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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:06 April 29, 2016

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

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(2nd LD) N.K. sentences Korean-American to 10 years hard labor for 'spying'

SEOUL -- North Korea said Friday its highest court has sentenced a detained Korean-American to 10 years of hard labor on charges of espionage and subversion, following a similar verdict for a U.S. college student in March.

Kim Dong-chul was convicted of trying to steal classified military information from the North, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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(LEAD) Seoul to issue four more duty-free licenses

SEJONG -- The South Korean government said Friday that it will issue four additional licenses to operate duty-free shops in Seoul in a bid to meet rising demand from Chinese tourists for non-taxable goods.

The Korea Customs Service (KCS) said it will pick four local retailers to let them open new duty-free shops in Seoul, adding to the current nine.

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N. Korea urges U.S. forces to stop provocative acts in Panmunjom

SEOUL -- North Korea on Friday called on the U.S. forces to stop provocative acts at the truce village of Panmunjom, located between the two Koreas, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

According to the KCNA report, a spokesman for the Panmunjom mission of the Korean People's Army (KPA) claimed the U.S. forces have conducted "provocative acts that rattled the nerves of the KPA side in Panmunjom."

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(2nd LD) Russia, China urge N. Korea to cease provocations

BEIJING -- The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday called for North Korea to abstain from any new provocations, amid signs that the North may carry out a fresh nuclear test.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference after holding talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that they agreed that North Korea should refrain from taking "new and irresponsible measures."

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S. Korea to boost tourism near fortified border

HWACHEON -- South Korea will boost tourism in the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas to promote eco-tourism and help foreign travelers gain a better understanding of the nation's history and division, the state tourism agency said Friday.

The southern part of the DMZ, a 259 kilometer strip of rugged no-man's land stretching from coast to coast, has attracted a growing number of foreign tourists who want to experience the pristine landscape and witness the reality of the divided Korean Peninsula. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire without signing a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.

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(LEAD) 'Y-Farm Expo 2016' opens to spearhead retire-to-farm movement

SEOUL -- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key news service, on Friday kicked off an exposition designed to help urban dwellers retire to farms, providing visitors with various information on starting a new environment-friendly life.

The event, titled "Y-Farm Expo 2016," will continue through Sunday at the aT Center in Yangjae-dong, southern Seoul. Seventy-five provincial and local governments are participating in the admission-free exposition, which is running under the theme of "Return to farms for the future, Return to the countryside for happiness."

lcd@yna.co.kr
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