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  • People wearing masks in Seoul's Myeongdong shopping district on July 9. PHOTO: REUTERS
    S Korea reports no new Mers case for 11 days, no death for 5 days

    SEOUL – South Korea on Thursday reported no new infection of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) for 11 days and no death for five days. This indicates the end of the Mers outbreak is nearing, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The total number of cases has remained at Share

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  • A South Korean naval patrol ship (left) approaching its floating base off Yeonpyeong island in 2010. Reuters file photo
    South Korea indicts 63 over probe on defence procurement

    SEOUL (South Korea) — South Korean prosecutors have indicted dozens of people, including two former navy chiefs of staff, over their investigation into alleged corruption associated with numerous defence procurement projects. Senior prosecutor Kim Ki-dong said today (July 15) that 63 people face charges of accepting bribes, fabricating official documents or leaking military secrets. The

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    South Korea picks preferred bidder for project to salvage sunken ferry

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Wednesday selected a Chinese-led consortium as a preferred bidder to salvage a ferry that sunk and killed more than 300 people in April last year in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in decades. South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it will begin negotiating next week

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  • Koreans walking on Myeong-dong wear masks to avoid MERS.
    South Korea drops as Chinese tourism hotpsot after MERS outbreak

    The number of Chinese tourists to South Korea has sharply declined since an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) hit the country in June, reports Shanghai-based news outlet The Paper. Chinese visitors to South Korea have dropped 40% compared with last year reported The Paper. Travelers now avoid going there unless it is for

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    S Korea MERS crisis may come to an end next month

    It seems that South Koreans can finally put their fears to rest as the potential end of MERS draws near. According to health officials, there is a possibility of calling an end to the MERS outbreak in South Korea. A disease outbreak is officially labeled as having ended when no new patients are admitted for

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  • S. Korea reports no new MERS cases for 8th day

    The number of people diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea remained unchanged at 186 on Monday as the country has seen no new cases for eight days running, the government said Monday. The MERS death toll also stayed flat at 36 as the country has reported no fatalities since Friday, according to

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    S Korea fires warning shots at North soldiers

    SEOUL – South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded on the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said Sunday, in the first such skirmish this year. The incident occurred Saturday morning when 10 North Korean soldiers crossed the border of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, which

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  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world’s most secret state

    LONDON: As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. But Lee and her classmates grew up convinced they lived in the “greatest nation on earth” run by a benevolent god-like leader whom they loved in

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  • Two tourists take a photograph of their broken umbrella amid a heavy storm brought by typhoon Chan-hom in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on Jul 11, 2015. (Photo: AFP)
    Typhoon grounds domestic flights in South Korea

    SEOUL: Domestic flights were cancelled in South Korea Sunday (Jul 12) as Typhoon Chan-hom brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to southwestern provinces, after wreaking substantial damage in China. The storm grounded 60 domestic flights linking Seoul with the southwestern coastal city of Yeosu and the southern resort island of Jeju, airport authorities said. International

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    MERS death toll rises to 36 in South Korea – Health Ministry

    South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare confirmed one more death from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths to 36. TOKYO (Sputnik) – According to the ministry, the total number of MERS cases has remained unchanged at 186 since July 5. “The states of 16 cases are stable and those of 6 cases

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