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The coast guard is continuing its search for the remaining missing person from a fishing boat that caught fire this morning.
Three out of the total six onboard have been rescued in the morning, two who have been found later, but reportedly died.■
Former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has decided to join the main opposition Liberty Korea Party.
The once acting president during former President Park Geun-hye's ousting and prospective presidential candidate for 2022 said he will join the conservative party sometime next week.■
The United States has decided to ease some of its restrictions on humanitarian assistance to North Korea.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, the U.S. State Department informed relief agencies on January 9 that it will lift travel restrictions on American aid workers and loosen its ban on humanitarian supplies for the North.■
Statistics Korea says the retail sales index of restaurants and bars from January to November last year stood at 97, falling for two straight years.
It also marks the weakest figure since the data was compiled in 2010.■
Emergency fine dust reduction measures will go into effect in the metropolitan area tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The environment ministry advises to refrain from staying outdoors and wear a mask before heading out.■