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 2020-04-02 21:40 

Yonhap News

U.S. calls on N. Korea, others to free religious prisoners amid coronavirus pandemic...

By Lee Haye-ah WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. State Department on Thursday cal......

 2020-04-02 21:27 

Korea Herald

Walkthrough virus screening center for int'l arrivals opens at Seoul sports complex...

A walkthrough virus screening center for overseas entrants opened at a major sports complex in southeastern Seoul on Friday amid a continued increase in imported cases. The screening center, which Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon claimed could test up to 1...

 2020-04-02 21:00 

Yonhap News

Personal pension savings rise 6.1 pct in 2019...

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's personal pension savings rose 6.1 percent in......

 2020-04-02 21:00 

Yonhap News

Seoul's FX reserves slightly drop in March...

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign exchange (FX) reserves dropped sligh......

 2020-04-02 20:37 

Korea Herald

SUPERNOVA leader tests positive for COVID-19 as 1st infected entertainer...

Jung Yun-hak, the leader of K-pop boy band SUPERNOVA, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment in Seoul, the band has said. The band broke the news on its official Japanese website Friday, saying, "Having been in a bad condi...

 2020-04-02 20:33 

Korea Herald

S. Korea likely to extend strict social distancing drive to stem coronavirus spread...

South Korea is expected to extend its strict social distancing drive amid a steady rise in mass infections and imported cases of the novel coronavirus. The government launched the two-week campaign on March 22, urging people to keep a safe distance...

 2020-04-02 20:28 

Korea Herald

S. Korea, Vietnam eye ASEAN+3 video summit in early April...

Vietnam said Friday that it is seeking to hold a video summit with South Korea, China, Japan and fellow Southeast Asian nations in early April to discuss the coronavirus issue. In phone talks with President Moon Jae-in, Vietnamese Prime Minister Ngu...

 2020-04-02 19:48 

Korea Herald

Antitrust watchdog approves HDC-Asiana Airlines merger...

South Korea's antitrust watchdog has approved HDC Hyundai Development Company's acquisition of shares of Asiana Airlines, officials said Friday. HDC signed a deal to acquire 61.5 percent of the airline's shares on Dec. 27 and repo...

 2020-04-02 19:35 

KBS World

Google: S. Koreans Visiting Parks More Frequently Despite Coronavirus Scare...

[Politics] : New data shows South Koreans are more frequently visiting parks than before the COVID-19 outbreak, despite the government's stern social distancing guidelines.According to Google community mobility reports released Friday, the number of p...

 2020-04-02 19:18 

KBS World

PM Chung Requests Religious Community's Cooperation on Social Distancing...

[Domestic] : Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun continued to urged the religious community to cooperate with the government's social distancing drive to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chung once again requested their help on Friday, during a luncheon meet...

 2020-04-02 19:17 

Korea Herald

Seoul to monitor all 8,578 audiences of 'The Phantom of the Opera'...

The Seoul City government on Friday announced that it will monitor all the 8,578 people who watched "The Phantom of the Opera" at Blue Square in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. On Tuesday, a Canadian female ballet dancer of the show was confirmed wit...

 2020-04-02 19:06 

Yonhap News

S. Korea-U.S. defense cost talks continue, never ended: senior official...

By Lee Haye-ah WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Defense-cost sharing negotiations between......

 2020-04-02 18:36 

KBS World

KEI: S. Korea Can Help Many Countries in Fight Against COVID-19...

[Politics] : A U.S.-based think tank has emphasized South Korea's role in overcoming the coronavirus outbreak across the world. According to the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea(AMCHAM) on Friday, Kyle Ferrier, director of academic affairs and re...

 2020-04-02 18:03 

Korea Herald

JTI's new HNB tobacco product enters e-commerce platforms...

Japan Tobacco International Korea announced Friday that it has launched its odor-reduced tobacco vapor product Ploom Tech on local e-commerce platforms. The product and accessories are currently available on two platforms -- Naver's Smart Stor...

 2020-04-02 18:03 

Korea Herald

Part-timers in Korea experience pay cuts due to COVID-19...

Five out of 10 part-timers in South Korea have experienced a loss of earnings due to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, according to a survey released by job information platform operator Albamon on Friday. Of 1,738 part-time workers who answered th...

 2020-04-02 18:03 

Korea Herald

Play 'Art' halts after two cast members of 'Phantom of Opera' infected with coronavirus...

Double K Film & Theatre announced Thursday that its production of "Art" would close temporarily, after cast members of "Phantom of the Opera" tested positive for the new coronavirus. "As people of the performing art...

 2020-04-02 18:03 

Korea Herald

LIG Nex1 invests in Korean drone sensor company...

Aerospace and defense firm LIG Nex1 said Friday it had acquired a 20 percent stake in Microinfinity, a domestic firm that makes navigation sensor chips for unmanned aerial vehicles. According to LIG Nex1's business report, it converted loans...

 2020-04-02 18:02 

Korea Herald

Kepco gets preliminary approval for opening own university...

State-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp. said Friday it has received first-stage government approval for launching an energy-focused university, with plans to open in March 2022. The Ministry of Education's deliberation committee granted...

 2020-04-02 17:55 

KBS World

Online Shopping in Feb. Jumps Nearly 25% Due to COVID-19...

[Economy] : The volume of online shopping in South Korea posted the steepest increase in 16 months in February amid social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.Data from Statistics Korea on Friday showed online transactions jumped more th...

 2020-04-02 17:50 

Korea Herald

Korean stocks close nearly flat, won sinks...

South Korean stocks closed nearly flat Friday as a recovery in global oil prices boosted investor sentiment against the new coronavirus pandemic. The local currency dropped against the US dollar. After choppy trading, the benchmark Korea Composite S...

 2020-04-02 17:42 

KBS World

March 2020 Average Temperature 2nd Highest on Record...

[Science] : South Korea recorded this year its second warmest March to date.According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), last month's average temperature of seven-point-nine degrees Celsius is the second highest for March since the agenc...

 2020-04-02 17:38 

Korea Herald

Officials from S. Korea, Germany to hold videoconference on coronavirus response...

South Korean officials will hold a videoconference with their German counterparts Friday to share the country's experience in battling the new coronavirus, a foreign ministry official said. The session, set to begin at 5 p.m. (Korea time), comes aft...

 2020-04-02 17:27 

Korea Herald

K-pop star Kim Jae-joong cancels schedule amid public uproar over making April Fools' Day joke about coronavirus...

K-pop group JYJ's Kim Jae-joong canceled his schedule in Japan after criticism for announcing he had the new coronavirus as an April Fools' Day joke. Kim released his third Japanese single "Brava Brava Brava" in March and was...

 2020-04-02 17:19 

Korea Herald

Crossing 10,000-case threshold: A look back on coronavirus chaos...

South Korea, one of the first countries hit by novel coronavirus outside China, marked a grim coronavirus milestone Friday when the virus toll surpassed 10,000 -- 74 days after the first case was reported. Grim as it may look, the crossing of the...

 2020-04-02 17:18 

KBS World

UN Grants Sanctions Exemption on Relief Supplies to N. Korea from Irish NGO...

[International] : The United Nations has granted a sanctions exemption on humanitarian aid to North Korea requested by the Irish relief organization Concern Worldwide.The UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee approved the exemption for...

 2020-04-02 17:01 

KBS World

S. Korea Enforces Movement Restrictions on Foreigners with 14-Day Quarantine...

[Domestic] : South Korea began enforcing restrictions on the movement of foreigners coming into the country from Wednesday, when it started requiring all overseas travelers to go under a 14-day quarantine to prevent foreign entry of COVID-19.The Justice M...

 2020-04-02 17:00 

Korea Herald

Defense cost-sharing deal still ongoing: US official...

Despite earlier reports that a defense cost-sharing deal between South Korea and the US was imminent, a senior US official said Friday the negotiations are still ongoing and reiterated a call for an "equitable" agreement. "Wh...

 2020-04-02 16:59 

KBS World

S. Korea's Rival Parties Target Strategic Regions on Second Day of Campaigning...

[Politics] : South Korea's ruling and main opposition parties targeted strategic regions on Friday, day two of campaigning for the April 15 general elections.Marking the 72nd anniversary of the April 3 Jeju uprising and massacre, the ruling Democratic...

 2020-04-02 16:40 

Korea Herald

Korea's FX reserves sharply drop in March...

South Korea's foreign exchange reserves last month posted the sharpest drop in over a decade due to the government's intervention in the foreign exchange market and the strengthened US dollar value, the central bank said Friday. As of th...

 2020-04-02 16:39 

KBS World

KOSPI Ends Friday Up 0.03%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained point-58 points, or point-03 percent, on Friday. It ended the week at one-thousand-725-point-44.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining 5-point-31 points, or point-94 percent, to c...

 2020-04-02 16:34 

Korea Herald

S. Korea to dole out relief cash fund based on health insurance...

The government decided Friday to make emergency cash payments to households in the bottom 70 percent income bracket, financially hit by the novel coronavirus, by using March health insurance premiums as key standard. The temporary, yet controversial...

 2020-04-02 16:29 

Korea Herald

Coronavirus cases surpass 10,000...

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 86 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the country's tally to 10,062. The death toll rose by five to 174. The number of cases surpassed the 10,000 mark 74 days after a Chinese wom...

 2020-04-02 16:26 

Korea Herald

Bus stops closed, flowers plowed up to prevent crowds in blossom-viewing season...

Seoul City said on Friday it will close seven bus stops around Yunjung-ro, a street lined with cherry blossoms that attract visitors in Yeouido, this weekend in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. The bus-stop closures, which lead to temporary det...

 2020-04-02 16:22 

Korea Herald

7 boy bands to compete in 'Road to Kingdom'...

Mnet's new idol competition show "Road to Kingdom" has been unveiled, before its official premiere on April 30. Seven boy bands will go against each other and showcase their charm through various performances. The viewers will v...

 2020-04-02 16:11 

Korea Herald

Baseball clubs open to playing postseason at league's only dome as neutral venue: source...

If the 2020 South Korean baseball postseason gets pushed to early winter by the coronavirus outbreak, then teams would be willing to play at a neutral, climate-controlled venue to ensure a warmer setting for players and fans, an informed source said...

 2020-04-02 16:06 

KBS World

Poll: UFP's Satellite Party to Win More Proportional Votes Than DP's in Upcoming Elections...

[Politics] : The latest survey has found the main opposition United Future Party's(UFP) satellite party will likely take away more proportional representation votes than that of the ruling Democratic Party(DP) during the April 15 general elections.In ...

 2020-04-02 15:54 

Korea Herald

Public bath emerges as a new cluster of infections...

Concerns are rising that a public bath in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, may have become the site of a COVID-19 infection cluster as at least four people who used it have been confirmed with the virus. A 70-year-old woman who used the same public bath...

 2020-04-02 15:45 

Korea Herald

Ahn urges parties to return campaign subsidies...

Ahn Cheol-soo, head of the centrist People's Party, called on political parties to return campaign subsidies they received from the government, saying the coronavirus pandemic has dampened conventional campaigning activities, bringing down over...

 2020-04-02 15:41 

Korea Herald

Vice FM calls for 'criteria' to allow essential business trips despite coronavirus spread...

Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young expressed hope Friday for international efforts to craft "criteria" to allow essential trips by entrepreneurs or other entrants despite the spread of the new coronavirus, the foreign ministry said. Cho's...

 2020-04-02 15:40 

KBS World

Nearly 20,000 of 27,000 in Self-Quarantine Recently Arrived from Foreign Country...

[Politics] : Some 27-thousand people are in self-quarantine in South Korea, of which nearly 20-thousand are people who have recently arrived from a foreign country.Authorities said on Friday that as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 27-thousand-66 people are self-is...

 2020-04-02 15:34 

KBS World

Global Novel Coronavirus Infections Surpass 1 Mln, S. Korea Reports Over 10,000 Cases...

[Domestic] : Anchor: Just three months after China reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in late December, more than one million people around the world have contracted the virus, now known as COVID-19. South Korea, which reported its first inf...

 2020-04-02 15:33 

Korea Herald

S. Korea implements order to restrict foreigners' activities over coronavirus...

South Korea's justice ministry said Friday it has implemented an administrative order that restricts the scope of activities for all foreign arrivals for the first time over the new coronavirus pandemic. The restriction order has begun to apply to a...

 2020-04-02 15:09 

Korea Herald

S. Korea reports first death of doctor from COVID-19...

A physician infected with the novel coronavirus died early Friday morning in Daegu, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. It is the first known death of a medical professional from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. T...

 2020-04-02 14:45 

Korea Herald

EU suspends HHI-DSME merger screening amid coronavirus pandemic...

The European Commission has recently suspended the screening of Hyundai Heavy Industries' acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering amid the coronavirus pandemic. The commission site showed the "deadline" of the s...

 2020-04-02 14:44 

Korea Herald

CJ donates dumpling to Korean community in New York...

CJ Group plans to donate dumplings to Korean residents in New York who are suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, the firm said Friday. The dumplings -- enough for 1,600 servings -- will be given to the Korean Community Service in New York throug...

 2020-04-02 14:37 

The Chosun Ilbo

S.Korea to Send Medical Supplies to N.Korea...

The government has approved a civilian aid agency's application to send W100 million worth of hand sanitizer and other medical supplies to North Korea to help it fight the coronavirus epidemic (US$1=W1,228).A Unification Ministry on Thursday said the ...

 2020-04-02 14:35 

Korea Herald

Samsung shutters washing machine factory in US over coronavirus...

Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has temporarily shuttered a washing machine factory in the United States after reporting virus-infected workers there. Samsung decided to suspend operation of its home appliance plant in Newberry County, South...

 2020-04-02 14:30 

The Chosun Ilbo

Ex-Star Anchor Fined W3 Million for Assault...

Former star anchor Sohn Suk-hee of cable channel JTBC has been let off with a slap on the wrist for assaulting an alleged blackmailer (US$1=W1,228). Sohn was fined W3 million by summary order for assaulting freelance reporter Kim Woong, who had threatened...

 2020-04-02 14:25 

The Chosun Ilbo

Many Kids in Grandparents' Care as Schools Stay Closed...

Four out of 10 office workers are getting help from their parents or relatives taking care of their housebound children amid the coronavirus epidemic. Schools are closed indefinitely and classes only begin online next week. In a straw poll of 500 workers ...

 2020-04-02 14:21 

Korea Herald

Moon vows support for proposed legislation on April 3 Jeju incident...

President Moon Jae-in assured Jeju residents Friday that his administration would make every possible effort to legislate compensation for the victims and bereaved families of the April 3 massacre there seven decades ago. He was addressing an annual...

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