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2017/11/01 17:10

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


(LEAD) Resolution on N. Korean human rights submitted to U.N. committee for approval

NEW YORK/SEOUL -- A draft resolution on North Korea's human rights violations was submitted to the United Nations' Third Committee for approval, calling for the referral of the country's rights violations to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The resolution, drafted by the European Union and Japan, was submitted Tuesday (New York time) and will be circulated among the U.N. member countries before the Third Committee processes it for approval around Nov. 14, according to U.N. sources.


(2nd LD) Prosecutors demand 10-year prison term for Lotte founder

SEOUL -- Prosecutors demanded a 10-year prison term and a 300 billion-won (US$268 million) fine for Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho on Wednesday for embezzlement, breach of trust and other charges.

The 95-year-old Shin was indicted in October last year for a series of management irregularities, including ordering Lotte to pay a total of about 50 billion won in the name of wages to family members who had never worked for the company.


S. Korea holds drill on simulated plane crash at airport

SEOUL -- Hundreds of South Korean firefighters, emergency crews and other officials on Wednesday staged a simulated fire on a plane in the latest drill to enhance readiness in case of an airport accident.

In the simulated drill, a plane -- which lost communication with air traffic controllers -- collided with a small aircraft on the runway as it was landing at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul amid thunder and lightning.


(LEAD) Who's who of South Korean sports, entertainment to bear torch for PyeongChang 2018

INCHEON -- Some of the most visible athletes and celebrities from host nation South Korea will bear the torch for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The Olympic flame was lit last week in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics, and arrived in the South Korea on Wednesday. The 2,018-kilometer relay that will cover the nation then commenced.


Bucheon becomes UNESCO City of Literature

BUCHEON -- The South Korean city of Bucheon said Wednesday that it has become a UNESCO City of Literature, Asia's first and 21st in the world.

The City of Literature program is part of the global culture body's Creative Cities Network aimed at fostering cultural diversity.


Group of S. Korean lawmakers to visit China for talks on bilateral ties

SEOUL -- A group of South Korean lawmakers will embark on a three-day visit to China this week for talks with Beijing officials over bilateral relations and North Korea's escalating nuclear threats, their aides said Wednesday.

The bipartisan group will leave for the Chinese capital on Thursday, two days after Seoul and Beijing announced their agreement to normalize relations that were strained over the installation of a U.S. missile defense system in Korea.