N.Korean Soldier Defects Across DMZ
A North Korean soldier crossed the military demarcation line to defect to South Korea on Thursday morning. The soldier was spotted by South Korean guards at the outpost of a frontline Army division in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province at around 10 a.m.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Heavy Rains Expected Until Monday
Heavy rain is expected for the entire country until Monday. Precipitation will amount to more than 200 mm in some central regions, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea's Per-Capita GDP Is Less Than 4% of S.Korea's
North Korea's per-capita GDP stood at an estimated US$1,013 last year, equivalent to just 3.7 percent of South Korea’s $27,195, Hyundai Research Institute said Thursday. North Korea's per-capita GDP is similar to that of underdeveloped African countries.
BUSINESS
Fresh Woes for Samsung as Washing Machines Explode
Samsung faces a fresh crisis after a raft of washing machines exploded in the U.S. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a statement Wednesday said it is "actively and cooperatively working with Samsung to address safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines."