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Korea’s elite contact tracers show the world how to beat COVID-19

IN May, when a coronavirus outbreak hit nightclubs in the South Korean capital of Seoul, health officials quickly unleashed their version of the Navy Seals — elite teams of epidemiologists, database specialists and laboratory technicians.

Undiagnosed virus infections could be 27 times higher in South Korea’s...

SEOUL — A small South Korean survey of people with no history of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but living in a city with the most cases, showed that roughly one in 13 had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, indicating the virus may have spread more widely than thought.

Gambling addiction spikes among South Korea’s work-from-home day traders

Day traders seeking help for gambling addiction have tripled in number in South Korea, as COVID-19 social distancing and working-from-home has freed up more...

Did events like protests and bar reopenings lead to spikes in...

Over the past 3 months, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest against racism, while bars and restaurants have reopened around...

A taste of democracy: South Korea’s 16-year fight for a green...

SEOUL — It is being hailed as a major win for democracy in South Korea. After 16 years in exile, a president this week triumphantly returned to claim his rightful place — on the front of a box of green onion-flavored cereal.

South Korea donates rice to PHL

THE South Korean government recently donated 950 metric tons (MT) of rice to the Philippines for distribution to those affected by natural disasters and...

South Korea eyes measures to ease dollar funding squeeze

SEOUL — South Korea will announce measures on Wednesday to ease dollar funding shortages in its local market, two government officials familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Manila eases Korea ban, vows not to restrict travel

THE Philippines has partially lifted its travel ban on South Korea and won’t restrict travel to other countries amid a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the presidential palace.

Travelers from virus-stricken Korean region banned

THE Philippines on Wednesday barred travelers from South Korea’s coronavirus-stricken North Gyeongsang province as it tries to contain the outbreak.

Manila may impose travel ban on South Korea

THE Philippines is considering a travel ban on South Korea, where more than 800 people have been infected with the deadly novel coronavirus, a Cabinet official said on Monday.

Philippine eyes arms deal with South Korea

THE Philippine government might continue discussions on the procurement of military ships and weapons during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s second visit to South Korea next week, Foreign Affairs department said on Friday.

South Korean pub takes down North Korean trappings after complaints

SEOUL — The owner of a North Korea-themed pub being renovated in South Korea took down a North Korean flag and portraits of the isolated country’s late leaders on Monday after complaints from neighbors who feared he was violating a Cold War-era law.

Won extends fall to near one-week low

THE South Korean won eased to a near one-week low on Monday, while China’s yuan took a breather from having racked up its biggest weekly drop in over a year last week on the increasing likelihood of a long-drawn Sino-US trade war.

Korean government vows to take back trash

THE SOUTH Korean government has assured that it is taking measures to bring back to their country the garbage-filled containers that entered the Mindanao Container Terminal in Misamis Oriental on July 21 and just recently reported.

Kim wants to denuclearize during Trump’s term, South Korea says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signaled a willingness to revive stalled nuclear talks, with South Korean officials saying he wanted to “achieve denuclearization”...

Burned by China default, yield-hungry Korean funds shift sights towards Qatar

SOUTH KOREA’S yield-hungry investors who were spooked by a Chinese default are shifting their sights to the other end of the continent, to the Middle East.

Korean ODA doubles to $1 billion

THE SOUTH KOREAN government has doubled to $1 billion its official development assistance (ODA) to the Philippines for government projects, including the construction of new Cebu International Container Port, Dumaguete Airport, and project preparation facility of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Tuesday, June 5.

Philippines, South Korea sign five bilateral deals

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The governments of the Philippines and South Korea on Monday, June 4, marked their long-standing friendship by forging at least...

Duterte aims to bring PHL-South Korea ties to ‘a whole new...

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, June 3, vowed to bring the cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea "to a whole new level"...

Duterte to sign loan, cooperation agreements with South Korea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to sign four memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the South Korean government during his first official visit on June 3 to 5.

Koreas hold high-level talks ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Seoul -- North and South Korea held high-level talks Friday to discuss their ongoing efforts to improve ties ahead of a landmark meeting between...

Duterte set to visit South Korea in June

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to visit South Korea in June, Seoul confirmed on Friday, May 25. Citing South Korea's executive office, a report...

North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons — top...

Seoul, South Korea -- North Korea will never completely give up its nuclear weapons, a top defector said ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's...

North, South Korea seek peace, denuclearization in historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed to pursue a permanent peace treaty and the complete denuclearisation of their divided peninsula at a...

Two Koreas discuss official end to 68-year war, report says

South and North Korea are discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically...

Kim Jong Un ‘deeply moved’ by K-pop concert

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was “deeply moved” by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop...

Trump scores his first revised trade deal, with South Korea

President Donald Trump secured his first revamp of a US trade deal, after reaching an agreement this week with South Korea that would allow...

South Korea’s ‘kimchi deficit’ hits record high

SEOUL — South Korea’s trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced...

South Korea offers to train ASEAN countries in tax administration

SOUTH KOREA has offered to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) training program for tax policy and administration, the Department of Finance...

Beyond Hallyu:How Korea plans to attract more tourists

Text and photos by  Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor SEOUL — About a hundred girls, including some from China and Japan, crowded the arrival area at...

US B-1B bomber flies over Korean peninsula during drills

SEOUL — A US B-1B bomber flew over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, as part of a large-scale joint...

Manila to host South Korea’s Golden Disc Awards in January

THE 32nd Golden Disc Awards, Korea’s version of the Grammys, will be held in Manila on Jan. 10 and 11 at the SM Mall...

Calamansi is hot in Seoul, but can local suppliers deliver?

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor SEOUL — Calamansi is the latest food fad in South Korea, as health-conscious Korean women believe the Philippine...

South Korean energy firms eye investments in Philippines

SOUTH KOREAN businesses have renewed their interest in the Philippines, especially in the energy sector, according to the Board of Investments (BoI). In a statement...

Seoul sharpens SE Asia focus amid tiff with Beijing

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia Associate Editor SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Manila to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

Philippines to sign ODA agreement with South Korea, including $1.7-B credit

THE PHILIPPINES is set to sign an agreement with South Korea for loans and grants on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast...

South Koreans still pushing for Iloilo-Incheon flights

ILOILO CITY -- South Koreans residing in Iloilo, majority of them students, remain hopeful that direct flights to and from Incheon will push through. Moon...

Easing of tensions

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump wait for a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General...

Provocation

Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their...

China ‘strongly condemns’ Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test — foreign ministry

BEIJING -- China strongly condemned North Korea’s Sunday nuclear test, slamming Pyongyang for ignoring international condemnation of its atomic weapons program. North Korea “has ignored...

N. Korea declares H-bomb test ‘a perfect success’

SEOUL -- North Korea declared itself a thermonuclear power on Sunday, after carrying out a sixth nuclear test more powerful than any it has...

Protest for peace

South Korean protesters shout slogans during an anti-US rally demanding peace in the Korean Peninsula in Seoul on August 15, 2017. North Korean leader Kim...

All dressed up in Jeonju

Text and photos by Brian M. Afuang FROM SOUTH Korea’s international airport in Incheon, the route to the city of Jeonju, some 200 kilometers away,...

Booker triumph ushers in new era for South Korean writers

By Giles Hewitt Hwang Sung-Hee SEOUL — South Korean writer Han Kang’s Booker prize marks a major victory for a decade-long effort to drag one...

In transit

By Zsarlene B. Chua SOUTH KOREA’s Incheon Airport and flag carrier, Asiana Airlines, have announced “special transit tour packages” for transit passengers who choose Korea...