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The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Public Order Agency officers watch as a man does push ups as a punishment for violating city regulation requiring people to wear face mask in public places as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

Aug. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday reported a record 21 virus deaths and 410 new cases from an outbreak in the city of Melbourne that has prompted a strict lockdown. State Premier Daniel Andrews said 16 of the deaths were linked to aged-care facilities. The number of...

South Korean Shin Yun-sun shows photos of her 92-year-old mother, Baek Bong-rye, during an interview at her house in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Shin, 75, has spent decades pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on Russia’s desolate Sakhalin island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin wants to bring back the remains of her presumably dead father for her ailing mother.  Japan's colonial government conscripted Shin's father for forced labor from their farming village in September 1943, when Baek was pregnant with Shin.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end

Aug. 11, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shin Yun-sun describes her life as a maze of dead ends. The South Korean has spent many of her 75 years pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on a desolate Russian island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1988, file photo, Canadian Ben Johnson, left, signals victory ahead of the United States' Carl Lewis, as he wins the 100-meter final at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics

Aug. 11, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Clarksdale Press Register (Miss.) on Oct. 3, 1988. The story, a review of the major developments at the Seoul...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1988, file photo, the Olympic cauldron towers above the Olympic stadium in Seoul, South Korea, during the opening ceremonies for the summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Evictions, drugs, boxing rows: reliving '88 Games in Seoul

Aug. 11, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. The 1988 Seoul Olympics were the last Summer Games of the Cold War era. ___ The final Olympics of the Cold War...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1988, file photo, South Korea's Park Si-hun, left, delivers a left jab to America's Roy Jones, and goes on to win the gold medal in the gold medal bout of the light middleweight division at the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ron Kutz, File)

Three decades after Jones fight, gold still stings for Park

Aug. 11, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. South Korean boxer Park Si-hun was interviewed 32 years after his controversial gold medal victory over Roy...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo.  Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, Aug. 11, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Asian shares extend rally; S&P 500 within 1% of record

Aug. 10, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.6% and Hong Kong gained more than 2% in early trading, even as the tally of confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20...

A village area is flooded near Seomjin River, left, due to heavy rain in Hadong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via AP)

Days of torrential rain in S. Korea leave at least 30 dead

Aug. 8, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than a week of torrential rain in South Korea has left at least 30 dead and 12 missing in landslides, floods and other incidents, the government said Sunday while warning of further downpour. The causalities include 13 dead and two missing from the last two days of heavy...

Women walk with umbrellas during torrential rains, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Pyongyang. North Korea says torrential rains have lashed the country, prompting outside worries about possible big damages in the impoverished country. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)

Kim visits North Korea flood zone, orders shelter, food aid

Aug. 6, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leader Kim Jong Un visited parts of southern North Korea where days of torrential rains have flooded hundreds of houses and vast areas of agricultural land, state media reported Friday. It’s rare for Kim to visit a flood-stricken site. The last time state media reported...

The display of South Korea's capital Seoul logo is almost submerged due to heavy rain at a park near the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Torrential rains continuously pounded South Korea on Thursday, prompting authorities to close parts of highways and issue a rare flood alert near a key river bridge in Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

1 dead, 5 missing as boats overturn in S. Korea floodwaters

Aug. 6, 2020 4:44 AM EDT

One person died and five others are missing after their boats capsized in floodwaters in South Korea on Thursday following incessant torrential rains, officials said. One of the boats was stuck in a wire near a dam in Chuncheon, just northeast of Seoul. Two other boats rushed to help but all three were...