South Korean military says North Korea fired two projectiles

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019   •   514

Chief of Public Affairs in Joint Chief of Staff (JCS), Kim Joon-Rak

North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles on Tuesday (September 10) morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, hours after a senior diplomat announced Pyongyang would be willing to resume negotiations with the United States later in September.

The “short-range projectiles” were launched from around Kaechon in South Pyongan province at around 7:00 a.m. KST (2200 GMT Monday) towards the east and flew about 330 km (205 miles), according to the JCS.

Tuesday’s launch was the eighth by North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the heavily militarized border between the two Koreas in June.

The launches came after North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said on Monday (September 9) Pyongyang was willing to have “comprehensive discussions” with the United States in late September at a time and place to be agreed. (Reuters)

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Seoul mayor bans rallies amid virus outbreak

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

South Korea’s capital Seoul is banning rallies and shutting down branches of the Shincheonji Church amid the country’s spike in cases of coronavirus, the city’s mayor said on Friday (February 21).

“We have decided that special measures need to be taken against spaces which induce close contact between people,” Seoul mayor Park Won-soon said at a news conference.

“Seoul will ban the use of Seoul City Hall square, Cheonggye plaza, and Gwanghwamun square, where many citizens gather,” Mayor Park added.

South Korea has 156 cases of the virus, out of which 111 patients are from or nearby Daegu, a city 237 kilometers (147 miles) southeast of the capital.

Most have been traced to an infected 61-year-old woman who attended services at a Daegu branch of the said church in recent weeks.

As of Friday, more than 400 members of the Shincheonji Church are showing symptoms of the disease and tests were still ongoing, according to Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin. — Channel A via Reuters Connect

Fears grow in Seoul as South Korea confirms first death from coronavirus

UNTV News   •   February 20, 2020

Seoul residents said they were worried after South Korea reported on Wednesday (February 19) the first death in the country of a person infected with coronavirus.

The country has recorded 22 new cases, bringing the total to 104.

The exact cause of death is being investigated, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

Some residents called the government for proper response and measures to contain the virus.

Most of the new cases confirmed are in the city of Daegu where a person who was infected with the virus had attended church services and visited a hospital before testing positive.

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British TV presenter Flack died by hanging — inquest hears

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2020

Caroline Flack

British television presenter Caroline Flack was found hanged in her London flat on Saturday (February 15) and paramedics were unable to revive her, an inquest into her death heard.

The suicide of the 40-year-old former presenter of the hugely popular “Love Island” dating show has reignited a debate in Britain about the conduct of the tabloid press and social media trolls.

Coroner’s Officer Sandra Polson told the court that police had been flagged down on the street by an unidentified person who had led them to a residential address. There, a woman was found lying on her back.

An ambulance arrived and paramedics attempted CPR but were unable to revive her. She was pronounced dead at 1436 GMT on Saturday.

An autopsy determined that the cause of death was suspension by ligature. The coroner adjourned the rest of the inquest until Aug. 5. (Reuters)

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