Tag: South Korea

​South Korea Discharges Soldier Who Underwent Sex-Change Surgery

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military on Wednesday decided to discharge a soldier who had undergone gender-reassignment surgery but wanted to remain in military service as a female. The decision was made amid an outcry from L.G.B.T. advocates in South Korea who said the soldier was being unfairly persecuted and there was no […]

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What Lunar New Year Reveals About the World’s Calendars

Update: Dates in this article have been changed for the year 2020. Lunar New Year kicks off Saturday as one of the most important holidays in Vietnam, South Korea, China and other Asian countries. Typically, it starts on the second new moon after winter solstice. On the Gregorian calendar, the civil calendar used in most […]

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First Wuhan Coronavirus Patient Identified in the United States

A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia. The man is a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., who experienced symptoms after returning from a trip to […]

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China’s Mysterious and Deadly Coronavirus Is Spreading Faster Than Previously Thought

The number of people infected by a pneumonia-like virus in China tripled over the weekend as authorities confirmed on Monday that the coronavirus had spread to many more regions and cities, including the capital Beijing. With just days to go before hundreds of millions of people travel to celebrate Chinese New Year, the tripling of […]

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‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98

SEOUL, South Korea — Shin Kyuk-ho, who built a chewing-gum business into ​the ​hugely successful Lotte ​Group in South Korea and Japan, only to see his sons squabble over the corporate empire, died on Sunday in Seoul. He was 98. The company, South Korea’s fifth-largest business conglomerate, announced the death of Mr. Shin, its founder. […]

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