Saturday, January 9, 2010

Daily Kor for January 8, 2010: It's 75°F in Orange County. How's the weather where you are?

This is my first chance in nearly a week to sit down and do a rundown of the news, and things may again be spotty until I'm back in Hawaii at the end of next week, depending on free WiFi accessibility where I'll be staying for the next week.
  1. Bank of Korea keeps benchmark rate at record low of 2.0 percent for eleventh straight month (AP via WaPo, Bloomberg, Yonhap)
  2. North Koreans mark birthday of Kim Jong-il's son Kim Jong-un, which is now designated as a national holiday (AP via WaPo, AFP)
  3. US Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Robert King is set to visit South Korean on fact-finding mission (AFP, Korea Herald)
  4. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama mulls a security pact with South Korea (AFP)
  5. China stresses closer ties to Pyongyang (UPI)
  6. Seoul gave 48 North Korean officials a crash course in capitalism in Dalian, China (Chosun Ilbo, Korea Herald, Yonhap)
  7. Samsung Electronics predicts fourth-quarter profits of $3.44 billion (AP via WaPo)
  8. Two North Korean fishermen found drifting repatriated to DPRK (Korea Times)
  9. Hannara Party (GNP) leader Chung Mongjoon calls for an end to "third-rate politics" (Korea Times); proposes Constitutional revision by 2011 (Yonhap)
  10. Truth and Reconciliation Commission declares 1980 media closings, including TBC, illegal (Joongang Daily)
    • Compensation sought for victims of closings (Korea Times)
  11. Animal behavioralists at Yongin's Everland Zoo successfully teach racism to tigers (Yonhap)

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