Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Daily Kor for February 17, 2010

Whoops. I skipped a day. Not to worry, all the news was about short track and people getting back to Seoul during the holiday. You didn't miss anything.

  1. Mo Taebum wins gold in 500-meter speedskating on 21st birthday (LAT, AP via NYT, BBC, Yonhap, Korea Times)
  2. TR America reportedly in $3 billion bid for Daewoo Engineering & Construction (NYT, Reuters)
  3. North Korea celebrates Kim Jong-il's 68th birthday (links here, here, and here)
    • DPRK marks birthday with calls for improved dialogue with US (BBC, AFP, Yonhap)
  4. India and South Korea plan personnel exchanges in nuclear field (Yonhap)
  5. Bank of Korea says it will gradually raise interest rates in line with economic conditions (Yonhap)
  6. South Korea to send the North $1 billion worth of antiviral hand sanitizer (Yonhap)
  7. Pyongyang simultaneously appointing new ambassador and minister to highly significant Beijing post (Joongang Daily)
  8. Rebate-receiving doctors and pharmacists to face jail time (Korea Times)
  9. ROK government expands scope of free-trade zones to allow companies involved in software or industrial R&D to operate (Joongang Daily)
  10. Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs promises a landmark in every basic administrative unit (Joongang Daily)
  11. Filipinos collect signatures to save "Little Manila" (Korea Times)
  12. Truth Commission publishes book on forced laborers during Japanese rule (Korea Times)
  13. PKO force for Haiti to be officially created today (Korea Herald)
  14. With universal expectations of a gold medal victory for Kim Yuna having drained all excitement and suspense from the event, spectators don't bother to show at Olympic figureskating finals (AP via NYT)

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