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Korea24 – 2022.01.25. (Tuesday) News Briefing: North Korea has reportedly launched two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea Tuesday morning, in its fifth show of force for the year. According to multiple military sources, the Joint Chiefs of Staff is currently carrying out further analysis of what are presumed to be cruise missiles, which wou…
 
The drug-related violence in Mexico is sometimes described as being “like a war.” Certainly the death toll justifies calling it that, with three hundred thousand people killed in the past fifteen years, many of them innocent civilians. About a hundred thousand have simply disappeared, presumed dead, and with their families left to search for them. …
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.21. (Friday) News Briefing: The government has announced several changes to its COVID-19 response system ahead of an expected surge in cases, with omicron about to become the dominant strain next week. In four targeted regions, PCR tests will only be offered to those at high risk for infection. Others will be offered antigen test …
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.19. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Health authorities have announced two more exemptions to the COVID-19 pass system, even as they reiterate the omicron variant stands to become the dominant strain in the country. Daily caseloads, meanwhile, have jumped back above 5-thousand. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: The ‘Serious Accidents…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.18. (Tuesday) News Briefing: North Korean state media has reported that the missiles launched on Monday were tactical guided missiles. Meanwhile, South Korea has described the North’s recent provocations as a “direct and serious military threat”. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: A study in the UK has shown that a vaccine certi…
 
When Novak Djokovic landed in Melbourne, few could have imagined that his impending encounters on the tennis court would be upstaged by a legal battle, one which then prompted a row between his country and Australia. After immigration officials held the Serb player in a hotel, Djokovic’s father said his son was being “crucified”. Then Serbia’s Fore…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.14. (Friday) News Briefing: North Korea has fired what the South Korean military believe to be two ballistic missiles. It is the third test launch by the regime in 9 days. This comes after Pyongyang publicly warned earlier in the day of a "stronger and certain" response to the announcement of new sanctions by the US. (KOO Hee-jin)…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.13. (Thursday) News Briefing: The number of imported COVID-19 cases has recorded another new daily high of 391. This had led the government to ban the use of public transport for travelers when first arriving in the country. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): With 55 days remaining until the presidentia…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.12. (Wednesday) News Briefing: North Korea has reported that Tuesday’s missile launch was of another hypersonic missile. The test was also said to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, unlike the previous two reported launches of hypersonic missiles. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: President Moon Jae-in will embark on an …
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.11. (Tuesday) News Briefing: North Korea fired off another suspected ballistic missile into the East Sea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it traveled at a speech of Mach 10 and appeared to be a ‘more advanced missile’ than the one Pyongyang tested last Wednesday. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: North Korea claim…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.10. (Monday) News Briefing: The COVID-19 entry pass system has been expanded to more facilities, including large supermarkets and department stores. Meanwhile, COVID indicators are showing clear improvement, opening up the possibility that social distancing measures could be eased by next week. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis:…
 
Plenty of journalists have had the experience of being “trolled” – attacked on social media for what they have written or said, often in terms which can be both offensive and sometimes frightening. Tessa Wong was trolled after reporting on China, but rather than simply accepting the abuse, she tried to find out why so many people had launched these…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.07. (Friday) News Briefing: The government is seeking to revamp COVID-19 antivirus measures, taking into account the possibility of the omicron variant becoming the dominant strain. Meanwhile, the government has also asked its courts to make a swift ruling on its COVID-19 pass system to help minimize confusion. (KOO Hee-jin) In-De…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.06. (Thursday) News Briefing: North Korea said Thursday that it test-fired what it called a “hypersonic” missile a day earlier. The South Korean government has said they are closely communicating with major UN Security Council (UNSC) members. Meanwhile the UNSC is widely expected to convene a meeting to discuss the launch. (KOO He…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.05. (Wednesday) News Briefing: The South Korean military confirmed that North Korea fired a projectile – believed to be a ballistic missile – into the East Sea on Wednesday morning. The presidential office said that while the National Security Council committee members expressed concern, they also reaffirmed the need to resume dia…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.04. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients has fallen below one-thousand for the first time in two weeks. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in has called for continued vigilance against COVID-19, noting that the government's readiness should be at its highest in the remaining months of his term. (Eunic…
 
Korea24 – 2022.01.03. (Monday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in delivered the last New Year’s address of his presidency, where he expressed hope that the upcoming presidential election will be an opportunity for national unity. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: In his New Year’s address, President Moon also pledged to do everything he can to…
 
What are you hoping for in the twelve months ahead? What might you be fearing? These are questions which we often ask ourselves at this time of year, and yet it is hard to imagine a year when they have felt quite so pressing. In this special, New Year’s Day edition of From Our Own Correspondent, we hear about sentiment both optimistic and pessimist…
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.30. (Thursday) News Briefing : The South Korean government will focus on reducing critical COVID-19 cases and deaths in 2022, and related plans were announced during a joint policy briefing by related ministries and the KDCA on Thursday. Further distancing guidelines will be determined by ICU occupancy rates, COVID variants, and t…
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.29. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea has announced that it has completed the development of a method that can quickly detect the omicron COVID-19 variant through a PCR test and will put it to use from Thursday. This comes as the number of daily new omicron cases hit triple-digits for the first time. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth New…
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.28. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The government said that COVID-19 infections in South Korea seems to be on a downward trend, after the daily case count dipped below 4,000 for the first time in 4 weeks. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: On Monday, South Korea approved an emergency authorization of Pfizer's oral treatment for COVID-…
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.27. (Monday) News Briefing: The government has granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 pill, the first domestic approval for an oral treatment. They could be introduced as early as mid-January, along with another pill made by Merck. This comes as the number of daily new infections fell below 5,000 for the first t…
 
What is it like to spend years saving up your money, and then watch as its value rapidly declines? Or to have a pension which no longer pays for even your basic needs? Inflation in Turkey is soaring, with some estimates putting the annual rate at fifty percent. The Covid pandemic has meant that prices are rising around the world, but Turkey's parti…
 
Madagascar is the second largest island nation in the world, yet quietly, largely unreported, its people are falling into starvation. 1.3 million are already suffering what’s called “severe food insecurity,” with the United Nations warning of worse to come. The World Food Programme says climate change is at the root of the problem, while others bla…
 
This year's surprise international television success is the dystopian South Korean series, Squid Game, which imagines people competing in a series of ever more violent contests, hundreds dying along the way. The show is a shameless satire on the cut-throat competitiveness of ordinary South Korean life; some characters explicitly state they are tak…
 
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