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[Graphic News] Volume of banknotes in circulation hits record high

The amount of banknotes currently in circulation in South Korea reached a record high in January, the central bank said Wednesday.Outstanding banknotes came to 103.5 trillion won ($90.6 billion) as of...

Updated : 2017.02.23 18:14

[Newsmaker] 7 Earth-size worlds found; could hold life

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star _ and these new worlds could hold life.This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away i...

Updated : 2017.02.23 10:23

[Graphic News] Half of new businesses go bankrupt within 2 years

Some 800,000 small businesses open shop annually, but about half of them go bankrupt within two years, statistics showed Monday.A report said that among businesses that started in 2013, 62.4 percent w...

Updated : 2017.02.22 18:10

Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the US government for...

Updated : 2017.02.21 21:48

DC panda fans bam-boo-hoo as US-born cub leaves for China

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Zoo in Washington is saying a final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. Giant Panda Bao Bao eats bamboos at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington DC, the Unite Sta...

Updated : 2017.02.21 21:38

Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail: lawyer

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a US program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, her lawyer said Tuesday.  Police t...

Updated : 2017.02.21 21:30

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) -- The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday.Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometers from Tripoli, alerted the emergenc...

Updated : 2017.02.21 21:15

[Graphic News] Global arms trade at highest since Cold War

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday that more weapons were delivered between 2012 and 2016 than any other five-year period since 1990. The United States remains the top we...

Updated : 2017.02.21 19:00

Norway Nobel Committee chairwoman dies aged 65

OSLO (AFP) - Kaci Kullmann Five, the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which selects the Peace Prize laureates, has died aged 65 after a long illness, the organisation said on Monday. Kullmann was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and underwent treatment. But her condition wo...

Updated : 2017.02.20 20:44

EU reassured about US relations after talks with US VP Pence

BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has reassured European Union officials about the Trump administration's stance toward the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday. Tusk said he and Pence held ``open and frank talks'' aimed in part at allaying concerns about...

Updated : 2017.02.20 20:35

Pence vows Trump committed to nervous EU

RUSSELS (AFP) -- US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Europe Monday of Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties as he met EU chiefs in the face of anti-Trump protests.Pence was in Brussels at the end of a European trip aimed at comforting allies fearful US President Trump...

Updated : 2017.02.20 20:22

[Graphic News] Underground economy accounted for 8% of GDP in 2015: think tank

The Korea Institute of Public Finance said in its latest report that the shadow economy here was estimated at 124.7 trillion won ($108.8 billion) as of 2015, making up 8 percent of the country’s gros...

Updated : 2017.02.20 18:09

[Graphic News] China's oil consumption is top ranked

Three countries -- China, India and Japan -- account for more than 63 percent of Asia’s total oil consumption, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy report.Even though China’s consu...

Updated : 2017.02.19 18:12

[Graphic News] South Koreans world's top fish eaters

South Koreans were found to be the top seafood consumers among 24 countries with high demand for the products, a report showed Monday.Statistics contained in “The State of World Fisheries and Aquacul...

Updated : 2017.02.16 17:58

NATO is 'fundamental bedrock' for US: Mattis

New Pentagon chief James Mattis said Wednesday that NATO was a "fundamental bedrock" for the United States as he  tried to reassure allies concerned about President Donald Trump's commitment."The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the transatlantic co...

Updated : 2017.02.15 21:55