SEOUL — South Korea said it successfully launched a small but working satellite into orbit using its first homemade rocket on ​Tuesday, bringing the country closer to its dream of becoming a new player in the space industry and deploying its own spy satellites to better monitor North Korea. TheContinue Reading

SEOUL — The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, the charismatic founder of one of the world’s largest megachurches whose preaching of “can-do positive thinking” helped fuel the explosive growth of Christianity in war-ravaged South Korea, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Seoul. He was 85. Mr. Cho, an emeritus pastor atContinue Reading

SEOUL — The travel industry applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to lift the Covid-19 testing requirement for people entering the United States, but some travelers were wary. In Asia, where flights to the United States can stretch well beyond 12 hours, people with trips planned saidContinue Reading

SEOUL — The travel industry applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to lift the Covid-19 testing requirement for people entering the United States, but some travelers were wary. In Asia, where flights to the United States can stretch well beyond 12 hours, people with trips planned saidContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering Europe’s recalculation on Ukraine, revelations from the Jan. 6 hearings and a trucker strike in South Korea. Europe recalculates as Russia gains As Russia advances in the east, European leaders are under mounting pressure to forge a cohesive strategy to outline what might constitute Ukrainian victoryContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering Russia’s push for a “land bridge” to Crimea, emotional testimony to U.S. lawmakers about gun violence and South Korean parents’ grief years after a ferry disaster. Russia claims it has a “land bridge” Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said its military had repaired about 750 milesContinue Reading

ANSAN, South Korea — His room remains as it was the day he left on a school trip in 2014, his bed still neatly arranged with the same pillow and blanket. The trophy he won in a piano competition stands proudly on a bookshelf. On his desk are his computerContinue Reading

ROME — Pope Francis announced Sunday that he would create 21 new cardinals in August, selecting clerics from all corners of the world to reinforce the church’s global reach, as he has done with past choices to the rank of cardinal. “Let us pray for the new cardinals, that byContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering a change of power in Australia, President Biden’s trip to Asia and catastrophic floods in India and Bangladesh. Australia’s incoming Labor leader Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese, the incoming Labor prime minister, ending nine years of conservative leadership. The opposition Labor partyContinue Reading

President Biden raised the alarm on Sunday about monkeypox, a viral infection fast spreading around the world, and warned that the disease, which can be spread as easily as through handling a contaminated object, is something “that everybody should be concerned about.” Monkeypox, rarely seen outside Africa, has been foundContinue Reading