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Torrential rains kill five in south

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JoongAng Daily

Bus and car swept away by water, and one nuclear plant shut

Torrential rain hit the southeastern part of the country yesterday, causing five fatal accidents including a bus being swept away by rainwater that killed at least one of its passengers in Changwon, South Gyeongsang.

The Changwon police yesterday reported that a bus was washed into a flooded river and was completely submerged when it hit a bridge.

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Two N. Koreans swim across sea border to S. Korea

08/14/2014 02:21 GMT

SEOUL, August 14, 2014 (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.

Two men -- in their 20s and 50s -- swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4:00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.

"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokeswoman said

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S. Korea offers $13.3 mn for UN aid projects in North

08/11/2014 03:09 GMT

SEOUL, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea said Monday it would provide $13.3 million in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea -- its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

Seoul's Unification Ministry seven million dollars would go to World Food Programme (WFP) projects in the North, and $6.3 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The decision came a month after the ministry approved $2.9-million in financial support for Seoul civic groups providing assistance to North Korea.

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S. Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

07/15/2014 04:27 GMT

SEOUL, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea announced Tuesday state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago.

The South's Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to North Korea that was introduced after the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in 2010.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10

Highlights

  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Republic of Korea 30-May-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 rice production forecast similar to last year’s average level

  • Cereal imports forecast to increase slightly in the 2013/14 marketing year

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China + 4 others
East Asia Regional Delegation Annual Report 2013 (MAA54001)

Period covered: January to December 2013

Overview

East Asia Regional Delegation

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Peace, prosperity and disaster management

By Andy McElroy

SEOUL, 29 April 2014 – Cooperation in disaster management is a key element of building peace and prosperity in North-East Asia, a high-level regional conference has been told.

The International Forum for Trilateral Cooperation between China, Japan and the Republic of Korea –collectively home to 22 percent of the world’s population and responsible for 20 percent of global trade volume – heard that disaster management represented a “key area” of progress in regional relations.

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Le PAM apprécie la réponse des donateurs à l'appel des victimes de la faim en RDC

KINSHASA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) tient à remercier les donateurs qui ont récemment mobilisé plus de 48 millions de dollars américains pour l’assistance alimentaire en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ces fonds proviennent de la Banque africaine pour le développement, la France, l’Irlande, le Japon, l’Arabie Saoudite, la Corée du Sud, la Suède, la Suisse, la Turquie, et les Etats-Unis.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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60 schools to be built by South Korean military contingents in Leyte

By: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 1 (PIA) – The South Korean government through its military contingents is planning to construct 60 elementary schools in Leyte, a province in Eastern Visayas hardly hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

This is in line with the rebuilding mission of the South Korean military contingents in Leyte called “Araw” led by Col. Chul Won Lee who has been here for two months now.

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East Asia Regional Delegation Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA54001)

1. Executive Summary

Overall Project/Program Status:

The support provided by the East Asia Regional Delegation (EARD) in respect to the objectives of these projects has been on target. A strong team supporting regional representation, resource mobilization, information/communications, and planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) continues to scale up support and output, during this very busy time of year.

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Powdered milk sent to hungry babies in North

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JoongAng Daily

A South Korean civic group sent a large shipment of food aid for North Korean infants, a major humanitarian assistance approved by the Park Geun-hye administration.

A ship carrying 26,000 cans of powdered milk totaling 22.1 tons departed for North Korea yesterday from Incheon Port, west of Seoul. The amount can feed about 13,000 babies for a month, according to the civic group 1090 Peace and Unification Campaign, which is in partnership with the JoongAng Ilbo.

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Seoul to Allow Aid Shipments to N.Korea

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Chosun Ilbo

Seoul is permitting two private aid groups to send US$1-million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea in another sign of growing goodwill.

The Unification Ministry made the announcement Friday and said the shipments will be mainly composed of anti-tuberculosis drugs and baby milk powder.

This brings to five the number of private organizations that have been allowed to send aid to the country this year, with the total amounting to more than $1.5 million.

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S.Korea offers North help with foot-and-mouth outbreak

02/24/2014 06:57 GMT -

SEOUL, February 24, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea on Monday offered to send vaccine and medical equipment to North Korea to help contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, in a further sign of warming cross-border ties.

The offer came days after North Korea confirmed cases of the highly contagious livestock disease at a pig farm in a suburb of Pyongyang.

It had spread to other areas in the capital and an adjacent county, leading to the culling of thousands of pigs, the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

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Corea apoya a damnificados por lluvias en Bolivia con carpas y medicamentos

La Paz, 20 feb (ABI).- El embajador de la República de Corea en Bolivia, Young-Wook Chun, informó el miércoles que el Gobierno de su país inició una primera etapa de apoyo y cooperación para los damnificados de las diferentes regiones anegadas en el país, con carpas y medicamentos.

'Es la primer etapa anoche que mi gobierno donó 156 arpas, cada uno a 400 dólares, y también 1000 paquetes sanitarios, esa es una primera etapa', explicó a los periodistas.

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3D exhibition in Seoul sheds light on "invisible" refugees

SEOUL, Republic of Korea, February 12 (UNHCR) – In this highly-wired country of 50 million tech-savvy people, it is almost impossible for anyone to spend a lifetime completely hidden from the public eye.

Refugees, however, have remained largely unseen by people in South Korea for decades. "I would like to be seen and heard by the people," said Choto Chakma, a refugee from Bangladesh who came to Korea in 2007. "It is not pity that I want. I just hope to be a part of Korean society in some way."