N.Korean Math Whiz Defects to Seoul's Consulate in Hong Kong
A North Korean student who was visiting Hong Kong to take part in an international math contest has sought refuge in the South Korean Consulate in Hong Kong. The 18-year-old was part of an official delegation to the International Mathematical Olympiad. >> Full Text

More Than 5 Million Visit Royal Palaces
More than 5 million people visited Seoul's four royal palaces and the Jongmyo Shrine in the first six months of this year, a fresh record. Tickets for night tours of the palaces sold out as soon as online booking began, and many visitors dressed in hanbok or traditional Korean costume. >> Full Text

Refunds on Defective Cars to Get Easier
Customers will be able to swap their cars for new ones or get a full refund if the vehicles show repeated defects or malfunctions. The Fair Trade Commission announced new rules on Wednesday, saying exchange and refund policies on cars have been "excessively strict" despite their high price tags. >> Full Text

Children welcome the Korean Olympic delegation at Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Brazil on Thursday. /Newsis

Visitors have fun at an event promoting peaches in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

Sulli formerly of girl band f(x) poses at a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Thursday.

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