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Omicron variant feared to be spreading nationwide

Omicron variant feared to be spreading nationwide

The health authorities here are moving to a higher state of alert as it is suspected the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been spreading across the country including Seoul since the first cases were reported here Dec. 1. Three foreign college students, studying at Seoul National University (SNU), Kyung Hee University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), respectively, have tested positive for the variant, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Tuesday. These are the first cases of the Omicron variant confirmed in the capital, following multiple cases detected in Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, and Jincheon in North Chungcheong Province.

Korea faces tougher dilemma over Olympics, peace initiative

Korea faces tougher dilemma over Olympics, peace initiative

South Korea, long sandwiched between the United States and China amid their flaring tensions, finds itself newly cornered into a choice between the two powerhouses, with the fate of the outgoing Moon Jae-in administration's last-ditch peace initiative lying in their hands. South Korea has continued its difficult balancing act, trying to juggle economic ties with China and its much-needed security alliance with the U.S.

Fed's earlier end to tapering prompts call for Korea to increase dollar reserves

Fed's earlier end to tapering prompts call for Korea to increase dollar reserves

Korea should increase its foreign exchange reserves amid escalating fears over the rapid rise of the won-dollar exchange rate, with the U.S. Fed sending repeated signals to put an earlier end to tapering its asset purchase program, economists said Tuesday.

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Samsung replaces CEOs of 3 key business units

Samsung replaces CEOs of 3 key business units

Samsung Electronics replaced the CEOs of its semiconductor, home appliances and mobile phone divisions, Tuesday, and also merged the latter two units in what is believed to be a move to accelerate future growth under Lee Jae-yong, the head of the conglomerate.

Cast speak about growing up with 'Spider-Man'

Cast speak about growing up with 'Spider-Man'

Tom Holland, who plays the titular hero in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” described how his take on Peter Parker differs from earlier Spider-Man runs starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

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Foreign professor flees while being investigated for embezzling research funds

Foreign professor flees while being investigated for embezzling research funds

A foreign professor at Seoul National University (SNU) fled to his home country while being investigated on suspicions of embezzling more than 100 million won ($84,638) in research funds. Investigators failed to impose an overseas travel ban on the academic while looking into the case.

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