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Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year

Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth-straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa "posted significant regional improvement".

Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year
S. Korea lifts rice import caps, but vows high tariffs

South Korea announced it would scrap rice import caps from next year, but said high tariffs would be imposed to prevent a damaging surge that would hurt local farmers.

S. Korea lifts rice import caps, but vows high tariffs
Five killed as helicopter crashes in S. Korean city

A fire department helicopter crashed Thursday near an elementary school in a residential district of the South Korean city of Gwangju, killing five people on board, officials said.

Five killed as helicopter crashes in S. Korean city
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400 Kazakhstani sportsmen to participate in Asian Games in South Korea

Over 400 Kazakhstani sportsmen will participate in the upcoming 17th Asian Games in Icheon, South Korea.

400 Kazakhstani sportsmen to participate in Asian Games in South Korea
North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea

North Korea fired 100 artillery shells into the sea Monday in a live-fire drill near the eastern maritime border with South Korea that followed a recent series of missile tests.

North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea
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Silk Road included into World Heritage: Kazakhstan to ensure protection of cultural site

Kazakh representative to the UNESCO Executive Council Asel Utegenova said that Kazakhstan would ensure necessary protection of monuments included into the World Heritage.

Silk Road included into World Heritage: Kazakhstan to ensure protection of cultural site
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Psy goes from 'Gangnam' to hip-hop style in new song

Psy, who set off a global sensation with "Gangnam Style," tried out a fresh sound Sunday as he released a hip-hop tale of drunken debauchery co-starring rap legend Snoop Dogg.

Psy goes from 'Gangnam' to hip-hop style in new song
Samsung Electronics flags 25% plunge in Q2 profit

Samsung estimated Tuesday that its operating profit would plunge nearly 25 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, as cheap Chinese devices and a strong won hammered down its share of the global smartphone market.

Samsung Electronics flags 25% plunge in Q2 profit
N. Korea leader directs island assault drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un warned the South would "regret bitterly" any incursion of their disputed sea border as he directed a large-scale mock assault on an island, state media said.

N. Korea leader directs island assault drill
'Backpackers found living in squalor' after Sydney fire

At least 15 people, reportedly backpackers from Japan and South Korea "living in squalor" in minibuses, a shipping container and a caravan, had to be rescued from a raging Sydney fire.

'Backpackers found living in squalor' after Sydney fire
N. Korea fires two short-range rockets off coast

North Korea fired two short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea said, the latest in a series of missile tests ahead of a state visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

N. Korea fires two short-range rockets off coast
Airbus, Boeing and Israel firm bid for S. Korea military deal

South Korea said Tuesday it is considering offers from plane giants Airbus and Boeing as well as Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to provide air refuelling tankers in a deal estimated to be worth $1.38 billion.

Airbus, Boeing and Israel firm bid for S. Korea military deal
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Kazakhstan goes up in UN e-gov index

Kazakhstan has risen by 10 stands in the UN e-government index.

Kazakhstan goes up in UN e-gov index
South Korean President Park Geun-hye. ©Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
S.Korea president apologises for army shooting

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised Monday for a deadly front-line shooting rampage by an army conscript and called for a close look at abuses in barracks.

S.Korea president apologises for army shooting
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S. Korea's Park keeps PM who resigned over ferry disaster

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye announced Thursday her "agonised" decision to retain the incumbent who resigned over April's ferry disaster.

S. Korea's Park keeps PM who resigned over ferry disaster
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Samsung, LG launch smartwatches with new Google software

South Korea's Samsung and LG launched rival smartwatches powered by Google's new software as they jostle to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices seen as the mobile industry's next growth booster.

Samsung, LG launch smartwatches with new Google software
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S. Korean soldier who killed comrades in 'stable condition'

A South Korean soldier who killed five comrades was in a stable condition Tuesday after an apparent suicide bid, doctors said, as details emerged of a final note he wrote regretting his actions.

S. Korean soldier who killed comrades in 'stable condition'
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Kazakhstan and South Korea to work on explorations in Karaganda Oblast

Kazakhstan has signed an agreement with South Korea on geological exploration of Dyusenbai section in Karaganda Oblas.

Kazakhstan and South Korea to work on explorations in Karaganda Oblast
King of Jordan on official visit in Astana

King of Jordan Abdullah II and Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein bin Al Abdullah arrived to Astana on an official visit on June 19.

King of Jordan on official visit in Astana
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Three major projects sealed by Kazakhstan and Korea

Kazakhstan and Korea have agreed on three major joint projects: construction of the Balkhash Thermal Power Plant, construction of a gas chemical facility in Atyrau Oblast and development of Zhambyl oil and gas field.

Three major projects sealed by Kazakhstan and Korea