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2017/10/12 13:30

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

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(LEAD) S. Korean president to visit 3 Southeast Asian countries next month

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will make a three-nation Southeast Asia trip next month for regional forums where he is also expected to hold a series of bilateral summits with other global leaders, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.

The trip is expected to begin Nov. 8 with a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he will likely hold a summit with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.

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S. Korea's domestic demand slows down, offsets recovery in exports, production: KDI

SEJONG -- The South Korean economy is enjoying a steady uptick in overseas sales and a modest improvement in manufacturing production in recent months, but the pace of recovery is being hurt by lukewarm private consumption caused by rising uncertainties, a state-run think tank said Thursday.

In the latest monthly economic report, the Korea Development Institute (KDI) said that Asia's fourth-largest economy is being led by brisk exports and output of semiconductors.

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(2nd LD) S. Korea, U.S. to draft plan for future alliance command

SEOUL -- The South Korean and U.S. militaries will soon formalize a plan to create a new combined command, which will become effective when Seoul regains its wartime operational control (OPCON) of the country's troops, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday.

The allies plan to approve the scheme in their annual Military Committee Meeting (MCM) and Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) later this month, it told lawmakers.

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(News Focus) Conservatives' integration efforts pick up pace

SEOUL -- Efforts to unify the fractured conservative bloc are gathering steam as senior right-wingers push to form a panel for their integration under the shared goals of reining in increasingly assertive liberal rivals and strengthening their parliamentary foothold.

Though swift, the move towards a merger between the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and its splinter Bareun Party has proceeded cautiously, as skeptics stress the need to focus more on internal reform in order to regain public support.

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(Yonhap Feature) Young Portuguese football coach seeks career breakthrough in S. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea isn't everyone's land of opportunity, but for Mario Lemos, head coach of Seoul-based amateur football club TNT, the Asian country could be the one.

Lemos met his wife in South Korea after first landing here in 2013. The couple dated for about two and a half years before tying the knot last year. Now Lemos is trying to create another success story in the country -- this time with his favorite sport.

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Kakao, Samsung to join forces for smart appliances

SEOUL -- South Korea's top mobile messenger operator Kakao Corp. said Thursday it will work with Samsung Electronics Co. to apply its artificial intelligence (AI) platform to home appliances.

Kakao, also the operator of the country's No. 2 portal, said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Samsung to develop services to activate home appliances powered through its AI platform, Kakao I.

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(LEAD) Trump on N. Korea: My attitude is the one that matters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his attitude is "the one that matters" when it comes to resolving the impasse over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Trump made the remark in response to a question about whether he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are on the same page on how to deal with the communist regime.

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