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All News 17:15 February 10, 2017

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

S. Korea's finance minister calls for stronger restructuring

SEOUL -- South Korea's finance minister on Friday called for intensive structural reform to regain the growth momentum of Asia's fourth-largest economy.

"In order to make a breakthrough for the economy, we have to change the fundamentals of our economy through strong structural reform," Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said in a keynote speech at a Seoul symposium. "We cannot avoid the demand for restructuring. We have to push for it as its achievement leads to the next government and generation."


Foreign ministry to launch special team to monitor overseas missions

SEOUL -- South Korea's foreign ministry said Friday that it will form a special team tasked with monitoring diplomats at overseas missions for any misdeeds in a bid to enforce tougher workplace discipline.

The team, in cooperation with the ministry's existing internal inspection office, will keep tabs on diplomats working at the country's embassies, consulates and other missions.

Acting president refuses to clarify stance on extension of probe into Park

SEOUL -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday refused to clarify his stance on the politically-charged issue of extending special prosecutors' corruption probe into President Park Geun-hye, saying it is not the time yet to consider it.

Hwang made the remarks during a parliamentary interpellation session amid growing calls from opposition parties to extend Independent Counsel Park Young-soo's probe that expires on Feb. 28. The investigation period can be extended once by a month with Hwang's consent.

Museum of modern art to meet urban gastronomy this weekend

SEOUL -- The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul will open a rare farmer's market Sunday as part of its existing exhibition on urban gastronomy.

"Marche@MMCA," one of several participatory programs associated with "Activating the City: Urban Gastronomy," which opened on Dec. 5 and runs through March 19, is expected to fill the museum's spacious front yard with fresh produce, seasonal foods made on the spot by chefs and handcrafted goods by local artists.

Special prosecution to request court to allow raid on presidential office

SEOUL -- South Korea's special prosecution will ask a court to allow it to search the presidential office as part of a corruption probe of President Park Geun-hye after investigators were denied entry by her aides last week, its spokesman said.

The probe team will file the request seeking the suspension of the presidential officials' disapproval of the search, spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told a regular press briefing.

S. Koreans favor Japan for trips: poll

SEOUL -- South Korean people want foreign trips more than domestic ones, with Japan picked as the most popular destination, a survey showed Friday.

In the poll by Skyscanner, a travel-related website, 92 percent of the respondents said they have plans for overseas travel.

(LEAD) 'Good Manager' gains more ground, 'Saimdang' rebounds

SEOUL -- KBS 2TV's "Good Manager" has furthered its lead in the Wednesday-Thursday late night drama race, while "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors" managed to recoup losses, data showed Friday.

According to Nielsen Korea, Thursday's episode six of "Good Manager" recorded 16.7 percent nationwide viewership, up 1.2 percentage points from a day ago.

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