N.Koreans protest S.Korean authorities and ‘defectors from the North’ | AFP

People in North Korea take to the streets in an organised march against South Korean authorities and “defectors from the North” on Monday. Large groups of young men and women parade down the street with fists raised as a car with loudspeakers follows. On Tuesday, state media reported that North Korea will cut military and political communication links to South Korea, after threats over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border. +ATTN CLIENTS : ORDINARY NORTH KOREANS CONSISTENTLY VOICE UNEQUIVOCAL SUPPORT FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND ITS POLICIES WHEN SPEAKING TO FOREIGN MEDIA+

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court for arrest warrant ruling | AFP

Samsung vice-chairman and heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court for the ruling over an arrest warrant sought by South Korean prosecutors against him over a controversial merger of two Samsung units. IMAGES

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Commemoration event is held for victims of last year’s Budapest boat disaster | AFP

The tour boat operator that owned the Mermaid, which sank a year ago on a busy stretch of the Danube in downtown Budapest, organises a commemoration event, laying a wreath at the site of the accident. The Mermaid sightseeing boat sank within seconds after colliding with the Swiss-registered Viking Sigyn river cruise vessel, leaving 27 people dead, mostly South Korean tourists. The disaster was Hungary’s worst boating accident in more than half a century. IMAGES

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Students return to school in South Korea | AFP

Hundreds of thousands of South Korean students return to school as educational institutions begin reopening after the coronavirus lockdown. Strict hygiene measures are in place and temperatures are taken at school gates. Students lined up for temperature checks and were given sanitisers to wash their hands as they entered school premises while teachers greeted them with smiles and occasional elbow bumps.

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South Korean nurse takes on COVID-19 | AFP

They are among the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic: Hong Yeon-hee, a 32 year old nurse in Daegu, South Korea, has spent months away from her four-year-old daughter while treating patients inside the country’s coronavirus epicentre.

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South Korean round-the-world cyclist stranded and scorned in Guinea | AFP

South Korean round-the-world cyclist Raymond Lee is stranded in Guinea after the government shut down borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He was repeatedly turned away from hotels in the seaside capital Conakry, in what Lee described as a prejudiced reaction to the pandemic.

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North Korea’s Kim is alive says Seoul | AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive, an adviser to South Korean president Moon Jae-in has said, downplaying rumours over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary.

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Maryland gets 500K virus testing kits from S. Korea

Maryland has purchased $9 million worth of South Korean coronavirus test kits, enabling it to perform 500,000 tests, Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday. (April 20)

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Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital ‘phone booth’ | AFP

A South Korean hospital introduces phone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities that allow medical staff to examine patients from behind the safety of a plastic panel, the latest innovation in the country’s drive to track down infections.

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Medical workers test people in biggest virus cluster in Seoul | AFP

Medical workers test employees outside the “Korea Building” in Seoul where a call centre on the 11th floor has seen some 50 positive cases of the coronavirus so far. People working on other floors of the building are also being tested. The building has become the biggest cluster of infections in the South Korean capital. “Although I work on a different floor I’m still in the same building, so I’m worried,” says one call centre employee.

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Chinese and Koreans disappear from Tokyo’s top tourist attractions | AFP

From the world-famous Tsukiji fish market to the popular Ginza shopping district, Chinese and South Korean tourists have become a rare sight in Tokyo. Japan from Monday began quarantining arrivals from the two countries for two weeks, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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South Korean sect leader kneels and apologises over coronavirus spread | AFP

Lee Man-hee, the leader of a South Korean sect linked to more than half the country’s 4,000-plus coronavirus cases, gets down on his knees to bow before reporters and apologise for the spread of the disease.

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South Korean sect leader apologises over coronavirus spread | AFP

Lee Man-hee, the leader of a South Korean sect linked to more than half the country’s 4,000-plus coronavirus cases, gets down on his knees to bow before reporters and apologise for the spread of the disease. IMAGES

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Trump scoffs at ‘Parasite’s’ Oscar win | AFP

President Donald Trump on Thursday scorned the best picture Oscar for South Korean film “Parasite,” asking how a foreign movie could get the honor. “How bad was the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked the crowd at a packed reelection campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Exterior images of South Korean church affected by coronavirus | AFP

Images outside the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea. More than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed. Shincheonji is often accused of being a cult and claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. IMAGES

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ShowBiz Minute: Pop Smoke, Weinstein, ‘Parasite’

Stars react to the death of up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke; Deliberating a 2nd day, Weinstein jury revisits 2006 account; Cast and crew of Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” meet South Korean president. (Feb. 20)

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Ariane 5 lifts off with Japanese and South Korean satellites aboard | AFP

An Ariane 5 rocket lifts off to launch two Japanese and South Korean telecommunications satellites from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana. IMAGES

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Bong Joon-ho arrives home

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho – the man behind Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” – returns home to cheering at Incheon Airport where he held a brief press conference. (Feb. 17)

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Bong Joon-ho celebrates Oscar win at Governors Ball

At the Governors Ball, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho celebrates his historic Oscar wins for social thriller “Parasite,” which picked up numerous awards, including best picture. (Feb. 10)

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‘Parasite’ director talks film’s success on Oscars red carpet | AFP

Director Bong Joon-ho expresses disbelief about the success of his film “Parasite” on the red carpet at the Oscars, saying “I think I need time to process what’s happened.” The South Korean film is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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18 S.Korean evacuees hospitalised after returning from Wuhan | AFP

A total of 18 South Korean evacuees who arrived from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been hospitalised after showing symptoms, Seoul’s health authorities said Friday, as concerns mount about a wider outbreak of the SARS-like virus.

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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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Machine prints temporary tattoos from smartphone

At the annual CES gadget expo in Las Vegas, a South Korean company unveiled a printing machine that can be used to print instant, safe temporary tattoos. (Jan. 9)

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Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis | AFP

South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai unveils a new β€œflying car” in partnership with Uber during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Stockshots of the vehicle, which resembles a helicopter combined with a giant drone

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Korean firm has high-tech way to stop stinky shoes

Stinky gym shoes could be a thing of the past with a high-tech solution developed by a South Korean startup on display at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas this week. Shoeblast uses UV light and a dehumidifier to disinfect funky shoes. (Jan. 8)

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