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Jun 23, 2015

North Korea gives South Korea ‘spies’ life of hard labor; U.N. rights office opens

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s highest court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labor for life, its state media said, calling the punishment a lesson for those who conspire with Washington and Seoul.

The report of the sentencing came as the United Nations opened a field office in Seoul to investigate rights abuses in North Korea, a plan that has drawn anger from Pyongyang, which denies wrongdoing.

Jun 22, 2015

South Korea, Japan mark 50 years of ties with push to overcome strains

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – East Asian neighbors South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained for years by feuds over the legacy of Japan’s wartime past.

The key U.S. allies are also working towards their first leaders’ meeting in three years, hoping to move past tension that has complicated efforts to improve security cooperation in the face of an unpredictable North Korea and an assertive China.

Jun 22, 2015

South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, Thailand says no new cases

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s health ministry reported on Monday two more deaths in the country’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which the World Health Organization said was “large and complex,” bringing the number of fatalities to 27.

Thailand, which reported its first case last week, said it had no new cases, raising hopes the virus there had been contained. Neighbouring Malaysia announced nonetheless that it was stepping up health screening at all entry points.

Jun 18, 2015

Moody’s says MERS poses risk to South Korean economy, signs outbreak slowing

SEOUL (Reuters) – An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) threatens to deal a blow to South Korea’s economic recovery, Moody’s Investors Service said on Thursday, as the Health Ministry reported three new cases, the lowest daily increase in 17 days.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the outbreak was a “wake-up call” but does not constitute a global emergency. The WHO also described South Korean authorities’ efforts to contain the spread “very impressive”.

Jun 17, 2015

South Korea foreign minister to make first trip to Japan in four years

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will visit Tokyo on Sunday, the first such trip in four years, as the U.S. allies prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of ties amid a chill because of feuds over the wartime past.

Yun will meet Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday and attend a ceremony at the South Korean embassy the next day, the anniversary of a 1965 treaty normalizing diplomatic ties, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The visit was simultaneously announced in Tokyo.

Jun 17, 2015

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

The country suffered a devastating famine in the 1990s and has relied on international food aid, but support has fallen sharply in recent years, because of its curbs on humanitarian workers and reluctance to allow monitoring of food distribution.

Jun 16, 2015

South Korea conducts experimental plasma therapy on MERS patients

SEOUL (Reuters) – Two South Korean hospitals are conducting experimental treatment on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patients, injecting them with blood plasma from recovering patients, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as four new cases were reported.

The procedure has been conducted on two consenting MERS patients in addition to existing care, the ministry’s head of public health policy, Kwon Jun-wook, told a media briefing.

Jun 14, 2015

Hospital at center of South Korea’s MERS suspends services; seven new cases

SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean hospital suspended most services on Sunday after being identified as the epicenter of the spread of a deadly respiratory disease that has killed 14 people since being diagnosed in the country nearly four weeks ago.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Tuesday on South Korea’s “large and complex” outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the biggest outside Saudi Arabia, where it was first identified in humans in 2012.

Jun 14, 2015

Hospital at centre of South Korea’s MERS suspends services; 7 new cases

SEOUL, June 14 (Reuters) – A South Korean hospital suspended
most services on Sunday after being identified as the epicentre
of the spread of a deadly respiratory disease that has killed 14
people since being diagnosed in the country nearly four weeks
ago.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called an emergency
meeting for Tuesday on South Korea’s “large and complex”
outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the biggest
outside Saudi Arabia, where it was first identified in humans in
2012.

Jun 14, 2015

WHO calls emergency meeting on “large, complex” S. Korea MERS outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to consider South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which it described as “large and complex”.

The U.N. health agency said more cases should be anticipated, but that the disease was confined to hospitals, with no sign it was spreading in the community.