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2017/09/25 18:45

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

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Two Sewol ferry victims laid to rest

SEOUL -- A belated public memorial service was held on Monday for two teenage victims of the tragic ferry sinking in 2014 that took more than 300 lives aboard.

Large portraits of Cho Eun-hwa and Hur Da-yoon were placed in the Seoul Metropolitan Library inside Seoul City Hall, where a ceremony was held in remembrance of the two high school girls from Ansan, south of Seoul.

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S. Korea's military to buy more advanced trainer jets

SEOUL -- South Korea's military has decided to purchase more T-50 advanced trainer jets from a local producer, the nation's arms agency said Monday.

The decision was made at the 105th session of the weapons procurement committee, presided over by Defense Minister Song Young-moo, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

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(LEAD) Celebrities file complaint against two ex-presidents over 'blacklisting' allegations

SEOUL -- A group of TV celebrities filed a complaint against former Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye Monday asking for a prosecution investigation into allegations the state intelligence agency created a blacklist of personalities critical of the administrations and sought to oust them from the industry.

Lawyers representing the five celebrities, including actor Moon Sung-keun and comedian Kim Mi-hwa, filed the complaint with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office against eight people, including the former presidents, Lee's intelligence chief Won Sei-hoon, and Park's chief of staff Kim Ki-choon.

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President proposes meeting with ruling, opposition leaders over N. Korea

SEOUL -- The presidential office said Monday that it has officially proposed a meeting between the president and ruling and opposition party leaders this week to discuss bipartisan efforts to deal with North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile provocations.

"Cheong Wa Dae has decided to push for the meeting with ruling and opposition party leaders Sept. 27," Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for the presidential office told a press briefing.

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(LEAD) President urges bipartisan efforts to peacefully resolve N. Korean nukes

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in called for bipartisan efforts Monday to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully, noting the country was now facing what he called an "unprecedented" security crisis.

"As this unprecedented and tense security crisis continues to surround the Korean Peninsula, I ask for bipartisan support from the ruling and opposition parties, as well as the people, at least on this issue," the president said while meeting his top aides for a weekly meeting held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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S. Korean athletes to volunteer during PyeongChang 2018

SEOUL -- Some 200 former and current South Korean athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, will volunteer during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, the national Olympic committee said Monday.

The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) held a launch ceremony for a team of athlete volunteers at the National Training Center in Seoul. Among the athletes are Lee Yong-dae, the 2008 Olympic champion in badminton mixed doubles; Oh Eun-seok, a sabre fencer who won the men's team gold at the 2012 Olympics; and Kim Woo-jin, a member of the gold medal-winning men's archery team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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(LEAD) France's ambassador reaffirms participation in PyeongChang Olympics: opposition leader

SEOUL -- France's ambassador to Seoul on Monday reaffirmed his country's plan to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics despite security concerns caused by North Korea's continued provocations, a South Korean opposition leader said.

Ambassador Fabien Penone reiterated his government's decision during his talks with Hong Joon-pyo, the leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, after news reports said Paris was considering skipping the event due to rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Samsung opens AI lab at University of Montreal

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it opened a research lab for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at Canada-based University of Montreal last month, tapping deeper into an area which has emerged as a main area of focus for global tech giants.

Samsung Electronics said its researchers will team up with Prof. Yoshua Bengio and other students of the university to study AI technologies.

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Samsung Electronics is 6th most valuable brand in world: data

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. emerged as the world's sixth most valuable brand in the world, the company said Monday on the back of its innovative products and strong presence in the chip industry.

Citing the data compiled by U.S. industry tracker Interbrand, Samsung Electronics made the top ranking list this year, moving a notch up from a year earlier.

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