tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do British Parliament Votes To Withhold Support Of Brexit Deal http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372476&typ_800=M British lawmakers have voted to withhold its approval of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. Passed in a 322 to 306 vote on Saturday, the amendment will prevent Britain from leaving the European Union until lawmakers have reviewed and passed all laws pertaining to the exit. Johnson, however, said he would press on with his Brexit strategy adding he remained confident of completing the ratification process by October 31st as scheduled.■ Julie Sohn 201910201005+0900 Parliament Set To Wrap Up Audit Of Govt Agencies This Week http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372475&typ_800=N The National Assembly is set to wrap up its audit of government agencies this week, with a number of witnesses scheduled to appear in the forthcoming hearings. 15 parliamentary standing committees will convene final sessions until Thursday. During the audit session of the Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervisory Service on Monday, lawmakers are expected to grill witnesses who have been called in to face questions regarding allegations surrounding former Justice Minister Cho Kuk and his family. The parliamentary committee on public administration and safety, meanwhile, will question Kim Sang-gyo who triggered a probe into the Burning Sun nightclub scandal, at an audit on Ministry of Public Administration and Security and the National Police Agency on Thursday.■ Julie Sohn 201910201002+0900 Four In 10 N. Koreans In Urgent Need Of Food Aid: FAO http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372474&typ_800=U North Korea's crop production is expected to drop to its lowest level in five years, leaving 40 percent of the population in urgent need of food aid. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, the food shortage is mainly due to drought which will likely further compromise food security over the coming months. The FAO added Typhoon Lingling heavily hit North Korea's farmland during its harvest season and deteriorated the situation even more as the country relies on its domestic production. The food agency called for action over the next three months to mitigate the effects of prolonged dry conditions on food security.■ Diane Yoo 201910200959+0900 S. Korea's Economic Growth Rate To Hover At 2% This Year: Finance Minister http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372473&typ_800=J Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki says South Korea's economic growth for the year will fall short of the government's target by 0.4 percentage points to a range of 2.0 and 2.1 percent. Hong told reporters in Washington on Friday that Korea's economy this year is forecast to grow to the level projected by the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The IMF and the OECD's projections for South Korea are 2 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. In July, the government projected its economic growth rate for this year at between 2.4 and 2.5 percent, but has recently hinted that it may be difficult to meet the target due to Japan's export restrictions and the prolonging U.S.-China trade war.■ Woongtae Ryu 201910200951+0900 Rallies On Prosecutorial Reform Held Across Seoul Saturday http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372472&typ_800=P Another large-scale candlelight vigil calling for prosecutorial reform was held yesterday evening in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido. Participants demanded the establishment of a new investigative agency that operates independently from the prosecution to probe corruption allegations involving high-ranking government officials. Meanwhile, rallies opposing the prosecutorial reform were held across the street. The main opposition Liberty Korea Party also led a similar protest at Gwanghwamun Plaza, denouncing the Moon Jae-in administration and its prosecutorial reform plans.■ Diane Yoo 201910200914+0900 Police Beef Up Security At US Ambassador's Residence After Break In http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372447&typ_800=P Security has been beefed up at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of anti-American students trespassed into the grounds. Yesterday, 19 university students were detained after they used ladders to break into the compound. They were protesting demands by the Trump administration that South Korea pay more to help cover the costs of stationing U.S. troops on the peninsula. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency announced today that the number of officers guarding the residence was more than tripled to 110. In a tweet, Ambassador Harry Harris thanked the police for their response to the incident.■ Ron Chang 201910191727+0900 Pork Prices On Decline Amid African Swine Fever Outbreak http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372448&typ_800=J Recent data show the average wholesale price of pork in South Korea plunged nearly 40 percent in October from a month earlier as consumers avoided the meat following the outbreak of African swine fever. According to the data released by agriculture ministry, a kilogram of pork cost 2,969 won as of Friday morning, down 38 percent from the previous month. The retail price of a kilogram of pork belly fell more than 13 percent in the same period to 17,810 won. The ministry and related organizations have been encouraging the public to consume pork, saying the ASF virus is only fatal to pigs.■ Sehhyeong Kim 201910191726+0900 Rally Demanding Reform Of Prosecution Opens In Front Of Parliament http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372446&typ_800=P Another large-scale rally calling for the reform of the prosecution has opened in Seoul despite Justice Minister Cho Kuk's resignation earlier this week. Across the street from the main entrance of the National Assembly, protestors are demanding parliament pass a set of prosecution reform bills. Organizers said they plan to continue with their rallies until the bills are passed. A similar gathering is under way across town near the Seoul Central District Court. Earlier in the day, rallies were held by conservative groups to criticize the Moon Jae-in administration and former Justice Minister Cho.■ Ron Chang 201910191726+0900 N. Korea's Food Situation To Worsen In Q4: VOA http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372445&typ_800=U North Korea's food situation will likely worsen in the fourth quarter due to Typhoon Lingling and African swine fever. Citing a report on food security and agriculture by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Voice of America reported Saturday that the North is among nine high-risk countries that face further food shortages in the October-December period. The FAO picked drought, natural disasters, and African swine fever as the main factors that will worsen the regime's food problems. The U.N. agency called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to Pyongyang as agricultural production in the country fell to a five-year low this year.■ Ron Chang 201910191726+0900 British MPs Hold Historic Vote On Brexit Deal http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372442&typ_800=M British MPs are gathering for a historic vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, a decision that could see the United Kingdom leave the European Union this month or plunge the country into fresh uncertainty. The House of Commons is holding its first Saturday sitting since 1982 to debate the terms of a divorce agreement Johnson struck with EU leaders Thursday. The vote is widely seen as too close to call but Johnson warned his deal was still the best way out of the tortuous Brexit process that has left Britain in political turmoil since 2016. If the deal passes, Johnson is expected to introduce legislation on Monday to ratify the text, which must be pushed through before the end of the month. Defeat would trigger a law requiring him to ask EU leaders to delay Brexit for what would be the third time.■ Woongtae Ryu 201910191726+0900 S. Korea, Australia To Strengthen Currency Ties http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372441&typ_800=J The finance ministers of South Korea and Australia have met to strengthen bilateral economic ties. According to Seoul's finance ministry, Minister Hong Nam-ki and his Australian counterpart, Josh Frydenberg, discussed cooperation on currency swaps, hydrogen economy and external policies on Friday in Washington. In particular, Hong and Frydenberg agreed to support cooperation between the central banks of the two countries for a 2017 currency swap deal. A currency swap is an agreement allowing a country facing a liquidity crunch to borrow money from others with its own currency. The deal expires next February and will be extended with consent from both sides.■ Sehhyeong Kim 201910191603+0900 Bolton: N. Korea Will Never Give Up Nuclear Weapons http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372428&typ_800=M Former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea will never give up nuclear weapons, criticizing President Donald Trump's current approach to the denuclearization of the regime. Bolton wrote in a letter seeking donations for his 2020 political action committee Thursday that despite friendly letters and photo ops between the leaders of the two countries, the North is not a friend of the U.S. and it never will be. He added that there had been no gains with Trump's approach to the North, warning that the threat posed by the regime to the U.S. will only increase with time.■ Woongtae Ryu 201910191603+0900 ASEAN Cultural Roadshow To Kick Off Tour Of Four Cities Tuesday http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372438&typ_800=I A cultural roadshow will kick off on Tuesday to celebrate next month's summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Busan. Through October 30th, free performances from 10 ASEAN countries will be staged in four cities - Gwangju, Seoul, Busan and Cheongju. Reservations can be made at the ASEAN Culture House's official website.■ Diane Yoo 201910191522+0900 Rallies For Prosecutorial Reform To Be Held Across Seoul (Update) http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372435&typ_800=Z [Anchor] Mass rallies calling for prosecutorial reform are soon set to open across Seoul. Diane Yoo reports. [Reporter] Protesters that demanded prosecutorial reform in southern Seoul during the past few weeks will gather at a different location today. Organizers said three million people are expected to come together at 5 p.m. across the street from the main entrance of the National Assembly. Participants will likely pressure parliament to pass a set of prosecution reform bills, and continue with their rallies until the bills are passed. An hour later, a similar rally will be held across town in front of the Seoul Central District Court. Due to the rallies, roads will be blocked off, causing traffic in these areas. Police have urged the use of public transportation for those planning to visit these parts of the capital. Diane Yoo, eFM News.■ Diane Yoo 201910191331+0900 Major Week-Long K-Pop Concert Series Set To Kick Off In Busan http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2372429&typ_800=I A major annual K-pop concert series is set to kick off today in Busan. The Busan One Asia Festival will run until next Friday, featuring over 30 K-pop singers and bands, including Super Junior, NU'EST, Mamamoo and ITZY. According to organizers, on the sidelines of the weeklong festival, the port city will also host related exhibitions, activities and performances at major venues along Haeundae Beach.■ Woongtae Ryu 201910191203+0900