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Airport quarantine strengthened against MERS

Arriving passengers from the Middle East pass by a thermal camera at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on May 21, 2015, as health authorities stepped up quarantine measures following the first confirmed case the previous day of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea. (Yonhap) (END)
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Ex-chairman of Germany's labor reform committee

Peter Hartz, former chairman of Germany's labor reform committee, gives a lecture at a Seoul hotel on May 21, 2015, speaking about his country's labor reform and its implications for South Korea. (Yonhap) (END)
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U.S. lawmaker reiterates Dokdo is Korean territory

Ed Royce, chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, speaks during a conference of Korean Americans at the Congress in Washington on May 19, 2015. He said that South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo belong to none other than the country, rejecting Japan's long-running claims to the islets. (Yonhap) (END)
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Kim Yu-na at UNICEF event

Retired figure skater Kim Yu-na gives an interview at a promotion event for the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Incheon, west of Seoul, on May 20, 2015, on the sidelines of the World Education Forum 2015. The event is part of a UNICEF welfare project to raise awareness on world disease and poverty and contribute to poor children around the world. (Yonhap) (END)
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Rare Korean books exhibited

Rare first editions of Korean books and periodicals are on display at the Korean Publishers Association in Seoul's Jongno Ward on May 20, 2015. The association will show the publications at an exhibit on June 17 to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Shown in the photo are a collection of poems by famous poet Yun Dong-joo, a research paper on the Korean language by linguist Choe Hyeon-bae and a novel by Jeong Bi-seok. (Yonhap) (END)
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Disaster response drill conducted in Busan

Two maritime police helicopters fly near the southeastern port city of Busan on May 20, 2015, as a rescue drill simulating a sinking ferry is conducted as part of a disaster response drill organized by the public safety ministry. The drill is aimed at enhancing measures to fight disasters. (Yonhap) (END)
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Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn appointed new prime minister

Prime Minister-nominee Hwang Kyo-ahn holds a press conference at the government complex in Gwacheon, south of Seoul, on May 21, 2015, after President Park Geun-hye appointed him as the new prime minister. Hwang is currently the justice minister. (Yonhap) (END)
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Sea strewn with uncollected garbage

In this photo taken on May 21, 2015, plastic bottles, Styrofoam and other garbage float in waters off the port city of Tongyeong on South Korea's south coast. Dumped by operators of fish farms, the garbage not collected in due time is feared to give rise to environmental pollution in the region famous for its clean sea. (Yonhap) (END)
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Oil spill response drill

Soldiers and volunteers practice removing oil at a beach in Taean on South Korea's west coast on May 20, 2015, as part of a response drill organized by the Taean municipal government. The drill, aimed at enhancing measures to clean up oil spills, comes as a result of the worst oil spill in South Korea's history that occurred in Taean in 2007. (Yonhap) (END)
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New luxury watch collection

A woman examines a luxury watch model, manufactured by Swiss watch maker Vacheron Constantin, at Lotte Department Store in Seoul on May 20, 2015. Both models are part of the new Vacheron Constantin Harmony collection, which is inspired by a chronograph watch introduced in 1928 and is issued in limited editions. (Yonhap) (END)
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Seoul mayor serves as tour guide

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon speaks on a trail along the Fortress Wall, built in the 1392-1910 Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul on May 20, 2015, as he serves as a one-day tour guide for foreign tourists and journalists invited to take part in a familiarization tour to find hidden tourist attractions in the South Korean capital. (Yonhap) (END)
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S. Korea's squad for Women's World Cup

Head coach Yoon Duk-yeo (2nd from L, front) and members of the South Korean squad for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup raise their fists in a show of solidarity at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on May 20, 2015, before departing for the United States to train for the competition in Canada. South Korea will launch its World Cup campaign against Brazil on June 9 in Montreal, followed by Costa Rica four days later and Spain on June 17. (Yonhap) (END)
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