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Another mass infection of hepatitis C reported in Sunchang

About 200 people have been infected with hepatitis C in southern South Korea, an official said Wednesday, prompting health authorities to conduct an epidemiological investigation.Some of the people had received dental treatment from unlicensed dentists in Sunchang, some 360 kilometers sout...

Updated : 2016.08.31 13:23

France finishes celebrating 130th year of ties with Korea

The France-based leg of the yearlong South Korea-France cultural exchange project has drawn the curtains with a colorful flourish, celebratory of the 130th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.As of the end of August, the events of the "Years 2015-2016 of Korea-France Bilateral Exc...

Updated : 2016.08.31 13:19

Korea's vice foreign minister leaves for China, possibly to arrange summit

A senior South Korean diplomat will leave for China on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, raising expectations that Seoul is seeking to arrange a summit between the leaders of the two countries.Lim Sung-nam, vice foreign minister, will be in Beijing until Thursday during which he will m...

Updated : 2016.08.31 13:18

Korea confirms 3rd cholera infection

South Korea has confirmed an additional case of cholera, raising the number of people infected with the waterborne disease here to three, officials said Wednesday.A 64-year-old man residing on the southern island of Geoje is presumed to have contracted the disease from eating seafood earli...

Updated : 2016.08.31 13:14

N. Korea executed vice premier in July: Seoul official

North Korea has carried out the execution of a vice premier, a Seoul government official said Wednesday, as the North's leader moves to further strengthen his reign of terror.The official said North Korea executed the 63-year-old Kim Yong-jin by firing squad last month after he was accused...

Updated : 2016.08.31 11:44

Asiatic black bear from N. Korea on 1st animal exchange program dies

The female of an Asiatic black bear pair brought to the South from North Korea on the first inter-Korean animal exchange program in 1999 has died of old age, Seoul Grand Park said Wednesday.Eutteumi, believed to be 20 years old, died Tuesday, according to the park. The Central Zoo in Pyong...

Updated : 2016.08.31 11:43

Presidential official summoned over suspicions of orchestrating rally

State prosecutors said Wednesday they have summoned a presidential official earlier this week to investigate allegations he ordered a local civic group to hold a rally in favor of the government.The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said it questioned Heo Hyun-joon on Tuesday over...

Updated : 2016.08.31 11:42

Sanctions putting squeeze on N.K. leader's ability to secure funds: minister

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is facing difficulty in securing funds needed to govern the country as tougher international sanctions have affected the inflow of hard currency, South Korea's pointman on unification said Tuesday.Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo also said that a series of...

Updated : 2016.08.31 10:33

N. Korea's SLBM test necessitates urgent discussions during regional summit: Russel

North Korea's latest submarine missile test makes it urgent for US President Barack Obama and other East Asia leaders to discuss the threat when they hold an annual regional summit next week, the State Department's top Asia official said Tuesday.Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel m...

Updated : 2016.08.31 09:27

N. Korean prison camp expands detention facility for women: report

A North Korean prison on the border with China has expanded detention facilities for female inmates in an indication that a growing number of women are forcibly repatriated from the neighboring nation, a U.S.-based human rights group said Tuesday.Satellite imagery confirms the expansion of...

Updated : 2016.08.31 09:20

Obama to express strong security support for S. Korea if he meets with Park: White House

US President Barack Obama will express his strong support for South Korea's security if he has a chance to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of the upcoming summit of Group of 20 nations, the White House said Tuesday.Both Park and Obama are scheduled to attend...

Updated : 2016.08.31 09:19

23 countries host N. Korean laborers: State Department report

Nearly two dozen countries around the world host North Korean laborers that the communist regime is accused of forcing into harsh working conditions to earn hard currency for its nuclear and missile programs, a US State Department report showed Tuesday.The list of 23 countries, including C...

Updated : 2016.08.31 09:16

Ikea threatens to cut investments in Russia after losing court battle

MOSCOW, (AFP) -- Swedish flatpack giant IKEA on Tuesday warned it could reduce its investment in Russia after a court ordered it to pay more than $7.8 million in damages in a long-running legal dispute.IKEA said it had plans to invest more than 100 bllion rubles ($1.54  billion) in Russia...

Updated : 2016.08.30 23:09

UN health revises advice for 3 infections transmitted by sex

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N health agency says three common infections transmitted by sex are increasingly resisting antibiotics, and is calling on doctors and patients to make sure the right drugs and doses are used.The World Health Organization on Tuesday updated its treatment guidelines for ...

Updated : 2016.08.30 23:00

Tensions mount as record numbers crowd French migrant camp

CALAIS, France (AP) -- Tempers are rising among migrants squeezed in record numbers into a shrinking slum camp in France's port city of Calais, where they spend hours in line waiting for food and showers.For the increasingly desperate and weary travelers in the camp known as "the jungle," ...

Updated : 2016.08.30 22:54