South Korea

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‘Magikkun’: the Korean buzzword that explains why dating apps are restricting pictures with masks
Daters in Korea are growing so tired of profile pictures, where half a face is hidden, they have coined a term for it – ‘mask fraud’

17, Jan, 2022 @3:48 PM

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Japan condemns North Korea after it conducts fourth missile test in a month
South Korean military says Pyongyang launched two ballistic missiles, which Tokyo says threaten its ‘peace and security’

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

17, Jan, 2022 @4:44 AM

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‘Second thoughts’: what makes North Korean defectors want to go back?
South Korea is no promised land for escapees from a brutal regime – loneliness and poverty are common fates

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

16, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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North Korea tests possible ballistic missile in third launch in two weeks
South Korean military says projectile was fired into the sea, and comes after US imposed further sanctions on regime officials

Guardian staff and agencies

14, Jan, 2022 @6:21 AM

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South Korea should fund hair loss treatment, says election hopeful in bald bid for power
Proposal for hair regrowth on public healthcare insurance by Lee Jae-myung criticised as populist by opponents

Staff and agencies in Seoul

06, Jan, 2022 @11:25 PM

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Lessons still to be learned about masks in schools | Letters
Letters: Asia can teach the UK much about keeping schools open during a pandemic, says Edward Vickers, while Jo Campion warns that deaf pupils are likely to fall behind because of the return of face masks in class


05, Jan, 2022 @6:06 PM

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Double defector who returned to North Korea ‘struggled financially’ in South
Man’s decision raises questions about treatment of defectors in South Korea with many said to face discrimination

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

04, Jan, 2022 @10:36 AM

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Interest in anime and K-pop drive boom in Korean and Japanese degrees
More students now study Korean than Russian, and Japanese than Italian, report shows

Rachel Hall and Jedidajah Otte

29, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye pardoned for corruption
Moon Jae-in, her successor, has freed Park from 22-year sentence three months ahead of presidential election

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

25, Dec, 2021 @12:15 AM

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Catalonia to introduce curfew; Italy bans public NYE celebrations – Coronavirus news as it happened
Latest updates: UK says risk of hospitalisation 70% lower with Omicron; France and Italy report record infections

Samantha Lock (now); Nadeem Badshah , Rachel Hall, Jem Bartholomew, Charlie Moloney

24, Dec, 2021 @12:54 AM

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Covid live: Italy reports highest daily cases since March; Canada’s Omicron cases ‘could overwhelm Ontario ICUs’
Italy reports 26,109 new cases, its highest daily number since 12 March; experts warn Ontario hospitals could be overwhelmed

Samantha Lock (now) Tom Ambrose , Jem Bartholomew and Miranda Bryant (earlier)

17, Dec, 2021 @12:28 AM

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The 50 best TV shows of 2021, No 5: Squid Game
Hwang Dong-hyuk’s South Korean satire chimed with a massive global audience facing calamitous times

Stuart Jeffries

16, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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