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All Headlines 16:57 November 06, 2017

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


U.S. Presbyterian Church pledges to help get U.S. government to offer apology for Nogun-ri killings

SEOUL -- A U.S. Presbyterian Church delegation pledged Monday to help with efforts to get the U.S. government to acknowledge its responsibility and offer an official apology and compensation for a 1950 civilian massacre by American troops during the Korean War.

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II, who is stated clerk of the denomination's General Assembly and leader of the 16-member delegation, made the remark during a news conference in Seoul, saying that as a U.S. citizen, he apologizes for the mass killings.

(LEAD) Teen sensation captures S. Korean baseball's top rookie award in landslide

SEOUL -- A teenage sensation captured South Korean baseball's top rookie award in a landslide on Monday.

Nexen Heroes' outfielder Lee Jung-hoo was voted Rookie of the Year in the 2017 Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) season at the annual awards ceremony in Seoul on Monday. The 19-year-old earned 503 total points out of the maximum 535, winning 98 out of 107 first-place votes.

S. Korea to spend 1 tln won on basic research in 2018

SEOUL -- South Korea's government will inject more than 1 trillion won (US$896 million) to foster manpower in the basic science sector in 2018, the ICT ministry said Monday.

The Ministry of Science and ICT said next year's budget to strengthen basic science, which is subject to parliamentary endorsement later this year, will be 1.12 trillion won, up 129.7 billion won from a year earlier.

Interior minister vows toughened security during Trump visit

SEOUL -- Interior and Safety Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Monday the authorities will deal sternly with any aggressive rallies during U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to Seoul this week.

"While we do protect the freedom of expression through legal means, the ministry will sternly handle acts that pose a threat to the state guest and the public," he said in a statement released ahead of Trump's two-day trip here, which is slated to begin Tuesday (local time).

(LEAD) Prosecutor under probe over spy agency's political meddling dies in apparent suicide

SEOUL -- A prosecutor under investigation for interfering with a high-profile probe into the state spy agency's illegal political activities died Monday in an apparent suicide, Seoul prosecutors' office said Monday.

Byun Chang-hoon, a prosecutor at the Seoul High Prosecutors' Office, jumped off a four-story building in southern Seoul around 2:30 p.m., the office said.

Trump to deliver 22-minute speech at Nat'l Assembly

SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a 22-minute speech at the National Assembly in Seoul this week, the first such address by an American head of state in nearly a quarter century, a parliamentary source said Monday.

Trump will speak before 550 people, including South Korean lawmakers, foreign diplomats and those invited by the Washington government, on Wednesday, the source said. His visit to the unicameral legislature is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.

Trump calls N.K. nuke program 'threat' to world, says 'era of patience' over

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump called North Korea's nuclear program a "threat" to the world Monday, adding that the "era of patience is over" with Pyongyang's provocations and continued push for weapons of mass destruction.

Trump was speaking to reporters in a joint press conference in Tokyo after his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He is on his first Asian trip and will also visit South Korea and China later on.

Super Junior vows to integrate more to fill Choi Siwon's vacancy

SEOUL -- K-pop boy band Super Junior said Monday they are saddened by Choi Siwon's temporary removal from the group's activities, but vowed to use it as an opportunity to integrate themselves more into the team.

"We feel terrible and very sad because Siwon cannot be with us," Leeteuk, the band's leader, said during a news conference for the group's eighth full-length album at a hotel in southern Seoul. "Our past 12 years have been eventful, but we didn't give up, and we overcame all of our troubles. (These troubles) became chances to integrate ourselves more. The remaining members will try to move a step closer to fill his vacancy."

PyeongChang 2018 volunteers vow to provide best service with passion

SEOUL -- The volunteers for the PyeongChang Winter Games on Monday vowed to contribute to a successful sport event by providing the best service to visitors next year.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) hosted an event in Seoul to celebrate the launch of the volunteer program, with more than 1,000 gathered to show their commitment to the first winter multi-sport event in South Korea. The POCOG is recruiting some 22,400 volunteers to assist with a range of tasks in areas that include medical help and language services.

After winning baseball MVP, S. Korean ace hungry for more

SEOUL -- South Korean left-hander Yang Hyeon-jong has won virtually every major award a player can possibly win in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

The 29-year-old ace for the Kia Tigers was voted the league MVP on Monday. After going 20-6 with a 3.44 ERA, Yang earned 656 points out of a maximum 856, thanks to 68 first-place votes, each worth eight points.


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