Headline, August 23 , 2021
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Headline, August 23 , 2021
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Monday, August 23, 2021

 

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

 

The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)
Our Independence Day is a truly significant day approved by over 90% of our people’

Charge d’Affaires Igor Denissuk of the Republic of Ukraine in Seoul said, “The Independence Day of our country on August 24 marks a truly significant day when Ukraine declared its independence on 1 December 1991 after holding a referendum in which over 90% of voters approved it.” Speaking at an interview with The Korea Post media on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, CDA Denissuk said, “Aside from state-supported festivities, Ukrainians attend outdoor concerts, parties, and reenactments of Kyivan Rus traditions. Vyshyvankas, Ukrainian flags, and the Ukrainian coat of arms are all commonly seen on this day.” Details of the interview follow: Question: Please introduce your National Day in detail. Answer: This year August 24 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence--a momentous occasion when all Ukrainians as well as Ukraine’s friends worldwide will celebrate the birthday of a sovereign Ukrainian state. As a part of celebration, more than 150 festive events will take place throughout the country. All of them will be united by the slogan "You are my only one", which symbolizes the vision of Ukraine's independence as a dream that many generations of Ukrainians have sought to achieve.

 

Trade, economic relations continue to grow significantly between the two countries”

Ambassador Carlos Victor Boungou of the Republic of Gabon in Seoul said that the volume of trade between Gabon and Korea has increased significantly over the last decade from US$41 million in 2010 to US$71.2 million in 2018.

Speaking at a recent interview with The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 Engish and 2 Korean-language news publications on the occasion of the Indepednence Day of Gabon on August 17, Ambassador Boungou said added, “Gabon and Korea also cooperate closely together through e-government implementations project that has been conducted by Samsung C&T Corporation and KT Network Corporations since 2008. Details of the interview follow: Question: The Republic of Gabon celebrates her Independence Day on August 17. What is the significance of the National Day? Answer: August 17, 2021 marks the 61st anniversary of the independence of Gabon, officially known as the Gabonese Republic when the country became independent from France colonization on 17 August 1960.

                          

Chairman Koo Ja-yeol of LS to introduce ESG management in earnest

LS Group Chairman Koo Ja-yeol has begun the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) management in earnest. LS Group announced on Aug. 19 that it will establish an ESG committee that expanded and reorganized the functions of the existing internal transaction committee under the board of directors of LS Co., a holding company. Ye Jong-seok, an outside director of LS and former chairman of Community Chest of Korea, was appointed as the chairman of the ESG Committee and decided to set up the committee consisting of a total of five people. In addition to existing internal transaction committee activities such as pre-reviewing and deliberation of internal transactions, the new committee will establish directions and plans for ESG management strategies, and report policy approval, major promotional activities, and achievements.

 

                                                                                                             

KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/service)

Nuclear Envoys of S. Korea, US to Meet to Discuss Ways to Engage North

The nuclear envoys of South Korea and the U.S. will meet on Monday morning to discuss ways to resume dialogue with Pyongyang. Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk will meet with his counterpart Sung Kim, who arrived on Saturday, at a hotel in Seoul. It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the nuclear negotiators of the two sides in two months and the second since the start of the Biden administration. They are expected to explore ways to engage the North through humanitarian cooperation. Russia's chief nuclear envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov also arrived in Seoul on Saturday. He will meet with Kim on Monday and Noh on Tuesday.

 

Low Income Households Hit Hard by Jump in Food Prices in Q2

Recent statistics show that low income households were particularly hit hard by a jump in food prices in the second quarter. According to the Korean Statistical Information Service on Monday, the lowest fifth of the income bracket spent 244-thousand won a month on average on groceries and non-liquor beverages in the second quarter, up 12 percent on year. That's far higher than the seven percent increase for all households. The comparable figure for the highest fifth of the income bracket was 540-thousand won, up just one-point-two percent. Although the lowest 20 percent of the income bracket spent less on food than the highest 80 percent, the proportion of their spending on food was the highest at 21-point-two percent.

 

Justice Party to Pick Presidential Candidate as Soon as October 6

The minor Justice Party has decided to pick its presidential candidate at the beginning of October. Spokesperson Lee Dong-young said on Sunday that the party finalized its primary schedule at an online meeting that day. According to the plan, the Justice Party will make a notice of its primary on September 6, hold candidate registration on the 10 and 11, and conduct an online and telephone primary election between October 1 and 6. The candidate will be announced as soon as October 6. If no one manages to secure a majority, a runoff election will be held on October 12. Rep. Sim Sang-jeung, a four-term lawmaker and former presidential candidate, and former party chair Lee Jeong-mi are expected to declare their candidacies this week.

                                                                                                                

 

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

Moderna to supply S. Korea with 7 mln doses of vaccines over next 2 weeks: PM

U.S. pharmaceutical company Moderna plans to provide South Korea with 7 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in the coming two weeks, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Sunday, following a supply disruption due to a production issue at the company. "Moderna has notified the government that it will provide a total of 7 million vaccine doses over the next two weeks," Kim said during a daily interagency meeting on the government's coronavirus response. The announcement was made following a South Korean government delegation's visit to the headquarters of Moderna on Aug. 14 to protest a delay in the company's vaccine provision. Earlier, Moderna notified Seoul of its plan to supply less than half of the 8.5 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine scheduled for August due to a production issue.

 

U.S. considering housing Afghan evacuees at American bases in S. Korea: report

The United States is considering using American military bases in South Korea as one of the housing sites for evacuees from Afghanistan, along with other overseas bases, including those in Japan, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The Pentagon is "looking at American bases in Japan, Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Bahrain and Italy" as existing housing sites in Qatar and elsewhere are filling up quickly, the paper reported Saturday (U.S. time), citing unidentified officials. The report also said the White House is expected to consider activating the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to have major U.S. airlines help with efforts to transport tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees from bases in the region. Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, D.C., is expected to become the central processing site for a surge of Afghan evacuees, it said.


S. Korea in vaccine swap talks with Romania: foreign ministry

South Korea is in vaccine swap talks with Romania, the foreign ministry said, denying a news report that the European country plans to provide the South with coronavirus vaccines for free. Romanian national news agency Agerpres reported earlier that the country decided to give South Korea 450,000 doses of Moderna's vaccine on humanitarian grounds. Seoul's foreign ministry said the two countries are in talks about vaccines but denied that vaccines will be provided for free. "Reports about the Romanian government providing vaccines for free are not true," the ministry said in a text message to reporters Saturday night. "Discussions are under way between our country and Romania from the context of a vaccine swap.".
                                                                                   

 

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

US, Russian nuclear envoys in Seoul to discuss North Korea

The top nuclear envoys from Russia and the US are in Seoul to hold talks with their South Korean counterpart on the stalled nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang amid fresh tension over ongoing US-South Korea military exercises. Sung Kim, the US special representative for North Korea, arrived here Saturday for a four-day visit, days after Pyongyang warned of a “security crisis” over the joint military drills that are due to end Thursday. I’m looking forward to very close consultations with our Korean government colleagues,” Kim told reporters upon arriving at Incheon Airport. Kim said he will also meet with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, who arrived here Saturday for a six-day visit. So, I think it is going to be a very productive visit,” said Kim. Kim met with Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on Sunday afternoon and discussed ways to restart the stalled peace process on the Korean Peninsula at an early date.

 

Foreigners’ net sale of Seoul stocks worth W31tr so far in 2021

While foreign investors extended their selling spree of South Korean stocks, the amount of massively offloaded shares by them so far in 2021 has already surpassed last year’s figure during the pandemic-hit market, data showed Sunday. Offshore investors sold a net 30.73 trillion won ($26.15 billion) worth of local stocks from the calendar year to Friday, according to data compiled by the Korea Exchange. It marked nearly a 25 percent increase from 24.71 trillion won in net selling for the whole year of 2020. Except for April when foreigners purchased a net 82.9 billion won from the local stock market, they were net sellers for seven months this year. The value of local stocks they have sold so far in August came to 6.49 trillion won, which was already the second-largest monthly figure after May’s 9.02 trillion won.

 

Second-tier banks urged to tighten lending amid soaring household debt

South Korea’s financial watchdog has called on second-tier banks to tighten lending standards on their extension of personal unsecured loans, as part of a move to curb ballooning household debt, industry sources said Sunday. The Financial Supervisory Service had sent a message to the Korea Federation of Savings Banks on Friday urging its member companies, including savings banks and mutual financial cooperatives, to keep the maximum amount of credit loans allowed for individuals below their annual earnings, the sources said. The FSS noted that loan demand from households has remained at a high level, buoyed by ample liquidity amid the record-low interest rate environment, they said. In general, savings banks’ ceiling for personal credit loans is between 100 million won and 150 million won ($85,000-$127,000). Financial authorities plan to closely monitor second-tier financial institutions’ efforts to set up tighter supervision of household debts, with a goal of maintaining the growth rate of household loans in second-tier banking circles to below 21 percent.

                                                                                    

 

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

'Fake news' law revision draws concern from international journalists

A number of international media organizations have shown concerns over the Korean liberal ruling party's push to amend a law to impose punitive damages on media outlets and reporters for producing "fake news," which they say may curtail freedom of expression. Despite mounting calls to scrap the plan, the revision is very likely to go through, as the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), which holds a supermajority in the National Assembly, remains firm with its plans to pass the revision bill in the Assembly's Aug. 25 plenary session. As a preliminary step before the plenary session review, DPK members of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee of the Assembly approved the bill, last Thursday. A day after the committee's endorsement, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released a statement Friday, calling for the repeal of the bill, which "represses freedom of expression." The IFJ criticized the bill for relying on a "fundamental misunderstanding of fake news" and that "subjective laws are a poor form of regulation."

 

Korea's strategic importance growing amid US-China tensions

The deepening tension between the United States and China has shed new light on the geographical and strategic importance of Korea, as each of them stage military drills with their allies in and around the Korean Peninsula. According to Russia's Interfax news agency, the country's Ministry of Defense said two Tupolev Tu-95 MS strategic bombers conducted a nine-hour routine flight over the East Sea, the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, on Tuesday. The agency reported the bombers were escorted by Sukhoi Su-35 fighters, but did not elaborate on the route. And it was unknown whether South Korean fighter jets were scrambled in response to the flight.

 

US considers American bases in Korea housing site for Afghan evacuees: report

The United States is considering using American military bases in South Korea as one of the housing sites for evacuees from Afghanistan, along with other overseas bases, including those in Japan, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The Pentagon is "looking at American bases in Japan, Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Bahrain and Italy" as existing housing sites in Qatar and elsewhere are filling up quickly, the paper reported Saturday (U.S. time), citing unidentified officials. The report also said the White House is expected to consider activating the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to have major U.S. airlines help with efforts to transport tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees from bases in the region. Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, D.C., is expected to become the central processing site for a surge of Afghan evacuees, it said.

                                                                                                               

 

Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
Hezbollah 'Digging Tunnel with N.Korean Technology'

The armed insurgents group Hezbollah in Lebanon has dug a network of tunnels for military purposes with North Korean technology, a report claims. In the report published on Aug. 12, the Alma Research and Education Center, an Israeli think tank, claims Hezbollah signed a US$13 million technology transfer contract with Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), a North Korean state-owned entity that specializes in tunneling. Based on this technology, Hezbollah has dug a 45-km network of tunnels that connects its three strongholds from the Bekaa Valley in the east to Beirut and Southern Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is an Iranian-funded group of Shia Islamists, had help supervising the project from Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the report claims.

 

IPI Slams Planned Changes to Korean Media Law

The International Press Institute on Tuesday expressed serious concerns that revisions to the media law that the ruling Minjoo Party is pushing will discourage critical reporting. The proposed bill would allow people to sue the media for punitive damages caused by "fake news." The IPI warned that "the bill could be used to silence critical reporting of those in power, particularly ahead of the presidential election next March, thus endangering press freedom in [Korea]." "At a time when authoritarian governments are increasingly adopting so-called 'fake news' laws to stifle criticism, it is disappointing to see a democratic country like [Korea] follow this negative trend," IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen was quoted as saying. Other domestic and overseas organizations are also opposing the bill, from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies to the Korean Bar Association.

 

KOSPI-Listed Companies Post Record Sales

Companies listed on the Korean Composite Stock Price Index posted record sales, operating and net profits in the first half of this year. Their sales exceeded W1 quadrillion for the first time, and Samsung Electronics accounted for a staggering 11.9 percent (US$1=W1,176). Their net profits surpassed W85 trillion, a whopping 3.5 times as high as the same period last year. According to Korea Exchange on Thursday, the sales of 587 KOSPI-listed companies that filed their business reports stood at W1.08 quadrillion in the first six months, up 17.5 percent on-year. That meant they earned W91 trillion in operating profits, up 2.2 times, and W85.1 trillion in net profits, up 3.5 times. Even without counting Samsung Electronics, their operating profits increased 155.9 percent and net profits a staggering 381.4 percent. Some 489 companies posted profits, up 70 from a year earlier.

 

                                                                                                

 

HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)
China steps into Middle East role as US retreats

As the US shifts the focus of its foreign affairs and national security policy from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to target China, China has been proactive about moving in turn to fill the power vacuum. In particular, Beijing has been stepping up its diplomatic efforts with the Islamic world, including increased communication with Middle Eastern countries amid the chaos following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to a report Thursday in China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, a 5th China-Arab States Expo opened that day in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in western China. A census last year put the population of Ningxia at around 7.2 million, of whom 38% are members of the majority-Muslim Hui ethnoreligious group.

 

Court orders seizure of Mitsubishi Heavy’s assets in S. Korea to pay forced labor victims

With Mitsubishi Heavy Industries having yet to comply with a ruling ordering it to provide compensation to victims of forced labor mobilization during the occupation, a court has seized cash for a South Korean company that was meant to go to the Japanese corporation. Some observers say that this could mean a greater likelihood that forced labor mobilization victims receive their compensation. An investigation by the Hankyoreh on Wednesday found that the Anyang branch of Suwon District Court ruled on Aug. 12 to accept a seizure and collection order request submitted against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries early this month by one forced mobilization survivor and family members of three other victims who have died. The plaintiffs were demanding the confiscation of bonds related to the payment that the corporation was meant to receive from a South Korean company for items.

 

S. Korean delegation returns from meeting with Moderna with no results

After Moderna announced a disruption in its supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to South Korea, a government delegation visited the company's headquarters in the US but returned without confirming the vaccine delivery in August and September or finding a way to stabilize the supply. The two sides also discussed having some of the Moderna vaccines that are supposed to be produced by Samsung Biologics distributed domestically, but Seoul said that would "take a considerable amount of time," suggesting that won't be an option in the third quarter of this year. "We strongly requested Moderna to send us the undelivered vaccine by August or early September if at possible, to accelerate the timetable for the scheduled vaccine, and to quickly give us a concrete delivery schedule," Second Vice Health Minister Kang Do-tae, a member of the government's delegation, said in a press conference on Tuesday.

                                                                                     

 

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

Foreigners net-sell Korean stock worth 31 trillion won

Foreign investors have sold Korean stock worth about 31 trillion won (about 26 billion U.S. dollars) so far this year. The amount significantly surpasses their total net sale of Korean stock last year. According to the Korea Exchange on Sunday, foreigners have net-sold Korean stock worth 30.73 trillion won (about 26 billion dollars) in total on the KOSPI market and the tech-heavy KOSDAQ market from January to August 20 this year. The value well exceeds their total net sale (24.7128 trillion won or 20.8 billion dollars) last year. On a monthly basis, foreigners have continued to net-sell Korean stork from January to July except April (net-buy worth 82.9 billion won or 70 million dollars). They have continued selling shares on the KOSPI market every day beginning August 9, dumping Korean stock worth a total of 8.2 trillion won (6.93 billion dollars) for nine trading days. As a result, KOSPI posted a profit ratio of minus 4.43 percent this month, the lowest among major economies.

 

Minjoo pushes forward with press arbitration unilaterally

The ruling Minjoo Party of Korea took a unilateral action on a revised bill to the Act on Press Arbitration and Remedies, etc. to apply punitive damage compensation to media outlets in a plenary meeting of the National Assembly’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee. The party plans to make its way through the Legislation and Judiciary Committee next Tuesday and the plenary session of the legislative body next Wednesday. With the March 9 presidential election 200 days away, the ruling party is making another uncontrollable legislative rush. Bringing an agenda coordination subcommittee under the culture, sports and tourism committee into complete control in coalition with the Open Democratic Party on Wednesday, the ruling party convened a plenary meeting at 11 a.m. next day. A crowd of 40-plus political leaders including People Power Party Chairman Lee Jun-seok chanted in front of the committee’s meeting room to condemn the ruling party for committing “press suppression” but to no avail.

 

Afghan president abandons country while brother supports Taliban

A controversial footage was relieved on Saturday showing wealthy business leader Hashmat Ghani, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's younger brother, shaking hands with armed group Taliban's leadership grinning from ear to ear. While Hashmat has supported Taliban on social media day after day, there is growing public resentment against the Ghani brothers as the president evacuated overseas with a large amount of cash in possession immediately on Aug. 15 when Taliban took control of the capital city of Kabul. Taliban on Saturday published a video of its leaders including Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani in charge of its military organization gathering around Hashmat, shaking hands with one another and posing for commemorative photos in an amicable mood. One of Taliban's leadership kisses Hashmat's forehead and another senior gives a pat on his shoulders as if he encouraged and supported him according to the Taliban-provided video clip. Hashmat affirmed his loyalty to Haqqani, said Taliban.

                                                                                                

 

The KyungHyangShinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)
Ruling Party Pulls the Trigger on the Controversial Press Arbitration Act

On August 19, the Democratic Party of Korea pushed ahead with the amendment of the Act on Press Arbitration and Remedies, etc. for Damage Caused by Press Reports (Press Arbitration Act). The People Power Party called it, “a modern day ‘burning of books and burying of scholars,’” while the Justice Party criticized, “The Democratic Party will be recorded as another power representing deeply-rooted ill practices.” The Democratic Party plans to put the amendment to a vote in the National Assembly on August 25. The parliamentary Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee held a plenary session and passed the Press Arbitration Act. Of the sixteen members of the committee, nine lawmakers--Democratic Party members and Open Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Eui-kyeom--voted in favor of the amendment. People Power Party lawmakers swarmed to the committee chair, Do Jong-hwan and protested.

 

At the Center of a Controversial Appointment “to Repay Past Favors,” Hwang Gyo-ik Claims to “Concentrate on Ending Lee Nak-yon’s Political Career”

Hwang Gyo-ik, a food columnist is at the center of controversy after Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung, a candidate in the Democratic Party of Korea’s presidential primary, appointed him as president of the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, a decision criticized as one made to repay previous favors from Hwang. Hwang responded to the criticism and said, “Don’t tell me to step down.” He further said, “From today until the day before my confirmation hearing, I will concentrate on ending the political career of Lee Nak-yon.” Hwang expressed these thoughts on social media on August 18. Hwang said, “I applied to a public announcement seeking a person to serve as president of the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization and became a nominee for the position after a review of documentation and interviews.” He added, “Some politicians are claiming I should withdraw my application or resign from the position.”

 

Police Secured Circumstantial Evidence Suggesting Yoo Deok-yeol, chief of Dongdaemun-gu, Received Bribes in Exchange for Promotions

Yoo Deok-yeol (67, pictured), the chief executive of the Dongdamun-gu Office, is a Democratic Party of Korea member who is currently serving his fourth term as the head of a local government. The police have circumstantial evidence suggesting that Yoo received a significant amount of money from his employees in exchange for promotions. According to the Kyunghyang Shinmun coverage on August 17, the Anti-Corruption and Public Crime Investigation Division at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has launched an investigation into Yoo, suspected of receiving bribes worth tens of millions of won in exchange for favorable personnel transfers and promotions from the civil servants at the gu office. He is also suspected of using the goods purchased with public funds to assist the socially vulnerable in his jurisdiction for personal uses (embezzlement). Yoo was elected as the chief executive of the district four times in 1998, 2010, 2014, and 2018.

 

                                                                                                

 

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

Korea’s domestic spending recovery still uncertain amid Covid-19 resurgence fears: ministry

The South Korean economy faces continued uncertainty around private consumption as the pandemic resurgence and tougher virus curbs are taking a toll on face-to-face service sectors, while exports remain robust and the job market has improved, the finance ministry said Friday. The country’s economy appears to be on a recovery path thanks to robust exports and improving job market conditions, but the latest flare-up in Covid-19 cases could heighten uncertainty over an improvement in domestic demand, particularly in in-person service sectors,” the Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday in its monthly economic review named Green Book for August.

 

Korean craft beers actively explore new markets via partnership, export

South Korean craft beers are actively seeking new business opportunities through collaboration with other food businesses or in foreign markets. The country`s largest fried chicken franchise operator Kyochon F&B said Thursday that it has finally kicked off commercial production at Moonbear brewery three months after it acquired microbrewery Moonbear Brewing from Indulge, a liquor retailer under LF Corp., for 12 billion won ($10 million). Moonbear brewery, located in Goseong, Gangwon Province, has an annual brewing capacity of 2 million liters.

 

Korean energy firms bet big on carbon capture emissions reduction technology

South Korean energy companies are aggressively seeking opportunities in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) business, which is considered as an important emissions reduction technology that can be applied in heavy industries. SK E&S, the hydrogen business unit of SK Group, has a CCUS business model of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from liquefied natural gas (LNG) manufacturing at Caldita-Barossa gas field under development in Australia. It also aims to achieve eco-friendly power generation in Korea. SK Innovation in May signed an agreement with Korea’s state-run Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) to use the East Sea gas field, which will finish its natural gas production in June 2022 as a CO2 storage.

                                                                                                                 

 

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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 Heraldwww.smh.com.au

Colombia Reports http://colombiareports.com

Bogota Free Planet http://bogotafreeplanet.combfp@bogotafreeplanet.com

El Universal http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english

Andes http://www.andes.info.ec/en

Ecuador Times http://www.ecuadortimes.net

The Jordan Times https://www.jordantimes.com

LSM.lv http://www.lsm.lv/en

The Baltic Times http://www.baltictimes.com lithuania@baltictimes.com, estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com

El Pais http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html

Philippine Daily Inquirer https://www.inquirer.net

Daily News Hungary http://dailynewshungary.com

Budapest Times http://budapesttimes.hu
 

                                                                                                               

 

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Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s

Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE

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