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Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant before being discharged after she had the operation in Thailand while on leave, was found by emergency officials at her home in the city of Cheongju, south of Seoul.

Death of South Korea’s first transgender soldier spurs calls for change

The death of South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who was discharged last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, sparked calls from advocacy groups and activists for better protections and acknowledgement of transgender residents
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

South Korea cuts first-quarter coronavirus vaccination plan, restricts use of AstraZeneca shot

South Korea said on Monday it will not use AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine on people aged 65 and older, reversing an earlier decision, and scaled back initial vaccination targets due to delayed shipments from global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX.
South Korean trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, on Friday (Feb 5) dropped her bid to become head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), clearing the way for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the global body’s director-general.

South Korean minister officially withdraws from WTO race; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala now sole candidate

South Korean trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, on Friday (Feb 5) dropped her bid to become head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), clearing the way for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the global body’s first woman and first African director-general.
FILE PHOTO - GameStop logo is seen in this illustration taken February 2, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Regulators to meet as brokers call time on Reddit-trader rollercoaster

Hedge funds, small investors and their stockbrokers are bracing for tougher U.S. markets regulation, with officials expected to meet this week to assess the fallout from a social-media driven trading frenzy that has roiled stocks and silver prices.
South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

Iran says crew of detained South Korean vessel can leave

Iran has agreed to allow the crew members of a South Korean ship it seized for alleged environmental pollution to leave the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - A Tesla Model S electric car is seen at its dealership in Seoul, South Korea July 6, 2017. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

Tesla to recall 135,000 U.S. vehicles under pressure from auto safety regulators

Tesla Inc has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash after U.S. auto safety regulators sought the recall last month, according to a recall posted on a government website Tuesday.

South Korea says North Korea nuclear plant documents were ‘just an idea’

South Korea’s energy ministry said on Sunday that documents about a potential plan to build a nuclear power plant in North Korea were meant to suggest an “idea” but this has never been pursued as an official project.
FILE PHOTO - People take a walk on a cold winter day, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at a park in Seoul, South Korea, January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea to extend coronavirus curbs into Lunar New Year holidays

South Korea will extend its social distancing curbs by two weeks until the end of the Lunar New Year holidays as new infection clusters emerge in the country, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.
South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, January 28, 2021. REUTERS-Heo Ran

South Korean premier: North Korea, U.S. should aim for initial nuclear freeze

North Korea and the United States should seek an initial denuclearisation deal that includes a halt to the North’s nuclear activity and a cut in its programme in exchange for some sanctions relief, South Korea’s prime minister said on Thursday.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

South Korea reviews AstraZeneca vaccine for elderly under rollout plan

South Korea said on Thursday it would begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public in the third quarter but review the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to the elderly because of limited efficacy data overseas.
Joe Biden prepares to sign executive orders in the Oval Office on 20 January. Chip Somodevilla-Getty Images

South Korean president congratulates Joe Biden, says ‘America is back’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the talks process between Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, on Thursday congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as US president, tweeting: “America is back.”
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

26 U.S. soldiers, five civilians in South Korea test positive for coronavirus

The USFK said in a statement that 31 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with the COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Dec. 29, and Jan. 18.
After a judge handed down a 30-month sentence for bribery and other charges, Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee is expected to return to the same prison where he had spent a year in 2017-2018.

Samsung heir Jay Lee returns to familiar prison after ruling

After a judge handed down a 30-month sentence for bribery and other charges, Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee is expected to return to the same prison where he had spent a year in 2017-2018.
North Korea has displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a military parade in Pyongyang, state media reported on Friday.

North Korea shows off new submarine-launched missiles

North Korea has displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a military parade in Pyongyang, state media reported on Friday.

Court upholds South Korean ex-president’s 20-year jail sentence

South Korea’s highest court upheld the 20-year prison sentence of ex-president Park Geun Hye on Thursday.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Kim Jong-un says North Korea’s economic plan failed

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has admitted his five-year economic plan for the isolated country failed to meet its targets in “almost every sector”.
South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun is scheduled to visit Tehran on Sunday, a visit that was previously scheduled and during which a range of bilateral issues will be discussed, the ministry said on Tuesday.

Yonhap: South Korea delegation heads to Iran to seek release of seized tanker

A South Korean delegation is heading to Iran on Wednesday to seek the release of a chemicals tanker and its 20-member crew seized in Gulf waters by Iranian forces, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea sends warship after Iran seizes tanker

A South Korean warship with anti-piracy soldiers on board is moving towards the Strait of Hormuz, close to where a South Korean oil tanker was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images

South Korea to send delegation to Tehran after Iran seizes tanker

South Korea is sending a delegation to Iran to seek the release of a tanker seized in Gulf waters by Iranian forces, with a senior diplomat set to go ahead with a scheduled visit to Tehran on Sunday amid tensions over $7bn in Iranian funds frozen in Korean banks due to sanctions imposed by the United States.
FILE PHOTO - Women wearing masks walk in a shopping district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, January 4, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea coronavirus death toll passes 1,000, gyms protest distancing rules

The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus in South Korea passed 1,000 on Tuesday, while an increasing number of gym owners said they would reopen in protest against strict social distancing rules.
A woman walks past a painting outside an art school in Mumbai, India, December 30, 2020. REUTERS-Francis Mascarenhas

Asia tiptoes into the New Year – after a harrowing 2020

As Asia says goodbye to 2020 - a tumultuous year that saw the planet roiled by a deadly pandemic - celebrations will be smaller, shorter and more muted amid fears of coronavirus flare-ups.
The number of coronavirus cases linked to an outbreak in the Dongbu Detention Centre in Seoul has reached 762.

Coronavirus: Over 700 infected in Seoul prison, 1 death – report

The number of coronavirus cases linked to an outbreak in the Dongbu Detention Centre in Seoul has reached 762.

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Nigerian Army appoints new GOCs, PSO, others

The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers, commandant of tri-service institution and army training centres, corps commanders, among other positions to man the various divisions, units and commands of the service.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

Rivers governor: Good infrastructure reward for people’s resistance when army ‘tried to rig’ election

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.
The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for granting recognition to the trade union in spite of an alleged deregistration plot against it by a rival union.

ASUSS lauds Nigerian government over recognition as legal trade union

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for granting recognition to the trade union in spite of an alleged deregistration plot against it by a rival union.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army commanding officer, four others laid to rest in Borno

The Nigerian Army has buried a commanding officer and four other soldiers killed in the attack on the military base in Marte local government of Borno state.
Bruno Fernandes has responded to critics who claim he hasn’t done enough in the big games this season. Fernandes joined Manchester United in the January transfer window of 2020. Since then, he has been an absolute sensation, scoring 23 and assisting 17 in 41 Premier League appearances.

Bruno Fernandes hits back at critics ahead of Manchester derby

Bruno Fernandes has responded to critics who claim he hasn’t done enough in the big games this season.

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FILE PHOTO - Personal items of one of the students from JSS Jangebe school are seen on the bed, a day after over 300 school girls were abducted by bandits, in Zamfara, Nigeria February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

CSOs call for adequate security as Katsina reopens boarding schools

Following the reopening of four boarding schools in Katsina State, civil society organizations (CSOs) in the state have called for the immediate provision of adequate security to schools across the state for efficient and effective learning.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool can no longer hope to defend their Premier League title.

Manchester City in bizarre spat with Opta

Manchester City are in another battle with stats boffins Opta over Pep Guardiola’s managerial record.
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Seplat releases full year audited result, to pay dividends

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE), has announced its audited results for 2020, recording a revenue of $530.5 million.
There was a fire outbreak at a section of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Wednesday.

Fire engulfs section of Lagos airport

There was a fire outbreak at a section of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Wednesday.
Manchester United were left frustrated by a VAR penalty controversy in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Manchester United frustrated by penalty row in Chelsea draw

Second-placed United had hoped to close the gap on Manchester City with a victory at Stamford Bridge. But instead they now sit 12 points behind the Premier League leaders as their title hopes fade following a run of one win from four games.