Koreans Still Back Alliance with U.S.
Five out of every 10 Koreans believe the U.S. is more important to the country than China, a straw poll suggests. In the poll of 500 adults by Realmeter published Thursday, some 50.6 percent of respondents put more importance on Korea's relations with the U.S., compared to 37.9 percent who said China is more important. >> Full Text

Kim Dae-jung's Widow to Take Budget Flight to N.Korea
Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, will take a budget carrier to visit North Korea next week. Lee will take off from Gimpo Airport on an Eastar Jet flight on Aug. 5, the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center said in a press release Thursday. >> Full Text

Heat Wave Claims 1st Life This Year
Korea saw its first death from the heatwave this year on Tuesday as it swept across the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that the man, who was in his 30s, died of heatstroke while working at a construction site. >> Full Text

Vacationers have fun at a waterfall in Gurye, South Jeolla Province on Thursday.

Tom Cruise attends a press junket for his new film "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" in Seoul on Thursday.

Kim Tae-hee and Ju Won pose at a press junket for their new TV series in Seoul on Thursday.

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