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Customers desert South Korea's animal cafes over virus fears

Seoul - A beige feline paces between two Gaudi-style columns at the empty 2 Cats cafe in Seoul, with upturned stools standing on the tables where humans sat to play with them in pre-virus days.

South Korean ex-presidential candidate on virus frontline

Seoul - When hospitals in the South Korean city of Daegu were overwhelmed by coronavirus patients, officials appealed for doctors to help, and among the volunteers was multi-millionaire and former presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo.

Europeans on UN Security Council condemn North Korean tests

New York - The European members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest missile tests, describing the launches as "provocative actions.

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States, but Washington's top diplomat said the US still looked forward to talks, even after the North called his insistence on sanctions "ludicrous".

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Seoul - North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States and slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for urging the international community to maintain sanctions on its regime.

Coronavirus test kits pour off South Korean production line

Cheongju - Every few seconds, a batch of white plastic cases shoots along a conveyor belt in a South Korean factory –- coronavirus test kits destined for export around the world as the global pandemic sends demand soaring.

S. Korean nurses' bandages become badges of honour

Daegu - Across their foreheads, cheeks and noses, the nurses on the front line of South Korea's struggle against the coronavirus outbreak wear bandages that have become badges of honour.

Virus housing cluster highlights secretive South Korea sect

Daegu - Behind a closed metal gate and a sign barring entry to outsiders, dozens of religious sect members are quarantined in a social housing complex in Daegu, the epicentre of South Korea's coronavirus outbreak.

Captain on trial in Hungary over S.Korean tour boat disaster

Budapest - A Ukrainian cruise captain went on trial in Hungary on Wednesday over a collision on the river Danube last year that led to the deaths of 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Coronavirus: Can S. Korea be a model for virus-hit countries?

Seoul - A rapid surge in coronavirus cases saw South Korea become one of the world's worst-affected countries outside China, but it has since cut infection rates significantly and has one of the lowest fatality rates anywhere.

E-learning and Nintendo: coping with virus school shutdowns

Apo - When Mayumi Iijima heard that schools across Japan would close over the new coronavirus outbreak, leaving her to juggle her job and two small children, her first reaction was horror."I just said 'no, no, no, no... what are we supposed to do?

South Korea to void visas of Japanese visitors in virus retaliation

Seoul - Seoul suspended a visa-waiver programme for Japanese nationals Friday in retaliation for what it called an "irrational" plan by Tokyo to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, escalating a diplomatic row over their containment measures.

Japan to quarantine visitors from China, South Korea over virus

Apo - Japan will quarantine people coming from China and South Korea for two weeks on arrival to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the country's prime minister said Thursday.

Kim Jong Un offers South Koreans 'comfort' over virus: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal letter to "comfort" South Koreans fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic just a day after his sister condemned Seoul as a "frightened dog barking", the South's presidential office said Thursday.

South Korea reports lowest new infections for a week

Seoul - South Korea reported its lowest number of new novel coronavirus cases for a week Wednesday, as the government proposed a near-$10 billion additional budget to try to address the epidemic's impact.

South Korea declares 'war' on coronavirus as cases approach 5,000

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared "war" against the coronavirus on Tuesday, placing all government agencies on a 24-hour emergency footing as the country's total cases -- the largest in the world outside China -- approached 5,000.

South Korean sect leader apologises over coronavirus spread

Seoul - The leader of a secretive South Korean sect linked to more than half the country's 4,000-plus coronavirus cases apologised Monday for the spread of the disease.

Discrimination fears hamper virus checks at Korean sect

Gwacheon - Stigma and discrimination over their beliefs are preventing members of the secretive religious group at the centre of South Korea's coronavirus outbreak from co-operating with emergency checks and quarantine efforts, a top representative told AFP.

Seoul city seeks murder charges against sect founder over virus

Seoul - Seoul's city government has asked prosecutors to press charges, including murder, against the founder of a secretive religious sect for failing to cooperate in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

China fears mount over virus cases from outside

Bejing - A month of containment measures to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China seems to be working, but the rise of overseas cases means the country is now facing a fresh challenge -- keeping it out.

US, South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises as the Asian country announced its biggest increase in coronavirus cases to date.

US, South Korea postpone joint exercises over virus

Seoul - The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises due to the coronavirus outbreak, they said, as the Asian country reported 334 new cases, taking its total to 1,595.

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Bejing - China quarantined 94 air passengers arriving from Seoul after three people on the flight were discovered to have fevers, state media reported Wednesday.

S. Korea 'very grave', Moon says as coronavirus cases approach 1,000

Seoul - The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is "very grave", President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday as he visited its epicentre and the country's total number of cases approached 1,000.

Hong Kong to bar non-resident arrivals from S.Korea over virus

Fpo - Hong Kong will close its doors Tuesday to all arrivals from South Korea except returning city residents in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak, the territory's security chief said.

South Korea becomes biggest coronavirus centre outside China

Seoul - South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases Monday, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China.

South Korea raises virus alert to 'grave' as infections surge

Seoul - South Korea raised its alert on the coronavirus to the highest level Sunday after reporting three more deaths and 169 new infections.

Trump scoffs at 'Parasite's' Oscar win

Colorado Springs - President Donald Trump on Thursday scorned the best picture Oscar for South Korean film "Parasite," asking how a foreign movie could get the honor."How bad was the Academy Awards this year?

South Korea coronavirus cases jump over 200 as sect infections spike

Daegu - South Korea's coronavirus cases nearly doubled Friday, rising above 200 and making it the worst-affected country outside China as the number of infections linked to a religious sect spiked.

First South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Seoul - South Korea reported its first death Thursday from coronavirus as the number of infections nearly doubled to over 100 -- almost half of them from a cluster centred on a religious sect.
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