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Reporter : Jung Min-ho
Thu, October 6, 2022 | 07:15
Childbirths drop 10.4% in April as population decline looms
The number of babies born in Korea dropped 10.4 percent in April from a year earlier, in the latest sign underscoring a looming population decline. According to Statistics Korea Wednesday, 23,420 babies were born in April, compared with 26,151 in April 2019. It marks the lowest number of newborns for any April since the state agency started keeping records in 1981.
South Korea conducts military drills amid rising tensions with North [PHOTOS]
South Korean military forces conduct self-propelled artillery drills in Paju, South Korea, near the North Korean border, Monday. Tensions are rising in border areas after North Korea destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex last week in anger after South Korean civic groups sent anti-regime leaflets into the North.
Korea to restrict visas for visitors from Pakistan, Bangladesh
The government will strengthen visa and entry restrictions for visitors from Pakistan and Bangladesh after reporting a surge in new COVID-19 cases imported from the two Asian countries. Under the precautionary measures, set to come into force Tuesday, authorities will not issue new visas to Pakistanis and Bangladeshis except for diplomatic and urgent business purposes. Author...
World Taekwondo chief celebrates World Refugee Day with dreamers in refugee camp
World Taekwondo (WT) President Choue Chung-won celebrated World Refugee Day (June 20) with young refugee athletes, whom he called “an inspiration” to everyone who loves the sport. During a video call on June 19, Choue said he would support Syrian refugees at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan and their dreams of competing in the Olympics one day, according to the global governi...
Rice and masks for people of North Korea [PHOTOS]
Members of a North Korean defector-run group in South Korea prepare to send rice and masks to North Korea by sea at a park in southern Seoul, Thursday, two days after North Korea destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
World taekwondo body improves position in ASOIF's governance report
World Taekwondo (WT), the sport's global governing body, has significantly improved its position in the latest governance review of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). According to the review published Tuesday, WT moved up two notches in the overall score to rank with World Athletics, World Sailing, the International Table Tennis Federation, t...
A day after destruction of inter-Korean liaison office [PHOTOS]
North Korean soldiers standing guard are seen from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Wednesday. After destroying an inter-Korean liaison office at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex Tuesday, North Korea's military said Wednesday that it will reinstall guard posts and resume military exercises at front-line areas, nullifying the t...
Korean woman target of racism in France: embassy
A Korean woman was a target of racism in the southern French city of Nice early this month, according to the Korean Embassy in France. An embassy representative told The Korea Times Monday that local police were investigating a case in which the woman in her 20s was allegedly harassed on a tram on June 6 by a man who repeatedly called her “Chinese” and blamed her for “bringin...
US embassy takes down 'Black Lives Matter' banner after two days
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul took down a “Black Lives Matter” banner from its mission building Monday, only two days after the banner was unfurled in solidarity with “the fight against racial injustice and police brutality” in the United States. In a statement sent to The Korea Times Tuesday, an embassy spokeswoman said Ambassador Harry Harris removed the banner to avoid misappr...
COVID-19 test kit maker to build second production facility
Top officials of Solgent and EDGC, including EDGC co-CEO Shin Sang-cheol, third from left in the front row, during a groundbreaking ceremony for Solgent's second production facility in Daejeon, June 10. Courtesy of EDGCBy Jung Min-hoSolGent, a subsidiary of Korean genome sequencing company EDGC, has begun building its second COVID-19 detection kit production facility in Daeje...