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Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 05:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

May. 19, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to...

North Korea's suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

May. 19, 2022 00:40 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also...

S. Korea Blue House opens to public for 1st time in 74 years

May. 18, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

SEOUL (AP) — For many South Koreans, the former presidential palace in Seoul was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark. That's now changed as thousands have been allowed a look inside for the first time in 74 years. As one of his first acts, the new South Korean...

US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia

May. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence shows that it's a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week, according to the White House. White...

North Korea boasts recovery as WHO worries over missing data

May. 18, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday added hundreds of thousands of infections to its growing pandemic caseload but also said that a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak, a public health crisis it appears to be trying...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St gain, Powell warns on rates

May. 17, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rose and the Federal Reserve's chairman said it will raise interest rates further if needed to cool inflation. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Tokyo and Seoul advanced. Oil prices rose to stay above $110 per...

N. Korea's Kim faces 'huge dilemma' on aid as virus surges

May. 17, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — During more than a decade as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un has made “self-reliance” his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy. But as an illness suspected to be...

North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

May. 17, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to distribute medicine. State...

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

May. 16, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a...