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2 people die after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine – Reports

Two South Korean citizens, who had multiple underlying diseases, died after receiving AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine, media reported on Wednesday, citing officials.

Myanmar’s military junta recalls 100 diplomats from 19 nations – Reports

Myanmar’s military authorities have recalled at least 100 diplomats from its missions in 19 countries in the wake of a controversial speech by the Asian country’s envoy to the UN, U Kyaw Moe Tun, an official said.

North Korea shows off new submarine-launched missiles 

North Korea has displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, SLBM, at a military parade in Pyongyang, state media reported on Friday.

North Korea’s Kim to expand relations with South – Report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has addressed the ruling Workers’ Party with a report mapping out the course of relationship expansion with the South, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday.

Bird flu: China bans importation of poultry from France

China implemented a ban on imports of poultry and related products from France where an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been reported.

Bird flu: South Korea destroys over 13.6m poultry in 2 months – Ministry

South Korean farms have culled 13.6 million poultry nationwide as part of measures to contain the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Wednesday.

GDP: IMF ranks Nigeria 1st in Africa, 26th in the world

Nigeria stands as the number one country in Africa in the International Monetary Fund, IMF, 2020 World Economic Outlook’s ratings of countries. Using countries’ GDPs,...

COVID-19 Second Wave: Japan bars foreigners’ from entry

Japan on Monday imposed new COVID-19 response measures that include a ban on entrance for non-resident foreigners from most countries until the end of January to “protect” citizens, authorities announced.

COVID-19: Singapore Airlines launches test, vaccination app

Singapore’s national airline is testing what it calls “a new digital health verification process,” which will allow passengers to present their coronavirus testing and vaccination status on their mobile or smart phones during travel.

BREAKING: UK’s new COVID-19 variant enters Nigeria – Scientists  

Scientists at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, say they have found the United Kingdom’s ‘lineage B.1.1.7,’ a mutant variant of the COVID-19 global pandemic, in Nigeria.

Russia to sell its COVID-19 vaccine at $10 per dose

It added that it would cost less than $10 a dose in international markets.

American Music Awards: Taylor Swift named artist of year for sixth time

Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday and won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus curbs.

7 U.S. soldiers test positive for COVID-19 in South Korea

Seven more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19 amid lingering worry about the virus spreading there, the U.S. Forces Korea, USFK, said on Thursday.

COVID-19: 849 schools shut down as infections rise in South Korea

As the coronavirus infections soared to a five-month high in South Korea on Friday, a record number of schools nationwide were forced to shut down to protect children and educators from the novel coronavirus.

North Korea plans to send ’12m’ propaganda leaflets to S. Korea

North Korea is preparing to send about 12 million propaganda leaflets to South Korea using 3,000 balloons, state media reported on Monday.

Samsung launches app to measure blood pressure with wearable device

Samsung Electronics, South Korea’s tech giant, said on Thursday that it had launched an application to measure blood pressure with its wearable device.

We’re preparing for 2nd COVID-19 infections as autumn, winter seasons begin – South korea

South Korea’s health authorities said on Thursday that it would prepare medical resources for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 infections this autumn and winter in conjunction with the flu season.

COVID-19: Over 2,500 global shows, exhibitions cancelled this year – Report

More than 2, 500 performing art shows and exhibitions have been canceled for the first four months of this year, resulting in heavy financial damage to the arts industry, a report showed Wednesday.

Saudi suspends travel to, from 9 countries over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia, on Monday suspended flights to and from nine countries as a precautionary measure to control and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Coronavirus: South Korean govt jerks up supplementary budget by $20trn – Minister

South Korea’s government is preparing an extra budget bill worth around 20 trillion won (16.7 billion dollars) to fight against the new coronavirus, the interior minister said on Monday.

K-pop singer bags 6-year jail term for rape, sharing secret sex videos

A South Korean court sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the country’s lucrative entertainment industry.

Abubakar Bello secures $900,000 grant from South Korea to ‘urbanise’ Niger

The Niger Government says a 900,000 dollar grant has been approved by the South Korean government for the preparation for the state urban policy.

South Korean fire department helicopter crashes with 7 on board

There was no sign of survivors from the crash of a fire department helicopter off South Korea’s eastern coast, local media reported on Friday.

Wife of South Korea’s former justice minister arrested over corruption scandal

South Korean authorities on Thursday arrested the wife of a former justice minister, who was at the centre of a graft scandal and was a close political confidant of President Moon Jae-in after a court upheld prosecutors’ request for a warrant.

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