≡ Govt To Commemorate Memorial Day For Victims Of Japan's Wartime Sexual Slavery
The government will hold a national ceremony today to commemorate International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.
The event will open at 11 a.m. at the Kim Koo Museum in Seoul's Yongsan District.
Some 300 people, including surviving victims, are expected to attend.
Last year, the government designated August 14th as a national memorial day.
It is the day in 1991 when the late Kim Hak-sun, a former sexual slavery victim, first publicly testified about Japan's heinous war crimes against women and her experience being forced into sexual servitude under the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
It also comes ahead of Liberation Day, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.■
≡ Trump Cites S. Korea As Example Of US Protecting Borders
U.S. President Donald Trump has cited South Korea as an example where the United States has helped other countries at the expense of its domestic problems.
Trump was addressing workers in Monaca, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, when he took to boasting about his administration's achievements in "putting America first."
He said the U.S. protects South Korea's border but does not protect its own borders.
Trump was apparently referring to Washington's commitments in South Korea under their Mutual Defense Treaty.
Last week, Trump was seen as attempting to increase pressure on Seoul to contribute more to the cost of maintaining American troops on the Korean Peninsula, tweeting that Seoul had agreed to pay "substantially more" to Washington.■
≡ Hong Kong Protests Cripple Airport For Second Day
Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive pro-democracy demonstrations.
Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight Tuesday after thousands of protesters again flooded the terminal buildings.
During a brief clash, officers pushed some protesters back using pepper spray and batons.
A policeman reportedly pulled out a gun at one point but the situation eventually calmed without more forceful intervention.
Check-in operations were halted at 4:30 p.m. after protesters blockaded departure gates, although incoming flights were allowed to land.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled over the past two days and passengers forced to stay in the city while airlines tried to find other ways to get them to their destinations.■[2019.08.14]
≡ Weather Update 0900
Taking a look at the weather, another sweltering day is in store.
Heat wave advisories and warnings remain in effect across most regions as temperatures are forecast to rise to the low to mid 30s today.
Seoul will peak at 35 degrees, Daejeon will get up to 34 and Hongcheon 36 degrees.
Looking ahead, there's a chance for sporadic showers for the central and the Honam regions later this afternoon.
An umbrella will come in handy.
As for the current temperature in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■[2019.08.14]