North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border: Seoul May 04, 2020 0 624 12345 AFPSeoulNorth Korean troops fired multiple gunshots towards the South in the DMZ dividing the peninsula on Sunday, prompting South Korean forces to fire back, Seoul said. The rare exchange of gunfire comes a day after North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks following an absence that triggered intense speculation about his health and fears about the stability of the isolated nation.A South Korean guard post was hit by several shots from the North, the joint chiefs of staff (JCS) in Seoul said in a statement, adding no casualties were reported in the South.“Our military responded with two rounds of gunfire and a warning announcement,” the JCS said.The South Korean military later said the North Korean gunshots were “not deemed intentional”, according to the Yonhap news agency.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said he believed the shots had not been fired on purpose, telling ABC’s “This Week” it was likely they were “accidental”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Russia sees record rise as virus cases surge past 130,000 May 04, 2020 0 384 Rohingya refugees relocated to controversial Bangladesh island after weeks at sea May 04, 2020 0 102 Nine killed in Indian Kashmir gun battles May 04, 2020 0 88 Philippines temporarily bars incoming international passenger flights DPA Manila The Philippines on Sunday temporarily barred all incoming international passenger flights to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country and to free up quarantine facilities amid a surge in returning .. Journalist faces Malaysian police grilling for migrant coverage DPA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s communications and multimedia minister said on Sunday that he will ask officials not to “act against” a journalist facing police action for an article reporting on the arrests of hundreds .. Some Thai businesses reopen as public warned not to ‘let guard down’ DPA Bangkok Thailand partially reopened for business on Sunday, with people allowed to return to restaurants, markets, parks and sports clubs, as the government eased measures against the novel coronavirus, but also .. Nearly 100,000 evacuated after Uzbekistan dam bursts Tashkent Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan after an Uzbek dam burst, flooding thousands of homes and destroying agricultural fields. The wall of the Sardoba reservoir dam in .. South Korea to ease social distancing rules AFP Seoul South Korea said Sunday it will loosen social distancing rules this week to allow gatherings and events to take place after the number of new coronavirus cases dropped significantly in recent days. The country .. India’s military salutes virus workers with rose petals, flypasts New Delhi Helicopters showered masked health workers with rose petals and jets roared across the skies Sunday as India’s military paid tribute to frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the first .. Hong Kong to give all 7.4 million citizens reusable masks DPA Hong Kong Hong Kong’s government will distribute reusable face masks to all 7.4 million citizens next week as the territory prepares to lift a first round of coronavirus-related restrictions. The planned handouts ..