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South Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths

Seoul - South Korea reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days Monday, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control.

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

Seoul - South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus's mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow.

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

Seoul - South Korea on Saturday said it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus.

N. Korea denounces 'U.S. imperialists' on war anniversary

Seoul - North Korea issued a call to arms against "gangster US imperialists" in a statement released Thursday to mark the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Counting the cost of South Korea's landmine victims

Yeoncheon - After decades of official silence, South Korea is beginning to compensate hundreds of landmine victims maimed by a deadly, and dangerously enduring legacy of the Korean War and its Cold War aftermath.

South Korean hospitals suspend services as MERS outbreak spreads

Seoul - Two major hospitals in South Korea's capital suspended services to patients on Wednesday in a bid to stop the spread of MERS after four new cases of the deadly virus were reported.

S. Korea 'comfort women' seek $20 mn lawsuit in US

Seoul - South Korea's ageing victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery said Tuesday they would file a $20 million lawsuit next month at a US court to seek financial compensation from Tokyo.

Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea

Seoul - Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years.

Samsung heir apologises as S. Korea reports three more MERS cases

Seoul - Samsung's heir apparent Tuesday bowed in apology for one of the group's flagship hospitals becoming an epicentre of the MERS outbreak as South Korea reported three new cases, but no additional deaths.

South Korea reports two deaths, three new MERS cases

Seoul - South Korea Monday reported two MERS fatalities and three new cases, taking the country's death toll to 27 in the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia.

South Korea reports three new MERS cases

Seoul - South Korea reported three new cases of MERS Sunday as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus, which appeared to have slowed in recent days.

South Korea reports no new MERS cases for first time in 16 days

Seoul - South Korea on Saturday said that there had been no new cases of MERS reported for the first time in 16 days, raising hopes the country is winning the battle to contain the deadly virus.

S. Korea says MERS outbreak shows signs of subsiding

Seoul - South Korea said Friday that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding, as it reported one new case -- the lowest rate of new infections in two weeks.

WHO chief voices optimism over S. Korea MERS outbreak

Seoul - WHO chief Margaret Chan expressed guarded optimism Thursday over South Korea's ability to contain a MERS outbreak, saying it was now "on a very good footing" after an initially slow response to the virus which has killed 23 people.

Drought sparks fears of worsening food shortages in N. Korea

Seoul - North Korea's food supply faces a gloomy forecast this year due to a damaging drought which has sparked fears of worsening shortages in the impoverished communist country, experts said Wednesday.

South Korea reports 20th MERS death

Seoul - South Korea Wednesday announced its 20th death from the MERS virus as criticism grew of efforts to contain the outbreak, with alarming reports of new cases slipping through a quarantine that already affects thousands.

N. Korea releases two S. Koreans detained for illegal entry

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday repatriated two South Koreans in their 50s who were detained last month for illegally entering the communist state, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

South Korea court rules in favor of gay pride parade

Seoul - South Korea's gay pride organisers have won a court battle against conservatives and police seeking to block their parade celebrating sexual minorities late this month, they said Wednesday.

N. Korea hit by worst drought in a century

Seoul - North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century, state media said Tuesday, sparking fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist country.

S. Korea reports three MERS deaths as new cases fall

Seoul - South Korea Tuesday reported three more fatalities from the MERS outbreak but health authorities said they were cautiously optimistic the worst was over as the number of new cases was falling.
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