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2017/09/21 17:30

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

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(2nd LD) Parliament approves Moon's pick for Supreme Court chief

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliament approved President Moon Jae-in's pick for Supreme Court chief justice on Thursday, ending a month of partisan bickering over his ideological orientation and avoiding the risk of another judicial leadership void.

Of the 298 lawmakers present for the vote on Kim Meong-su, 160 approved him and 134 voted against, while one abstained. Three votes were counted as invalid.

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(LEAD) S. Korea mulling various measures to intensify pressure on N.K.: foreign ministry

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is considering various measures to put more pressure on North Korea as part of follow-up efforts to the latest sanctions resolution agreed by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the foreign ministry said Thursday.

The UNSC unanimously adopted a new set of sanctions against the North last week to punish it for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which was conducted earlier this month. They include restricting energy supplies to the North for the first time.

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Top bakery franchise ordered to recruit outsourced workers

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- The government ordered South Korea's biggest bakery franchise Thursday to directly hire over 5,000 outsourced bakers and staff members at its franchisees, as it has breached the labor law that forbids a franchiser from training and supervising contracted workers.

The Ministry of Labor and Employment has given Paris Baguette a correction order to recruit 5,378 employees at 3,396 franchise stores who currently work for the franchise's subcontractors, it said in a statement.

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S. Korean defense minister visits DMZ

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo on Thursday inspected the front-line vigilance of the country's troops and ordered them to retaliate swiftly against any attacks.

Song visited a guard post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), along with Rep. Kim Young-woo, chairman of the National Assembly's committee on national defense, according to his ministry.

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US military-artillery training

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- A U.S.-based agile Army artillery unit conducted a live-fire exercise along the west coast of South Korea on Thursday, demonstrating its precision-strike capability in rapid deployment, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said.

The USFK's Eighth Army said it staged the joint training in Daecheon, South Chungcheong Province, with the 18th Field Artillery Brigade based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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(2nd LD) Kia expects to shift to operating loss in H2

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp. said Thursday it expects to swing to an operating loss in the second half of this year due to declining sales and huge one-off costs.

In the first half, the affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co. already suffered a 44 percent on-year decline in operating profit to 786.8 billion won (US$695 million) largely affected by sharp sales declines in China amid bilateral diplomatic rows.

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Park In-bee to sit out rest of LPGA season with back injury

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- World No. 10 Park In-bee will bow out of the rest of the 2017 LPGA season in order to rest her ailing back, a source close to the player said Thursday.

Park had been scheduled to wrap up her season at the Alisports LPGA in Beijing starting Oct. 5, but the tournament was abruptly canceled earlier this month. Park will sit out the rest of the LPGA's annual Asian tour, which includes a stop in South Korea in mid-October, and will also skip the season finale, the CME Group Tour Championship, in November.

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