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Yonhap News Summary

All Headlines 13:30 August 13, 2018

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

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(2nd LD) Koreas hold high-level talks to discuss leaders' summit

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL -- South and North Korea began high-level talks early Monday to discuss holding a summit meeting between their leaders aimed at deepening inter-Korean relations.

The meeting started at around 10 a.m. on the northern side of Panmunjom in the DMZ, which separates the two Koreas.

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(LEAD) Parties agree to abolish special activity funds amid criticism

SEOUL -- Rival political parties agreed Monday to scrap controversial special activity funds for lawmakers, amid criticism that the money has been spent without proper oversight.

The ruling Democratic Party (DP) and the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) reversed their earlier stances of keeping the funds intact, joining smaller opposition parties that called for abolishing the funds.

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Remains of 35 Korean victims of Japan's forced labor to be repatriated

TOKYO -- A Japanese Buddhist temple has conducted a memorial for 35 sets of remains belonging to Korean people brought to Japan to work for its factories and military during World War II before they are sent home this week, a South Korean civic group said Monday.

Representatives of the civic group, organized in 2008 for the return of the remains of Korean forced labor victims, took part in the ritual at Kokuhei Temple in western Tokyo on Sunday, along with South Korean activists, officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, and the temple's Japanese followers.

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(Asian Games) S. Korea counting on huge medal haul in fencing, archery, taekwondo

SEOUL -- South Korea has set out to capture 65 gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games starting this weekend in Indonesia, believing it would take at least that many to finish in second place in the medal race for the sixth consecutive competition.

And the nation will turn its expectant eyes to three sports that should be the biggest gold mines: fencing, archery and taekwondo.

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Moon's approval rating dips to record low

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dropped to its lowest level last week, a poll showed Monday, amid an ongoing investigation into an opinion rigging scandal targeting his former and current aides.

Moon's approval rating came to 58.1 percent in a survey conducted Monday through Friday by Realmeter. The reading marks a 5.1 percentage point plunge from 63.2 percent tallied a week earlier. It also marks the first time Moon's approval rating has dipped to below 60 percent.

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Sales of Galaxy Note 9 expected to beat predecessor: Koh

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday the newly introduced Galaxy Note 9 is expected to beat the predecessor in terms of sales and claimed the sales of the Galaxy S9 released earlier this year were not weak as suggested by the industry watchers.

Samsung Electronics showcased the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone last week, which is its latest flagship equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery and Bluetooth-powered stylus. The top end version comes with a whopping 512 GB storage capacity.

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