Kim Jong-il ordered mass production of uranium bombs: papers
North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-il had ordered his officials to mass-produce nuclear bombs by using highly enriched uranium, Japanese news reports said Monday, citing an internal document obtained from Pyongyang.
Uranium, if highly enriched, can be used to make weapons, providing Pyongyang with a second way of building atomic bombs after its existing plutonium-based program. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
North Korea’s New Image Shaped by Platform Shoes, Earrings and Cell Phones
Attempting to forge a new image for himself and his country, North Korea’s youthful supreme leader Kim Jong Un is allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings, making more mobile phones available, endorsing previously banned foods like pizza, French fries and hamburgers — and he’s giving kids free trips to zoos and amusement parks.
Kim Says World Bank’s First Priority Is To Aid Growth
Jim Yong Kim, who took over as World Bank president yesterday, said his first task will be to help emerging markets keep expanding at a time of stress for the world economy.
“We begin our work together at a crucial moment” as the global economy “remains vulnerable,” Kim wrote in an e-mail to the Washington-based bank’s staff obtained by Bloomberg News. “My immediate priority will be to intensify the Bank Group’s efforts to help developing countries protect growth and jobs.”
South Korea opens controversial new mini-capital
AFP via Yahoo News
South Korea Monday inaugurated a mini-capital to house much of the nation’s government, ending a decade of wrangling over a project seen by critics as driven by politics.
Jurors debate death penalty in LA triple killing
AP via San Jose Mercury News
A jury is expected to begin debating the penalty for an insurance salesman convicted of gunning down a woman, her 2-year-old son and a nanny at a Los Angeles apartment nine years ago.
City News Service says jurors will begin deliberating Monday on whether to recommend death or life in prison for 53-year-old Robin Kyu Cho.
Prosecutors believe Cho killed 2-year-old Nathan Song and his nanny, 56-year-old Eun Sik Min, as they were in a bathtub, then shot the mother, 30-year-old Chi Hyon Song, when she walked in the door of the apartment in May of 2003.
Prep school senior killed by taxi in Hamptons
New York Daily News
A straight-A Manhattan prep school senior was killed in the Hamptons over the weekend when he was struck by a taxi van.
Jeffrey Ahn, 17, who attended the prestigious Trinity School on the upper West Side, was walking on the side of a narrow country lane with his girlfriend and two other pals when he was hit about 1 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Sister of Teen Killed by Taxi: ‘I Got to See Him One Last Time’
Patch.com (East Hampton, N.Y.)
Days after Jeffrey Ahn, 17, died after being struck by a taxi in Amagansett on Saturday, his family is struggling to make sense of the tragedy.
“This is the worst thing that will ever happen to us,” Jeffrey’s older sister, Presca Ahn said Tuesday. “My parents are not doing well.
Going Public Is A Hassle
In the classic startup story, Bak would would take his company public — sell shares in an initial public offering, ring the bell at the stock exchange, have a big party. But Bak, like lots of young entrepreneurs these days, doesn’t want Drama Fever to go public.
How A South Korean Girl Will Fix Gender Inequality
Veronica Cho is the South Korean delegate of the 2012 G(irls)20 Summit, the “other G20 Summit.” The G(irls)20 Summit brings together one girl, aged 18-20, from each G20 country to look at the G20 Leaders agenda thru the lens of the economic empowerment of girls and women and the importance of inclusion.
SHOWBIZ: Asian man of substance
New Straits Times (Malaysia)
Hunky Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim has been making waves as one of the cool members of an elite task force in Hawaii Five-0. The successful reboot of the long running police procedural series from the late-1960s, now coming to the end of Season Two, offers plenty of thrills and spills before the next season blows in like a hot tropical breeze. Kim, who plays Detective Lt Chin Ho Kelly of the Honolulu Police Department, was in town recently to promote the finale to the current season.
Westin Chosun appoints first Korean-American GM
Brian Pak, 46, has began serving as the hotel’s general manager on Monday, becoming the hotel’s first general manager of Korean descent since 1970, the Westin Chosun said.
Pak joined the hotel industry in 1999 at the Westin Resort in Guam. In 2003, he served as a director of operations at W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel and most recently served as general manager of Aqua Resort Club Saipan and Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.
K-pop Stars 2NE1, Girls Generation, 2PM Shine at MTV Japan’s VMAs
K-pop stars had a huge presence at MTV Video Music Awards Japan with 2NE1 (YG Entertainment), Girls Generation (SM Entertainment) and 2PM (JYP Entertainment) all picking up awards.
2NE1 and their video “I am the Best” beat out currently hot Japanese sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Warner Music Japan, pronounced “Cary Pam Pam”) for the Best New Artist video award and the band was on hand to slam out a seamless rendition of their winning track as well as the tune “Scream.”
Shooting hoops for peace in North Korea
“We really wanted to promote basketball, diplomacy, friendship, break those barriers,” said Elie who founded the club — Coaches Team — while living in South Korea. The club’s stated mission is to “use basketball to break down political and social boundaries that exist all around the globe.”
Momofuku’s Chef Praises London Dining, Berates Critics
David Chang vividly recalls dining in London when he lived in the city as a student in 1995.
“There was nothing to eat, particularly if you were on a budget,” said the Korean-American chef, whose influence has rippled across the world from New York, where he founded the Momofuku group of restaurants.
New Korean Dishes Planned For Area Restaurants
It used to be a little-known ethnic food but now, from barbecue to kimchi to tofu, Korean food has now become a force to be reckoned with in the New York City food scene.
Korean seaweed, known as Gim, comes in a number of variations but is usually dried, roasted and salted. Its culinary possibilities go far beyond wrapping around rice.
Dog-meat Spaghetti Removed from Menu After Netizen Pressure
A restaurant located in Incheon started selling ‘Dog meat spaghetti’, this caused uproar among netizens leading them to take action. And so, the restaurant removed the dish from the menu. On 12th, the restaurant in Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon posted an announcement on its homepage, saying, ‘we would like to inform you that now we serve dog-meat pasta, pizza, and its boiled meat’.
The news spread virally through social network services, bringing in strong objection from animal rights groups. The district’s town hall is reported to have received a lot of complaints demanding the suspension of the sale of the dish. Two days later, on 14th, the restaurant apologised and removed the dish from the menu.
Would you care for kimchi beer?
Like kimchi? Love beer? Why not mix the two and brew up a kimchi beer? That’s exactly what some brewers in the U.S. and Canada did to spice up classic ales.
Are you curious to know what it tastes like? Just like how you’d imagine.
“Intense nose of spice and herbs, hopped palate and a chili spice that sneaks up on you. It’s awesome,’’ describes Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Ontario, Canada, which recently introduced kimchi beer at a local beer festival.
In Olympic Infighting, the Koreas Take the Gold
International Herald Tribune
Their bilateral relationship is in enough disrepair that North and South Korea will not be marching together three weeks hence, during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Summer Games in London.
They’ve done it before, though. The crowds at Olympic Stadium roared their approval when the two teams marched together under a blue-and-white flag to open the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. It was the first time they had joined together since before the Korean War started, when a single “Korea” competed at the 1948 Games, also held in London.
Kim will be captain of U.S. Olympics team
Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.)
He will represent the United States as captain of the men’s and women’s taekwondo teams at the London Games in August.
“This is very special, and I feel very honored,” said Kim, a Winston-Salem resident who owns and operates businesses in four locations — including Winston-Salem and Clemmons — that offer taekwondo instruction to about 1,400 students.
Shin-Soo Choo’s swing drawing attention: Cleveland Indians daily briefing
Choo’s ability to drive the ball to left field is one reason he’s been hit by pitches a team-high seven times.
“When he’s doing that he’s going good,” said manager Manny Acta. “But you have to understand that when the opposition sees him doing that, they’re going to try and bust him inside.”
Shin-Soo Choo powers Indians in win against Orioles
Shin-Soo Choo singled on the first pitch of the game, and the Cleveland Indians never let up in setting a season high for hits in a second straight game.
This time, they got a win for their efforts. Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer, scored four runs and collected three RBIs to lead the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 11-5 on Saturday.
Report: Knicks could lose Jeremy Lin to a backloaded contract offer
While both Lin and the Knicks are hoping for a reunion, sources say that if any clubs offer Lin, a restricted free agent, a backloaded contract that pays him an eight-figure salary in the third and fourth years, the Knicks could be given pause about matching the offer.
With the new collective bargaining agreement employing a more punitive luxury tax, beginning in the 2013-14 season, the Knicks are extremely concerned about the financial ramifications of such a deal.