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South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from the MERS virus, following the largest outbreak outside the Middle East that has infected 25 people and triggered widespread public alarm. A 58-year-old woman died of acute respiratory failure Monday and tests later came back positive for MERS (Middle East Respiratory ...

Jun 3, 2015

South Korea test-fires missiles that can strike all of North Korea

South Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired two domestically built ballistic missiles that can hit all of North Korea, officials said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North’s push to bolster its nuclear and missile capabilities. The missiles, which had a reported range ...

Jun 2, 2015

Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 lawsuit

Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out-of-court settlement in the tragedy’s first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government. Lawyer Arunan Selvaraj said Tuesday the mother of the boys decided ...

Survivors heard yelling for help in sinking China boat

Jun 2, 2015

Survivors heard yelling for help in sinking China boat

Rescuers pulled out six trapped survivors after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China’s Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said. At least other ...

Jun 2, 2015

KFC sues Chinese companies over online rumors about its food products

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government ...

Jun 1, 2015

U.S., Vietnam discuss halting South China Sea reclamations

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter discussed halting land reclamation in the South China Sea with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi on Monday in talks focused on maritime security. The meeting came after the United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to all ...

Jun 1, 2015

More than 680 in South Korea quarantined over MERS virus

More than 680 people in South Korea have been placed in isolation after having contact with those infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday. South Korea has reported 17 cases of Middle East ...

Jun 1, 2015

South Korea, China sign free trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than $200 billion. The pact — largely agreed in November and signed by the two ...