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South Korea holds election despite pandemic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/15/20, 11:41 am

South Koreans wore face masks, checked their temperature, and disinfected their hands at 14,000 polling stations on Wednesday. Voter turnout hit a record 66 percent, including 26.7 percent who voted in advance, despite COVID-19 fears. The parliamentary election pits the ruling Democratic Party against the conservative opposition United Future Party.

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The birth dearth

Family | A problem in South Korea deeper than the coronavirus
by Darrow Miller
Posted 3/28/20, 04:33 pm

While Italy, Spain, Iran, and other countries have been overwhelmed, South Korea seems to have flattened out the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea, though, has a deeper trouble: Its culture no longer supports the formation of families and the virtue of having children. The country currently has the lowest fertility rate of any in the world. Its rate of .88 is less than half of the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. In other words, while South Korea is busy slowing the spread of COVID-19, she is on the path to national suicide.

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Avoiding the movies

Entertainment | The coronavirus continues to pummel the global entertainment industry
by Maryrose Delahunty
Posted 3/06/20, 05:14 pm

While countless global businesses experience economic fallout from the worldwide coronavirus epidemic, the outbreak of COVID-19 has hit the entertainment industry particularly hard.

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