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2018/09/10 17:04

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

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(LEAD) Seoul invites 9 parliamentary leaders to Pyongyang summit

SEOUL -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Monday asked the parliamentary speaker and heads of all five political parties in South Korea to accompany President Moon Jae-in on his upcoming trip to the North.

The invitation came from Moon's chief of staff Im Jong-seok, who currently heads a summit preparation committee.

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(2nd LD) Leaders of S. Korea, Indonesia vow efforts to further strengthen cooperation

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday vowed to make efforts to further develop their countries' bilateral relationship and their cooperation in dealing with regional issues.

"I wish to hold in-depth discussions on ways to further develop the countries' special strategic partnership today," Moon told the Indonesian head of state at the start of their bilateral summit at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.

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(2nd LD) Former Chicago Cubs prospect selected 1st overall in S. Korean draft

SEOUL -- Former Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Rhee Dae-eun was selected first overall in the annual South Korean pro baseball draft on Monday.

The KT Wiz picked the 29-year-old right-hander with their top pick in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) draft in Seoul.

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Questions arise whether MERS patient knew about infection before arrival from Middle East

SEOUL -- South Korea's first patient of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in three years told his wife before his arrival from the Middle East last week to wear a mask when she came to the airport to meet him, officials said Monday.

After arrival, the 61-year-old patient went to a hospital in a taxi while his wife traveled separately in her own car, officials said, suggesting that the patient knew the possibility of his infection with the MERS virus but didn't tell health authorities about it.

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(LEAD) PM leaves for visit Russia's Vladivostok for economic forum

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon left for Vladivostok on Monday to attend an annual international economic forum and hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

About 6,000 people are expected to attend the Eastern Economic Forum that Putin has hosted in Vladivostok every year since 2015, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Abe and Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga.

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Gov't keeping close tabs on 21 people who came in close contact with MERS patient

SEOUL -- South Korea's government said Monday that it is keeping close tabs on 21 people who came in close contact with a man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

On Saturday, the 61-year-old man was diagnosed with the potentially life threatening disease after returning home from his visit to Kuwait. He was rushed to the emergency room of Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul upon his arrival at Incheon International Airport.

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