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More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday.
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More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS fears


South Korea's health minister apologized Sunday for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing "utmost efforts" to curb the disease's spread as the number infected rose to 15.

South Korea confirmed five more MERS cases Friday, bringing the total number of patients infected with the potentially deadly virus to 12, including a man who defied a quarantine protocol and traveled to China, health officials said.

Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

WASHINGTON - As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.
Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss North nuke threat


Samsung Group announced Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family.
Samsung announces it will merge two of its major units


Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.
Women's walk across DMZ denied; they cross by bus


The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws.
Appeals court frees 'nut rage' Korean Air heiress


Seoul said Thursday that three people have been infected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and 64 people, including health care workers and the patients' families, are being monitored for possible infection.
S. Korea confirms third MERS case; 64 being monitored


South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister -- a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration.

North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats on Wednesday, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturized warheads on high-precision long range rockets, in a clear warning to the United States.

A South Korean court ruled Wednesday in favor of a group of leprosy patients seeking compensation from the government for forced abortions and sterilization, in the latest ruling that sheds light on decades-long abuses.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea had cancelled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.
UN chief says North Korea cancels invitation to visit

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