21-year-old Kang Na-Ra is a beauty influencer in South Korea.
But the products she's reviewing here can't be bought where she lives in Seoul.
That's because these beauty items are from North Korea.
Kang is originally from the North she's a defector who fled just five years ago.
Reuters brought her the North Korean cosmetics, which can also be bought in Russia and China.
Here she's filming a comparison between products from the communist North, and the beauty-obsessed South.
For a reclusive country that tightly regulates its citizens' appearance, the results might be surprising: (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 21-YEAR-OLD NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR AND SOUTH KOREAN BEAUTY YOUTUBER, KANG NA-RA, SAYING: "It's way better than what I used to use when I was in North Korea.
It doesn't suffer by comparison with South Korea's products - but it doesn't smell as good.
I think they'd should use better fragrances in their products." It's more than just an interesting cultural comparison.
Kim Jong Un appears to be actively promoting home-grown beauty products.
In an effort to boost self-reliance as international sanctions deepen.
Earlier this year, state TV showed a woman replacing Chanel products with North Korean cosmetics instead.
Chanel told Reuters it doesn't export to the North.
So they were likely fake.
While the products are thought to be going down well at home and in Russia, its industry is marred by quality issues and constraints in getting the right ingredients from overseas.
Kim Jong Un's wife and this North Korean answer to K-pop are trend setters back home.
And the state encourages its beauty-conscious middle class to follow their style.
But not sway outside of the country's beauty guidelines.
According to a confidential UN report, North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program and several countries believe it has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles." Gloria Tso reports.
The first publicly reported suspected case of Covid-19 within North Korea's borders has been reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called an emergency meeting Saturday after the infection was reported. According to CNN, Kim believes a defector who fled the country 3 years ago returned to the country while infected with coronavirus. Authorities in South Korea confirmed that a defector did in fact cross the border into North Korea.
North Korean residents on Monday (July 27) watched fireworks and laid flowers at statues of their late leaders to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, state media reported.
A border city in North Korea has been locked down after a person suspected to have the new coronavirus was reported to have returned from South Korea in what, if confirmed, would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities. David Doyle reports.
North Korea has declared a state of emergency after Kim Jong-un chaired an emergency politburo meeting about a suspected case of Covid-19.
State media said the person defected to South Korea three years ago, before illegally crossing back into the North in the last few days.
After tests, the individual is “suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus.”
The North Korean leader has also imposed a lockdown on Kaesong City, on the border with South Korea.
If confirmed, this would be the first official case of infection acknowledged by North Korean authorities.
So far the country has reported zero cases of infection, claiming it has taken strict measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Middle-class South Koreans are being squeezed out of Seoul, where affordable housing has run dry. That's despite multiple measures by President Moon Jae-in's government aimed at tamping down property prices. Gloria Tso reports.
Equity benchmark indices closed marginally lower on Friday in line with Asian peers following a record contraction in economic data from the United States. The BSE SandP Sensex was down by 129 points or 0.34 per cent at 37,607 while the Nifty 50 slipped by 29 points or 0.26 per cent at 11,073. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty pharma gaining by 3.5 per cent and PSU bank by 1.4 per cent. But Nifty financial service, private bank and auto were in the red. Among stocks, Reliance Industries lost by 1.84 per cent to Rs 2,070 per share on profit-booking, a day after it reported over 30 per cent jump in Q1 net profit at Rs 13,248 crore. Eicher Motors slipped by 2.7 per cent, Bajaj Auto by 1.6 per cent and Hero MotoCorp by 1.2 per cent. HDFC Bank, HDFC and HDFC Life lost by 1.6 per cent, 1.3 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively. The other prominent losers were Kotak Mahindra Bank, Wipro and Asian Paints. However, Sun Pharma moved up 5.4 per cent to close at Rs 537.80 per share while Cipla witnessed a gain of Rs 5.1 per cent. JSW Steel, State Bank of India, Axis Bank, HCL Technologies and Tata Motors too traded in the green. Meanwhile, Asian shares slid as abysmal economic data from the United States and rising global COVID-19 cases weighed on sentiment. US GDP collapsed at a 32.9 per cent annualised rate in the second quarter, the deepest decline on record, while jobless claims rose last week. Japan's Nikkei dropped by 2.82 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng by 0.47 per cent and Seoul's Kospi by 0.78 per cent.
One of South Korea's most prominent elected officials, Park Won-soon, the longtime mayor of its capital, was found dead police, said on Friday, after he was reported missing by his daughter amid a criminal probe of an alleged impropriety. Freddie Joyner has more.
A bear was found trapped in a noose at a tree in Chhattisgarh's Korea district area on August 12. However it was later rescued by forest department. A local said, "I saw the Bear on yesterday in forest, I thought it was normally sitting on a tree, but later when I rechecked, the bear seemed stuck in a noose and then I called the forest department." "We are trying best to rescue it, however it is very scared right now"said forest official. According to the report the bear was later rescued.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed a city near the border with SouthKorea under lockdown over concerns the country has its first coronavirus case,state media reported. The measure was taken on Friday afternoon after aresident of Kaesong was found with suspected Covid-19 symptoms, according toNorth Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA). It added that the person is arunaway who had fled to South Korea years ago before illegally crossing theborder into the North early last week. If that person is officially declared avirus patient, he or she would be the North’s first confirmed coronavirus casewith the country steadfastly saying it has no single virus case on itsterritory, a claim questioned by outside experts.
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North Korea’s leader has sacked officials building a hospital after they pressed the public for contributions, media reported on Monday, the second rebuke linked to the high-profile project in a country where such problems are rarely publicized. Lauren Anthony reports
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on July..