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Yonhap News Summary 17:08 October 15, 2018

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

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(4th LD) Koreas to break ground for railway, road connection late Nov. or early Dec.

SEOUL/PANMUNJOM -- The two Koreas agreed Monday to start a joint project to modernize and eventually connect their railways and roads across their borders in late November or early December.

The agreement was reached during high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom led by South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his North Korean counterpart, Ri Son-gwon.

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(LEAD) Korean Air chief indicted for embezzlement, breach of trust

SEOUL -- Hanjin Group and Korean Air Lines Co. Chairman Cho Yang-ho was indicted for embezzlement, breach of trust and other charges on Monday without detention.

The prosecution announced the result of its five-month probe into the 69-year-old business mogul, the father of the woman who was jailed in the notorious "nut rage" case.

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Koreas to resume joint excavation of historic palace site as early as Oct. 22

SEOUL -- The two Koreas will restart the joint excavation of an ancient palace site in North Korea as early as Oct. 22, Seoul's Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Monday.

The countries earlier planned to launch a three-month joint survey on Sept. 27 on the Manwoldae site in the North's border town of Kaesong, where the palace of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) was located for about 400 years. But the survey has been delayed at a request from the North.

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BTS captivates French fans in special concert for Moon's visit

PARIS -- K-pop superstars BTS have fascinated French fans with a special performance during a Korea-France friendship concert in Paris on Sunday.

President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook attended the "Concert de l'amitie Franco-Coreenne" held at the Le 13eme Art theater to celebrate the Korean president's state visit to France.

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(LEAD) Airbnb calls for law revision to allow S. Koreans to share homes with domestic travelers

SEOUL -- Airbnb Inc. launched a campaign on Monday to call for a revision to the law to allow South Koreans to share their homes with domestic travelers in the country's major cities, it said.

Under South Korea's Tourism Promotion Act, residents in urban areas, excluding rural communities defined by law, can only share their homes with foreign tourists.

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Probe finds 1,500 police officers mobilized for online opinion rigging during Lee presidency

SEOUL -- The National Police Agency mobilized about 1,500 officers to write nearly 38,000 Internet and Twitter comments in favor of the government and police during the administration of Lee Myung-bak, an in-house investigation team said Monday.

The team announced that the 1,500 or so police officers wrote an estimated 37,800 Internet comments and Twitter posts between February 2010 and April 2012 in an effort to help form public opinions favorable to the conservative Lee government and police.

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(LEAD) Police record largest-ever bust of drugs smuggled into S. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean police said Monday they have busted the largest-ever operation to smuggle drugs into the country, a scheme they say involves Taiwanese and Japanese organized crime rings and Korean dealers.

Six people were arrested in the attempted trafficking of 112 kilograms of methamphetamine, an amount that is enough to be used simultaneously by 3.7 million people, according to police. It is estimated to be worth 370 billion won (US$326.56 million).

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