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The succession battle in Lotte Group is rocking the nation at a time of the peak summer vacation period in South Korea.
With national attention mostly preoccupied by security matters and political theater, the plight of Federally Administered Tribal Area's internally displaced persons (IDPs) is easily forgotten.
The reactions I get from people on telling them I am a teacher can be categorized into three kinds: reactions from those who happen to find my profession admirable and praiseworthy; those who belittle my line of work (it obviously can't compete with lucrative and promising corporate or foreign-backed development jobs); and those who envy me (the short working hours and numerous holidays within an academic year are rather tantalizing for those who toil and moil nine to five, or even till much later).
The country's 30 major public corporations were saddled with a combined debt of 429 trillion won (US$366 billion) as of the end of last year, according to data submitted by the Finance Ministry to a lawmaker last week.
"Frenemy" is English slang for a person who pretends to be a friend but takes hostile actions. It is made by blending "friend" and "enemy."
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was dignified in his response to the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report last week when he said Thailand needed to solve its own problems rather than blaming the United States for keeping the country relegated to Tier 3, its most damning rating.
"Deeply saddened, frustrated and disappointed" is how British ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft described last week's events in the United Nations Security Council.
It's been a very long race, but the finishing line is now fast approaching.
The IOC has chosen Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Aside from Education Minister Wu Se-hwa, a polarizing figure standing at the center of the recent controversy on how the nation's past will be taught is doubtful that the current fracas will be resolved.
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