WHO Urges Western Pacific Region to Prepare for Omicron Surge

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) director for the Western Pacific said Friday the region must prepare for the new omicron variant of the coronavirus because it appears to be spreading…

UN Renews Anti-Piracy Ships Off Somalia for Only 3 Months

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to allow international naval forces to continue using all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia — but only for…

Lee, Yoon tie at 36 percent support in presidential race: survey

SEOUL– Lee Jae-myung, the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Party, is tied with his rival Yoon Seok-youl of the main opposition People Power Party at 36 percent support, a…

S. Korea, U.S. to discuss possibility of advancing OPCON transfer assessment date

SEOUL– The militaries of South Korea and the United States will discuss the possibility of conducting an assessment required for the envisioned transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) earlier than…

22 Chinese rescued from sinking fishing boat in southern waters

YEOSU, South Korea– All 22 Chinese sailors were rescued Friday from their fishing boat sinking in South Korea’s southern waters after colliding with a rock, the Coast Guard said. The…

Yoo Ah-in creates charismatic villain with impact in ‘Hellbound’

SEOUL– Despite his short appearance in the latest popular series “Hellbound,” actor Yoo Ah-in said Friday he tried to create a charismatic and mysterious religious leader who decides the entire…

S. Korea to reaffirm ‘invariable’ commitment to world peace in PKO meeting: vice FM

SEOUL– South Korea’s vice foreign minister said Friday the country will reaffirm its “invariable” commitment to fostering peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the world at the virtual U.N.…

Co-head of ruling party’s election committee resigns over private life

SEOUL– A co-head of the ruling Democratic Party’s election campaign committee resigned Friday, just days after her appointment, following allegations she got divorced after bearing a child through an affair.…

Nat’l Assembly passes record 607.7 tln-won gov’t budget for 2022

SEOUL– The National Assembly passed the 2022 government budget Friday, a record high amount of 607.7 trillion won (US$516.3 billion) to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Inbound travelers upset by 10-day mandatory quarantine

SEOUL– Travelers returning home Friday from short-term overseas trips were embarrassed to learn that they must self-isolate at home for 10 days under the government’s emergency quarantine rule announced only…