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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:34 April 13, 2018

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


(LEAD) Police launch preliminary probe into Korean Air heiress over suspected assault

SEOUL -- Police said Friday they began a preliminary investigation into allegations that a daughter of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chief physically assaulted an advertising company official last month.

Cho Hyun-min, an executive at the country's largest air carrier and the second daughter of Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho, is accused of yelling at the manager of an advertising firm and throwing water in his face in her office in western Seoul, the police said.


PM: Korea's roots date back to 1919 establishment of provisional gov't

SEOUL -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon reiterated Friday that the Republic of Korea roots date back to the 1919 establishment of the government-in-exile in China during Japanese colonial rule, amid a debate about the actual date of South Korea's national foundation.

Lee made the remark during a ceremony marking the 99th anniversary of the provisional government's founding in the Chinese city of Shanghai, saying it is the provisional government that decided the country's name, national flag, anthem and political system and established the armed forces.


(LEAD) Ruling party chief urges start of parliamentary talks on extra budget bill

SEOUL -- The chief of the ruling Democratic Party appealed Friday for the start of parliamentary deliberations on the government proposal for a 3.9 trillion-won (US$3.6 billion) supplementary budget aimed largely at creating jobs for young people.

The government submitted the proposal last Friday, hoping to secure parliamentary approval this month. But no talks on it have been held amid partisan squabbles over a set of contested bills and alleged missteps by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) chief.


(LEAD) Moon says FSS chief will be fired if his trips found to be illegal

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in said Friday he will sack the new head of the financial watchdog if his controversial overseas trips are found to have been illegal or substantially below ethical standards.

Kim Ki-sik, the new head of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), has been urged to step down for overseas trips he took while serving as a lawmaker that were sponsored by financial institutions subject to oversight by a parliamentary committee, of which he was a member.


LG joins with Italian furniture firm for IoT experience

SEOUL -- LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has joined forces with Italy-based furniture firm Natuzzi Group to jointly develop a smart home package boasting Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology.

Under the arrangement, LG and Natuzzi will showcase smart home solutions at the Milano Design Week slated for later this month, including jointly developed home appliances and furniture.

The South Korean company said a visitor can sit on a piece of Nattuzi furniture and tell it to turn on the TV. It will then activate the LG Signature OLED TV while the sofa and light are adjusted for the best viewing experience.


Most sexual violence in public sector workplaces unreported: survey

SEOUL -- The majority of recent sexual harassment cases within public sector workplaces supposedly went unreported, a government poll showed Friday.

A blind survey on sexual violence in the public sector conducted by the gender equality and family ministry showed that 67.3 percent of alleged victims did not report their experience to their respective institutions.

The online poll was open to 569,000 public sector workers from March 12-April 6. Of those, 40.8 percent, or 232,000, participated in the survey.

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