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2018/05/14 13:21

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

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2 Koreas expected to hold high-level talks this week: Seoul official

SEOUL -- South Korea and North Korea are expected to hold high-level talks this week to discuss how to take forward the deal reached between their leaders last month, the unification ministry said Monday.

Earlier, the ministry said that it proposed holding such a meeting earlier this week and that the North has yet to provide a response.

"Consultations between the two Koreas are still under way. It is expected that we will have the meeting this week," ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a regular press briefing.

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WFP chief to visit Seoul after his recent Pyongyang trip

SEOUL -- The chief of the World Food Programme (WFP), who visited Pyongyang last week to discuss food security, will visit Seoul this week, the unification ministry said Monday.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley will meet Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on Tuesday.

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Moon's approval rating drops to 76.3 pct

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped slightly last week, ending a three-week streak of increases, a poll showed Monday.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, Moon's approval rating came to 76.3 percent last week, down 1.1 percentage points from the week before.

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Lawyers' group seeks prosecution probe into suspected forced defection of N. Korean restaurant staff

SEOUL -- A liberal lawyers' group plans to lodge a complaint with prosecutors on Monday against former President Park Geun-hye and her top aides over allegations that Seoul's intelligence agency engineered a 2016 mass defection by a dozen North Korean restaurant workers.

The Lawyers for a Democratic Society, or Minbyun, said it will lodge the complaint with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office seeking an investigation into Park, her chief of staff Lee Byung-kee, ex-spy chief Lee Byong-ho and the restaurant manager who allegedly took the workers to the South against the will of some of them.

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(LEAD) S. Korea unveils 28-man roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup

SEOUL -- South Korea on Monday unveiled a tentative roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, headlined by Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min.

South Korea's head coach Shin Tae-yong announced the roster of 28 players for the World Cup in Russia, where the men's national team will face Germany, Sweden and Mexico in Group F.

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N. Korea enjoys 4.5 percent rise in income through trade in past 20 yrs

SEOUL -- North Korea has enjoyed up to a 4.5 percent increase in real income growth through trade over the past 20 years, a Bank of Korea (BOK) report showed Monday.

According to the report, North Korea's estimated gains from trade between 1996 and 2016 is in the range of 1.5 percent to 4.5 percent on average

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Opposition party blocking entrance to National Assembly hall amid looming clash

SEOUL -- Lawmakers from the main opposition Liberty Korea Party blocked the entrance to the main National Assembly hall on Monday to prevent their ruling party counterparts from unilaterally convening a plenary session to accept the resignations of lawmakers running in the local elections.

The ruling Democratic Party wants to accept the resignations of the four lawmakers so as to enable by-elections to be held at the same time as June's local elections, at a time when the popularity of the ruling party is running high.

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Japan continues to be popular tourist destination for S. Koreans: data

SEOUL -- The number of South Koreans planning to travel to Japan during the summer months surged amid a weak Japanese yen and affordable tickets offered by low-cost carriers, industry data showed Monday.

According to the data compiled by Hana Tour, South Korea's No. 1 travel agency, the number of reservations made for June came to some 139,000 as of Friday, with trips to Japan accounting for 23.7 percent of the total trips booked.

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