Korea 24 - 2021.10.14


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Korea24 – 2021.10.14. (Thursday)
News Briefing: South Korean health authorities say the spread of the highly-contagious delta variant of COVID-19 could be contained if they manage to fully inoculate 85 percent of the nation's population. They said reaching such a percentage would serve as the theoretical basis that the delta variant could be kept in check without mask rules, gathering bans and operational restrictions on multipurpose facilities. (Koo Hee-jin)
In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): Last Sunday, the Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung secured the ruling Democratic Party’s ticket to run in next year’s presidential election. Meanwhile, the former Jeju governor, Won Hee-ryong, was the fourth contender for the make to make past the second cut-off for the main opposition People Power Party’s primary, alongside Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-youl, former party chair Hong Joon-pyo, and former lawmaker Yoo Seong-min. The Justice Party picked their presidential candidate: former party chair Shim Sang-jung will be running for the fourth time. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies joins us on the line to give us his thoughts on these developments.
Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won:
1. The Supreme Court confirmed the lower court's sentence of 42 years in prison for Cho Joo-bin, one of the key figures in the ‘Nth-room’ Telegram App online sex crime ring. (‘박사방 운영자’ 조주빈, 징역 42년 확정)
2. Dozens of elementary school students and teachers in Gunwi County were stung by bees while taking part in an outdoor activity.(군위서 야외활동 초등생 집단 벌쏘임…병원 치료)
3. William Shatner, the actor who starred as the original Captain Kirk on the science fiction series Star Trek, has become the oldest man to go into space. (90세 스타트렉 선장…진짜 우주여행 떠나)
Explore Korea: In the last of our series covering locations from the second season of the Korea Tourism Organization’s ‘Feel The Rhythm of Korea’ videos. This week Allie from Moon Bear Travel introduces the Gangneung/Yangyang video, which highlights the more youthful side of the cities, showcasing activities such as surfing, skateboarding and camping. Meanwhile, the Seosan video takes inspiration from the action film Mad Max, to highlight the famous mud flats in the region, as well as the local clam farmers .
Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi:
- Yoon Ja-young in the Korea Times writes about Chanel Korea starting to restrict the number of certain types of bags a customer can buy per year.
- The Korea Herald’s Shin Ji-hye has a follow-up piece on the Afghan evacuees in Korea and how they are settling into their new lives.

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