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WEEKLY NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (2024.03.16) [Video]

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WEEKLY NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (2024.03.16)

Welcome to Weekly News Highlights where we wrap up your week with a glimpse back into what went on over the past week.
I’m Kim Dami in Seoul.

The Korea Economic Research Institute believes South Korea’s economy will rebound to pre-pandemic levels, nearing 2% with strong exports like chips.
But recovery in domestic consumption won’t start until the latter half of the year when interest rate cuts are expected.

The European Parliament gave its final approval to wide-ranging rules to govern the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence.
The ultimate goal is to allow for productive and sustainable innovations while safeguarding public interests.

A South Korean national is being detained in Moscow following his arrest for spying in January, Russia’s state media reported this week.
This is the first reported case of its kind involving a South Korean.

The South Korean government has unveiled a new plan to increase financial support for smaller, specialty hospitals, to address the problem of patients often flocking to major hospitals, causing disparity.
It’ll also revamp related systems so that more specialists than trainees can be hired.

South Korea will see 2% growth this year on the back of strong exports, according to the Korea Economic Research Institute.
Two percent growth would mean a rebound to the pre-pandemic levels.
Shin Se-byuck has more.

Extravagant wedding costs have long been a pressure and even a burden for many couples here in South Korea, especially with limited access to information about costs that also vary by shop.
The government is now making it mandatory for shops to display price tags.
Lee Soo-jin tells us more.

The Russian presidential election is underway and President Vladimir Putin insists that his country is technically ready for nuclear war, taking aim at the West.
He also said North Korea has its own nuclear umbrella, and that Pyongyang has not asked Moscow for any help.
Our foreign affairs correspondent Bae Eun-ji has more.

While the North continues to brag about its new weapon, here in the South, Seoul and Washington jointly staged live-fire drills using their own battle tanks and armored vehicles.
This wraps up their 11-day Freedom Shield exercise, which South Korea and the U.S. carried out from earlier this month.
Our defense correspondent Choi Min-jung was onsite and files this report.

Russia’s state media reported this week that a South Korean man was arrested earlier this year, and is currently being detained on charges of spying.
Moscow has been detaining several foreign nationals since its invasion of Ukraine,
but it’s the first such case to be reported involving a South Korean national.
No details have been provided on the nature of the alleged spying other than the man, surnamed “Baek”, allegedly gathered and handed over intelligence to a foreign intelligence agency.
Baek reportedly moved from China to Vladivostok in January, where he was arrested by the Russian Federal Security Service a few days after his arrival.
In late February, he was transferred to Moscow, and is being held in custody at Lefortovo Prison.
Moscow is reportedly in close communication with Seoul to work on possibly granting consular access to the man who is being held on espionage charges.
Those convicted for espionage can face up to 20 years imprisonment in Russia.
Russia has designated South Korea as an “unfriendly” country following Seoul’s support for Western sanctions against Moscow over the war in Ukraine.
If Baek’s release is further delayed or if he is convicted, this may lead to closer ties between Russia and North Korea, threatening security on the peninsula.

The EU set a global precedent by being the first to officially pass a law regulating artificial intelligence.
Under this new rule, AI technologies deemed high-risk, especially those used in healthcare and education, must be under human control.
And the law, which comes into effect at the end of 2024, will apply to any companies doing business in the EU.
Shin Se-byuck reports.

Over in the U.S.
The House of Representatives passed a bill that could eventually ban the social media platform TikTok in the country.
A Senate vote is still required, though President Joe Biden is more than willing to sign the bill into law.
Lee Seung-jae has more.

Global superstar BTS Jungkook’s “Standing Next to You,” the third release from his debut solo album “Golden,” has stayed on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 main singles chart for 18 consecutive weeks.
This makes him the second longest-charting K-pop solo artist after Psy, whose song “Gangnam Style” was on the chart for 31 straight weeks in 2012…

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