Temperatures Soar to New Heights
All of Korea weltered in record tropical heat over the weekend. The mercury soared to 37.6 degrees Celsius in Samcheok, Gangwon Province and to 37.3 degrees in Daegu during the daytime on Sunday. Daytime temperatures rose above 33 degrees in most parts, including 37.1 degrees in Pohang, 36.1 degrees in Gwangju, 34.4 degrees in Daejeon, and 33.2 degrees in Seoul.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Most Koreans Overanxious About Their Health
Koreans' overall health index is good but about two-thirds of them think they are unhealthy, according to a report. Life expectancy at birth was 82.4 years, 1.6 years longer than the OECD average.
NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un Still Busy Near Chinese Border
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still haring around the border region with China on a lengthy inspection tour that has seen him come down hard on mismanagement and alleged laziness of workers.
BUSINESS
Chinese Smartphone Makers Beating Samsung in India
Samsung is losing its lead in India, which is rapidly becoming the world's largest smartphone market, dropping to third place in brand preference behind its Chinese rivals.