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Yonhap News Summary

All News 13:39 January 24, 2017

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

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Malaysia bans flights of N. Korean passenger jets

SEOUL -- Malaysia has been banning North Korean passenger jets from its airspace as part of its efforts to implement a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions resolution against the reclusive country.

Malaysia's implementation report on Resolution 2270, which was submitted to the U.N. in August, showed that the country has taken measures to prohibit North Korean flights from landing and taking off from its territory or transiting its airspace.

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S. Korea launches advisory body on N.K. human rights policy

SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry on Tuesday launched an advisory body to help the government set up its policy on North Korea's human rights in accordance with a law aimed at improving the way Pyongyang treats its people.

The 10-member advisory committee will provide recommendations to the government in carrying out its probe into North Korea's human rights abuses and conducting relevant policies, according to the Ministry of Unification.

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S. Korea's terms of trade improve in December

SEOUL -- South Korea's terms of trade improved in December from a year earlier as a slight rise in import prices was offset by a hike in export prices, central bank data showed Tuesday.

The terms of trade index for products came to 102.63 last month, up 1.9 percent from a year earlier, according to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

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S. Korea's acting president voices hope for enhanced policy coordination with Trump gov't

SEOUL -- South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Tuesday voiced hope for enhanced policy coordination with the new U.S. government, amid concerns about possible shifts in the bilateral alliance.

Alarmed by a series of campaign remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that were skeptical of military alliances and trade deals with American allies and partners, Seoul has been trying to maintain close ties with Washington, its top security ally.

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Opposition lawmaker faces scrutiny over nude portrayal of Park

SEOUL -- South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party on Tuesday decided to refer a lawmaker to its ethics panel for hosting an exhibition that included a painting portraying President Park Geun-hye in the nude.

Rep. Pyo Chang-won organized the exhibition in the lobby of a National Assembly building, which included the picture titled "Dirty Sleep."

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Court to decide on arrest of ex-university chief suspected of favoritism

SEOUL -- A Seoul court was set to decide Tuesday on the arrest of a former university chief suspected of giving admissions and grading favors to the daughter of President Park Geun-hye's close friend.

Choi Kyung-hee, president of Ewha Womans University from 2014 to 2016, is accused of helping Chung Yoo-ra gain admission to the school despite her alleged ineligibility.

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S. Korea to bolster detection capabilities against N. Korean WMDs

SEOUL -- South Korea will bolster its detection and surveillance capabilities this year to better counter North Korea's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the defense ministry said Tuesday.

In 2017, the military is planning to deploy 10 new weapons systems to more effectively deal with threats posed by Pyongyang's nuclear and other unconventional weapons, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

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Woori Bank wins approval for setting up representative office in Poland

SEOUL -- Woori Bank, a major South Korean lender, said Tuesday that it has won approval from the Polish financial regulatory authority to set up a representative office in the eastern European country.

Woori Bank said it will open its representative office in the southwestern city of Katowice later this month as part of its efforts to establish a bridgehead in Europe.

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Tanzania to import N.K. doctors due to manpower shortage

SEOUL -- A to-be-opened Tanzanian general hospital will reportedly employ dozens of North Korean doctors due to the lack of such manpower in the African nation, a U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday.

The branch school of Kampala International University in Dar es Salaam is scheduled to open the hospital with 1,000 beds in June, Radio Free Asia said, citing a local source.

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CJ CGV to open second theater in U.S.

SEOUL -- CJ CGV, South Korea's largest cinema chain, said Tuesday it will open its second U.S. theater in Buena Park, California, this week.

Located on the third floor of the new The Source OC shopping center, the CGV-Buena Park will open on Friday with 1,187 seats and eight screens. It also features the industry's leading immersive cinema technologies 4DX and ScreenX -- the first time both will be available in one U.S. theater complex -- along with a premium cinema experience with dine-in service, recliners and cell phone chargers.
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