Daily Archive: October 14, 2021

Wine imports almost double this year amid pandemic

South Korea’s wine imports nearly doubled in the first eight months of 2021 from a year earlier as more people enjoyed drinking at home and alone amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trend reports citing Yonhap.Asia’s fourth-largest economy imported US$370.5…

Individual battles going down the wire in KBO

SEOUL– KT Wiz slugger Kang Baek-ho has batted .314 in his last 10 games. And somehow, he has fallen off the pace in the race for the batting title in South Korean baseball this year.That’s because Kang has managed only one hit in his last 11 at-bats. …

Military reports 8 additional COVID-19 cases

SEOUL– South Korea’s military reported eight more COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total caseload among its personnel to 1,951, the defense ministry said.Seven Army soldiers, including three trainees at a boot camp, and a Navy member tested posit…

Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo dies at 71

SEOUL– Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo died Thursday after battling blood cancer, officials here said. He was 71.Lee served as prime minister shortly between February and April in 2015 under then President Park Geun-hye before stepping …

Suspect in brutal murder says ready to accept death penalty

SEOUL– A murder suspect, who stunned the nation in August for killing one woman before cutting off his electronic ankle monitor and another afterward, admitted to his charges in his first court trial Thursday.The 56-year-old suspect, Kang Yoon-seong, …

New cases near 2,000 amid rising vaccination rate

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily new COVID-19 cases neared the 2,000s on Thursday, but the daily caseload dropped from a week ago as the country ramped up its vaccination rate in a move to prepare for a gradual return to normal life.The country added 1,940 …

Opposition lawmaker referred to prosecution on bribery charges

SUWON, South Korea– Police referred Rep. Jung Chan-min of the main opposition People Power Party to the prosecution Thursday on charges of taking bribes from a construction company when he was mayor of Yongin, south of Seoul.Jung was arrested last wee…

S. Korea, UAE agree to push for free trade deal

South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced Thursday that they will launch official talks toward a bilateral free trade agreement, Seoul’s trade ministry said, Trend reports citing Yonhap.Trade Minister Yeon Han-koo met his UAE counterpart…