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North Korea defies coronavirus with huge military parade, celebrates ruling party's anniversary amid economic woes
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North Korea defies coronavirus with huge military parade, celebrates ruling party's anniversary amid economic woes

Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus, which first emerged in neighbouring China, and has yet to confirm a single case

Fire engulfs high-rise apartment complex in South Korea’s Ulsan; at least 88 sustain minor injuries
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Fire engulfs high-rise apartment complex in South Korea’s Ulsan; at least 88 sustain minor injuries

Officials said the fire started at a balcony in one of the lower floors and spread up the exterior of the building amid strong winds

North Korean soldiers killed 'defector' from South and burnt his body, claims Seoul
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North Korean soldiers killed 'defector' from South and burnt his body, claims Seoul

The first killing of a Southern citizen by North Korean forces in a decade comes at a time when Pyongyang is at high alert over the coronavirus pandemic and inter-Korean relations are at a standstill

Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering south Japan islands; over 20 injured, 1,600 evacuated
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Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering south Japan islands; over 20 injured, 1,600 evacuated

The Korea Meteorological Administration warned of 'very heavy rain and very strong winds’, adding the typhoon would likely reduce to a tropical storm within 24 hours

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon found dead days after being accused of harassment by secretary
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Seoul mayor Park Won-soon found dead days after being accused of harassment by secretary

Park, who was serving his third term as mayor of Seoul, a city of 10 million, had often been cited as a possible successor to President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term is set to expire in 2022

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon goes missing after sexual harassment allegations, search underway
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Seoul mayor Park Won-soon goes missing after sexual harassment allegations, search underway

His daughter called the police on Thursday afternoon and said her father had given her 'a will-like' verbal message before leaving their home

North Korea vows to redeploy troops on border with South, rejects Seoul’s offer to send envoys amid tensions over propaganda leaflets
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North Korea vows to redeploy troops on border with South, rejects Seoul’s offer to send envoys amid tensions over propaganda leaflets

North Korea said it had rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating bilateral tensions, and vowed to redeploy troops to demilitarised border units in the latest step towards nullifying inter-Korean peace accords

North Korea threatens to shut liaison office in Kaesong, says South Korea failed to prevent activists from sending dissenting leaflets across border
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North Korea threatens to shut liaison office in Kaesong, says South Korea failed to prevent activists from sending dissenting leaflets across border

North Korea threatened to permanently shut a liaison office with South Korea as it continued to condemn its rival for failing to prevent activists from sending anti-North Korean leaflets across the border

Tech prowess, trust in govt, hygiene culture: How South Korea tamed COVID-19 and the lessons it can offer India
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Tech prowess, trust in govt, hygiene culture: How South Korea tamed COVID-19 and the lessons it can offer India

South Korea is one of the few nations, such as Taiwan and Germany, that has managed to stay on its toes while handling the crisis

South Korea says troops exchanged fire with North Korean soldiers across border after its guard post was targetted
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South Korea says troops exchanged fire with North Korean soldiers across border after its guard post was targetted

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the heavily fortified border. South Korea fired two rounds in response after issuing a warning broadcast, it said.

North Korean State media reports first 'public appearance' of Kim Jong-un after weeks of speculation over his health
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North Korean State media reports first 'public appearance' of Kim Jong-un after weeks of speculation over his health

After weeks of intense speculation about the health of Kim Jong Un, state news agency KCNA said on Saturday the North Korean leader attended the completion of a fertilizer plant north of Pyongyang, the first report of his appearance since 11 April.

Uncertainty over Kim Jong-un’s health shows South Korea's limited intelligence network in Pyongyang, casts doubts on future of North Korean government
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Uncertainty over Kim Jong-un’s health shows South Korea's limited intelligence network in Pyongyang, casts doubts on future of North Korean government

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's prolonged public absence has led to rumors of ill health and worries about how it could influence the future of what one analyst calls Northeast Asia's Achilles’ heel

South Korea goes to the polls: Handling of coronavirus delivers landslide win to Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party
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South Korea goes to the polls: Handling of coronavirus delivers landslide win to Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party

President Moon Jae-in’s governing party in South Korea won a landslide in parliamentary elections Wednesday, as he leveraged his surging popularity over his country’s largely successful battle against the coronavirus to increase his political sway

Kim Jong-un admits North Korea lacks modern medical facilities amid coronavirus outbreak; thousands of locals quarantined
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Kim Jong-un admits North Korea lacks modern medical facilities amid coronavirus outbreak; thousands of locals quarantined

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged that his country lacks modern medical facilities and called for urgent improvements, state media said

Air India announces temporary suspension of flight services to Rome, Milan, Seoul amid coronavirus outbreak
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Air India announces temporary suspension of flight services to Rome, Milan, Seoul amid coronavirus outbreak

National carrier Air India on Wednesday night announced the temporary suspension of its flight services to Rome, Milan and Seoul.

South Korea reports 15-fold increase in infections with 60 new coronavirus cases, becomes second-most affected country after China
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South Korea reports 15-fold increase in infections with 60 new coronavirus cases, becomes second-most affected country after China

China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is creating worrisome, increasing clusters in West Asia and Europe.

South Korea reports seven deaths due to coronavirus, confirms 161 more cases; Moon Jae-in calls for 'unprecedented' steps to contain outbreak
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South Korea reports seven deaths due to coronavirus, confirms 161 more cases; Moon Jae-in calls for 'unprecedented' steps to contain outbreak

President Moon Jae-in said his government had increased its anti-virus alert level by one notch to "Red," the highest level, due to coronavirus. It allows for the temporary closure of schools and reduced operation of public transportation and flights to and from South Korea.

Health officials worry as untraceable clusters of coronavirus infections emerge around globe; worst isn't here yet, insists WHO
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Health officials worry as untraceable clusters of coronavirus infections emerge around globe; worst isn't here yet, insists WHO

In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of coronavirus infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: it's that increasingly they can't trace where the clusters started

Moon Jae-in asserts ‘desperate need’ to improve South-North Korea ties, vows to continue efforts to facilitate Washington-Pyongyang communication
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Moon Jae-in asserts ‘desperate need’ to improve South-North Korea ties, vows to continue efforts to facilitate Washington-Pyongyang communication

There is a desperate need for practical ways to improve ties with North Korea, the South’s President Moon said on Tuesday, adding that he was ready to meet with the reclusive leader in Pyongyang