12:25
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The loud exciting EDM rhythm at the Dream Station Live for Now festival on Saturday pounded as visitors made their way to the venue. The all-day festival attracted more than 20,000 people to Nanji Hangang Park, who wanted to cool down from the early summer heat with music. “What’s unique about Dream Station is that unlike any other adults-only EDM festivals, people who are 15 years old and up can come and enjoy it,” said an official from DreamMaker Entertainment, which organized the event. …
05.28 / 09:39
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Fresh off last week’s win at Billboard Music Awards, Bangtan Boys on Friday held a concert in Sydney as the last leg of its tour across Asia and Australia.  BTS performs during its concert in Jakarta on April 29. (Big Hit Entertainment)Big Hit Entertainment, the agency of the K-pop sensation, said Sunday that the boyband had wrapped up “2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour.” The group entertained some 90,000 fans across Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Austra…
05.28 / 09:39
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Senior officials of South Korea and the United Nations will meet in Seoul this week to discuss a wide range of cooperative issues including the growing North Korea nuclear threat, the ministry said Sunday. (Yonhap)The meeting will be held on Monday between Lee Jang-keun, who is in charge of the ministry's international organizations bureau, and Miroslav Jenca of the UN Department of Political Affairs, according to the ministry. This marks their first policy dialogue in which both are …
05.28 / 09:39
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The Manchester terror attack by an alleged Islamic State group “soldier” will accelerate the push by the US and its allies to capture the terror group’s strongholds in Mosul and Raqqah. But it should also focus some urgent discussions about a post-ISIS strategy for stabilizing Iraq and Syria.For all President Trump’s bombast about obliterating the Islamic State group, also known as IS, the Raqqah campaign has been delayed for months while US policymakers debated the wisdom of relying on a S…
05.28 / 09:06
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Sitting in my Hangzhou hotel room one evening last September, I caught a helpfully subtitled Chinese TV show about Song Dynasty inscriptions carved on a mountainside near Quanzhou -- the city Chinese media invariably call “the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road.” With prayers for good winds and safe returns, the carvings bore witness to China’s far-flung commercial relations during the European Middle Ages. The report was a perfectly legitimate travel feature. By calling attention to …
05.28 / 09:06
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A nation’s thoughts turn to Marawi City, even as fears about the possible consequences of the declaration of martial law rise in the hearts of many. These fears are not, as some Mindanao-based supporters of President Duterte claim, shared only by people from Luzon. One of the first to issue a statement against the president’s declaration was a group based in Davao City. The first legal challenge against the declaration might come from a group of Muslim lawyers. For the exact same reason tha…
05.28 / 09:06
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Let’s talk about anonymous leakers, about their frequent dishonor and dishonesty, sometimes their criminality, and about the dangers of news outlets relying on them too extensively and sometimes needing to shut up.We’ve seen a lot of it lately, this business of someone inside the government secretly sharing information with the press. The victim has mainly been President Donald Trump. His White House staff is ratting on his stumbles and bumbles, and intelligence agency operatives have ill…
05.28 / 09:06
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Since its first conception, the idea of a liberal democracy has never been a settled one. Debate has raged. Churchill was cynical, “the best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter,” while Plato was wary, “dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy.” And yet, in broad terms even democracy’s most dismissive critics who live behind her shield do not want to go back to the “bad old days” of kingdoms and dictatorships. In recent times we have seen how fr…
05.28 / 09:06
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From EDM to rock, the music festivals across the country are set to further fuel the blazing heat this summer.With Ultra Korea 2017 just around the corner, music lovers of all genres are gearing up for events that will dial the excitement all the way up to 11. Fans will be treated to an opportunity to release the burden of everyday mundanity and lose themselves in a frenzy of beats and melody.Organizers for Ultra Korea, set to take place in Jamsil Olympic Stadium in southern Seoul, says…
05.28 / 08:34
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When Hyosung disclosed its first-quarter earnings report on April 25, analysts poured out reports on how the company’s profits exceeded market expectations, and its stock price surged 8 percent the next day.The world’s largest spandex maker’s net profit jumped 27 percent on-year to 161.1 billion won ($143.9 million) in the first three months. Most of additional earnings came from profits from fiber, industrial materials, expanded production capacities for polypropylene and more efficiency i…
05.28 / 07:33
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Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals has earned his 30th career save in Major League Baseball. Oh threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday (local time), preserving the Cards' 3-0 victory. The right-hander gave up a hit but collected two strikeouts to pick up his 11th save of the season.Oh, who made his big league debut last year, had 19 saves last season.  In this photo taken by the Associated Press on May 23, 2017, St. Louis …
05.28 / 07:33
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The probe into Russia’s role in the US election pierced the innermost circle of the White House Saturday, with reports that Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought a secret communications line with Moscow -- the most damning allegation yet from the scandal. The latest furor was stirred up after the Washington Post reported late Friday that Jared Kushner -- arguably Trump’s closest White House aide, and husband to the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka -- made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Rus…
05.28 / 07:33
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When Hyosung joined the so-called “1 trillion won club,” a league of Korean companies that made 1 trillion won in operating profit last year, the market response was unanimous -- that it didn’t happen by chance.Over the past 20 years, Hyosung, the dominant South Korean conglomerate focusing on fiber and chemicals, has undertaken a series of restructuring efforts and steadily invested overseas to cut costs while continuing research and development at home. Its top market position in key prod…
05.28 / 07:33
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The main stock market’s consensus net profit estimate for this year has been raised due to a strong earnings forecast for the second quarter and buoyancy of IT firms at home and abroad.The estimated net profit of all 536 listed firms on the first-tier Korea Composite Stock Price Index came to 143.6 trillion won ($128.3 billion), according to data by market tracker FnGuide as of Friday. The annual net profit forecast rose 13.1 percent compared to a January projection, when it stood at 126.9 …
05.28 / 07:33
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The state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation, the nation’s sole electricity provider, has maintained its strong presence in the Forbes Global 2000, the business magazine’s annual list of the biggest 2,000 public companies in the world, Kepco said Sunday.In this year’s list, Kepco ranked 138th, while placing second in the electric utilities sector. Kepco has also topped all other Asian electricity providers for the third consecutive year.In 2016, Kepco was listed 97th for 2016 in an annua…
05.28 / 06:58
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Amid rising competition between automotive and IT companies to take the lead in securing autonomous driving technology, consumers expressed more trust in self-driving technology developed by conventional automakers, a survey showed Sunday. Out of the 5,045 people surveyed across five countries -- the US, the UK, Italy, Germany and France -- 30 percent answered they trust autonomous driving technology put together by auto firms, according to the survey complied by Inrix, a US-based c…
05.28 / 06:58
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