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Korea set to shift to new response measures against Omicron spread

Korea set to shift to new response measures against Omicron spread

The Korean government will soon shift to a new response system to deal with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. President Moon Jae-in called for swift action Monday to fend off the highly-transmissible variant, according to health authorities, Monday. The President also asked the public to refrain from visiting their families and relatives during the Lunar New Year holidays, warning that Omicron has become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the country as of last week. Senior Presidential Secretary for Public Communication Park Soo-hyun quoted Moon as saying that the Omicron variant became the dominant strain and an explosive increase in confirmed cases could be possible. “President Moon demanded the government swiftly take responsive measures,” Park said.

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Over 100 dogs rescued from dog meat farms find new homes in US, Canada

Over 100 dogs rescued from dog meat farms find new homes in US, Canada

INCHEON ― Russell the dog was once destined to be food, as he was locked up in a dirty wire cage on a dog meat farm in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. But his fate changed after being rescued last October, and he was put on a flight bound for Toronto in search of a new family three months later. Russell is among the 110 canines that were rescued from dog meat farms across the country last year by the Korean office of the Humane Society International (HSI), a U.S.-based animal rights group. The rescued dogs flew to the United States and Canada for overseas adoption between Jan. 14 and 18.

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Korean stocks tumble after declines on Wall Street

Korean stocks tumble after declines on Wall Street

The Korean stock market tumbled Monday in the wake of Wall Street's fall last week stoked by jitters over the Fed's looming rate hikes, analysts said Monday.

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Extra budget feared to lead to rate hikes, inflation, burdening vulnerable

Extra budget feared to lead to rate hikes, inflation, burdening vulnerable

The government is drawing up another 14 trillion won ($11.7 billion) budget to support small business owners afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but ironically, it is feared that the extra budget will add yet more of a burden to affected households and businesses, as the situation is set to trigger a rise in lending rates as well as consumer prices.

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Webtoons grow as entertainment industry tool to expand intellectual property

Webtoons grow as entertainment industry tool to expand intellectual property

Day by day, it is becoming more difficult to define “webtoons” simply within the genre of comics. As more K-pop agencies, drama production houses and even game developers are joining to create web comics based on their original content, webtoons have become a crucial marketing tool to expand the scope of their intellectual property (IP) and build unique “universes” that will attract devoted fan bases.

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Mexican envoy revisits ever-growing Korea-Mexico ties

Mexican envoy revisits ever-growing Korea-Mexico ties

Korea and Mexico will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties on Jan. 26. Mexico is considered Korea's gateway to Latin America, being Korea's largest trading partner in Latin America.

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