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 2020-02-20 14:25 

KBS World

3 Coronavirus Infections Reported in S. Korea's Military...

[Domestic] : Three cases of COVID-19 were reported in South Korea's military, prompting authorities to monitor personnel who have returned from furloughs to the virus-stricken Daegu and North Gyeongsang region and ban future outings.The Korea Centers ...

 2020-02-20 14:23 

The Chosun Ilbo

1st Korean Dies of Coronavirus as Infections Snowball...

Korea on Thursday saw its first death from coronavirus as over 50 fresh cases were confirmed overnight and another 50 on Friday morning, bringing the total to 156.Schools in Daegu, which has become a hotbed of new infections, delayed reopening after their...

 2020-02-20 14:13 

KBS World

WHO: S. Korean COVID-19 Surge Manageable, Closely Followed...

[Politics] : Anchor: Despite the recent surge in the number of new coronavirus infections in South Korea, the World Health Organization has expressed its faith in the country's ability to handle the situation. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebr...

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

KCGI group blasts the Hanjin KAL chairman...

On the same day that the group seeking to take control of Hanjin KAL bought another 5 percent of the company, it blasted the current chairman and said it had lost faith in his ability to lead. Cho Hyun-ah, sister of Hanjin....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Hanjin Group looks to business accelerator...

Hanjin Group, the corporate parent of Korea Air Lines, announced Thursday it will be collaborating with the Silicon Valley Plug and Play start-up incubator to expand its business opportunities in the travel and hospitality....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Kospi dips as infections in Korea start rising...

Stocks closed lower Thursday on rising concerns of the spread of the coronavirus following a surge in the number of patients. The won sharply fell against the dollar. The Kospi fell 14.84 points, or 0.67 percent, to close....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Kumho Tire reports its first operating profit since 2016...

Kumho Tire returned to black in 2019 on improved cost efficiencies at its local and overseas factories and increased sales of high value-added products. The last time the company reported an annual operating profit....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Producer Price Index up in January as farm prices rise...

Korea's producer prices inched up in January from the prior month due to the increased cost of farm and fishery goods, central bank data showed Thursday. The producer price index for all commodities and services stood....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Im Jong-seok takes trip to UAE...

Former presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok wrapped up a two-day visit as a special envoy to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Thursday, raising speculation that a major bilateral arms deal may be in the works....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Net overseas assets $500 billion, all-time high...

Korea's net overseas assets reached an all-time high in 2019, thanks mainly to the increased value of stock investments, central bank data showed Thursday. The country's net international investment position came to....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Employees at SK hynix told to self-quarantine...

About 800 SK hynix employees in Icheon, Gyeonggi, have been ordered to quarantine themselves after officials discovered that one of the chipmaker's new recruits was in close contact with a coronavirus patient in....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

SK E&C signs an agreement with Indonesia's WIKA...

SK Engineering & Construction (E&C) said Thursday that it has signed an agreement with PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA), Indonesia's state-run construction company, to co-develop eco-friendly asphalt technology. SK E&C became....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Korea to seek exemption from Iran sanctions...

Seoul has been in a sticky situation following the independent deployment of Korean troops to the Strait of Hormuz, trying to balance diplomatic and trade relations with Tehran and abide by U.S. sanctions on Iran....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

DMZ tourist businesses are hit by the outbreaks...

Discontent is mounting among residents of northern Gyeonggi, whose livelihoods remain at risk due to a prolonged suspension of tours to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) owing to African swine fever (ASF) and the recent....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Yonhap News

S. Korea considers raising alert level over coronavirus...

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Thursday convened an emergency......

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Regulators take aim at real estate outside of Seoul...

The government is continuing to tighten regulations to combat rising housing prices, on Thursday, extending the reach of stricter real estate rules to areas around Seoul after prices jumped outside the capital city....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

LG buys rights to Physiogel for $161 million...

LG Household & Health Care acquired rights to the Physiogel brand in Asia and the United States for 125 million British pounds ($161.4 million) from British multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Hotel Lotte chief executive quits...

Shin Dong-bin has resigned as the chief executive officer of Hotel Lotte, clearing the way for an initial public offering (IPO) of the company and setting the stage for good pricing in the markets. The resignation is related to....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Choo postpones meeting with prosecutors to talk reform...

Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae has canceled her plan to host a meeting with top prosecutors, citing the coronavirus outbreak. "We have decided to postpone the meeting, because it is urgent for senior prosecutors to....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

Ban Ki-moon starts second term as head of GGGI...

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off his second term as president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a Seoul-based international organization aimed at supporting....

 2020-02-20 14:09 

Korea Joongang Daily

GDP outlook cut, export support is being offered...

As the number of people infected with the coronavirus grows rapidly in Korea, credit rating agencies are slashing 2020 growth forecasts for the country. The revisions have been rolling in all week. On Sunday, Moody's....

 2020-02-20 14:08 

Korea Joongang Daily

New Samsung chip factory begins production...

Samsung Electronics began mass production at a new factory Thursday, where it uses a chip-manufacturing technology the company says is suited for emerging technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence. It's the....

 2020-02-20 14:06 

Korea Herald

Seoul city to ban rallies in central Seoul, close Shincheonji Seoul facilities...

Seoul's city government said Friday it will ban rallies in the center of the city and close down the facilities of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Seoul as part of efforts to rein in the spread of the COVID-19 virus. "We plan to ban...

 2020-02-20 14:06 

Korea Herald

Jongno district skittish about virus spread after reporting most infections in Seoul...

Jongno Ward in central Seoul has reported the most cases of the new coronavirus in the capital, spawning concerns that the district with many senior citizens and commuters may be vulnerable to infections. As of Friday, seven cases of COVID-19 infect...

 2020-02-20 12:58 

Korea Herald

Former finance minister to head Samsung Electronics' board...

Former Finance Minister Park Jae-wan was appointed as the new board chair of Samsung Electronics, becoming the first outside director to head the tech giant's board of directors, the company said Friday. Park, 64, has been an outside director...

 2020-02-20 12:44 

Yonhap News

(2nd LD) S. Korea reports 1st death of coronavirus patient...

(ATTN: UPDATES in paras 2-3) SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Thursday reported......

 2020-02-20 12:44 

KBS World

Bolton Actively Defends Libya Model...

[Politics] : Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton actively defended the so-called Libya model, indirectly criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump who denounced the model after firing Bolton. Bolton was asked to comment on it during an intervi...

 2020-02-20 12:41 

Yonhap News

(2nd LD) Daegu on alert as coronavirus cases surge...

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout) SEOUL/DAEGU, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean city of Dae......

 2020-02-20 12:33 

Korea Herald

China, Russia supply combined 53,000 tons of refined oil to N. Korea last year...

China and Russia supplied around 53,000 tons of refined oil to North Korea last year despite tough sanctions restricting trade with Pyongyang, a United Nations report showed Friday. According to the report disclosed by the UN Security Council (UNSC)...

 2020-02-20 12:31 

Korea Herald

Seoul stocks extend losses late Friday morning on virus woes...

South Korean stocks extended losses late Friday morning amid rising concerns over the fast spreading novel coronavirus in the country. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 25.94 points, or 1.18 percent, to 2,169.56 as of 11:2...

 2020-02-20 12:29 

Korea Herald

Two Australian evacuees from Japan ship have coronavirus...

SYDNEY (AFP) -- Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said Friday, raising questions about Japan's policy of allowing evacuees to return home after testing negative. "W...

 2020-02-20 12:28 

Korea Herald

Military fighting coronavirus after first armed forces infections confirmed...

The military is making all-out efforts to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading further into the barracks, officials said Friday, after the country's first infections in the armed forces were confirmed. Earlier in the day, a Navy sailor on the...

 2020-02-20 12:18 

Korea Herald

Trump scoffs at 'Parasite's' Oscar win...

COLORADO SPRINGS (AFP) -- 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?" Trump asked...

 2020-02-20 12:17 

The Chosun Ilbo

Korea Stays at 40th in FIFA World Rankings...

Korea remained at No. 40 in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.The country ranked third among members of the Asian Football Confederation, following Japan (28th) and Iran (33rd).The rankings remained almost unchanged, as only a few intern...

 2020-02-20 12:14 

Yonhap News

(7th LD) S. Korea reports 1st death from virus; cases soar to 104...

(ATTN: ADDS more details in paras 1-3, 15) SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea repor......

 2020-02-20 12:13 

Korea Herald

Former Hanjin executives support current chairman, denounce KCGI coalition...

Following the Hanjin Group labor union's endorsement of Chairman Cho Won-tae last week, former executives have also stepped up to support the current management, according to their statement Friday. Issued in the name of the former executive...

 2020-02-20 12:13 

The Chosun Ilbo

Woman Gets Life for Killing and Chopping up Ex-Husband...

A woman who shocked the country last year with the murder and brutal dismemberment of her ex-husband was sentenced to life behind bars on Thursday. Koh Yu-jeong (37) kept her head down as the judge in the Jeju District Court read out the sentence and cove...

 2020-02-20 12:11 

Korea Herald

Schools asked to report foreign students' visits to China amid virus outbreak...

As part of its efforts to combat the new coronavirus, the government has asked elementary and secondary schools nationwide to verify and report their foreign students' record of visiting China and their current whereabouts, the Ministry of Education...

 2020-02-20 12:09 

Korea Herald

Seoul city to ban rallies, Shincheonji church services to curb virus...

As part of drastic measures to curb the sprawling new coronavirus, the Seoul city government on Friday said it will be banning rallies and closing down Shincheonji church services. "We plan to ban use of Seoul plaza, Cheonggye plaza and Gwanghw...

 2020-02-20 12:07 

Korea Herald

[Newsmaker] Virus-infected hospital staff stoke concerns over further transmission to patients...

Some nurses at a hospital here have contracted the new coronavirus, fueling fears that more virus cases will be identified, public health officials said Friday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and public health authoriti...

 2020-02-20 12:06 

KBS World

Seoul City Bans Rallies at Key Downtown Areas to Contain COVID-19...

[Domestic] : The Seoul Metropolitan Government will, for the time being, ban rallies from being held in Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul Plaza and Cheonggye Plaza as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon revealed the plan o...

 2020-02-20 12:04 

Korea Herald

Creators of 'Crash Landing on You' explains making the film...

SEOUL (AP) -- "At first, we were even told not to use the word 'Chairman'" an honorific title alluding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Joo Dong-man, a props manager, recalling the painstakingly meticulous process of re-cre...

 2020-02-20 12:04 

The Chosun Ilbo

Bong Joon-ho and Cast Have Lunch at Cheong Wa Dae...

President Moon Jae-in sat down for lunch at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday with Bong Joon-ho and the cast and production team of his Oscar-winning film "Parasite." Moon spoke of the country's pride in their achievement and pledged further governmen...

 2020-02-20 12:00 

Yonhap News

(2nd LD) Moon, Xi agree to closely cooperate against coronavirus...

(ATTN: UPDATES with details in last 2 paras; ADDS photo)By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, Feb. 20 (......

 2020-02-20 11:58 

Korea Herald

Airlines to suspend more flights over coronavirus...

South Korean airlines said Friday they will reduce more routes and ask employees to take unpaid leave as the spread of the novel coronavirus is impacting travel. With no clear end in sight for the COVID-19 outbreak, local airlines began to suspend...

 2020-02-20 11:51 

Yonhap News

(LEAD) Moon, Xi agree to closely cooperate against coronavirus...

(ATTN: UPDATES with remarks on Korea peace, details from 5th para; ADDS photo, byline)By L......

 2020-02-20 11:47 

The Chosun Ilbo

Samsung Accepts Pre-Orders for Latest Flagship Smartphones...

Samsung started taking pre-orders for its latest Galaxy S20 series smartphones on Thursday.Pre-orders can be made via the country's major mobile carriers -- SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus. The Galaxy S20 costs W1.24 million, the S20 Plus W1.35 million an...

 2020-02-20 11:41 

The Chosun Ilbo

Ki Sung-yeung Looks to Play in Spain After K-League Plans Fall Through...

Footballer Ki Sung-yeung is likely to join a Spanish club after his bid to return to the K-League collapsed.Ki's agency said on Thursday, "Ki is leaving for Spain on Friday to conclude negotiations with a La Liga team and undergo a medical check-u...

 2020-02-20 11:39 

Korea Herald

S. Korea reports 52 new virus cases, total now at 156...

South Korea reported 52 new cases of the new coronavirus Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 156, with the potentially fatal illness spreading fast across the country. The number of COVID-19 infections here has almost tr...

 2020-02-20 11:37 

KBS World

Finance Minister: Gov't to Unveil Support Measures for Small Businesses...

[Economy] : Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said on Friday that the government will likely announce comprehensive economic measures next week, including support measures for small businesses amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The minister made the rem...

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