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A plus-size challenge to South Korea's beauty 'norm'

Aug 30, 2016 - 12:38 PM

A South Korean plus size model takes on online trolls in a culture defying campaign to persuade curvy women they have nothing to be ashamed of

FASHION FORWARD. This picture taken on August 6, 2016 shows South Korean plus-size model Vivian Geeyang Kim (R) helping her client Baek Soo-Jung (L) to choose a swimsuit at her clothing shop office in Seoul. Jung Yeon-je/AFP

How one man spread a killer virus in hospital

Jul 09, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Our results show the increased potential of MERS virus infection from a single patient in an overcrowded emergency room say researchers from Samsung Medical Center where the outbreak occurred

MERS. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korean man first MERS-related death since July

Oct 25, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The victim was said to be cured already but had been battling an acute lung ailment a complication of the virus

MERS-COV. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015. File photo by Yonhap News/EPA

South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

Jul 28, 2015 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn: I ask the public to shake off all concerns over MERS and to resume normal daily activities including economic cultural leisure and school activities

ISOLATION. A member of a medical team wearing protective clothing treating a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient in a room on an isolation ward at Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 10, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Normality returns to hospital at center of Korea MERS crisis

Jul 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The past two weeks have seen no new reported cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

World Population Day: Women, RH, and disasters

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Natural disasters have a strong impact on women and girls On top of this they suffer from another kind of disaster one that deprives them of their reproductive rights

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

Jun 28, 2015 - 12:54 PM

The virus s mortality rate continues to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appears to slow

Two women wearing face masks sit on a street in Seoul on June 14, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

South Korean hospitals suspend services as MERS outbreak spreads

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:04 PM

The new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome include two who were in the same hospital ward as other patients with the potentially deadly virus

OFF LIMITS. Medical workers deny outpatients entry to a hospital in the city of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea, June 24, 2015, after a nurse at the hospital tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Yonhap/EPA

Samsung heir apologizes over South Korea MERS outbreak

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul one of the country s top hospitals accounts for about half of all 175 confirmed cases of MERS in South Korea the largest outbreak of the disease outside Saudi Arabia

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea: No new MERS cases for first time in 16 days

Jun 20, 2015 - 4:07 PM

In Thailand which reported Southeast Asia s first case of MERS since the virus was confirmed in South Korea authorities work to contain the outbreak

MERS PRECAUTIONS. South Korean soldiers wear face masks as they march after a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of Korean Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 6, 2015. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea reports 20th MERS death

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Criticism grows over authorities ability to contain the outbreak with alarming reports of new cases slipping through a quarantine that already affects thousands

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

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Jun 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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South Korea reports 3 MERS deaths as new cases fall

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

UPDATED The number of new cases has been gradually declining from 12 on Friday June 12 to 4 on Tuesday sparking hopes that the outbreak might be showing early signs of easing

ALERT. Employees wearing protective facial masks stand guard in front of a closed emergency room, at Seoul Boramae Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea reports 16th MERS death, 5 new cases

Jun 15, 2015 - 1:52 PM

The total number of cases – including the 16 deaths – rises to 150 South Korea s health ministry says adding 17 patients are in unstable condition

Two women wearing face masks sit on a street in Seoul on June 14, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea reports 15th MERS death, 7 new cases

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED The overall number of people across the nation who came into contact with patients and were put under quarantine rises to 4 856

FOR SAFETY. Foreign tourists wearing face masks arrive at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, 12 June 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Yonhap/EPA

Woman tests negative for MERS after panic in Hong Kong

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Residents in Hong Kong are particularly sensitive after an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS killed 299 people in the city in 2003

WARNING. A notice warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is displayed at the departure hall in Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, June 9, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

South Korean MERS cases rise to 122

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The number of fatalities remain at 9 with no new deaths in the last 24 hours the health ministry says

ISOLATION. A member of a medical team wearing protective clothing treating a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient in a room on an isolation ward at Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 10, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Woman isolated in Hong Kong hospital over MERS

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:41 PM

The suspected MERS carrier visited South Korea from May 23 27 officials say

WARNINGS. A woman walks past notice warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at the departure hall in Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, June 9, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

Don't fear MERS, Korean doctors say

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:00 PM

After studying the first two cases Korean researchers are able to study the virus and provide initial information on how it can be contained

PRECAUTION. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Yonhap/EPA

Park postpones US trip as South Korea MERS death toll hits 9

Jun 10, 2015 - 9:14 AM

UPDATED The decision to delay the June 14 18 visit came after Park s administration came under fire for its alleged insufficient response to the crisis

PROTECTIVE GEAR. Members of a medical team in front of a closed hospital emergency room at Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 9, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea reports 7th MERS death, vows to end outbreak

Jun 09, 2015 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED The latest fatality involved a 68 year old woman who came into contact with a MERS patient at a hospital in Seoul on May 27 and 28 the health ministry says

COVERED. A South Korean woman together with soldiers wearing protective facial masks walk at a street in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

MERS in South Korea: 6th death, surge in infections

Jun 08, 2015 - 11:01 AM

UPDATED From just 4 cases two weeks ago the total number of infections now stands at 87 including fatalities; the outbreak triggers widespread public concern in South Korea with 2 300 people placed under quarantine

QUARANTINE. A member of a medical team walks in front of a closed hospital emergency room at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 5, 2015. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

South Korea vows 'all-out' fight vs MERS outbreak

Jun 07, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED The number of infections rise to 64 after 14 new cases including one death of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS are confirmed on Saturday night by the health ministry

Fresh cases, 700 schools closed in South Korea MERS outbreak

Jun 04, 2015 - 10:18 AM

UPDATED Five more cases are confirmed bringing the total number of known infections to 35 the health ministry says

PRECAUTION. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea president urges action as MERS outbreak closes schools

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:04 PM

UPDATED The current outbreak in South Korea is the largest outside Saudi Arabia

EMPTY CHAIRS, EMPTY TABLES. A general view shows an empty classroom at an elementary school in Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province, central South Korea, 03 June 2015. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea reports first MERS deaths to growing alarm

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The latest outbreak – the largest outside the Middle East – triggered widespread public alarm in the Asia s fourth largest economy

QUARANTINE. Arriving passengers from the Middle East pass by a thermal camera at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2015. Yonhap/EPA

Seoul Korea president scolds health officials over MERS scare

Jun 01, 2015 - 1:03 PM

President Park: The initial response to MERS was insufficient

QUARANTINE. Arriving passengers from the Middle East pass by a thermal camera at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2015. Yonhap/EPA