Thursday, January 13, 2011

Daily Kor for January 13, 2011

A story that's been working its way through the news cycle is that of Chung Tongki (story #6), now President Lee Myungbak's former nominee for Chief Auditor. The guy has been targeted for perceptions that he had used his positions for personal gain, making he ethically unfit for such a position. And the cautiously optimistic Kushibo is happy about that. I'm gleeful whenever South Korea nudges closer and closer to a lack of ethical problems being the norm for those in political positions (and broader society).
  1. Blue House holds emergency cabinet meeting over foot-and-mouth disease outbreak (Reuters)
    • Additional FMD found in central South Korea (Yonhap)
    • Parliamentary committee approves new rules that would strengthen quarantine rules on people traveling from countries hit by FMD (Yonhap)
  2. Ahead of Hu Jintao visit to US, Beijing says China holds "broad common interests and goals" with US on issues related to Korean Peninsula (Reuters)
    • Hu calls for new talks on North Korea (AP via WaPo)
    • Pyongyang urges Seoul to accept offer for talks without preconditions (Bloomberg)
  3. Two Koreas resume contact through border "hotline" (Reuters, AP via WaPo, BBC, Yonhap)
  4. Via official Uriminzokkiri website, North Korea slams South Korea over defense ties with Japan (AP via WaPo)
  5. North Korea ranks at bottom of survey of world's freest economies (Reuters, Yonhap)
    • Socialist Canada comes in at #8 freest, just ahead of freedom-loving US
  6. Lee Myungbak's beleaguered pick for Chief Auditor gives up nomination after ruling party declares him "unfit" (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  7. Age of majority to be reduced from 20 to 19 (Korea Herald)
  8. Teachers receiving more than 30,000 won in cash or gifts to be disciplined (Korea Times)
  9. South Korean household loan growth slows in December (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  10. Nope, Brian Orser still gay (World Skating News)

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