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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:00 September 28, 2016

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

(3rd LD) Ruling party considers taking part in parliamentary audit

SEOUL -- South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Wednesday it can return to the ongoing regular audit session, after it boycotted all proceedings to protest National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun's failure to maintain his political neutrality.

Party chief Rep. Lee Jung-hyun, who is currently on a hunger strike demanding the resignation of Chung, requested Saenuri lawmakers return to parliament and participate in the 20-day audit which kicked off on Monday.

(LEAD) Finance minister slams striking railway workers

SEJONG -- South Korea's top economic policymaker denounced unionized workers of the country's railway and subway services Wednesday for staging a joint strike for the first time in 22 years to protest the introduction of a performance-based pay system.

Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho also condemned the labor union of Hyundai Motor Co., the country's biggest carmaker, for orchestrating a walkout in the midst of rising challenges at home and abroad that weigh heavily on the South Korean economy.

(LEAD) Seoul stocks down on oil prices, profit-taking

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks fell slightly Wednesday amid weaker oil prices, as the market took a breather after rising in the wake of the U.S. presidential debate. The Korean won inched down against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) declined 9.76 points, or 0.47 percent, to close at 2,053.06. Trade volume was moderate at 539 million shares worth 3.94 trillion won (US$3.59 billion), with losers outnumbering gainers 457 to 327.

(LEAD) Center aimed at documenting N.K. human rights abuses begins operation

SEOUL -- A new organization tasked with investigating and documenting North Korea's human rights abuses began operations on Wednesday to implement South Korea's law aimed at improving the rights of people living in the reclusive country.

Seoul's unification ministry said it held a ceremony to mark the opening of the Center for North Korean Human Rights Records, attended by Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo and others including Suh Doo-hyun, the head of the center.

Consumers seek investigation into AmorePacific over controversial toothpastes

SEOUL -- A group of consumers on Wednesday filed a petition with the prosecution, seeking investigation into the chief of AmorePacific Co., South Korea's leading cosmetic and household goods maker, over some of its toothpastes containing chemicals found in toxic humidifier sterilizers.

A total of 14 consumers who used AmorePacific's problematic toothpastes filed the petition with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office against the brand's chief Shim Sang-bae and other government officials for violation of pharmaceutical laws and dereliction of duties.

(News Focus) Dark cloud from missile spat hangs over Korean TV shows

SEOUL -- What had been feared to happen by the Korean entertainment circle has become a reality.

SBS TV's "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors," one of the most anticipated period dramas this fall, pushed back its broadcast to next January from the scheduled October, the station said Tuesday in a press release.

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