More N.Koreans Escape for Freedom Than Food
Most North Koreans who flee the country seek freedom from oppression rather than escape from hunger. The findings contradict claims by some sections of South Korean society who see North Korean defectors as mainly economic migrants. >> Full Text

Back Trouble Top Reason for Hospitalization
A dislodged disc in the lower back was the No. 1 reason why most Koreans were hospitalized last year. Some 279,327 people went to hospital for lumbar disc herniation last year, according to health insurance data from 2010 to 2014 by the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service. >> Full Text

Park Tae-hwan Still Hopes to Compete in Olympics
The head of the Korea Swimming Federation told reporters Wednesday that disgraced swimmer Park Tae-hwan is eager to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year. Lee Ki-heung was speaking on return from a disciplinary hearing at FINA, the international swimming governing body in Lausanne. >> Full Text

Visitors take a picture at a flower exhibition in Gwangju on Thursday. /Newsis

Actress Jeon Ji-hyun attends the launch of a beauty brand in Seoul on Thursday.

Son Na-eun of girl group A Pink poses at a fashion show in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

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