Headlines, February 9, 2021
Headlines, February 9, 2021
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today

The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)

“Navoy is a great man, writer, politician, linguist, mystic, painter and sultan of poets”

Every year on February 9, it has become a tradition in the Republic of Uzbekistan to widely celebrate the birthday of Hazrat Mir Alisher Navoi, a great man, writer, politician, linguist, mystic, painter, and sultan of poets. 

“Bilateral cooperation continues to increase in oil, tourism, technology, clean energy, many other areas”

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Seoul, held a meeting with the Korean Association for Export and Import (KOEXIMA) via online on Friday, February 5, 2021, to discuss ways to enhance economic and trade cooperation between the UAE and the ROK, as well as investment opportunities in the UAE.

“If the economy is an organism ensuring the vital activity of society, spirituality is its heart and soul”

World historical experience shows that nations achieve progress thanks to spiritual cohesion, following their national idea. Today the issue of national ideology is very important in the country, which is moving towards building a new life and joining a number of developed states.


KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

Court Denies Arrest Warrant for Ex-Industry Minister over Reactor Shutdown

A local court has rejected an arrest warrant for former Industry Minister Paik Un-gyu who is accused of being involved in the controversial closure of an aging nuclear reactor.

1.5 Mil. Doses of AstraZeneca's Vaccine to Arrive in Late Feb.

The South Korean government has confirmed a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines enough for 750-thousand people is set to arrive on the final week of this month.

CIO Chief, Top Prosecutor Agree to Cooperate on Case Transfer

Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) head Kim Jin-wook and Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl have agreed to launch working-level discussions on cooperation between their legal enforcement agencies. 


Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

New virus cases at over 2-month low on fewer tests, infection slowdown

 South Korea's daily coronavirus cases fell below 300 on Monday, marking the lowest number since last November, when a third wave of outbreaks began, as the nation started an eased social distancing scheme outside the greater Seoul area.

Hyundai, Kia say not in talks with Apple on EV car project

Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Corp. said Monday they are not in talks with Apple Inc. over an electric car manufacturing project in response to reports of their suspended discussions.

Kakao founder pledges to donate more than half of assets

The founder of South Korea's top mobile messenger operator Kakao Corp. said Monday that he will donate more than half of his wealth -- currently estimated to be more than 10 trillion won (US$8.9 billion).


The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

COVID-19 variants strengthen calls to tighten borders

New COVID-19 variants pose an imminent threat to South Korea’s efforts in curbing the pandemic with a vaccine rollout still weeks away, health authorities say, as experts urged for tighter border restrictions to prevent their arrival here.

Moon-Biden summit going virtual?

After an official phone call last week, Cheong Wa Dae is pushing for an early summit between President Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, in an attempt to breathe life back into the Korean Peninsula peace negotiations, with a virtual meeting emerging as one possibility to advance the date.

Hyundai, Kia ‘not in talks’ over Apple Car project

South Korea’s largest carmaker Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia confirmed Monday that they are “not in talks” with Apple over the manufacturing of the “Apple Car,” denying weeks of speculative reports.


The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Chinese envoy says 'anti-China' grouping will cause confrontation

The Beijing-Washington confrontation is in progress under new American President Joe Biden, and his approach to China is characterized by his moves to restore the U.S.' traditional alliances while evolving them into a broader coalition by expanding the Quad.

SK, LG fail to resolve intellectual property disputes ahead of US ruling

SK Innovation (SKI) and LG Energy Solution (LGES) have failed to reach an out of court settlement in their battery patents dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) makes a final ruling, slated for Feb. 10 (local time), a high-ranking industry official said Monday.

Despite 'no' Apple talks, Kia still considered as 'iCar' partner

Hyundai Motor and Kia have officially said that they are not currently holding talks with Apple on co-developing self-driving electric vehicles (EVs). In both companies' public announcements Monday morning, they released almost identical statements with slightly different wording.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)

Apple’s anger with Hyundai Motor threatens to scuttle EV talks

Analysts are divided on the prospects of electric vehicle (EV) cooperation between the Hyundai Motor Group and Apple.
While most are expecting a contract to be finalized shortly, more pessimistic predictions have also been gaining ground recently.

Why did the White House refer to N. Korea as “DPRK”?

Unusual mention of N. Korea’s official name may signal that Biden wants to avoid “war of words”
There was one unusual aspect of the White House’s summary of US President Joe Biden’s phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 4: it referred to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Seoul-area small businesses protest 9 pm closure

South Korea will be maintaining its social distancing rules for COVID-19 at their current level through Feb. 14. The authorities believe that unless social distancing is maintained over the Lunar New Year holiday, the current wave of the outbreak could grow even worse.


Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Resellers Prop up Duty-Free Shops During Pandemic

Air travel has been at a standstill for almost a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some people keep buying huge amounts of products in duty-free shops.

3/4 of Private Universities Are Losing Money

The vast majority of private for-profit universities are losing money hand over fist, a report suggests.
Three out of four private universities spend more money than they earn, an increase of 2.4 times over the past six years. 

Were Rumors of Kia-Apple Tie-up Premature?

Reports of a tie-up between Kia and Apple to develop electric cars may have been premature.
Bloomberg reported last Friday that Apple has "paused" negotiations with Kia's parent company Hyundai because it was upset about leaks from Kia that sparked a stock bonanza here.


The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

Pres. Moon offers mediation for COVID relief subsidies

“Our government will do its best to find a solution that is bold, opportune, sufficient and well within fiscal discretion,” said President Moon Jae-in Monday on the fourth round of COVID-19 relief subsidies.

YouTube, Google should notify users of service errors in Korean, says S. Korean authorities

Regarding a connection error of YouTube and Gmail in December last year, the South Korean government ordered Google to notify its users of similar problems in the future in Korean and to examine measures for system improvement and more stable service.

Seoul to provide 300,000 won to middle and high school freshmen

The Seoul metropolitan government will provide 300,000 won to freshman students at middle schools and high schools. The metropolitan government is the first local government to give such a grant to all middle school and high school freshmen. 


The KyungHyang Shinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

“Do You See Me?” Kim Jin-sook Walks 34 Days to Cheongwadae

“President Moon Jae-in, do you see me? Can you see me? I remain laid off even after you, who fought with me, became president through the power of the candlelight. Why is Kim Jin-sook, fired under the Chun Doo-hwan government, still laid off after 36 years? I walked 34 days because I want to hear the answer.”

Storeowners in the Greater Seoul Area Protest Business Restrictions: Stores to Remain Open Until Midnight to Protest Government Measures

Restaurants and cafes outside the greater Seoul area can remain open until 10 p.m. beginning February 8, but the current business restrictions (business hours until 9 p.m.) will be maintained in the Seoul metropolitan area due to concerns of a resurge of the novel coronavirus.

Ruling Party Signals Launch of Judiciary Reforms: The Purpose of Reforms Could Pale if Attempt Ends with the Impeachment of an Individual Judge

On February 4, the National Assembly passed a motion to impeach a judge for the first time in the nation’s history, after lawmakers determined that the intervention in trials by Lim Seong-geun (Im Seong-geun), a chief judge at the Busan High Court who allegedly abused court authority, violated the independence of a judge stipulated in the Constitution.


Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Hyundai Motor family stocks crash after formal denial on Apple car project

Shares of Hyundai Motor Group family crashed Monday after flagship companies formally denied they were involved in talks on Apple’s autonomous vehicle project, snapping a month-long speculation that fed their rally.

Big-name-packed 2021 IPO calendar starts with subscription records in Jan

The furor over new stocks remains strong in the new year in South Korea after a string of IPO extravaganzas from SK Biopharmaceuticals, Kakao Games and Big Hit Entertainment last year as the 2021 pipeline is equally high-profile with names like LG Energy Solution, Krafton, and Kakao Bank.

Multibillionaire Kakao chair vows to put up half of his fortune to the society

Brian Kim, founder and chairman of South Korea’s chat platform operator Kakao Corp. whose wealth ballooned with his company’s fortunes during pandemic, on Monday vowed to donate more than half of his riches to the society.


What’s ticking around the world at this second?
See what the world media around the world have to report:

USA Today www.usatoday.com aallman@gannett.com
The New York Times www.nytimes.com inytletters@nytimes.com
Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com support@wsj.com service@wsj-asia.com
Financial Times www.ft.com ean@ft.com
The Times www.thetimes.co.uk help@timesplus.co.uk
The Sun www.thesun.co.uk talkback@the-sun.co.uk
Chinese People's Daily www.people.com.cn kf@people.cn
China Daily www.chinadaily.com.cn circulation@chinadaily.com.cn
GwangmyeongDaily www.gmw.cn webmaster@gmw.cn
Japan's Yomiuri www.yomiuri.co.jp japannews@yomiuri.com
Asahi www.asahi.com customer-support@asahi.com
Mainichi www.mainichi.jp
Le Monde www.ilemonde.com
Italy LaRepubblica www.quotidiano.repubblica.it vittorio.zucconi@gmail.com
Germany Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung www.faz.net anzeigen.ausland@faz.de
SüddeutscheZeitung www.sueddeutsche.de forum@sueddeutsche.de
Australia Brisbane Times www.brisbanetimes.com.au syndication@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au
Colombia Reports www.colombiareports.com
Bogota Free Planet www.bogotafreeplanet.com bfp@bogotafreeplanet.com
El Universal www.eluniversal.com.mx/english
Andes www.redaktionstest.net/andes-info-ec/
Ecuador Times www.ecuadortimes.net/
The Jordan Times www.jordantimes.com/
LSM.lv www.lsm.lv/
The Baltic Times www.baltictimes.com lithuania@baltictimes.com, estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com
El Pais https://english.elpais.com/
Philippine Daily Inquirer www.inquirer.net/
Daily News Hungary https://dailynewshungary.com/
Budapest Times www.budapesttimes.hu/
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Azerbaijan: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8CBpcQ4WM
Sri Lanka: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s
Morocco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE
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