[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/18/WED
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-805 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the daily figure climbed over 18-hundred yet again after the three-day Liberation Day break.
2. Health Authorities said on Wednesday that authorities are analyzing the latest trends and gathering opinions with the aim to announce new social distancing levels on Friday.
3. The remains of 홍범도, one of Korea's notable independence fighters, were laid to rest at the national cemetery in Daejeon on Wednesday. President 문재인 said the return of Hong's remains will bring hope to South Korean people amid efforts to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
4. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, First Vice Foreign Minister 최종건 has met with Senegal’s President Macky Sall and discussed efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in health security, economy and other areas.
5. Afghanistan’s governmental change was announced on Tuesday local time at the first press conference after the militant group Taliban took control of the country. A spokesperson from the group explained that they wished to forge peaceful relations with other countries.
6. The United Nations issued a statement on Tuesday, that the U.N. Human Rights Council will hold a special session next week on the situation in Afghanistan to address "serious human rights concerns" after the Taliban takeover.
7. According to the Russian defense ministry,Two Russian strategic bombers reportedly conducteda regular exercise of a nine-hour routine flight, on Tuesday over the eastern waters of South Korea.