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Three more deaths in South Korea MERS outbreak

Workers spray disinfectant on the floor of Gimpo International Airport in Seoul yesterday Credit: Reuters

Three more people have died in South Korea from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total number of fatalities to 23.

South Korea's health ministry also confirmed today three new cases of the virus taking the total to 165 in the outbreak that is the largest outside Saudi Arabia.

Yesterday, workers from a disinfection service company sanitised public areas in Seoul in a bid to curb the spread of the virus that began last month.


South Korea striker accepts doping ban

Kang Soo-il will be missing the next 15 games. Credit: Reuters

South Korea striker Kang Soo-il has decided to accept his 15-match ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

Methyltestosterone - a banned steroid - was found in his sample forcing the South Korean football association to ban him hours before he was set to make his international debut.

The Jeju United forward had claimed the positive test result was due to a moustache-growing cream, but has since accepted his sanction.

South Korea: 11th person dies in Mers outbreak

A medical worker in a protection suit at a hospital where a South Korean Mers patient is being quarantined. Credit: Reuters

A 72-year-old woman in South Korea has become the 11th person to die of of a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the country that began last month.

Officials report that the woman had contracted the virus at a hospital south of the capital, Seoul, that was at the centre of the outbreak that has so far infected 126 people.


US envoy leaves hospital after knife attack

The US ambassador to South Korea has left hospital five days after being slashed in the face.

Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist with a history of violent protest, causing wounds that required 80 stitches to his face.

US envoy Mark Lippert waves as he leaves hospital Credit: reuters

The suspect, identified as Kim Ki-jong, 55, had been seen wearing traditional Korean clothing and shouting that North and South Korea should be reunited, police said.

US refuses to speculate on motive behind envoy attack

Bloodstains remain near the scene the US Ambassador was attacked. Credit: Reuters

The motive behind the knife attack on the US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is still unknown, the US State Department has said, refusing to be drawn into "speculation" about the incident.

Mr Lippert underwent facial surgery after he was slashed across the face by a Korean nationalist in Seoul.

"We cannot speculate on a motive at this time," US officials said in a statement.

However, South Korean police have said that the attacker screamed "South and North Korea should be reunified" as he assaulted Lippert.

Man who slashed US envoy: 'Korea should be unified'

South Koreans hold up messages of support to the US Envoy outside the Embassy. Credit: Reuters

The man who slashed the US Ambassador to South Korea on the face and wrist with a ten inch knife called for the two rival Koreas to be unified, police have said.

The man, who South Korean police identified as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong - screamed during the attack on Mark Lippert: "South and North Korea should be reunified."

The Associated Press reports that one witness, Ahn Yang-ok, the head of the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations, told Korean TV that Mr Lippert had just been seated for breakfast ahead of the lecture organised by the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation when a man ran toward the ambassador from a nearby table.

A separate witness also said that as Mr Lippert stood up for a handshake, the suspect wrestled the ambassador to the ground and slashed him with a knife.

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