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Girls’ Generation, one of South Korea’s top pop idol groups, has been named an envoy to publicize the transfer of South Korean television broadcasting to digital technology.

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Korea’s suicide rate is estimated to be the highest among advanced countries, according to the National Statistical Office yesterday.

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The largest investor and distributor of “Haeundae” vowed strong legal action against digital thefts of the Korean blockbuster Sunday, claiming the recent illegal circulation of the film on the Web is expected to cause it a “colossal amount of damage,” Yonhap News said.

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Rain starts Asian Tour

Korean singer and actor Rain kicked off his Asian tour, “Legend of Rainism,” at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, Saturday and Sunday.

Singer and actor Rain performs during the first leg of his Asian tour ``Legend of Rainism'' in Japan, Saturday. The singer will perform in Seoul this October. (J.Tune Entertainment)

Singer and actor Rain performs during the first leg of his Asian tour ``Legend of Rainism'' in Japan, Saturday. The singer will perform in Seoul this October. (J.Tune Entertainment)

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Big Bang member and “Family Outing” star Daesung was released from the hospital on August 28 after undergoing surgeries for his eyes and nose.

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More than 120,000 fans of the K-pop idol group TVXQ, which is embroiled in legal battle against its agency, filed a collective petition with the human rights agency on Friday, judging a working contract made between three members of the group and their agency to be “unfair” and “inhumane.”

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Despite a plagiarism controversy, G-Dragon, the leader of pop idol group Big Bang, continues to stand out in the local music market with his first solo album.

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Jessica, a member of Girls’ Generation, one of South Korea’s top pop groups, will star in the Korean adaptation of the Broadway musical “Legally Blond” in Seoul this November.

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Big Bang doing well in Japan

Big Bang, one of South Korea’s top pop idol groups, is performing well in Japan, the world’s second largest album market.

According to press reports, “Big Bang,” the group’s first album in Japan, released on Aug. 19, ranked third on the weekly Oricon chart. The album got off to a quick start by taking second place on the daily Oricon chart on its release day.

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A 41-year-old man suspect was arrested for stealing an urn containing the ashes of the late actress Choi Jin-sil, police said Wednesday.

The Yangpyeong Police Station said the suspect, identified only as Park, was picked up at his home in Daegu around 11 p.m. Tuesday and then taken to a station in Gyeonggi Province.

Chung Ok-sook, mother of the late actress Choi Jin-sil, bursts into tears as she takes back Choi’s recovered ashes at the Yangpyeong Police Station, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday.

Chung Ok-sook, mother of the late actress Choi Jin-sil, bursts into tears as she takes back Choi’s recovered ashes at the Yangpyeong Police Station, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday.

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