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South Korean ‘Cult’ At Center of Local COVID Outbreak

A mysterious religious group described by the government of South Korea as a “cult” has emerged as a hotbed of new coronavirus cases, according to official statistics. At least 33 of South Korea’s 104 confirmed cases as of Feb. 20 are linked to the Shincheonji sect, which is also known as “Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.” The group, an offshoot of Christianity, was founded in 1984 by a man claiming to be a prophet sent by Jesus Christ. It reportedly has more ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, News, China, Uncategorized, Jesus, Associated Press, Jesus Christ, Daegu


Bong Joon-ho Makes Triumphant Return to Korea, Talks Oscars and ‘Parasite’ in Black and White 

Bong Joon-ho and the key cast of quadruple Oscar-winning black comedy “Parasite” returned home to South Korea this week. At a press event in Seoul on Wednesday they reflected on lessons from the Academy Awards. “Compared to Hollywood studios and Netflix, our Oscars campaign was smaller. Other nominees had enormous ads on billboard and TV […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Hollywood, News, Global, Netflix, Korea, Seoul, Bong Joon, Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Song Kang-ho


Gold climbs to 7-year high as virus woes boost safety demand

Gold prices rose to their highest level in seven-years on Thursday as investors sought safe haven assets after a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases in South Korea added to worries over the global economic impact of the outbreak.
Tags: South Korea, Money, businessNews


Coronavirus : South Korean sect identified as hotbed

Infections are linked to one woman, as South Korea confirms its first death from the covid-19 virus.
Tags: South Korea, News


2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan have died from COVID-19, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. They’re the first passengers from the cruise ship to die since it was put under quarantine on February 5, raising Japan’s death toll from the new coronavirus to…Read more...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Japan, Science, China, Iran, Disease, Yokohama Japan, Outbreaks, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Shincheonji Church of Jesus


South Korea and Vietnam are asking millions to stay home to avoid coronavirus as more people get infected and die outside of China

The vast majority of the 2,100 deaths from coronavirus remain in China — but rates outside of the country are starting to creep up.
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South Korea Reports First Virus Death as 2.5 Million Urged to Stay Home

(SEOUL, South Korea) — Yonhap news agency says South Korea has reported its first death from a new coronavirus. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately provide details. The report came as South Korea is struggling to cope with the outbreak and its economic fallout. Earlier Thursday, South Korea said it has confirmed a total of 82 cases of the virus. The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu urged its 2.5 million people on Thursday to refrain from going out...
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Global Markets: Asian stocks slip as virus' regional spread spooks investors

Asian stocks slipped and so did the region's currencies on Thursday, as virus cases rose in South Korea and Japan and investors quit local assets in favour of safety further afield.
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Money, businessNews, Global Markets


South Korea city deserted after coronavirus church 'super-spreader'

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking images outside China of an outbreak that international authorities are trying to prevent from spreading into a global pandemic. D...
Tags: South Korea, News, China, Seoul, Reuters, Daegu, Kwon Young jin


Global Markets: Asian stocks slip as virus' global impact puts markets on edge

Asian stocks eased and currency markets were skittish on Thursday, as virus cases rose in South Korea and Japan even as China added more stimulus via a rate cut to support its economy.
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Money, China, businessNews, Global Markets


Coronavirus: two Japanese passengers from Diamond Princess have died, reports say – latest news

Fatalities from cruise ship are believed to be a man and a woman in their 80s, as infections in China drop. Follow the latests news and live updates 4.00am GMT South Korea has recorded 31 news cases today, taking its total to 82.The country’s disease control centre said 30 of the new cases were in the city of Daegu and surrounding Gyeongbuk province south of Seoul. 3.32am GMT The two Diamond Princess passengers who died on Thursday were both Japanese, NHK reported - an 87-year-old man an...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Seoul, Daegu, NHK, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak, Gyeongbuk


South Korea Posts Surge in Coronavirus Cases Tied to Church

(Bloomberg) -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea have more than doubled within a day, with a surge tied to a fringe religious sect whose members may have contracted the virus from a single person.South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Thursday that of the 31 new confirmed cases, 24 attended the “same Korean cult” with at least five of them having an “epidemiological link“ to a patient confirmed with the coronavirus earlier this week.The Temple of th...
Tags: South Korea, News, Bloomberg, Seoul, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Daegu, KCDC, Moon Jae, Jihye Lee, Peter Pae, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Kazunori TakadaFor


United States: Nota Bene Episode 61: Exploring South Korea's Economic Growth And Multinational Business Climate With Paul Kim - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

As South Korea's economy, population, and culture have evolved over the past 50 years, the country has quickly risen and taken a seat as one of the world's most important economic
Tags: South Korea, News, United States, Hampton, Paul Kim Sheppard Mullin Richter


Why esports' biggest star turned down a $10 million salary to become part-owner of his own team

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has led T1 Entertainment & Sports to three "League of Legends" World Championship victories since 2013. Now, a new contract has made Faker a part-owner of the esports team. Prior to his new contract with T1, Faker said he turned down a $10 million salary offer from a Chinese team, and from a North American franchise that offered what he said was a blank check. The average "League of Legends" player in North America earns about $300,000 per year. Faker's new contract run...
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Passengers depart docked ship in Japan after virus quarantine ends

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and FOSTER KLUG YOKOHAMA, Japan  — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine’s flop was underlined as authorities announced 79 more cases, bringing the total on the ship to 621. Results were still pending for some other passengers and crew among the original 3,711 people on...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, Japan, News, China, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Soccer, United States, Tokyo, Yokohama Japan, Katsunobu Kato, Yokohama


Google Cloud opens its Seoul region

Google Cloud today announced that its new Seoul region, its first in Korea, is now open for business. The region, which it first talked about last April, will feature three availability zones and support for virtually all of Google Cloud’s standard service, ranging from Compute Engine to BigQuery, Bigtable and Cloud Spanner. With this, Google Cloud now has a presence in 16 countries and offers 21 regions with a total of 64 zones. The Seoul region (with the memorable name of asia-northeast3) w...
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Ex-North Korean Diplomat Runs for South Korean Parliament

Thae Yong-ho is the first defector from the North to seek popular election as a lawmaker in the South.
Tags: South Korea, News, North Korea, Parliament, Legislatures and Parliaments, Defectors (Political, Thae Yong, Thae Yong-ho


Hyundai Motor chairman to give up board seat as succession looms

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Mong-Koo Chung plans to give up his board seat, in the latest sign that the octogenarian patriarch of South Korea's second-largest conglomerate is preparing to hand the reins over to his son.
Tags: South Korea, Money, businessNews, Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Motor Group, Mong Koo Chung


South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds in one day

South Korea reported 20 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday -- increasing its total by nearly two-thirds -- including a cluster of at least 16 centred on the southern city of Daegu. The trade-dependent nation has been hit by the economic fallout from the virus outbreak in neighbouring China, but until Wednesday's jump, its own case numbers had hardly changed for several days. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that 20 new coron...
Tags: South Korea, News, China, Daegu


Photograph of the week: Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

Soaring 123 floors into the Seoul sky, the Lotte World Tower in South Korea may not be the tallest building in the world (it comes in as the world’s fifth tallest for the record), but it can boast three other, possibly even more impressive, ‘world records’. One: it is home to the world’s highest glass-bottomed […] The post Photograph of the week: Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Attractions, Seoul, Regions, Going Out, Lotte World Tower, Lotte World Tower Seoul South Korea


WHO urges calm as China coronavirus death toll reaches 2000

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic. More than 74 000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries. The situation remains serious at the […] The post WHO urges calm as China coronavirus death toll reaches 2000 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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SoftBank-backed South Korean ride-hailer Tada gets rare win amid crackdown

South Korea's ride-hailing service Tada, a smash hit since its launch just over a year ago, was cleared of transport law violations in court on Wednesday, a rare victory in a market that has been particularly unkind to ride-hailing companies.
Tags: South Korea, Money, Softbank, businessNews, Tada


South Korea coronavirus cases jump by half

South Korea reported 15 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday -- increasing its total by nearly 50 percent -- including a cluster of at least 11 centred on the southern city of Daegu. The trade-dependent South has been hit by the economic fallout from the virus outbreak in neighbouring China, but until Wednesday's jump, its own case numbers had hardly changed for several days. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that 15 new corona...
Tags: South Korea, News, China, Daegu


2020 ideas for solo female travelers

No mere trend: Solo female travel is here to stay. Women around the world are getting out of their comfort zones to discover the challenges and rewards of planning and executing a trip all on their own. Solo travel encourages confidence, allows you the freedom to do exactly what you want on a trip without having to compromise, grants total immersion in a different environment and culture, and gives you the chance to connect with locals and other travelers. Whether you’re looking to make new f...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Africa, US, Earth, Unesco, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Hawaii, Morocco, Mexico City, Middle East


SoftBank-backed South Korean ride-hailing Tada fights for survival amid crackdown

Wednesday is D-day for South Korea's ride-hailing service Tada, a smash hit since its launch just over a year ago, as it prepares for a court verdict that could potentially end its ambitious drive in one of the world's most tech-savvy economies.
Tags: South Korea, Money, Softbank, businessNews, Tada


Do trade shows still matter in the age of online business?

The death of Mobile World Congress 2020 started as a trickle. First, it was an understandably nervous ZTE. As a Chinese company, it was undoubtedly going to receive extra scrutiny — never mind that ZTE’s Shenzhen headquarters are a two-hour flight from Wuhan. Soon enough, South Korea’s LG backed out, followed by Nvidia and Ericsson. By the weekend, as deaths from the coronavirus rose to more than 800 (surpassing SARS in the process), event organizers GSMA put strict guidelines in place fo...
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, South Korea, Hardware, China, Tech, Nvidia, Lg, Wuhan, Ericsson, Mobile World Congress, GSMA, ZTE, Shenzhen, Hubei Province, Sascha Segan


The New Apathy Hero Is Pengsoo the Giant Sassy Penguin From South Korea

It’s only two months into 2020, but it appears that the Internet has already found its hero of the moment: a gigantic penguin with an attitude named Pengsoo. The 7-foot mascot was originally created by South Korea’s Education Broadcasting System (or EBS) as a children’s character, but found a large and enthusiastic fanbase among millennials, who appeared to strongly identify with Pengsoo’s seemingly apathetic approach to life and blunt to the point of being rude responses. Pengsoo’s appeal ...
Tags: South Korea, News, Uncategorized, Viral, Kim, Don, Onetime, Kim Myung, Clickmonsters, Pengsoo, BBC News Korean EBS, Lee Seulyena


Kingdom Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Fight the Living, Survive the Dead

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Kingdom Season 2 teaser trailer: Fight the living, survive the dead Netflix has released the teaser trailer for the upcoming second season of their South Korean horror period drama Kingdom, giving us a preview of the intense scenes in the new season as the crown prince tries to not only fought off raging zombies but also the evil people who betrayed him. Starring Ju Ji-Hoon and Bae Doona, the hit series will be making its return on March 13. Check out the video in the pl...
Tags: South Korea, Video, TV, Movies, Horror, Kingdom, Netflix, Korea, TV News, Busan, Bong Joon Ho, ComingSoon, Joseon, Bae Doona, Kim Eun hee, Ju Ji Hoon Along


Spotify look to launch in South Korea this year

Melon, Bugs!, and YG are going to have their eyes keenly on Spotify as it looks like they may finally launch in South Korea in 2020. South Korea has become one of the hottest places for music in the world. They have an entire cultural export in K-Pop that is massive the world over, and their own love for music is just as prominent with 1 in 5 South Koreans subscribed to music streaming services. These people mostly use vastly popular services that were born in the country like Melon, Bu...
Tags: South Korea, Spotify, Music, Bugs, Youtube, Korea, Yg, Music Streaming, Gangnam Style, Seoul, Psy, Streaming Services, Naver, Digital Music News, Melon, Vibe


Heung-min Son set for surgery on fractured arm

Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-min Son has been ruled out for several weeks due to a fractured arm. The South Korea international, Spurs’... Click the headline to read the full story.
Tags: South Korea, Sport, Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, Tottenham, Heung Min Son