Friday, December 4, 2009

Daily Kor for December 4, 2009: Late edition

Very late. As in this should have been up twelve hours ago. But alas, I do not control the tides or the whims of my ISP. So here you go. No outstanding stories except that on Day 4 of North Korea's Great Currency Obliteration of 2009, we now see angry pitchfork-wielding mobs citizens yelling at the authorities and burning the old money in protest.
  1. North Korea's official mouthpiece rosy about economic prospects but fails to mention currency revaluation panic and chaos (AFP); Japan-based, pro-North Chosun Sinbo newspaper confirms currency moves by Pyongyang (Reuters via WaPo) that have been greeted by citizens burning money in protest (AP via WaPo)
  2. South Korea's third-quarter growth revised higher to 3.2 percent (AP via WaPo)
  3. Korean Air to buy five fuel-efficient Boeing 747-8 passenger jets in deal worth $1.5 billion (WSJ, Reuters, Yonhap)
  4. KOSPI gains 6.6% percent this week to rise to a six-week high (WSJ)
  5. KRW will strengthen in 2010 at about half its 2009 break-neck pace of 9.3 percent (Bloomberg)
  6. H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak hits northwestern North Korean city of Shinǔiju on Chinese border (AFP)
  7. Iran reportedly purchased "masses" of conventional weapons (Chosun Ilbo)
  8. Chemical plant explosion in Yongin kills three (Joongang Daily)
  9. Ground is broken for new 230-kilometer high-speed railway to connect Osong and Mokpo by 2017 (Yonhap)
  10. South Korean consortium wins bid to build Jordan's first nuclear reactor (Yonhap)
  11. Animation retrospective at National Museum celebrates fifty years of the South Korean media industry fetishizing blondes (Yonhap)

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