Archive for May, 2015
China said on Friday a 44-year-old Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him.
Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of Gu… …read more
The U.S. Forces Korea said Thursday that a U.S. military lab in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax to a lab at an air base in Osan south of Seoul. It claimed the samples were destroyed as soon as it was notified by headquarters that they were lively samples of the deadly biological… …read more
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could try his luck in the presidential elections two years hence, Foreign Policy magazine speculates. Under the headline “President Ban Ki-moon? UN Secretary-General Pivots Back to Asia,” it said on its website, “Ban Ki-moon says he is not interested in running fo… …read more
Actor Song Joong-ki was discharged from the Army on Tuesday after completing his 21 months of mandatory military service.
Many fans from home and abroad gathered at an army base in Gangwon Province to greet him.
He thanked them, saying their support helped a lot during his service.<… …read more
China has raised historical records on imperial Japan’s drafting of wartime sex slaves to national heritage status.
The documents on sex slaves were collected from nine archives since 2013.
“Until recently China has felt ashamed of the history of sexual slavery,” a diplomatic sourc… …read more
The French film Dheepan won director Jacques Audiard the Palme d’Or prize, the top honor, at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France.
Auid… …read more
Japan’s first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War II aggression.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie does not hold political off… …read more
A third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been confirmed in Korea. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said a 76-year-old man who shared a hospital room with the first confirmed patient was also diagnosed with MERS.
He is being treated in a quaranti… …read more
The U.S. wants to station Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries in Korea permanently, according to a senior U.S. official.
Frank Rose, an assistant secretary of state, was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Corean-American Studies in Washington Tuesday.
“Alth… …read more
The hardest place to catch a cab in Seoul is near City Hall downtown, where it takes an average of 9.4 minutes. Chances of catching a taxi are not much higher near Gyeongbok Palace and Jongno, where it takes an average 8.9 minutes.
And 9 p.m. till midnight is the toughest time to catch a … …read more
Hollywood blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has attracted over 10 million viewers in Korea as of Sunday, in less than a month since its release on April 23.
It is the 15th film ever to achieve the feat in Korea, and fourth foreign film to do so.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” reach… …read more