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Defector’s border crossing captured by military’s surveillance equipment; Seoul says defector had not tested positive

Defector’s border crossing captured by military’s surveillance equipment; Seoul says defector had not tested positive

  SEOUL: A North Korean defector was caught on military surveillance equipment as he fled across the border to his communist homeland, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The border crossing by the 24-year-old man, surnamed Kim, became known after North Korea revealed Sunday that a “runaway” returned home in the border city of […]

South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

SEOUL: Coffee delivery services are not an unfamiliar concept in South Korea. Serving persons at tea houses, or “dabang” in Korean, used to deliver cups of coffee filled with sugar and cream on foot. Big-name coffee chains such as Starbucks and small independent cafes replaced such tea houses by offering curbside services and takeaway. But […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Zero infections: Small cities in South Korea vigilant to defend coronavirus-free status

Zero infections: Small cities in South Korea vigilant to defend coronavirus-free status

SEOUL: South Korea has proved that it stands at the bleeding edge in the global war to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The government’s decisive and unwavering efforts to administer massive, non-stop tests since the early stages of the crisis have paid off handsomely — with the nation reporting zero new local cases […]

South Korea reports zero local infections for first time in 72 days

South Korea reports zero local infections for first time in 72 days

SEOUL: South Korea marked the first time in 72 days that local infections have fallen to zero. The four cases of the new coronavirus reported on Thursday were all imported ones and brought the total to 10,765. It was the first time since February 18 that no locally infected cases have occurred. It also marked […]

With eased social distancing, South Koreans imagine post-coronavirus life

With eased social distancing, South Koreans imagine post-coronavirus life

SEOUL: When South Korea reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Jan. 20, little was fathomed about how this virus would change life. Three months into the virus outbreak, what was once deemed a regional virus has developed into a global pandemic, reshaping how people work, rest and live. In South Korea, where […]

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