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All News 17:13 July 09, 2018

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

S. Korea to hold Asia-Pacific workshop for Memory of World listing

SEOUL -- South Korea's cultural authorities said Monday they will hold a training workshop later this week to help Asia-Pacific UNESCO member nations identify their globally significant documentary heritage and apply for its listing on the Memory of the World Register.

"The UNESCO Memory of the World Training Workshop for the Asia and Pacific Region will open in Seoul for a four-day run from Tuesday," the Cultural Heritage Administration said.

Prime minister meets with Ethiopian special envoy

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon met with a special envoy of Ethiopia's prime minister on Monday and discussed ways to enhance relations between the two countries, his office said.

Abadula Gemeda, who served as a speaker of Ethiopia's lower house of parliament, arrived in South Korea on Friday for a weeklong visit in his capacity as special envoy of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

N.K. leader's jet in Vladivostok triggers speculation on his planned Russia trip

BEIJING -- An airplane presumed to be the private jet of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was spotted in Vladivostok on Monday, raising speculation that preparations might be underway for him to travel to Russia in the near future.

According to Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, Kim's private jet, also known as Chammae-1, landed at an airport in Vladivostok earlier in the day and took off for Pyongyang about three hours later.

Biz circle calls for differentiated application of minimum wage hike

SEOUL -- The South Korean business community on Monday called for differentiated application of the minimum wage hike based on the type and size of firms, as the government moves to find a middle ground for next year's minimum hourly wage.

Labor representatives have demanded a 43.3 percent hike for next year, while the management insisted it remained unchanged at the current 7,530 won (US$6.80).

Suspect in YouTuber sex abuse probe jumped into river in apparent suicide: police

NAMYANGJU, South Korea -- A man who has been under police investigation for an alleged sex crime involving a famous female YouTuber threw himself into a river northwest of Seoul on Monday in an apparent suicide, police said.

Police said they began the search for the 40-year-old official at a Seoul-based photography studio, whose identity is being withheld, after they received a witness report saying "a person got out of his car and jumped" into the Bukhan River at around 9 a.m.

2PM's Wooyoung joins military

SEOUL -- Wooyoung of boy band 2PM enlisted in the Army for his mandatory military service Monday, his management agency said.

The 29-year-old singer entered a boot camp in Yanggu, Gangwon Province, at 2 p.m. for five weeks of basic training before starting his military service as an active soldier. In South Korea, all able-bodied young men have to fulfill military duty for about two years.

(LEAD) S. Korean president vows efforts to enhance ties with India

NEW DELHI -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed efforts to greatly improve his country's relationship with India and expand economic ties between the two countries on Monday, one day before he was set to hold a summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I have hopes and plans to upgrade my country's relationship with India to the level of its relations with the four major powers," Moon said while meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Cheong Wa Dae downplays U.S.-N. Korea differences over declaring war's end

SEOUL -- The office of President Moon Jae-in on Monday played down differences between the United States and North Korea over the issue of declaring an end to the Korean War, saying it's part of a process to reach an agreement.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday, and held the first high-level nuclear negotiations with North Korean officials since last month's landmark summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

(LEAD) Army general sacked for sexual misconduct

SEOUL -- A South Korean Army division commander was dismissed Monday for allegedly sexually harassing female soldiers.

The 56-year-old one-star general was found to have touched a hand of a female subordinate against her wishes for three to four seconds in a car around March, according to Army investigators.

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