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SKorea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths

Dec. 03, 2021 23:31 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials scramble to tighten social distancing and border controls. The 5,352 new cases reported by...

Asian shares mixed after broad rally on Wall Street

Dec. 02, 2021 22:52 PM EST

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus variant and measures governments are taking to restrain it. Hong Kong slipped more than 1% while Tokyo edged lower. Shanghai and Seoul...

South Korea tightens social distancing to fight virus wave

Dec. 02, 2021 22:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is tightening recently relaxed restrictions on social gatherings as it grapples with its worst wave of the virus since the start of the pandemic. Starting next week, private social gatherings of seven or more people will be banned...

South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day

Dec. 02, 2021 08:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalizations and deaths. The rapid...

US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 05:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” U.S....

Q&A: Korean star Gianna Jun on acting goals and aging well

Dec. 02, 2021 00:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Despite being one of the most well-known faces in Asia, acting never gets easier for South Korean superstar Gianna Jun. “I feel like I climbed the mountain 1,000 times,” she said about filming her latest series, “Jirisan.” ...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St decline, virus unease

Dec. 01, 2021 23:38 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after a turbulent day on Wall Street as traders tried to forecast the impact of the coronavirus's omicron variant. Shanghai and Tokyo fell while Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Wall Street's...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St decline, virus unease

Dec. 01, 2021 23:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after a turbulent day on Wall Street as traders tried to forecast the impact of the coronavirus's omicron variant. Shanghai and Tokyo fell while Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Wall Street's...

South Korea confirms first five cases of omicron variant

Dec. 01, 2021 09:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant in people linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the government to tighten the country's borders. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention...

US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain

Dec. 01, 2021 07:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for annual security talks expected to bolster the countries' decades-long military alliance in the face of North Korean nuclear threats and mounting challenges from China. ...