[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/29/MON
1. South Korea reported 42 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, most of local cases were traced to religious groups in the Seoul metropolitan area.
2. President 문재인 said that South Korea has been able to pave the road to become a strong economy despite Japan's export restrictions and noted the growing protectionism amid the COVID-19 outbreak,calling for an aggressive response.
3. The floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party and the main opposition United Future Party failed to strike a deal on the chair seats on Monday. The ruling party took 17 out of the 18 standing committee chair posts under the current 21st Assembly.
4. The South Korean government held a hearing today for two groups of North Korean defectors that've been sending propaganda leaflets into the North. Once their license is revoked, the organizations will not be allowed to publicly raise funds.
5. Conflicts between South Korean and Japan are expected as the World Trade Organization is set to discuss the establishment of a panel to deal with Japan's export curbs against South Korea on Monday.
6. As for U.S. President Donald Trump's recent suggestion to add South Korea to the G7 summit, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Sunday that it is important to keep the G7 framework itself.
7. Hong Kong police have issued its first ban on an upcoming pro-democracy march set for July 1st, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent vandalism.
8. Over 160 major multinational companies have joined forces to boycott Facebook ads, saying the company doesn't do enough to remove hate speech.
9. According to data from the WHO, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally hit almost 190-thousand on Sunday alone.