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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 17:30 February 06, 2017

The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

Parliament endorses motion to request Hwang's attendance at interpellation session

SEOUL -- The National Assembly on Monday passed a motion to request Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn appear at a parliamentary interpellation session later this week.

The passage followed Hwang's refusal last Thursday to join the session on the grounds that his attendance at the session for long hours could lead to a government vacuum in case of a national emergency.

(2nd LD) Livestock movement banned after foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

SEJONG -- South Korea on Monday imposed a ban on the movement of all livestock and farm vehicles across the nation after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm, the agriculture ministry said.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said the travel ban was to take effect as of 6 p.m. on that day and last for 30 hours as all people and vehicles are prohibited from entering any farm facility and carrying livestock and dairy products out of their original places.

(LEAD) Samsung Electronics leaves top business lobby amid scandal

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday announced its withdrawal of membership from the nation's top business lobby as the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) was blamed for its role in a snowballing corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung Electronics formally submitted a document of withdrawal to the FKI earlier in the day, the company said. Other affiliates of Samsung Group are expected to follow suit.

Ex-presidential chief of staff refuses to attend Park's impeachment trial

SEOUL -- A former presidential chief of staff on Monday refused to attend President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial citing health issues, an official said.

Kim Ki-choon, Park's chief of staff from 2013-2015, submitted a statement to the Constitutional Court detailing the reason for his planned absence from a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

(LEAD) Flaws in battery caused Galaxy Note 7 fires: gov't

SEJONG -- The South Korean government said Monday that flaws in batteries caused the fires in Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Note 7, which led to a worldwide recall and production halt of the smartphone.

In a test conducted by the state-run Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, it was found that electrodes of batteries installed in the Galaxy Note 7 were damaged, while some batteries missed insulation materials, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a release.

(LEAD) Seoul stocks inch up on Wall Street gains

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks rose slightly Monday, taking a cue from Wall Street gains over U.S. President Donald Trump's move to cut financial regulations. The Korean won gained against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 4.5 points, or 0.22 percent, to close at 2,077.66. Trade volume was moderate at 311 million shares worth 3.81 trillion won (US$3.35 billion), with gainers outnumbering losers 440 to 370.

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