Sunday, October 18, 2009

Korea news links for October 18, 2009

I caught the yesterday's North Korea gulag story that wave could travel through most of the Western media, so here is the new BBC link to this report by a Hannara Party lawmaker of 154,000 political prisoners locked up in an archipelago of at least six camps across the DPRK (Yonhap story here). Other than that, it's a slow news day. Like as if all the major news outlets — and not just the Korean ones — decided to take Saturday and Sunday off. And that's why I'm leading with a Kim Yuna sports story.

  1. In Paris, Kim Yuna leads at Grand Prix figure skating series opener of the 2009-2010 season (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  2. Government says classified information on dangerous chemicals stolen by hackers who broke into South Korean army computer network in a move that could have been orchestrated by North Korea (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  3. Seven-year-old boy is the nation's eighteenth H1N1 fatality (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  4. Government report says more working women are quitting jobs to take care of their children (Korea Herald)
  5. Koreans detained in foreign countries tops 1000 (Korea Times)
  6. Chinese premier Wen Jiabao declined to sign DPRK aid bill worth billions of dollars because of lack of clear statement on Pyongyang’s willingness to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks (WSJ)
  7. Lotte to pay $635 million to buy Chinese supermarket Times to facilitate expansion into China (WSJ)
  8. Beverly the Beaver, the celebrated Tennessee rodent noted for carving jack-o-lanterns, killed and eaten by hillbillies in tragic roadkill mishap
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