October 23, 2017
Latest News

South Korea plans radiation checks on defectors from North

Seoul, Oct 12 (efe-epa).- South Korea will offer voluntary medical examination to North Korean defectors who lived near the nuclear base where the Pyongyang regime has carried out six atomic tests since 2006, to check for possible radioactive exposure, the ministry of unification told EFE Thursday.

Defectors who lived near the Kilju county where the Punggye-ri underground atomic testing base is located, will undergo tests at the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences.

Currently some 30 defectors from the area, especially those who left North Korea after 2006 - the year of the regime's first nuclear test - will undergo these tests, said a ministry spokesperson.

More than 100 North Koreans, all of whom came from the vicinity of Punggye-Ri and who left their country following the first nuclear test, are believed to be living in the South.

The measure comes at a time of increasing speculation over the health effects of these nuclear tests, especially after North Korea conducted three in the space of just a year and a half.

According to reports in the South Korean media, ex-residents of the region who fled the country recently said there could be a rising number of people whose health has been affected by the radiation.

North Korea in the last two years has decided to accelerate the development of its nuclear program and between January 2016 and September 2017 has carried out three underground detonations.

North Korea's nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear bombs that can be fitted onto intercontinental ballistic missiles to deter South Korea - a country with which North Korea has been technically at war for almost 70 years - and its ally, the United States from invading its territory.

News history
Kuczynski launches Peru census

Lima, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- Peru's 12th population census was launched on Sunday with the task of surveying the country's more than 30 million citizens, who...

LatAm brickmakers innovating to reduce pollution

Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- Brick producers in Latin America are adopting more environmentally friendly technologies to modernize their...

To be a war widow in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan is currently home to nearly two million widows and, as the country faces a new conflict, women like Janat Bibi are...

WHO revokes Mugabe's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador

Geneva, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- The United Nations World Health Organization announced Sunday that it had decided to cancel the President of Zimbabwe's...

Bangladesh PM urges UN Sec-Gen Guterres to pressurize Myanmar

Dhaka, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- The Prime Minister of Bangladesh called on the United Nations Secretary-General to urge Myanmar to agree to the repatriation of...

1,000 women color Asuncion's esplanade pink in march against breast cancer

Asuncion, Oct 21 (efe-epa).- Close to a thousand women dressed in pink, including several government ministers, marched Saturday along the Asuncion...

Chile's Neruda didn't die of cancer, experts say

Santiago, Oct 20 (efe-epa).- The death of Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was not due to cancer, a global team of scientists gathered in...

Argentine film star Federico Luppi dies

Buenos Aires, Oct 20 (efe-epa).- Argentine actor Federico Luppi passed away Friday at a medical center in Buenos Aires after failing to recover from a...

WHO: Plague outbreak in Madagascar spreading fast, over 300 confirmed cases

Geneva, Oct 20 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization on Friday warned that an outbreak of plague currently afflicting the African island of Madagascar...

Indian capital suffers heavy smog after Diwali despite firework ban

New Delhi, Oct 20 (efe-epa).- Delhi experienced a high level of air pollution on Friday, a day after the Hindu festival Diwali, despite a ban on...

Nearly 500,000 Puerto Ricans could emigrate in Maria's wake

New York, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- More than 470,000 Puerto Ricans may leave the island for the mainland United States in the next two years due to the effects of...

Mexicans observe 3 minutes of silence to mark one-month anniversary of quake

Mexico City, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- Mexico City residents on Thursday observed three minutes of silence in the streets at 1:14 pm to mark the one-month...

Argentines wait to learn if body is that of missing activist

Buenos Aires, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- A body found earlier this week in a river in southern Argentina arrived Thursday at the medical examiner's office in Buenos...

Panama regulates whale watching, sets stiff fines for violations

Panama City, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- New regulations covering whale watching are being implemented to protect the marine mammals in Panama, with violators...

Indian capital marks festival of lights with an eye on pollution

New Delhi, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- India on Thursday celebrated Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights similar to Christmas that is observed with much pomp and show,...

7,000 Newborns die per day despite decline in infant mortality

New York, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- Around 15,000 children across the world died per day before turning five years old in 2016, and 46 percent of them died in the...

Democratic leader presses Republicans to help Dreamers

Los Angeles, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met here Wednesday with beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Food industry seeks pro-health partnership with political leaders

Montevideo, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- The International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) is calling on governments to show political leadership by working with...

Trump suggests he won't back bipartisan healthcare measure

Washington, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump raised doubts Wednesday about his support for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare...

Actor urges fellow Latino celebs to fight for undocumented migrants

Los Angeles, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- Wilmer Valderrama, an American actor of Colombian and Venezuelan descent, is urging his Hispanic colleagues to use their...

World conference on noncommunicable diseases opens in Uruguay

Montevideo, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- Government officials and international experts are attending the Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases, which,...

Trump endorses short-term bipartisan fix for ObamaCare

Washington, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump expressed support Tuesday for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare subsidies he...

Dominican doctors on strike for 3rd time this month

Santo Domingo, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- Physicians employed in Dominican public hospitals launched on Tuesday a three-day strike to press their demands that the...

Mexican specialists build aquarium to save rare harbor porpoise

Mexico City, Oct 17 (efe-epa).- A floating aquarium with a diameter of 40 meters (131 feet) awaits the first Gulf of California harbor porpoises rescued as...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.