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Seoul hopes to take back the wartime OPCON within the term of the current administration that ends in May 2022 and has called for the test to be a key feature of the upcoming exercise.(via AP. Representative image)

South Korea, US to start scaled-back combined exercise this week

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | ANI, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 02:24 PM IST
According to Yonhap News Agency, whether to hold the regular exercise has drawn attention as the unification ministry and some civic groups have called for its adjustment to help move forward the stalled inter-Korean ties. North Korea has long demanded a halt to such joint manoeuvres.
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Moon Jae In, 64, is expected to beat conservative challenger Hong Joon Pyo, exit polls conducted jointly by three network television stations showed.(Reuters File)
Moon Jae In, 64, is expected to beat conservative challenger Hong Joon Pyo, exit polls conducted jointly by three network television stations showed.(Reuters File)

South Korea's top prosecutor resigns in clash with President Moon Jae-in

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:19 PM IST
  • Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, whose public support has risen in the simmering battle with Moon over prosecutorial powers, told reporters on Thursday at the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office in Seoul that he was stepping down.
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A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)
A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)

South Korea probes deaths of 2 who received AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:32 PM IST
  • A 63-year-old nursing home patient with cerebrovascular disease, developed symptoms including high fever, after being given the vaccine four days ago, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) Director Jeong Eun-kyeong told a briefing.
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)

South Korea extends currency swap agreement with Switzerland for 5 years

Reuters, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:18 AM IST
The renewed 10 billion Swiss francs ($11.05 billion) currency swap deal, which was first signed in 2018, will be effective from March 1 and could be extended again if agreed by both sides.
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A nursing home worker receives the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a healthcare centre as South Korea starts a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seoul, South Korea. (REUTERS)
A nursing home worker receives the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a healthcare centre as South Korea starts a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seoul, South Korea. (REUTERS)

South Korea kicks off vaccination drive, 18,000+ inoculated on Day 1

Reuters, Seoul
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:07 AM IST
The government hopes to reach herd immunity, defined as at least a 70% vaccine take-up, by November, as health authorities remain on alert for signs of sporadic infections.
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According to Chung Sye-kyun, restrictions on small businesses, such as restaurants and cafes, will also remain in place for another two weeks.(Reuters)
According to Chung Sye-kyun, restrictions on small businesses, such as restaurants and cafes, will also remain in place for another two weeks.(Reuters)

South Korea to extend current social distancing measures for two weeks

ANI, Seoul
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:38 PM IST
"The government will decide to extend the current distancing levels for another two weeks starting next week during today's meeting," Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said.
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After introducing special subscriptions for mobile, Netflix aims at South Korea to increase its subscribers.(Bloomberg)
After introducing special subscriptions for mobile, Netflix aims at South Korea to increase its subscribers.(Bloomberg)

Netflix plans $500 million Korea budget this year to crack Asia

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:44 AM IST
South Korea is Netflix’s third-biggest market in Asia by sales, after Australia and Japan, which estimates a growth of more than 5 million in 2021.
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Medical workers attend a training to learn how to give coronavirus vaccine shots at the Korean Nurses Association in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
Medical workers attend a training to learn how to give coronavirus vaccine shots at the Korean Nurses Association in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)

Doctors' strike in South Korea threatens Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Reuters, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:48 AM IST
Healthcare workers are set to receive the first batch of AstraZeneca's vaccine from Friday, as South Korea looks to protect 10 million high-risk people by July, on its way to reaching herd immunity by November.
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South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)

Seoul to administer Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccines from Feb 27, says PM Sye-kyun

Reuters, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 01:21 PM IST
Plans call for about 10 million high-risk people, including health care workers and staffers and some residents of assisted care facilities and nursing homes, to be inoculated by July.
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Participants take part in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination mock drill at the COVID-19 vaccination center in Seoul, South Korea(REUTERS)
Participants take part in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination mock drill at the COVID-19 vaccination center in Seoul, South Korea(REUTERS)

S. Korea strikes Covid-19 vaccine deal, 23 mn to be inoculated

Reuters, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:09 AM IST
South Korea had already secured supply agreements for enough doses for 56 million, though it has a population of 52 million.
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A delivery man for Coupang Jung Im-hong wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus, takes photographs of a package after delivering in Incheon, South Korea, March 3, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A delivery man for Coupang Jung Im-hong wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus, takes photographs of a package after delivering in Incheon, South Korea, March 3, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

SoftBank-backed Coupang reveals revenue surge ahead of US IPO

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:32 PM IST
Founded in 2010 by Harvard graduate Bom Kim, Seoul-based Coupang made a splash with its 'Rocket Delivery' service that promised delivery within 24 hours, in a sharp blow to the country's family-owned retail conglomerates such as Shinsegae and Lotte.
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View of a vial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in the Nossa Senhora Livramento community on the banks of the Rio Negro near Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil on February 9, 2021. (Photo by MICHAEL DANTAS / AFP)(AFP)
View of a vial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in the Nossa Senhora Livramento community on the banks of the Rio Negro near Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil on February 9, 2021. (Photo by MICHAEL DANTAS / AFP)(AFP)

South Korea to approve AstraZeneca as first Covid-19 vaccine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:01 PM IST
On Monday, authorities sought to reassure elderly residents after a panel of advisers urged caution over the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people older than 65 because of a lack of data.
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Yoo is dropping her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, making it highly likely that the job goes to former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who would become the first woman to lead the organization.(AP)
Yoo is dropping her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, making it highly likely that the job goes to former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who would become the first woman to lead the organization.(AP)

South Korea's trade minister drops bid to become WTO chief

AP, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 03:31 PM IST
South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a news release Friday that its minister for trade, Yoo Myung-hee, will soon tell the WTO she is withdrawing her candidacy.
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South Korea revamps social distancing rules amid fourth wave of Covid-19(REUTERS)
South Korea revamps social distancing rules amid fourth wave of Covid-19(REUTERS)

South Korea revamps social distancing rules amid fourth wave of Covid-19

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 09:16 AM IST
As South Korea witnesses a large fourth wave of infections caused by the more transmissible British and South African coronavirus variants with 39 confirmed cases, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun orders a revamp of social distancing guidelines
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The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for about 60,000 people will arrive as early as this month(Reuters file photo)
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for about 60,000 people will arrive as early as this month(Reuters file photo)

South Korea approves import of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines: Minister

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 03:02 PM IST
The country plans to roll out its vaccination campaign targeting about 50,000 frontline health workers and the elderly in February.
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The Health Ministry announced the steps Wednesday. (Pixabay)
The Health Ministry announced the steps Wednesday. (Pixabay)

South Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday

AP, Seoul, South Korea
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:44 AM IST
South Korean officials are moving to limit travel and gatherings during next week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays by allowing train operators to sell only window seats and passenger vessels to operate at half capacity.
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On January 26, in an attempt to woo South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping called up President Moon Jae-in to show his support to inter-Korea dialogue and talks between the US and North Korea.(AFP)
On January 26, in an attempt to woo South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping called up President Moon Jae-in to show his support to inter-Korea dialogue and talks between the US and North Korea.(AFP)

Strengthening of US-South Korea ties cause concerns in China

ANI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 06:38 PM IST
According to a report by South China Morning Post, in an early sign of a stronger alliance under President Joe Biden's administration, South Korea Defence Minister Suh Wook has announced that the annual spring military exercises with the US would be resumed this year.
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South Koreas's President Moon Jae-in(AP)
South Koreas's President Moon Jae-in(AP)

South Korea rebukes opposition over report on nuclear plant in North Korea

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Kim Chong-in, leader of the main opposition People Power Party, called the potential plan a "shocking and appalling act that abets the enemy".
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South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran(REUTERS)
South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran(REUTERS)

North Korea, US should aim for initial nuclear freeze: South Korean PM

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 03:41 PM IST
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, in his first interview with a foreign media outlet since taking office a year ago, told Reuters "creative" thinking and mutual incentives were needed to get negotiations going again and prevent another breakdown.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in(AP)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in(AP)

South Korea sees one of strongest recoveries among major economies

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:37 PM IST
South Korea ended the pandemic year of 2020 with a 1% contraction in gross domestic product, likely to be the smallest among OECD members.
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South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung(Reuters)
South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung(Reuters)

Song Yoo-jung, South Korean actress and model, dies at 26

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:45 PM IST
Apart from her acting and modeling career, she was a vocal advocate for people with disabilities and also the ambassador for a South Korean group called Warm Accompaniment.
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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court in Seoul on Janaury 18, 2021. - The de facto chief of South Korea's Samsung business empire was convicted over a huge corruption scandal and jailed for two and a half years, in a ruling that deprives the tech giant of its top decision-maker. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)(AFP)
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court in Seoul on Janaury 18, 2021. - The de facto chief of South Korea's Samsung business empire was convicted over a huge corruption scandal and jailed for two and a half years, in a ruling that deprives the tech giant of its top decision-maker. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)(AFP)

Samsung’s billionaire heir Lee Jae-yong ordered back to prison for bribery

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:29 PM IST
Lee’s lawyers had portrayed him as a victim of presidential power abuse and described the 2015 deal as part of “normal business activity.”
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, had offered to be a mediator between Pyongyang and Washington.(Reuters)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, had offered to be a mediator between Pyongyang and Washington.(Reuters)

South Korea's Moon urges Biden admin to follow up on Kim, Trump summit

Reuters, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:21 AM IST
Joe Biden takes office amid a prolonged stalemate in negotiations aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear programme.
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The chatroom gave men a platform to spend thousands of dollars to witness and demand the abuse of young girls and became the setting for the most notorious digital sex crime case in South Korea, reported CNN.(AFP)
The chatroom gave men a platform to spend thousands of dollars to witness and demand the abuse of young girls and became the setting for the most notorious digital sex crime case in South Korea, reported CNN.(AFP)

What made South Korea crack down on digital sex crimes?

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:03 PM IST
In early 2020, new sentencing guidelines were introduced. These increased the prison sentence for producing and distributing sexually exploitative material of minors from 2.6 years to five years.
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The image shows a very happy doggo.(Facebook/@Petpuls)
The image shows a very happy doggo.(Facebook/@Petpuls)

AI-powered collar that can detect 5 emotions tells dog parents what is in a bark

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:50 AM IST
The collar can tell pet owners through a smartphone application if their dogs are happy, relaxed, anxious, angry or sad.
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Hyundai’s statement revisions suggest it is likely to be more cautious about future communications about any potential partnership with the iPhone maker, which is known to keep product plans under tight wraps.(Reuters file photo)
Hyundai’s statement revisions suggest it is likely to be more cautious about future communications about any potential partnership with the iPhone maker, which is known to keep product plans under tight wraps.(Reuters file photo)

Hyundai says in early talks with Apple after electric vehicle tieup report

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Seoul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:25 PM IST
The report comes weeks after Reuters reported that Apple was moving forward with self-driving car technology and was aiming to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology as early as 2024.
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Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)
Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)

Iran holds navy drills in Persian Gulf amid standoff over tanker

By Bloomberg | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Iran has used its influence over the Persian Gulf to push back against US-led attempts to isolate it economically. A government spokesman this week linked the seizure of the tanker to billions of dollars trapped in South Korea by US sanctions.
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South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)

Arab leaders agree to end Qatar standoff

By Agencies | AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia, Al-ula, Saudi Arabia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:39 AM IST
The Saudi decision to open its airspace and borders to Qatar was the first major step towards ending the diplomatic crisis that began in 2017, just as the Trump administration was raising pressure on Iran.
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An Iranian government spokesman on Tuesday rejected allegations that Iran’s seizure of a South Korean vessel amounted to hostage-taking(VIA REUTERS)
An Iranian government spokesman on Tuesday rejected allegations that Iran’s seizure of a South Korean vessel amounted to hostage-taking(VIA REUTERS)

Iran says South Korea holding $7 billion Iran funds ‘hostage’

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Tehran
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:16 PM IST
“We’ve become used to such allegations ... but if there is any hostage-taking, it is Korea’s government that is holding $7 billion which belongs to us hostage on baseless grounds,” spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters at a news conference streamed live online.
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People watch the Sensex on a screen outside Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. (PTI File Photo)
People watch the Sensex on a screen outside Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. (PTI File Photo)

Sensex resumes rally, soars past 48,000

By Nasrin Sultana | Livemint
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:16 AM IST
“World stock markets hit record highs on Monday, the first trading day of the new year, as investors hoped the rollout of vaccines would ultimately lift a global economy ruined by the pandemic. The post holiday upbeat mood in India should sustain for 1-2 sessions,” Deepak Jasani, head of retail research, HDFC Securities said.
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