S. Korea: Neighbourhoods quiet in virus epicentre Daegu | AFP

The streets of Daegu are near empty as South Korea reports 256 new coronavirus cases, taking its total — the highest in the world outside China — to 2,022. More than 90 percent of the new cases are in Daegu — the city at the epicentre of the country’s outbreak — and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, with the death toll remaining at 13.

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Disinfection in Daegu as virus cases soar in S. Korea | AFP

Medical staff take full precautionary measures as they collect samples from patients under self-quarantine in Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million and the epicentre of the outbreak. The world’s 12th-largest economy announced more than 500 new infections, by far its largest rise so far.

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Virus outbreak ‘very grave’ in S.Korea says Moon as number of cases rise | AFP

The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is “very grave”, says President Moon Jae-in, wearing the uniform of a government emergency official. Moon was speaking at a meeting with government officials in Daegu. More than 80 percent of the infections in the country have been in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.

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In sickness and in health: S. Korea mass wedding defies virus fears | AFP

Thousands of couples — some in facemasks — tie the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding, despite concerns in South Korea over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Including families and visitors, a total of 30,000 people attended the ceremony where they also celebrated the now passed away leader Moon Sun-Myung’s centenary and his 60th Holy Wedding Anniversary.

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Rescuers intensify search for missing S. Korea, Nepal trekkers | AFP

Rescuers intensify an increasingly desperate hunt for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide tells how he saw people carried off by the snow.

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Vintage fashion: senior models bridge S. Korea’s age divide | AFP

Seventy-five-year-old Choi Soon-hwa is an unlikely fashion star and model in South Korea, one of a handful of seniors who have become social media and fashion celebrities in a country where intergenerational conflict is mounting as the population ages.

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Trump arrives in S. Korea after inviting Kim to DMZ | AFP

US President Donald Trump lands in South Korea after inviting Kim Jong Un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, to an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. IMAGES of Donald Trump arriving at Osan Air Base

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Life lessons for S. Korea’s octogenarian school pupils | AFP

With South Korea’s rapidly ageing society, elderly students fill in empty spaces in a second grade classroom in elementary school where they learn how to read and write Korean with their younger classmates.

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S. Korea’s Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

Mickey Mouse wraps presents for S. Korea’s children in need

Child Fund Korea and Disney team up to prepare Christmas presents for 500 children in need around Seoul on Mickey Mouse’s first official visit to the South Korean capital, with gifts ranging from stationery products, umbrellas to vitamin tablets. The collaborative event is part of the Disney character’s 90th anniversary celebration.

S. Korea’s Moon visits Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Europe tour

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris ahead of a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. Moon is set to lobby for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on a seven-day Europe tour that will see him also stop in Rome, Brussels and Copenhagen. IMAGES

US to continue army drills with S. Korea, despite Trump’s pledge in Singapore

Several major US drills with South Korea have been suspended as an act of good will towards Pyongyang, but there are no plans to cancel any other joint exercises on the Korean Peninsula, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

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‘Germany deserve nothing’: Peter Schmeichel on Germany – S. Korea match

RT special World Cup host Peter Schmeichel has said Germany deserved nothing from their game versus South Korea, which they shockingly lost 2-0 to crash out of Russia 2018 at the group stage.

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Germany give presser ahead of decisive match against S. Korea

Two days before their decisive match against South Korea, Germany forward Marco Reus says at a press conference that the world champions will have to show their “quality” and their “passion.” Joachim Loew’s team needs to win to make it past the 2018 World Cup group stage.

Putin & S. Korea’s Moon speak to press in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in are holding a joint press conference following their talks in Moscow.

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