tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Cuban President Meets N. Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276442&typ_800=M Cuban President Raul Castro has met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday. Last week, North Korea sent a delegation headed by foreign minister Ri Yong Ho to Cuba for a state visit. According to Cuban state television, both sides commented on the historic friendship between the two nations and talked about international topics of mutual interest. Ri also met his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez, where they strongly rejected the imposition of sanctions and unilateral lists drawn up by the U.S. The ministers also called for respect for sovereignty and the peaceful settlement of disputes, according to a ministry statement.■ Minyoung Lee 201711251405+0900 Rallies, College Writing Exams To Cause Heavy Traffic http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276421&typ_800=O Rallies and college admission procedures scheduled in downtown Seoul today are expected to cause heavy traffic congestion. This afternoon, four conservative civic groups will hold rallies along the Sejongdaero near the Seoul city hall, calling for the release of imprisoned former President Park Geun-hye. They are also expected to march towards Cheong Wa Dae, Gwanghwamun and Jongro afterwards. Also today, major universities in Seoul including Yonsei, Sungkyunkwan, Sogang, Kyunghee and Korea and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies will hold essay tests for high school seniors and graduates for the 2018 academic year. Authorities recommend students and parents using public transportation while traffic police officers will be dispatched around the affected universities.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251346+0900 Govt Condemns Terror Attack On Mosque In Egypt's Sinai http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276443&typ_800=N The government has strongly condemned the terror attack on a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt, which killed more than 230 people. In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, the government expressed deep condolences to the victims and their families, and wished a swift recovery to the injured. Calling it a terror act that can never be tolerated, the government promised to keep working in solidarity with the international community to eradicate terrorism. No group has yet claimed the attack, the deadliest in recent memory. ■ Liyah Kim 201711251316+0900 N. Korea Appoints New State Security Chief: Asahi http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276441&typ_800=U North Korea has appointed a senior communist party official as its new state security chief as part of leader Kim Jong-un's reign of terror aimed at preventing potential challenges to his power. Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported that Kim picked Jong Kyong-thaek, a member of the central military committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, to be the minister of state security, citing multiple North Korean sources. Kim Won-hong, a top officer in the North's military, was reportedly removed from the post earlier this year. The report said the replacement seems to be in line with Kim's practice of blocking certain aides or organizations from building up too much authority.■ Minyoung Lee 201711251316+0900 Court Rejects Arrest Warrant For Jun Byung-hun Over Bribery Allegations http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276438&typ_800=N [Anchor] A Seoul court has rejected a prosecution request to issue a warrant to arrest former presidential aide Jun Byung-hun, who is facing bribery allegations. Meeyeon Ahn reports. [Reporter] The Seoul Central District Court rejected the arrest warrant early this morning, saying it is hard to acknowledge the reason and necessity for the detention when Jun's crime allegations are still disputable. It also said related evidence was mostly collected, and Jun poses no flight risk. Jun is accused of having influenced Lotte Homeshopping to donate 330 million won to the Korea e-Sports Association in 2015, which he created. He is also suspected of having his family use more than 5 million won worth of prepaid cards offered by the company, in addition to free services at a Lotte luxury resort in Jeju. Jun is the first high-profile official in the Moon administration to face a corruption probe. He resigned over the scandal last week, but flatly denied any wrongdoing. Prosecutors said they will consider whether to seek a further arrest warrant against Jun. Meeyeon Ahn, eFM News.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251211+0900 Weather Update 1200 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276440&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, most of the nation is under clear skies on this Saturday. Expect more clouds to roll in as the day progresses, ahead of rain that will affect the central and north Gyeongsang regions. Throughout the day, Seoul, Gyeonggi and areas in the Gangwon Youngseo region could get up to 20 millimeters of rain. Temperatures will meanwhile, hover in positive territory, with the local day time peaking at 9 degrees. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251205+0900 At Least 235 Killed In Egypt After Militants Attack Mosque http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276439&typ_800=M Militants have killed more than 230 at a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack in the nation's modern history. The mosque, which is popular with Sufi worshippers was targeted during Friday prayers. Around 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape. The public prosecutors' office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed that the attack "will not go unpunished" and that Egypt would persevere with its war on terrorism.■ Minyoung Lee 201711251205+0900 Former Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan-Bin Released http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276422&typ_800=P Former deputy defense minister Lim Kwan-bin has been released, nearly two weeks after his arrest for alleged involvement in illegal cyber activities intended to influence public opinion in favor of the former Lee Myung-bak government. The Seoul Central District Court made the decision late last night, saying some of the charges against Lim have room for dispute and that there is little concern he might flee or destroy evidence. He was released on a 10 million won bail. Former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin was also released earlier this week after he was arrested with Lim on similar charges.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251131+0900 US, S. Korea To Stage Joint Drill Next Month http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276434&typ_800=M The U.S. and South Korea will stage a joint air force drill next month involving about 230 warfare airplanes in a show of force against North Korea. According to local military officials, the U.S. is planning to send six F-22 fighters to join the Vigilant Ace drill slated for the first week of December. Up to four F-35A Lightning stealth fighters are also likely to join. As to the exercise, China's foreign ministry called for restraint, stressing that North Korea's nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue.■ Minyoung Lee 201711251105+0900 Korea, Russia Agree To Explore Ways To Deal With Illegal Immigrants http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276433&typ_800=N Korea and Russia have agreed to consider various ways to deal with a growing number of Russians illegally staying in Korea. In an annual consular meeting in Seoul yesterday, the two sides agreed to explore necessary joint efforts, including establishing a hot line aimed at enhancing cooperation in the crackdown on illegal immigrants and brokers. In a way to enhance convenience for travelers, the two also shared the view that they need to sign a deal "as soon as possible" to mutually recognize each country's driver licenses.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251105+0900 Weather Update 1100 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276432&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, most of the nation is under partly cloudy skies on this Saturday morning. Expect more clouds to roll in as the day progresses, ahead of rain that will affect the central and north Gyeongsang regions. Through tonight, Seoul, Gyeonggi and areas in the Gangwon Youngseo region could get up to 20 millimeters of rain. Temperatures will warm up to seasonal norms with the local mercury peaking 9 degrees later this afternoon. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251105+0900 Retail Oil Prices In Korea Up For 17th Straight Week http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276431&typ_800=J Retail oil prices in the country rose for a 17th consecutive week. According to data by the state-run Korea National Oil Corporation, the average gasoline price nationwide was at 1,526.8 won per liter in the fourth week of November, up 6.5 won from a week earlier. Average diesel price also climbed 6.4 won to 1,318.6 won per liter. The KNOC expected domestic oil prices to rise for a while, taking a cue from a surge in global oil prices.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711251105+0900 Arrest Warrant Rejected For Former Presidential Aide Jun Byung-Hun http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276419&typ_800=P A Seoul court has rejected a prosecution request to issue a warrant to arrest former presidential aide Jun Byung-hun who is facing bribery allegations. The Seoul Central District Court said it is hard to acknowledge the reason and necessity for the detention when Jun's crime allegations are still disputable. It also added that related evidence was mostly collected, and Jun poses no flight risk. Jun and his former aides are suspected of pressuring Lotte Homeshopping to donate some 300 million won to the Korea e-Sports Association in 2015, when Jun was the association's chair. He has denied any involvement. Jun is the first high-profile official from the Moon Jae-in government to face a corruption probe.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711250914+0900 Weather Update 0900 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276424&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, most of the nation is waking up to clear skies on this Saturday morning. Expect more clouds to roll in as the day progresses, ahead of rain that will affect the central and north Gyeongsang regions. Through tonight, Seoul, Gyeonggi and areas in the Gangwon Youngseo region could get up to 20 millimeters of rain. Temperatures will warm up to seasonal norms with the local mercury peaking 9 degrees later this afternoon. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711250910+0900 S&P 500, Nasdaq End At Records On 'Black Friday' Hopes http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2276423&typ_800=J U.S. stocks set more records in quiet post-holiday trading Friday. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at fresh records as optimism about "Black Friday" and the start of the holiday shopping season. The S&P 500 gained 0.2 percent to 2,602, finishing the holiday-shortened session above 2,600 for the first time. The tech-rich Nasdaq rose 0.3 percent to 6,889, its third straight closing high, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.1 percent to 23,557.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201711250910+0900