From X Factor and Cheryl Cole to South Korean economy and global warming (newspapers overview)

30 May

Financial Times: South Korea: An economy divided
South Korea has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, worsening rapidly as the gulf widens between rich and poor in a faltering and uneven domestic economy. Many of South Korea’s chaebol (conglomerates like Samsung or Hyundai) gained market share in the most recent economic downturn, but their success disguises financial distress among small businesses and indebted households.

International Herald Tribune: Prisons for the police are thriving in Russia
Russia has 10 prisons with thousands of inmates set aside for former police officers and others in law enforcement. Most of them have been convicted of work-related infractions, from accepting bribes to attacking suspects.

Guardian: Worst ever CO2 emissions leave climate on the brink
Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The Daily Telegraph: Slim Samantha is queen of the beach in Ibiza
British prime minister’s wife Samantha Cameron is back in shape nine months after giving birth according to photographs from a holiday in Ibiza. Both she and her husband hired celebrity personal trainer Matt Roberts to whip them into shape. While on holiday she attended a music party, along with 2,500 rave music fans.

Daily Star: Sacked Cheryl in £5M telly deal
Sacked X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is bouncing back with a £5million deal to front one of Britain’s biggest TV shows. Supposedly, she is on the brink of signing a £5million deal to front one of Britain’s biggest ever television shows. Cheryl quit her UK X Factor role after Cowell talked her into becoming a judge on the US version but last week she found herself ditched in a blaze of publicity. Cheryl’s Geordie accent was among also blamed for losing her the US job.

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