Japan bans entry from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other states due to pandemic

Japan has expanded the list of countries whose citizens are banned from entering the country to include Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other 11 countries in Middle East, Africa and Latin…

Religious Freedom Watchdog Pitches Adding India to Blacklist

NEW YORK – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging that the State Department add India to its list of nations with uniquely poor records on protecting freedom…

Global Markets Trading Mostly Higher Tuesday

Global markets are trading mostly higher Tuesday, despite another major reversal in the price of U.S. crude oil.  In Asia, the benchmark indexes in Australia and Shanghai were basically flat,…

Prosecution attempts to search TV newsroom in probe into reporter’s blackmail case

SEOUL,  Seoul prosecutors stormed five locations Tuesday as part of their probe into a blackmail case involving a cable news reporter. The reporter from Channel A is suspected of pressuring…

Abrams: USFK to monitor S. Korea’s easing of social distancing before deciding whether to follow suit

SEOUL,  U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Gen. Robert Abrams said Tuesday that he will closely monitor the coronavirus situation in South Korea over the next couple of weeks before making…

Korea hit by three minor quakes in two days

SEOUL,  South Korea has been rattled by three minor earthquakes in and around the southwestern region over the past two days, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Tuesday. A 2.4…

S. Korea reports first on-year loss in corporate employees due to virus

SEOUL,  South Korea suffered its first year-over-year decrease in the number of corporate employees last month, the Ministry of Employment and Labor said Tuesday, apparently due to the economic impact…

Jeju braces for surge in incoming holiday tourists amid easing pandemic restrictions

JEJU,  In the runup to an extended holiday this week, Jeju Island, a famous resort island in South Korea, is stepping up quarantine and pandemic prevention measures as it is…

S. Korea reports 14 more cases of new coronavirus, total now at 10,752

SEOUL,  South Korea reported 14 more cases of the new coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the nation’s total infections to 10,752. It marked the 10th day in a row that the number…

Opposition picks ex-campaign chief to lead embattled party

SEOUL,  South Korea’s main opposition party, which suffered a crushing defeat in the April 15 elections, on Tuesday picked a veteran politician to lead its interim leadership committee. In a…