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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 18:02 October 13, 2016

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

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Park denounces N. Korean regime for 'driving its people into hell'

SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday castigated the North Korean regime for driving its people into a "hell" through its brutal dictatorship, pledging to intensify efforts to improve the woeful human rights situation in the reclusive state.

During her meeting with some 530 advisers to the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC), Park also vowed to reinforce her government policies to better support North Korean defectors' resettlement in South Korea.

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(2nd LD) Samsung begins exchanges, refunds of Galaxy Note 7 in S. Korea

SEOUL -- Owners of the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea on Thursday started getting refunds or swapping their phones for another smartphone two days after Samsung Electronics Co. decided to discontinue the device over safety concerns.

Consumers who have a Note 7 in their possession must visit the store where they bought the device to get a refund or exchange.

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(Yonhap Interview) U.S. looking to add more N. Koreans to human rights sanctions list: envoy

SEOUL -- The United States will continue to monitor to see if it could add more North Korean officials on its sanctions list over Pyongyang's rights abuses, Washington's special envoy for North Korean human rights issues said Thursday.

In July, the U.S. slapped sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over human rights violations for the first time, a move that highlights Washington's determination to put pressure on the North.

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(4th LD) 3 S. Koreans shot to death in Philippines

SEOUL -- Three South Koreans have been shot to death in the Philippines, a foreign ministry official said Thursday.

The three -- two male, one female -- were found dead Tuesday with gunshot wounds in their heads, according to the official. Their bodies were found in a sugar cane field in Bacolor, a small city of around 30,000 people.

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American takes first-round lead at LPGA event in S. Korea

INCHEON -- Alison Lee of the United States took the first-round lead Thursday at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, with a resurgent South Korean lurking.

Lee shot a seven-under 65 at the par-72 Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf & Resort, adjacent to Incheon International Airport. She has opened a three-stroke lead over five golfers, thanks to eight birdies and a bogey.

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Retiring golf legend Pak Se-ri feted in ceremony at final tournament

INCHEON -- Retiring South Korean golf legend Pak Se-ri was feted in a ceremony held at her final tournament here on Thursday, with her fellow players bidding her a teary farewell.

Pak, 39, has already played her final U.S. event at the U.S. Women's Open in California in July, but decided to make one last appearance at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, the only LPGA event held in her native country each year.
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