23 Jul 2020

South Korea Slumps Into a Recession

South Korea’s economy has fallen into a recession following its second quarter of contraction. This is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic taking a heavy toll on the country, which is heavily reliant on exports. Gross domestic product within South Korea shrank by 3.3% in the second quarter, according to

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09 Jul 2020

Seoul mayor missing, his phone turned off, search underway

Police in Seoul are searching for missing mayor Park Won-soon after leaving a message for his daughter that sounded suspiciously like a will. Won-soon’s phone is now shut off, and he did not show up for work yesterday. His daughter stated that she contacted the police because she could not

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24 Jun 2020

North Korea suspends plans for increased military pressure against the South

North Korea has been purposefully escalating tensions against South Korea and has now suspended plans to increase military pressure against its neighbor. Ties between the two countries rapidly deteriorated over the past month, particularly when North Korea blew up a joint liaison office used for negotiations. The decision comes after

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23 Jun 2020

South Korean activist floats leaflets to North amid tensions

On Tuesday, an activist claimed that a South Korean group launched hundreds of thousands of leaflets by balloon across the border into North Korea overnight. The actions occur just days after North Korea purposefully bombed a shared center between the two warring countries, making a statement against actions such as

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17 Jun 2020

S Korea unification minister offers to resign over tensions with North

Just one day after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office with the South in a fit of discontent with the South’s practices of sending propagated material secretly over the border, the South Korean unification minister has offered to resign. The two countries have been involved in decades of

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16 Jun 2020

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

Yesterday, North Korea blew up a joint liaison office with South Korea near the border town of Kaesong, North Korea. The drastic move occurred just hours after renewed threats of military action at the shared border. The office was opened just two years ago in 2018 to help the two

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09 Jun 2020

North Korea halts all communications with South in row over leafleting

North Korea has announced that it will cut off all ties with South Korea, including a hotline between the nation’s leaders. North Korea declared South Korea “the enemy,” claiming this was the first move in a series of actions. Daily calls will also cease as of Tuesday. The talks were

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29 May 2020

Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening

On Friday, South Korea closed over 500 schools after a brief reopening due to a small resurgence of COVID-19 in its capital city, Seoul. Public spaces including government-operated parks, art galleries, museums, and theaters have closed for the next two weeks after reopening earlier this month as well. All government

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12 May 2020

Russia now has second highest virus cases globally

Russia has now reported the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, following the US. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has tested positive for COVID-19, however, it is unclear whether Peskov has come into direct contact with Russian President Putin since contracting the virus. Peskov is being treated in

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11 May 2020

Renewed outbreaks in South Korea, Germany and China show continued risk as more countries seek to reopen

A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has emerged in Seoul, South Korea, which has renewed fear of the second wave of infections in re-opening countries. South Korea was among the first countries to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak, however, after weeks of low infection rates, it had begun to loosen

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