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2018/02/14 17:00

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The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

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(LEAD) Samsung Galaxy S9 likely to feature DSLR-level camera

SEOUL-- Samsung Electronics Co.'s upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone is likely to feature an improved "Infinity Display" and a camera that can shoot DSLR-level pictures, according to industry sources and news reports Wednesday.

An invitation released by Samsung to the media bore the slogan "The Camera. Reimagined," suggesting huge improvements in the camera department, industry watchers said. The smartphone is set to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress, which kicks off Feb. 25.

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(Olympics) N. Korean forward back in lineup for joint hockey team vs. Japan

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- North Korean forward Jong Su-hyon returned to the lineup of the joint Korean women's hockey team at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

Jong is one of four North Koreans dressed for the final Group B game against Japan, alongside 18 South Koreans, at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, host of all ice sports during PyeongChang 2018.

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(LEAD) GM claim high cost for S. Korea plant closure, union cites mismanagement

SEOUL-- GM Korea Co. management and its union gave very different reasons for the move to close down a vehicle production plant here, signaling future clashes to come.

On Tuesday, the South Korean unit of General Motors Co., said it will shut down one of its four plants in South Korea by May as part of its broader global business restructuring and plans to spend US$850 million to restructure its Korean unit.

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(LEAD) Former Samsung vice chairman summoned over bribery allegations linked to ex-leader Lee

SEOUL-- Prosecutors said Wednesday they have ordered a former vice chairman of Samsung Group to undergo questioning over alleged bribery involving former President Lee Myung-bak.

Lee Hak-soo, who headed the now-disbanded Samsung control tower between the late 1990s and 2000s, was summoned to appear at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday, according to the prosecution. The prosecution raided his home last week as part of the probe.

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Master stage director admits to sexual harassment, halts activities

SEOUL-- Lee Youn-taek, a renowned theatrical writer-director, on Wednesday admitted to sexually harassing an actress in the past and decided to halt all activities to examine himself, the head of a theatrical group that he works for said on Wednesday.

"Lee conveyed his position that he was wrong, although it happened many years ago, and thus ought to reflect on himself," Kim So-hee, head of the Yeonhee Street Theatre Troupe, told Yonhap News Agency.

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Lotte kicks off emergency management committee after chief's arrest

SEOUL-- Lotte Group, a retail-to-chemicals conglomerate, has launched an emergency management committee to handle key decision-making issues after its chief was jailed for his involvement in a corruption scandal, the company said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin was imprisoned immediately after a Seoul court sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for engaging in unlawful activities to seek business favors.

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S. Korean, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss ties, N. Korean nuclear issue

SEOUL -- South Korean and Swedish foreign ministers will hold a meeting next week to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation on security issues, including North Korea's nuclear threats, the foreign ministry here said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with her Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom on Monday, according to the ministry.

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(Olympics) U.S. becomes second country with 100 Winter Olympic gold medals

SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- U.S. snowboarder Shaun White bagged his third Olympic gold medal in the men's halfpipe at PyeongChang on Wednesday, raising the total number of Winter Olympic gold medals held by his home country to 100.

White, 31, won the medal at Phoenix Snow Park in the Olympics host town of PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, with the top score of 97.75 points.

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GCMS to export blood pack manufacturing technology to Indonesian firm

SEOUL -- South Korean bio firm Greencross Medical Science Corp. (GCMS) said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to export its blood pack manufacturing technology to Indonesia-based PT. Mitra Global Hanindo.

Under the contract worth 40 billion won (US$37 million), GCMS will supply 6.1 billion won of complete blood bag products and 30.7 billion won in partly made packs. Also, the South Korean firm will receive 3.2 billion won in technology transfer fee and royalties.

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S.Korea, Estonia agree to increase cooperation in cybersecurity

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agreed Wednesday to increase cooperation with Estonia in cybersecurity and other areas during talks with his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas.

Estonia is a world leader in electronic government and is a member of the "Digital-5," a grouping of five e-government leaders that also includes South Korea, Britain, New Zealand and Israel.

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N. Korea prepares for modest celebration of late leader's birthday this week: Seoul

SEOUL -- North Korea appears to be preparing modest celebratory events for late leader Kim Jong-il's birthday this week, the unification ministry said Wednesday.

"Without any peculiarity, North Korea is having (commemorative) events at the previous year's scale," Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said in a press briefing.

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