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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:09 August 25, 2016

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

(LEAD) S. Korea to give funds provided by Japan to sexually enslaved victims

SEOUL -- South Korea has decided to use Japan's comfort women fund to financially assist Korean women sexually enslaved by Japanese troops during Japan's colonial-rule of the Korean Peninsula decades ago, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

The government will provide 100 million won (US$89,581) to surviving victims who were forced to serve in military brothels, and 20 million to family members of victims who have already passed away, according to the ministry.

S. Korea, U.S. envoys to seek retaliatory actions over N. Korea's SLBM launch

SEOUL -- South Korean and U.S. top envoys on North Korea agreed Thursday to seek more retaliatory action against North Korea's recent launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the foreign ministry here said.

The ministry's special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun held a telephone conversation with Sung Kim, U.S. special representative on North Korean policy earlier in the day, the ministry said in a brief note to the media.

(LEAD) S. Korea confirms 2nd cholera infection

SEOUL/CHANGWON -- South Korea has confirmed an additional case of cholera, raising the number of people infected with the waterborne disease here to two, local health authorities said Thursday.

A 73-year-old woman residing in the southern coast of the country is presumed to have contracted the disease from eating seafood, the South Gyeongsang Provincial Government said, adding that she had already been cured.

Gov't announces measures to tackle low birthrate

SEOUL -- The government on Thursday rolled out a set of measures to tackle the nation's chronic low birthrate, aiming to increase the number of newborns by additional 20,000 next year.

Under the measures finalized in a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and announced by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the government will provide subsidies for infertility treatments to couples from all income brackets starting next October.

S. Korea's urban population continues to rise in 2015

SEOUL -- South Korea's urban population continued to increase last year with more than 90 percent of the total population living in less than 17 percent of the total land here, a government report showed Thursday.

According to the report from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of people living in urban areas came to just short of 47.73 million as of end-2015, up nearly 250,000 from the previous year and accounting for 91.79 percent of the total population.

Pharmaceutical firms' exports jump in H1

SEOUL -- South Korea's top 20 pharmaceutical firms saw their revenues from exports increase in the first half of the year, an industry report showed Thursday.

According to the report by the Financial Supervisory Service, overseas shipments by the top 20 firms in the first six months of this year came to 710.6 billion won (US$636.4 million), an 18 percent jump from the same period a year go.

(LEAD) Unionized workers of Hyundai Motor set to vote on wage hike deal

SEOUL -- Tens of thousands of unionized workers at South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor Co. will decide this week whether to accept a tentative agreement on their wage increase in a vote, union leaders said Thursday, which may decide the fate of the company as well.

The vote will be held Friday, two days after company management and union leaders reached the tentative deal.

(2nd LD) Park hosts luncheon with South Korean Olympic athletes

SEOUL -- President Park Geun-hye on Thursday hosted a luncheon for South Korean athletes who participated in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to express her appreciation for their hard work during the quadrennial event, her office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The gathering at the presidential office brought together some 310 athletes and sports officials, including Olympic golf champion Park In-bee, gold medalist shooter Jin Jong-oh and rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae.

(LEAD) Wrist surgery to end Park Byung-ho's 1st MLB season

SEOUL -- Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins will end his first season in Major League Baseball (MLB) early, as he needs to undergo surgery on his wrist, the U.S. media reported.

Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters at Target Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday (local time) that Park will undergo the surgery on his right wrist on Thursday, according to Minnesota-based Pioneer Press and MLB.com.

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