KBO’s Bears shore up bullpen with 2 acquisitions

SEOUL– The 2021 Korean Series runners-up Doosan Bears announced Friday they’ve acquired a pair of veteran relievers to shore up their bullpen. The Bears signed former NC Dinos closer Lim…

Seoul stocks up for 3rd day on foreign buying

SEOUL– South Korean stocks advanced for a third consecutive session Friday, backed by strong foreign buying. The Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price…

Foreign ministry to operate economic security center early next year

SEOUL– South Korea’s foreign ministry said Friday it plans to operate a center on economic security as early as February to March next year as part of efforts to strengthen…

BTS to hold live concert in Seoul in March

SEOUL– K-pop supergroup BTS will continue its latest live concert series in Seoul in March, its management agency said Friday, after the group successfully finished its sold-out live concerts in…

S. Korea voices concerns about Japan’s Fukushima water release plan

SEOUL– South Korea on Friday expressed concerns over Japan’s assessment report about its planned release of radioactive water into the sea from its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. The stance…

Navy set for launch of light carrier project, spurred by budget passage

SEOUL– South Korea’s Navy looks set to embark on a long-cherished project next year to secure a light aircraft carrier, as the National Assembly passed a 7.2 billion won (US$6.1…

S. Korea may need to expand entry ban over omicron: official

SEOUL– South Korea is expected to put more countries under an entry ban imposed over concerns about the omicron variant if the present pace of transmission continues, a Cheong Wa…

BTS releases new ‘Butter’ remix

SEOUL– South Korean superband BTS dropped a “holiday remix” of its megahit single “Butter” on Friday in time for the Christmas and New Year season, the group’s management agency announced.…

Military toughens quarantine rules, accelerates booster shot plan

SEOUL– South Korea’s military will strengthen quarantine measures for troops returning from vacation and start a booster shot program earlier than planned amid growing fears of the omicron variant, officials…

Critically ill COVID-19 cases hit record high amid growing omicron fears

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases fell below 5,000 on Friday, but the number of critically ill patients hit yet another record high as the country prepares to limit private…