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The Taste of Defeat: Chex Flavor Hits South Korea

Green onion-flavored cereal had lost a contested consumer vote years ago

(Newser) - South Koreans have waited 16 years for a savory, crispy bite that would satisfy their taste buds and right an infamous wrong. This week, they finally could fill a bowl with the cereal they wanted all along: green onion-flavored Chex. Kellogg's Korea's limited-edition flavor released this week, complete... More »

Leaflets on Kim's Wife Were 'the Last Straw'

Russian ambassador says 'propaganda' featuring Ri Sol Ju was 'a special kind of dirty'

(Newser) - We may now know why North Korea was so upset with a recent round of anti-Pyongyang leaflets floated across the border from South Korea. Leaflets launched May 31—two weeks before North Korean officials blew up a joint liaison office —included provocative, Photoshopped images of Kim Jong Un's... More »

North Korea Suspends Military Retaliation Against South

After weeks of ramping up tensions, a de-escalation

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday that Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, in an apparent slowing of the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. Last week, the North had declared relations with the South as fully... More »

North Korea: We're Sending in the Troops

Country vows to resume military exercises, reestablish guard posts near southern border

(Newser) - South Korea's unification minister is offering to resign a day after North Korea blew up the joint liaison office on its side of the border and accused its neighbor of acting like a "mongrel dog." Kim Yeon-chul put forth his resignation while claiming responsibility for worsening relations... More »

North Korea Just Blew Up Liaison Office With South

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South Korea in North's city of Kaesong

(Newser) - Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, issued an ominous-sounding warning over the weekend, and it looks like she's made good on her word: the North blew up the joint liaison office it shared with South Korea in the North Korean border city of... More »

China Gets Worst Virus News in 2 Months

57 new cases on Sunday

(Newser) - China on Sunday reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in two months after closing the biggest wholesale food market in Beijing and locking down nearby communities. The 57 new confirmed infections included 36 in Beijing. The Xinfadi market on Beijing’s southeastern side was closed Saturday and neighboring... More »

Kim Jong Un's Sister Issues a Threat to Her 'Enemy'

Kim Yo Jong flexes her muscle in explosive speech

(Newser) - The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened military action against South Korea as she bashed Seoul on Saturday over declining bilateral relations and its inability to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border, the AP reports. Describing South Korea as an "enemy,"... More »

N. Korea: We're Done Talking

Country has reportedly ended all communication with its 'enemy' South Korea

(Newser) - South Korea's missed phone call with North Korea on Monday wasn't just a one-time hiccup. Though officials in the North did answer a later call, North Korea now says it has cut all communication with its "enemy" to the south, including through the North-South joint liaison office,... More »

S. Korea on Daily Phone Call to North: They Didn't Pick Up

First time since joint liaison office opened in 2018 that one of 2 daily phone calls was dissed

(Newser) - North Korea and South Korea have two daily phone calls: one at 9am and one at 5pm, no matter what, as part of an initiative that began in 2018 to keep communication flowing and ease tensions between the two nations. But on Monday, the former didn't pick up when... More »

League: Soccer Team Didn't Use 'Common Sense' With Dolls

FC Seoul didn't intentionally order sex dolls, but should have figured it out, says K-League

(Newser) - A professional soccer team in South Korea has received a record fine after using sex dolls to fill stadium seats . Since the K-League resumed games in empty stadiums earlier this month, teams have been recreating the atmosphere with crowd noises and cardboard cutouts of people. FC Seoul went a different... More »

Oops: Team's Mannequins Not Exactly Family Fare

They're made by a sex-doll company

(Newser) - Soccer is resuming in South Korea, and one team added mannequins to the otherwise empty stands to provide a sense of normalcy. One problem: Sharp-eyed fans watching on TV noticed the mannequins looked more like sex dolls, albeit fully clothed ones, reports the Guardian . One giveaway: Some were sporting advertisements... More »

Nations Praised for Their Virus Policies Run Into Problems

Germany and South Korea have to clamp down

(Newser) - South Korea's capital closed down more than 2,100 bars and other nightspots Saturday because of a new cluster of coronavirus infections, and Germany scrambled to contain fresh outbreaks at slaughterhouses, underscoring the dangers authorities face as they try to reopen their economies, the AP reports. Germany and South... More »

China, S. Korea Report More Cases as Economies Reopen

'A drop of ink in clear water spreads swiftly'

(Newser) - China and South Korea both reported more coronavirus infections Friday after reopening economies damaged by devastating outbreaks. Around the globe, governments are opting to accept the risks of easing pandemic-fighting restrictions that left huge numbers of people without income or safety nets, the AP reports. South Korea's 13 fresh... More »

Live From South Korea, Baseball Returns to ESPN

Opening Day is Tuesday on network

(Newser) - ESPN's search for a sport being played during the pandemic shutdown has paid off. Starting Tuesday, the network will carry six games a week from the KBO League. South Korean baseball is the only professional league playing through the pandemic, the Wrap reports. "I hope the KBO League... More »

Shots Fired at Korean Border

N. Korean soldiers fire several shots at S. Korean guardpost, South fires back

(Newser) - North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border on Sunday, the South’s military said, the first such incident since the rivals took unprecedented steps to lower front-line animosities. While Sunday’s incident is a reminder of persistent tensions, it didn’t cause any known casualties on... More »

South Korea Celebrates a COVID Milestone

No new domestic cases reported Thursday

(Newser) - For the first time in more than two months, South Korea has no new domestic coronavirus cases to report. The country, which reported 909 new daily cases at the peak of its outbreak on Feb. 29, reported just four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, all of which came from... More »

South Korea: We Don't Buy Rumors About Kim

Government in Seoul casts doubts on reports of him being in dire condition

(Newser) - As Kim Jong Un remains out of the public eye, South Korea is firmly denouncing reports that the North Korean leader is in dire health. The South's unification minister, Kim Yeon-chul, told a closed-door forum in Seoul that the South has "enough intelligence to confidently say that there... More »

From Overseas, a Big Question Mark on the Virus

'Recovered' patients in China, S. Korea test positive; experts suspect reactivation, faulty tests

(Newser) - Data out of South Korea has put a question mark on the supposed immunity afforded patients who've recovered from the coronavirus. According to South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 51 recovered patients returned positive tests within days of leaving quarantine in the city of Daegu—"... More »

Well, a Celeb Pulled an April Fools' Coronavirus Prank

K-pop star Jaejoong ended up taking the post down

(Newser) - A K-pop star apparently didn't get the April 1 memo. As governments across the globe went so far as to issue warnings against pulling coronavirus-related April Fools' Day jokes, the singer Jaejoong from the K-pop group JYJ told his 1.9 million fans on Instagram he'd been diagnosed... More »

Coronavirus May Worsen Another World Problem

How the disease is spreading calls attention to income inequality

(Newser) - Here's a coronavirus concern you may not have considered: The pandemic is hitting low-income people the hardest and exacerbating inequality around the world, the New York Times reports. Reasons are complex, but studies show that people below the poverty line are about 10% more likely to have chronic health... More »

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