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2018/02/26 18:32

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


(LEAD) (Olympics) N.K. athletes, cheerleaders return home as Olympics end

SEOUL/PAJU -- North Korean athletes and cheerleaders returned home Monday after the North sent a record size delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which ended the previous day.

Nearly 300 North Koreans, including 22 athletes and 229 cheerleaders, crossed the inter-Korean border to return home at 12:38 p.m. after leaving a checkpoint in Paju, just south of the border, according to pool reports.


(3rd LD) Ivanka Trump says visit to S. Korea was wonderful, hopes to come back soon

INCHEON/SEOUL -- Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, said Monday that she had a "wonderful" first visit to South Korea and hopes to visit the country again in the near future.

Ivanka, an advisor to the president, made the remarks as she was preparing to board a plane back to the United States at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, wrapping up her four-day trip here for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony.


(Olympics) S. Korean bobsleigh team can inspire Asia: Canadian coach

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- After making history with South Korea's four-man bobsleigh team at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Canadian coach Pierre Lueders believes that their achievement can inspire other bobsledders in Asia.

Lueders, who has been with the South Korean bobsleigh team since last year, was one of the key figures that helped South Korea grab a historic silver medal in the four-man bobsleigh competition at the PyeongChang Olympics on Sunday. South Korea is now the first Asian nation to have a medal in an Olympic bobsleigh event.


(LEAD) Moon urges U.S. to lower bar for dialogue with N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday the United States should lower its bar for bilateral talks with North Korea, adding that it is important to have such dialogue moving forward first.

"The United States needs to lower its bar for dialogue and the North, too, must show its willingness to denuclearize," the president said while meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong at his Seoul office, Cheong Wa Dae.


(LEAD) Prosecutors raid home, office of ex-president's son-in-law over suspected bribery

SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Monday they raided the residence and office of the son-in-law of former President Lee Myung-bak over bribery allegations.

Investigators from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office searched the premises of Lee Sang-joo, a senior executive at Samsung Electronics Co., according to the office. He is married to Lee's eldest daughter.


(LEAD) Moon's top security aide holds talks with N. Korean delegates in Seoul

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top security aide held talks Monday with high-level North Korean delegates to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Chung Eui-yong, chief of the National Security Office, met the North Korean delegates for lunch at a Seoul hotel, according to the office.


(LEAD) Moon pledges full support for 'Me Too' campaign

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in on Monday promised full government support for those suffering from sexual harassment at work, also telling his government to use all available means to punish offenders.

"Any act of men, who are stronger, trampling on women, who are weak, using their strength or power must be thoroughly punished regardless of the type of violence, the status of perpetrators or the nature of their relations with the victims," the president said while meeting with his top aides at his office Cheong Wa Dae.


PyeongChang to host largest Winter Paralympics next month

SEOUL -- The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games will be the largest Winter Paralympics in history, local organizers said Monday.

PyeongChang's organizing committee said 570 athletes from 49 countries had registered for the March 9-18 competition as of Saturday. The 2014 Sochi Paralympics had previously been the biggest, with 547 athletes from 45 countries.


(2nd LD) N.K. delegate reiterates door open for dialogue with U.S.: Cheong Wa Dae

SEOUL -- A senior North Korean official said Monday that the reclusive state is willing to hold talks with the United States, noting the door for dialogue between the two countries remains open, according to an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

The remarks from Kim Yong-chol, the North's point man on South Korea, came in a meeting with Chung Eui-yong, chief of South Korea's National Security Council and the top security advisor to President Moon Jae-in.


(LEAD) S. Korean shares end higher on institutional buying

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks ended higher on Monday helped by increased buying by institutions. The Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index gained 6.13 points, or 0.25 percent, to 2,457.65.


(LEAD) Political clash escalates over controversial N.K. official's visit

SEOUL -- Political parties collided Monday over a controversial visit to Seoul by a North Korean official who is accused of masterminding deadly military attacks in 2010.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) staged a massive rally in central Seoul berating the liberal government for embracing Kim Yong-chol as the chief of the North's delegation to the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics despite his alleged role in the two attacks.


(4th LD) Samsung showcases Galaxy S9 series with stronger camera, AR features

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday showcased its new flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones, which boast improved cameras and augmented reality (AR) features.

During the showcase event on the eve of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, the South Korean tech giant unveiled the much-awaited 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus, which elevate the capabilities of smartphone cameras to a new level by adopting cutting-edge technologies.


Scientists develop energy-efficient AI processor

SEOUL -- A group of South Korean scientist have developed an artificial intelligence-based processor that can be utilized for various deep learning technology, the ICT ministry said Monday.

According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, the team led by Yoo Hoi-jun of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed the neural network recognition processor that is more energy efficient compared with those in use today.