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Vietnam, Japan agree on gradual easing of travel restrictions

Vietnam, Japan agree on gradual easing of travel restrictions

HANOI: Vietnam and Japan have agreed to gradually ease travel restrictions between the two countries, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The two governments have worked closely together in COVID-19 prevention and control, the ministry said. Vietnam and Japan spoke highly of each other’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam […]

Moon accepts unification minister’s resignation

Moon accepts unification minister’s resignation

SEOUL: President Moon Jae-in accepted Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul’s resignation Friday, Cheong Wa Dae (the President’s office) announced, two days after he offered to step down to take responsibility for strained relations between the two Koreas highlighted by the North’s demolition of a joint liaison office. Keen attention is being paid to who will become […]

Kazakhstan’s first president tests positive for COVID-19

Kazakhstan’s first president tests positive for COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN: Kazakhstan’s First President Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev has self-isolated after his latest coronavirus test returned positive. “Unfortunately, Elbasy’s latest test for the coronavirus infection has returned positive. There is no reasons to panic. Nursultan Nazarbayev will continue to carry out his duties remotely while in isolation,” the press service statement said, national news agency Kazinform […]

Three in 10 Koreans think having kids unnecessary: survey

Three in 10 Koreans think having kids unnecessary: survey

SEOUL: More than three out of every 10 South Koreans believe it is unnecessary to have kids even after marriage, while parents spend nearly $300 a month on private education for each student in grades 12 or below, a report from the statistics office showed Thursday. According to the report, based on a series of […]

Even amid virus fears, Koreans choose to dine together, separately

Even amid virus fears, Koreans choose to dine together, separately

SEOUL: After Yi Si-woo got off work last Friday, he hurried home to start preparing for a company dinner, cooking seafood risotto with fresh salad on the side. An hour later, the 24-year-old was joined by a dozen others in his studio with barely enough space for a smaller group, but none had to stand, […]

AJA appoints Peter Jaegeul Song Head of Foreign Cooperation Department

AJA appoints Peter Jaegeul Song Head of Foreign Cooperation Department

SEOUL: Asia Journalists Association (AJA) has appointed journalist Peter Jaegeul Song of The Asia N as the head of the Foreign Cooperation Department. He majored media sociology at Gold Smith College, University of London, England (2008- 2011) and graduated with a Master’s degree from Cardiff University. His master’s thesis was ‘The Gwangju Democratization Movement and […]

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

SEOUL: North Korea blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office in its border town of Kaesong on Tuesday, sharply escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after near-daily threats to punish Seoul over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets. The surprise explosion sparked concern that the communist nation could put other threats against the South into action, including taking […]

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

SEOUL: International fans of K-pop giants BTS have raised over $1 million in donations for the Black Lives Matter cause in the United States, matching the amount donated earlier by their idols toward the human rights movement, according to a fan charity project Monday. One In An ARMY, an organization of BTS fans involved in […]

UNA workshop focuses on vetting news during crises, COVID-19 rumors

UNA workshop focuses on vetting news during crises, COVID-19 rumors

JEDDAH: Journalists from 11 Asian countries were among the more than 170 media professionals from 33 countries who took part in a virtual workshop held by the Union of Organization of Islamic Cooperation News Agencies (UNA) on “Methods for vetting news during crises and spread of rumors (COVID-19)”. In the workshop, Dr Sadok Hammami, Associate […]

Kazakhstan President’s spokesman hospitalized with COVID-19

Kazakhstan President’s spokesman hospitalized with COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN: Berik Uali, the spokesman for the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is undergoing treatment at a local hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19. Uali broke the news in a post on his Facebook page, but insisted that the president’s health was not at risk. “Now I am in the hospital, under medical supervision. […]

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