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South Korea’s Moon at the U.N.: Trump, Kim Jong-un Began ‘New Era of Peace’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in optimistically praised the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for helping to solve many of the world’s problems and said its “efforts toward peace are coming to fruition,” notably including on the Korean Peninsula. Moon’s assessment of the peace process was extremely positive, culminating in a proposal to transform the DMZ separating the two Koreas into a U.N. World Heritage Site.

Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea speaks during the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

400-year-old Buddhist Temple in Japan Installs Robot Priest

A 400-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan has installed a human-like robot to deliver the teachings of Buddha to worshipers. Foreigners are reportedly appalled, but the temple’s chief steward says that he hopes the robot will be the first of many found in Buddhist temples and that unlike Westerners, “Japanese people don’t possess any prejudices against robots.”

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South Koreans Consider Replacing National Anthem to Spite Japan

South Korea’s National Assembly held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the possibility of replacing the national anthem, “Aegukga,” on the grounds that it was written by a composer who supported Japan during its occupation of Korea in the first half of the 20th Century. 

South Korea team players (red) sing their national anthem prior to a friendly football match between South Korea and Honduras in Deagu on May 28, 2018. - World Cup-bound South Korea defeated Honduras 2-0 in the friendly match. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty …