TOP News

Entertainment: South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties

Grading college football's coaching hires: USC earns 'A' for Lincoln Riley; LSU lags behind with Brian Kelly

  Grading college football's coaching hires: USC earns 'A' for Lincoln Riley; LSU lags behind with Brian Kelly Schools turned to sitting Power 5 coaches and Power 5 coordinators to fill openings during this carousel.How did athletic directors fill those vacancies, and were any lessons learned over the previous five hiring cycles?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the president of South Korea on Sunday reportedly reached a preliminary multibillion-dollar deal to sell Seoul’s surface-to-air missiles to Abu Dhabi and pledged deeper cooperation with the Gulf Arab federation.

  South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties © Provided by The Canadian Press

After South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Emirati Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai, the countries signed a memorandum of understanding for the UAE's purchase of a South Korean mid-range missile defense system valued at some $3.5 billion, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korea: a person between clandestinely on the territory from South

 North Korea: a person between clandestinely on the territory from South This is a rare crossing of this ultra-fortified boundary that has separated the two countries since 1953 © / AP / SIPA the leader of Korea Northern, Kim Jong-one, in Pyongyang March 23, 2021. Rare - This is a rare crossing of this ultra-fortified border that has separated the two countries since 1953 an unidentified person penetrated in Korea Northern Earth from South New Year's Day, Sunday the South Korean army reported.

There were no further details on the deal announced during the visit nor immediate comment from the UAE. But during Dubai's weeklong aviation trade show last November, the Emirati Ministry of Defense tweeted it planned to acquire South Korea's M-SAM, an advanced air defense system designed to intercept missiles at altitudes below 40 kilometers (25 miles), saying it would “constitute a qualitative addition to the capabilities of the national air defense."

Sheikh Mohammed posted photos of the meeting and said the UAE seeks “a comprehensive strategic economic partnership” with South Korea, one of the world’s top crude importers and financiers of energy projects.

The nations have strengthened their defense cooperation over the past decade, with South Korean elite special forces even traveling to the UAE to train Emirati troops in an unprecedented years-long deployment for the Asian country.

Federal COVID update, Ontario tightens health restrictions: In The News for Jan. 5

  Federal COVID update, Ontario tightens health restrictions: In The News for Jan. 5 In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Jan. 5 What we are watching in Canada Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning for the first federal COVID-19 update of the new year. The update follows Trudeau's phone call yesterday with B.C. Premier and Council of the Federation chair John Horgan, where the prime minister said he would hold a call with the premiers next week to discuss how governments are keeping citizens safe.

Meanwhile, the UAE has hosted hundreds of North Korean laborers in past years who provide a key revenue stream for Pyongyang. But under pressure to enforce U.S.-led sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program, Abu Dhabi has recently moved to choke off the network and stopped renewing North Korean work visas.

From Dubai’s Expo 2020, where South Korea boasts a sprawling pavilion to showcase the country’s high-tech and cultural achievements, President Moon praised the world's fair and pledged the countries will “transcend generations and national borders to build back together and leap forward together.”

President Moon landed in the regional financial hub of Dubai on Saturday, and was greeted by UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei. The oil and gas-dependent South Korea imports fossil fuels from the Persian Gulf, including from oil-rich Abu Dhabi, to power its energy-intensive economy, dominated by manufacturing industries from cars to petrochemicals.

Hypersonic missile test of North Korea: Is it still possible to declare the end of the war?

 Hypersonic missile test of North Korea: Is it still possible to declare the end of the war? © Reuters For months, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in multiplies efforts to declare the end of the war between the two Korea, and thus revive the talks on the denuclearization of the peninsula. But the hypersonic missile test shot made Wednesday by Pyongyang weakens these efforts. It was a way, for the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-an , to celebrate the new year.


Video: Today in History for January 8th (The Canadian Press)

The UAE represents 8% of Seoul’s oil imports, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Not only does Seoul buy Emirati oil, but South Korean firms have participated in the development of Emirati oil fields to boost the Asian country’s self sufficiency and, significantly, have built the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant — the first on the Arabian Peninsula.

The group of four reactors at Barakah in Abu Dhabi’s far western desert, which marked the Korea Electric Power Corporation’s first international deal, are gradually coming online. As the UAE seeks to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels and diversify away from oil, it plans to draw a quarter of its electricity from the $20 billion reactors.

During the South Korean trade minister’s trip to the UAE late last year, the countries also began negotiations on a new bilateral trade deal, including agreements to develop sources of clean power. On Monday, Moon met with an Emirati business delegation about clean-burning hydrogen fuel, his press office said.

Northern Korea recognizes a hypersonic missile test shot

 Northern Korea recognizes a hypersonic missile test shot © Kcna / Reuters Kim Jong One was present at the test of a hypersonic missile, in North Korea, January 11, 2022. The projectile Unidentified by North Korea, Tuesday, January 11, off its east coast was a missile carrying a "hypersonic hyperant ogive". The trial was supervised by the North Korean Leader Kim Jong One. This is the second test of this type from Pyongyang in less than a week.

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has sharpened its focus on hydrogen in recent months, building facilities to produce large volumes of the fuel and shipping so-called blue ammonia to Japan.

“Carbon neutrality is obviously a difficult process, but if the two nations promote the hydrogen industry through solidarity and cooperation, they will have new opportunities,” Yonhap news agency quoted Moon as telling a business forum in Dubai, adding that Seoul has helped the UAE develop a hydrogen-powered public transport system.

A different South Korean export took center stage later Sunday at Expo, as a string of star K-pop bands including Psy and Stray Kids performed catchy songs with dynamic dance moves for the crowd of frenetic fans who braved the rain to wait in line for hours since the morning. Hundreds of teenagers crammed up against each other and danced, even as virus cases skyrocket in the UAE.

Before singing his classic 2012 hit “Gangnam Style," Park Jae-sang of Psy announced that he'd release a new song this year for the first time in four years.

“I can promise that to Dubai,” he said.

The crowd went wild. An ebullient President Moon in attendance joined the applause.

Isabel Debre, The Associated Press

Lead 1-North Korea has missed missiles, says Seoul .
North Korea - Missiles / (Lead 1): Lead 1-Korea North has made missile shots, says Seoul ( Add details) Seoul, January 27 (Reuters) - North Korea, which multiplies the series of ballistic missile tests since the beginning of the year, shot what seems to be two ballistic missiles off its east coast, said Thursday the staff of the South Korean army. The Joint Staff South Korean (JCS) indicated that it has detected the shots around 8:00 am local time (23:00 GMT).

See also