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The Hill We Climb: Amanda Gorman’s poem at the inauguration of Joe Biden highlights unity

The Hill We Climb: Amanda Gorman’s poem at the inauguration of Joe Biden highlights unity

WASHINGTON: Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to deliver a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration, with the 22-year-old reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president. The writer and performer, who became the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, […]

K-pop celebs a growing force for tourism in pandemic-hit South Korea

K-pop celebs a growing force for tourism in pandemic-hit South Korea

SEOUL: On a chilly January afternoon, four young men are at a white and wooden kitchen studio set up at a traditional Korean house, cooking up a street-meets-royal Korean dish. They are Woobin, Hyeongjun, Seongmin and Allen — members of nine-piece rookie boy band Cravity — who are making gungjung tteokbokki, a less spicy and […]

Oman research project hopes to produce COVID-19 medicine from frankincense

Oman research project hopes to produce COVID-19 medicine from frankincense

MUSCAT, OMAN: Research studies to produce medicines capable of fighting COVID-19 from frankincense trees in Oman,  on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula  in Western Asia, are being undertaken jointly by the University of Nizwa and the University of Oxford. The Frankincense (boswellia saca) trees are most famed for their resin, a milky-white substance extracted by harvesters […]

Excellent effect on high-risk patients: Chong Kun Dang announcing COVID-19 treatment

Excellent effect on high-risk patients: Chong Kun Dang announcing COVID-19 treatment

SEOUL: Chong Kun Dang, a South Korean pharmaceutical company, has announced that the effectiveness of COVID-19 treatment “Nafabeltan” at clinical trials has been proven. Nafabeltan is effective in treating COVID-19 patients with more severe conditions. “Nafabeltan has excellent treatment effects for high-risk patients,” an official from Chong Kun Dang said on January 14. COVID-19 patients […]

Book on Korean art master of traditional painting to be released in U.S. this year

Book on Korean art master of traditional painting to be released in U.S. this year

GYEONGJU: An academic book on Park Dae-sung, a renowned artist who has contributed to the globalization of Korean traditional art, will be published in the United States later this year, a cultural foundation has said. Six art historians in the U.S. – including Suzie Kim, assistant professor of Asian art history at the University of […]

Korea’s top court upholds 20-year prison term for ex-President Park

Korea’s top court upholds 20-year prison term for ex-President Park

SEOUL: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year sentence for former President Park Geun-hye in a high-profile corruption case, closing the yearslong saga that gripped the country and ultimately removed her from office in 2017. In the sentencing hearing over an appeal filed by prosecutors against a ruling in July that reduced Park’s prison […]

Northern Kyrgyzstan, Con Dao (Vietnam), Isphahan (Iran) selected by NYT among top places to visit in 2021

Northern Kyrgyzstan, Con Dao (Vietnam), Isphahan (Iran) selected by NYT among top places to visit in 2021

SEOUL: Northern Kyrgyzstan, Con Dao, an archipelago of 16 mostly uninhabited islets just off the southern coast of Vietnam, and Isphahan, Iran, have been selected by the New York Times among 52 places to visit in 2021. “We asked readers to tell us about the spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a […]

Malaysia: Judiciary will continue to uphold law, justice throughout emergency, PM says

Malaysia: Judiciary will continue to uphold law, justice throughout emergency, PM says

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given its assurance that the judiciary will continue to function to uphold the law and justice throughout the emergency period. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the Perikatan Nasional government will continue to defend the independence of the judiciary and would never interfere in matters of the courts. “The judiciary will […]

Remembering the times when the sun was adored as god

Remembering the times when the sun was adored as god

By Fahredin Shehu* PRISTINA, KOSOVO: Arabic poetry was transmitted orally until the fifth century. Poems were later written down. These days, I have been removing the dust from the deepest recesses of my sub-consciousness (talking about some 30 years of my studies), looking for parallels of the old poetry with the contemporary Arab poetry. The […]

Free COVID-19 vaccines for all Koreans; inoculation to start next month

Free COVID-19 vaccines for all Koreans; inoculation to start next month

SEOUL: President Moon Jae-in said Monday that the government would provide all South Korean people with free-of-charge COVID-19 vaccines in phases starting next month. “[The government] will make sure that all of the people will be inoculated free of charge in accordance with priorities,” he said in his New Year’s address, assuring that inoculation will […]

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