UN Gives Ban Second Term With Unanimity
Ban Ki-moon secured a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations after the United Nations General Assembly unanimously re-elected him Tuesday, according to the JoongAng Daily.
“By acting decisively to renew my mandate, you have given the gift of time – time to carry on the important work that, together, we have begun,” Ban said after taking the oath of office at the UN on Tuesday, New York time. “Together, no challenge is too large. Together, nothing is impossible.”
The second term for Ban, who ran for reelection unopposed, will span Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2016.
The decision came on the heels of a recommendation last week by members of the Security Council that South Korea’s former foreign minister be re-appointed. Ban has been in office since January 2007.
Iris member Lee Eun Mi stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend
A 24-year-old Korean pop singer was found dead of multiple stab wounds inflicted by her ex-boyfriend, according to an article published by allkpop.
Saheung police revealed that they had issued an arrest warrant for Cho for stabbing Lee several times while she was on her way home.
Investigations revealed that the two had discussed marriage plans before Lee broke off their relationship, causing Cho to feel overrun by anger which eventually ended in murder.
Cho, 28, was later arrested at a rest stop, according to the article.
Panavision Ups Suh to Prexy-CEO
The motion picture equipment maker named John Suh president and chief executive on Wednesday.
Suh, formerly the chief financial officer overseeing the company’s North American business and responsible for worldwide operations, joined Panavision in March 2007. He spent more than 15 years at Technicolor, working in finance and strategic planning, before joining Panavision.
Trippy webcomic from Derek Kirk Kim relaunches
The Korean-American cartoonist is back to updating his thrice-weekly Web comic Tune.
The complex premise, as condensed by the publisher: “Tune is a sci-fi slice-of-life romantic comedy adventure of inter-dimensional proportions. When art school dropout Andy Go resigns himself to a lackluster day job, he unknowingly corners himself into a life of incarceration. In a parallel universe.”
Defectors Report N. Korea Jail Abuse
AFP via Yahoo News
A group of North Korean defectors filed a complaint with South Korea’s human rights organization, saying they were abused in two North Korean prisons, according to news reports.
One case involved a woman, who fled to China to escape hunger only to be captured, repatriated and imprisoned at the Jongori prison. She was pregnant when she was jailed.
“She was forcibly injected for abortion but the baby came out alive. Then prison guards killed the baby,” Secretary General Kim Hee-Tae of the Meeting of Promotion for North Korea Human Rights told AFP.
In another case, a defector alleged he had seen around 800 dead bodies during an 18-month jail term in the Jungsan County prison between 2000 and 2001.
Malnutrition, disease and abuse were the likely causes of death, the former prisoner said, adding that the prison was filled four times higher than capacity. Continue reading