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South Korea's national soccer team players stretch during a training session for the upcoming Brazil World Cup at National Football Center in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. South Korea will play with Russia, Algeria and Belgium in the Group H of World Cup soccer matches.

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South Korea’s national football team stretch during a training session at the National Football Center in Paju. South Korea will play Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H of the World Cup in Brazil in June 

SOUTH KOREA PROTEST

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South Korean policemen nab student protesters during a rally against the government in Seoul on Wednesday

A mourner cries next to yellow ribbons dedicated to missing and dead passengers of sunken passenger ship Sewol, after paying tribute at the official memorial altar in Ansan

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A grieving mourner stands by yellow ribbons dedicated to the passengers of sunken passenger ferry Sewol, after paying tribute at the official memorial altar in Ansan, South Korea, on Friday

Students from Danwon high school pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall in Ansan, South Korea.

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Students from Danwon high school pay tribute to fellow classmates at a special altar at the Olympic Memorial Hall in Ansan, South Korea, to the victims of the ferry disaster in which 150 passengers are known to have died, with another 152 still missing

Two policemen stand guard as a priest says prayers at the port in Jindo, where family members are waiting for bodies recovered from the capsized passenger ship Sewol April 22, 2014. The crew of the South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of people on board repeatedly asked officers on the bridge whether or not to give the order to abandon ship, but there was no response, a crew member has said. The Sewol ferry sank last Wednesday on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the sub-tropical holiday island of Jeju. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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A priest prays at Jindo, South Korea, where family members are waiting for bodies recovered from the capsized ferry Sewol. The ferry sank last Wednesday on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the sub-tropical holiday island of Jeju. 

A relative of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weeps at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for more than 280 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.

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A relative of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weeps at a port in Jindo, South Korea. Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search on Thursday

A view of the rescue operation underway after ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Around 290 people are officially missing after the sinking of a South Korean ferry, national media reported 16 April 2014.

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A view of the rescue operation under way after the ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea on Wednesday

South Korea And U.S. Military Hold Live Fire Exercise

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A South Korean soldier from 26th Infantry division attends the United States and South Korean Joint live fire Exercise at Rodriguez Range on Friday in Pocheon, South Korea.

A worker attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul April 4, 2014. Buddha's birthday falls on May 6 in South Korea.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A man attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha, at Jogye temple in Seoul. Buddha’s birthday falls on May 6 this year for countries in east Asia, except Japan. 

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang...Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.  North Korea declared a no-sail warning on Monday for areas off its west coast near a disputed border with South Korea and has notified the South that it will conduct firing drills, a South Korean government official said. The warning comes amid heightened tensions surrounding the North after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang for its mid-range missile launches last week, just as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States met to discuss the North's arms programme.

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Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they land onshore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang. The drill is part of the two countries’ annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.

An Aboriginal man performs a traditional 'smoking' ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw...An Aboriginal man performs a traditional "smoking" ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw March 26, 2014. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. REUTERS/David Gray     (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER SOCIETY)

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An Aboriginal man performs a traditional “smoking” ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. 

Kindergartners drink waters near a poster to mark the World Water Day, which falls on March 22, on Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 20, 2014.

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Kindergartners drink waters near a poster to mark the World Water Day, which falls on March 22, on Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea.

TOPSHOTS In a photo taken March 16, 2014...TOPSHOTS In a photo taken March 16, 2014, a child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan. South Korea's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent on March 13 for the 10th consecutive month, citing mixed signs of a global recovery.

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A child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan, South Korea

South Korean Park Yang-gon, left, and his North Korean brother Park Yang Soo get emotional as they met during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

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South Korean Park Yang-gon, left, and his North Korean brother Park Yang Soo meet during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea on Thursday. Elderly Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

Brides prepare for a mass wedding at an ...Brides prepare for a mass wedding at an event held by the Unification Church in Gapyeong on February 12, 2014. Unification Church members forming 2500 couples from 52 countries were married in a mass wedding in South Korea -- only the second such event since the death of their "messiah" and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon.

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Brides prepare for a mass wedding at an event held by the Unification Church in Gapyeong. Unification Church members forming 2500 couples from 52 countries were married in a mass wedding in South Korea,the second such event since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. 

Steel products are pictured stacked at a steelworks in Seoul...Steel products are pictured stacked at a steelworks in Seoul January 28, 2014. South Korean steelmaker POSCO, backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, reported a smaller-than-expected 29 percent gain in quarterly operating profit as the stronger won and weak demand sapped steel prices. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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Steel products are stacked at a steelworks in Seoul. South Korean steelmaker Posco, backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, reported a smaller-than-expected 29 per cent gain in quarterly operating profit as the stronger won and weak demand sapped steel prices. 

Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on January 27, 2014. South Korea's economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed January 23.

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Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on Monday. South Korea’s economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed.

Artillery firing exercise...epa04039044 An artillery firing exercise is underway at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 24 January 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry on 24 January 2014 urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts. 

Soldiers of the South Korean army's special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200 kilometers east of Seoul, 08 January 2014. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

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Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’