Sunday, July 10, 2011

Daily Kor for the half week ending Sunday, July 10, 2011

I've got my hands full a bit here on the (US) Mainland, but I'd rather give a two- or three-day roundup than none at all, so here goes.
  1. Forty-six K-league players are indicted over soccer match-fixing (NYT, CNN)
  2. Delegates for Pyongchang's Olympic bid get heroes' welcome after their succes in Durban, South Africa (AFP, Yonhap)
    1. Ruling and opposition parties quickly agree on legislation to support Pyongchang's efforts to prepare for 2018 Winter Olympics (Joongang Daily
  3. South Korean government and corporations sign development deals in Congo and Ethiopia (YonhapBloomberg)
    • President Lee gets his hands dirty in Ethiopia (Yonhap)
  4. North Korean document from 1998 indicates that Pyongyang paid Pakistani military leaders US$3.5 million for nuclear weapons technology (AP via WaPo, CNN, UPIChosun Ilbo)
  5. Possible metallic drums found buried beneath military base where toxic Agent Orange is alleged to have been buried (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  6. Hana agrees to cut acquisition price of controlling stake in beleaguered Korea Exchange Bank 6 percent to US$4.1 billion and extend deadline by six months (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  7. Following Pyonchang's successful bid for 2018 Winter Olympics, Japanese Olympic Committee says it may consider withdrawing Tokyo's bid for 2020 Summer Olympics (AP via WaPo)
    • Kushibo's note: Nooooooo! (more later)
  8. South Korea breaks ground on new resettlement facility, to supplement existing Hanawon, for North Korean defectors (CNN)
  9. Standard Chartered to suspend branch operations in South Korea as strike approaches third week (Bloomberg)
  10. Defense Minister Kim Kwanjin orders review of military discipline following rampage on Kanghwa-do Island marine base that left four dead (Yonhap)
  11. Seoul proposes talks with Pyongyang next week to resolve issue of frozen assets at North Korea's Kŭmgangsan Resort (Korea Times, Yonhap)
    • South Korea may take its case to United Nations tourism agency (Yonhap)
  12. Opposition Democratic Party calls for renegotiation of Korea-US free-trade agreement to provide more balance (Yonhap)
    • Ruling party leader decides against further tax cuts large companies in order to seek votes from poor (Yonhap)
  13. Two North Korean players fail drug tests at FIFA Women's World Cup (AP via WaPo, AFP)
  14. Following Pyongchang's win for 2018 Winter Olympics hosting rights, the search is on for the world's ugliest mascot possible (AP via WaPo)

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