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All News 16:43 December 04, 2018

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

Minor parties stage sit-in protest for electoral reform

SEOUL -- Minor political parties embarked on a sit-in protest Tuesday, calling for the government's 2019 budget bill to be handled in tandem with their push for a new proportional representation system.

The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party (BP), the liberal Party for Democracy and Peace and the leftist Justice Party are pushing for the introduction of the mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation system in which parliamentary seats are tied to the percentage of voters' support for different parties.

Ex-lawmaker Roh to posthumously receive highest civilian award

SEOUL -- The government will award late lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan a posthumous Mugunghwa Medal, the country's highest order of civil merit, in recognition of his contribution to enhancing human rights, government officials said Tuesday.

In a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, the Cabinet passed a bill to confer medals on 91 people, including Roh, in nine sectors.

Seoul shares end down on large-cap losses

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks ended down Monday as investors offloaded large-cap stocks amid eased trade tensions between the United States and China. The won rose against the dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index fell 17.58 points, or 0.82 percent, to 2,114.35. Trading volume was moderate at 498.74 million shares worth 5.43 trillion won (US$4.9 billion), with losers outnumbering winners 433 to 393.

'Nothing, But,' a photographer's quest to define art's role

SEOUL -- A solitary tree stands against a giant white backdrop, harmoniously with its natural surroundings, but looking completely detached at the same time.

Photographer Lee Myoung-ho has been working to overcome the perceived limitations of photography as a form of art through the "Art-Act Project." Photography was considered, and still is by some, as a medium to mirror or reproduce reality, not to create art.

(LEAD) S. Koreans to return home Wed. following railway inspection of N. Korea's western line

SEOUL -- A group of South Korean officials and railway experts will return home this week after completing a joint inspection on the rail line along North Korea's western region, a unification ministry official said Tuesday.

A train left for the North on Friday with 28 South Koreans on board to inspect the Gyeongui western railway as part of its 18-day inspection of the rail system in the North.

(LEAD) S. Korean foreign minister to attend Bush funeral

SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will attend the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush this week, her ministry announced Tuesday.

Kang is leading South Korea's delegation to the funeral to be held at the Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital Wednesday.

Seoul face Busan in pro football promotion-relegation playoff

SEOUL -- There's no going back for both clubs.

FC Seoul and Busan IPark FC are ready to give their utmost effort to play in the top pro football league next season as they square off in the promotion-relegation playoff this week.

(News Focus) Kim can show commitment to denuclearization by visiting Seoul: experts

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can show the world he is a leader who keeps his promises, and is committed to denuclearization, if he carries out his pledge to visit Seoul before the end of the year, experts said Tuesday.

Kim promised to visit Seoul before year's end when he held his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang in September, though prospects for such a trip have since dimmed as nuclear talks between the U.S. and the North have stalled over Pyongyang's demand for sanctions relief and the U.S.'s insistence on more denuclearization measures.

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