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HONG KONG (AFP): Stocks fell in Asia on Thursday (Nov 19) as a global rally fuelled by vaccine optimism gives way to the harsh reality of surging infections that are forcing fresh lockdowns and threatening to shock the global economy again.
SEOUL: South Korea's finance minister said on Thursday the government will buy properties to convert them into public housing to address a shortage of rental homes across the nation.
SEOUL (ANN): The US Central Intelligence Agency took the family of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after Kim Jong-nam was murdered in February 2017, although it is unclear where the family resides now, said a Korean American writer.
TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Daily coronavirus cases in Tokyo and South Korea hit fresh highs on Wednesday, as pollution-cloaked New Delhi struggled with rising cases and Australia reported a highly contagious virus strain which forced a state-wide lockdown.
HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets mostly rose Wednesday (Nov 18) but investors were shifting cautiously as they weighed hopes for a virus vaccine against surging infections around the world that threaten an already stuttering economic recovery.
SEOUL (Yonhap/The Korea Herald/ANN): South Korea's new coronavirus cases hovered above 300 on Wednesday (Nov 18) to reach the highest level since late August, setting alarm bells ringing over another potential wave of the pandemic.
SEOUL (Reuters) - A growing number of South Korean women are training to be morticians, a field from which they had long been excluded, amid changing views on gender roles and a rising preference for women's bodies to be handled by women.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported on Wednesday 313 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest since August, as cluster infections continued to emerge from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings, prompting authorities to tighten social distancing rules.
Hong Kong: Asian airlines rallied as hopes the world could begin to return to normal were boosted by news that another vaccine candidate appeared to be effective against the coronavirus.