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2017/08/10 17:13

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


Uber launches food delivery service in S. Korea

SEOUL -- Uber Technologies Inc. launched its food delivery service in South Korea on Thursday, joining the country's heated delivery service app market.

The mobile application UberEATS allows users to select food from registered restaurants and deliver the dishes by its delivery partners, its local unit Uber Korea said.

"Food delivery is very advanced in Korea," said Allen Penn, Asia Pacific's head of UberEATS, during a press conference held in Seoul. "With that said, we still feel like we are at the very beginning of the food delivery trend. If you look at the types of technology that Uber is beginning to introduce -- the range of cuisines and price points that it opens up -- you can see how that brings new consumers into the market."



(LEAD) Asiana Q2 loss widens on FX losses

SEOUL -- Asiana Airlines Inc. said Thursday its losses widened in the second quarter from a year earlier due to foreign currency-related losses.

Net loss reached 74.7 billion won (US$65.3 million) in the April-June period, compared to a loss of 26.7 billion won a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Operating income, on the other hand, surged 49 percent on-year to reach 42.8 billion won, with sales rising 8.5 percent to 1.49 trillion won over the cited period.


(2nd LD) Gov't puts off THAAD environmental survey

SEOUL -- The South Korean government on Thursday postponed a formal environmental survey on the advanced U.S. missile defense system deployed in a southern town amid a fierce protest by local residents and activists.

The defense and environment ministries had planned to conduct the joint study of electromagnetic radiation and noise from the THAAD system in Seongju, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Two rocket launchers and a powerful X-band radar are operational at the new U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) base, formerly a private golf course.


(LEAD) S. Korea to send home N. Korean rescued in Yellow Sea

SEOUL -- South Korea will repatriate this week a North Korean man who was rescued last week while adrift in the southern side of the Yellow Sea, the Ministry of Unification said Thursday.

The North Korean citizen in his 30s drifted across the inter-Korean maritime border to the southern side of the Yellow Sea while he was picking clams on the North Korean western coast near the border area, according to the result of a probe.


Bastille, Justice to headline Incheon Pentaport Rock Fest

SEOUL -- British indie pop band Bastille and French electronic duo Justice will headline the 2017 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, one of South Korea's longest-running summer music festivals, this coming weekend, according to organizers Thursday.

The three-day rock-electronic music blowout will be held from Friday to Sunday at the Songdo Moonlight Festival Park, also known as Pentaport Park, in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, according to the Incheon Metropolitan City.


Sexual slavery victims to attend Liberation Day ceremony for first time next week

SEOUL -- Two elderly South Korean victims of Japan's sexual slavery during World War II will attend an official government ceremony next week marking the country's liberation from the 1910-45 colonial rule, officials said Thursday.

The Ministry of Interior and Safety said it will be the first time that the "comfort women" attend an official Liberation Day ceremony at the invitation of the government, though two victims attended a luncheon in 2010 after the main ceremony.


LPGA star Park In-bee seeking to push herself for 1st win at home

JEJU -- In search of her first victory on home soil, LPGA Hall of Famer Park In-bee said Thursday she'll actually start putting some pressure on herself.

Park will compete at Jeju Samdasoo Masters on the Korea LPGA (KLPGA) Tour beginning Friday at Ora Country Club on the southern resort island of Jeju. This is Park's fourth consecutive appearance at the event, and she's still looking for her first win here.

In fact, the 18-time LPGA Tour winner, who has seven major titles and an Olympic gold medal to her credit, has yet to win in her native country. Park made her professional debut in the United States and has only played in the KLPGA occasionally.


U.S. cautious about dual-supercarrier operations near Korea

SEOUL -- Despite heightened military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. Navy has no plan yet to send another aircraft carrier here, informed sources said Thursday.

They were responding to local news reports that the United States seems to be pushing for rare dual-carrier operations near Korea this month against the North's repeated intercontinental ballistic missile launches and war threats.

The forward-deployed flattop, Ronald Reagan, has just returned to its home port in Yokosuka, Japan, from a three-month routine patrol.


'The War' expected to be EXO's fourth million seller

SEOUL -- EXO's new album "The War" has sold about 960,000 copies and is expected to become the K-pop boy band's fourth million seller soon.

The Korean and Chinese versions of the group's fourth full-length album came in first and second on Gaon's monthly albums chart released on Thursday, by selling a total of 959,417 copies. The figure breaks down to 808,665 for the Korean version and 150,762 for the Chinese.

All of the group's three full-length albums -- "XOXO" (2013), "Exodus" (2015) and "Ex’Act" (2016) -- sold over 1 million copies when figures for their Korean, Chinese and repackaged albums were included.


S. Korea welcomes N. Korea's release of Korean-Canadian pastor

SEOUL -- South Korea on Thursday welcomed North Korea's release of an imprisoned Korean-Canadian pastor, urging the North to free the South Korean citizens still held in captivity.

"Our government welcomes the release of pastor Lim Hyeon-soo, who had been detained in North Korea," Cho June-hyuck, spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press briefing.

The spokesman said Canada has been in close communication with South Korea on Lim's captivity as it is a like-minded country that supports South Korea's policy direction on the North.


(LEAD) Court rejects McDonald's injunction against consumer report disclosure

CHEONGJU -- A regional court on Thursday dismissed an injunction request filed by the local unit of McDonald's seeking to stop the disclosure of a consumer report on hamburger patties, amid controversy over allegations that it served undercooked meat and caused some children to get sick.

The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) has conducted a survey on the sanitary conditions of some 38 hamburgers sold at five local convenience stores and six fast-food franchises.


S. Korea calls for Pyongyang to stop harsh words, respond to talks offer

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry urged North Korea on Thursday to stop saber-rattling immediately and repeated the call for Pyongyang to respond to its dialogue offer aimed at easing tensions in the region.

"The North's recent threatening words have gone too much and run squarely against with the consensus contained in the statement issued after the ARF (ASEAN Regional Forum). It should stop them immediately," Cho June-hyuck, foreign ministry spokesman, said during a regular press briefing.