South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

South Korea on Saturday reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four months while South Africa announced a surge in infections and some U.S. states tightened anti-disease controls. South Korea's 113 new cases included 36 workers returning from Iraq and 32 crew members of a Russian freighter, the government said. … Continue reading South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

North Korea laughing at the United States

North Korea has taken note of the George Floyd protests, and it's not exactly sending a note of support. "Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House," says a statement in one of the main state-run newspapers. "This is the reality in the US today." The context: The North says the … Continue reading North Korea laughing at the United States

Japan and South Korea taking stringent measures against the coronavirus

South Korea raised its disease alert to the highest level on Sunday after a surge in coronavirus infections and two more deaths, while China state media warned the outbreak there had yet to reach a turning point despite some signs of easing. South Korea’s president said he was putting the country on “red alert” due … Continue reading Japan and South Korea taking stringent measures against the coronavirus

South Korea links spread of COVID-19 to a church gathering

South Korea’s president said he was putting the country on “red alert” due to the rapid rise in new cases, which are largely being traced back to church services. Health officials reported 169 new infections, bringing the total to 602, having doubled from Friday to Saturday. The last time South Korea raised the alert to … Continue reading South Korea links spread of COVID-19 to a church gathering

6,000 couples wed in South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

A mass wedding of has taken place in South Korea, with 6,000 couples getting married or renewing their vows. The event saw many of the 30,000 attendees wearing face masks amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak - South Korea has seen 24 confirmed cases. Couples and observers attended gathered at the Cheong Shim Peace World … Continue reading 6,000 couples wed in South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

Did the US postpone military drills with S. Korea to ‘please’ Kim Jong Un?

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean missile launches, told Esper “no one could be optimistic about” changing … Continue reading Did the US postpone military drills with S. Korea to ‘please’ Kim Jong Un?

The DPRK demands new conflict-resolution stand from South Korea and the US

The United States and South Korea must produce new solutions for the current standoff on the Korean Peninsula, a senior North Korean military official said on Monday, warning that hostile policies towards Pyongyang would lead to serious consequences. The remarks add to recent comments from Pyongyang expressing discontent at the lack of progress in its … Continue reading The DPRK demands new conflict-resolution stand from South Korea and the US

Why Koreans born every 31 December are 2 years older

Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil's daughter was born on New Year's Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old. She wasn't alone, though it happened for her quicker than most: Every baby born in South Korea last year became two on January 1. According to one of … Continue reading Why Koreans born every 31 December are 2 years older

Park Geun-hye bags 25 years in prison for bribery and abuse of presidential power

  A court in South Korea has sentenced the impeached-and-ousted president, Park Geun-hye, to 25 years behind bars. Image: Park Geun-hye Geun-hye’s ruling was announced by an appeal court on Friday. The former president of South Korea was convicted of collecting bribes to bend the law for Samsung, the Asian country’s largest multinational corporation. According to … Continue reading Park Geun-hye bags 25 years in prison for bribery and abuse of presidential power

South Korea hires former Portugal coach

  Portuguese tactician Paulo Bento arrived in South Korea on Monday to lead the country’s national football team. Image: Paulo Bento Bento landed at Incheon International Airport with his backroom staff — chief assistant coach Sergio Costa, assistant coach Filipe Coelho, goalkeeper coach Vitor Silvestre and fitness coach Pedro Pereira — to lead the South Korean … Continue reading South Korea hires former Portugal coach