‘Parasite singles’: searching for a partner in Japan | AFP

A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner — all of them accompanied by their parents. (ATTN CLIENTS: This video is part of an AFP series on the changing social norms around sex, love and marriage in East Asia. Related videos from China and South Korea are also available.)

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Dreaming of a Wet Christmas… Seoul aquarium puts on festive display | AFP

Divers dressed in Christmas outfits perform at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. Performances of the 15-minute show, entitled ‘Happy Holidays’, will run from the 10th to the 31st December.

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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. South Korea will suspend up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants in the next three months, even as demand for electricity peaks during the bitter winter, as it seeks to tackle air pollution, Seoul said Thursday. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, November 17th: US and South Korea postpone military exercise; Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins re-election; Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk; Venice floods.

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ShowBiz Minute: Oscars, G-Dragon, US Box Office

Geena Davis. David Lynch, actor Wes Studi, and director Lina Wertmuller honored at Oscars event; Big Bang star G-Dragon finishes military service in South Korea; For an encore, “Joker” is No. 1 again at the U.S. box office. (Oct. 28)

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‘It was like war’: S.Korean star says N.Korean players ‘very aggressive’ in historic clash | AFP

South Korea’s Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min says the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang was a “very aggressive” match that made him fear injuries, with North Korean players even swearing at him and his teammates.

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Performers gather for K-pop festival in South Korea | AFP

At an annual competition in South Korea, overseas K-pop fans get to imitate their idols and show off their dance moves. At the government-funded Changwon K-pop World Festival, contestants from around the globe perform imitation dances or sing cover versions of the genre’s biggest hits — with thousands of fans cheering them on..

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FIFA President Infantino arrives in Pyongyang for North-South Korea match | AFP

FIFA President Gianni Infantino touches down in Pyongyang for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea – two countries technically still at war. IMAGES

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South Korea: emergency services clear landslide in Busan | AFP

South Korean rescue personnel search for missing people at the scene of a landslide after Typhoon Mitag passed through Busan. One local resident says he cannot explain his feelings in words after surviving the landslide.

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Hurricanes | AFP Animé

Videographic on hurricanes. At least nine people were killed and several others missing after Typhoon Mitag lashed South Korea with heavy rain and strong winds, authorities said Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Typhoon Mitag causes landslide: Rescue services at the scene | AFP

Torrential rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Mitag have caused a landslide in Busan as the storm continues to bear down towards the eastern part of South Korea. IMAGES

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Thai cave rescue saga set for premiere

“The Cave,” the first of several projects about the rescue of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, is set to premiere at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea. (Sept. 30)

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Huge tanker blast sparks fire in South Korea | AFP

A huge blast on an oil tanker in a South Korean port has sparked a raging fire that then spread to a nearby vessel, leaving 18 people injured, authorities say.

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Fridays for Future: Climate protest in South Korea | AFP

People in Seoul hold a protest as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement to demand faster action to tackle climate change. More than 5,000 events are planned worldwide, culminating in a massive rally in New York, where 1.1 million students in around 1,800 public schools have been given permission to skip school. IMAGES

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South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak | AFP

South Korea reports its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

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South Korea opposition party leader shaves head in protest | AFP

South Korea’s main opposition party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn shaves his head in protest against the controversial appointment of new justice minister Cho Kuk.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday September 10th: Special US House election in North Carolina; British parliament suspended; South Korea says North Korea launched two projectiles; Last four crew members rescued from capsized ship.

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Protesters gather in support of South Korea’s ex-president Park | AFP

Protesters in Seoul gather outside the Supreme Court in support of South Korea’s ex-president Park Geun-hye. A ruling is expected in the former leader’s final appeal against a corruption conviction which saw her being ousted in 2017.  IMAGES

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Angelina Jolie is ‘so proud’ of son Maddox

Angelina Jolie expressed her pride in son Maddox at Disney’s D23 Expo after he started university in South Korea. (Aug. 26)

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Alternate lives: Korean orphans’ quests for answers | AFP

Abandoned by his mother, Jo was taken into South Korea’s orphanage system but never chosen by a new family. He spent the rest of his childhood in what he describes as brutal and rigidly hierarchical institutions. Now he and other South Korean orphans are telling their stories in a short film by a South Korean adoptee himself, on display as an art exhibit in Seoul.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday July 31st: Democratic debate in Detroit; US-China trade talks; South Korea says North Korea fired two missiles; Wildfire in Oregon.

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Thai farmers on the cash trail with snail slime | AFP

Once feared by Thai rice farmers, giant snails are now being pampered for their precious slime, which is prized by the cosmetics industry, particularly in South Korea and the United States.

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S. Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates | AFP

A South Korean man has died after setting himself on fire in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, police say, amid an ongoing trade and diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan.

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