Korea24 – 2022.07.04. (Monday)
News Briefing: Rival political parties broke a month-long deadlock in negotiations, agreeing on terms to elect a new National Assembly speaker and formation of parliamentary committees. Kim Jin-pyo, a five-term lawmaker of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) has been elected as the new speaker. (Jenny NA)
In-Depth News Analysis: Following the US Supreme Court's controversial decision to overturn abortion rights last month, in South Korea questions are being asked about the country’s own situation on the issue. Despite the Constitutional Court decriminalinizing abortion in 2019, public confusion continues as relevant laws have yet to be devised. Reporter Kim Arin from the Korea Herald joins us on the line for an overview on the situation.
Korea Trending with Walter Lee:
1. South Korea has started a pilot program for paid sick leave in 6 regions across the country. ("아프면 쉬어도 돼요" 4일부터 6곳서 '상병수당' 시범사업)
2. An infestation of Plecia nearctica, commonly known as lovebugs, has struck areas in northwest Seoul. ('러브버그' 도시 점령)
3. More than 30,000 people have unsubscribed from YouTube star Park Makrye’s channel “Korea_Grandma”, due to controversies related to her granddaughter’s fiance. (하루에 1만 명 빠져...박막례 할머니, '구독 취소' 왜?)
Monday Sports Round-up: In the football K League, Ulsan Hyundai FC’s lead at the top has dropped to 5 points with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on their tails once again. Meanwhile, in baseball, the starters for the KBO All-Star Game have been announced. And in volleyball, Korea went winless in the Women’s Nations League. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency updates us on these stories.
Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin:
- In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol reports on how a hand-woven vessel made by artist Jeong Da-hye was awarded the prestigious Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.
- Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Lee Seung-ku on plans by the National Police Agency to deploy robots, automated cars, and exoskeleton suits by 2050.