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

  
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Declassified diplomatic documents to be available online from 2014
SEOUL -- South Korea will start to allow on-line browsing of declassified diplomatic documents from next year as it tries to boost public accessibility to historic records, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

   Currently, the foreign ministry annually releases major diplomatic documents for public browsing permitted only at the Diplomatic Archives in southern Seoul. Documents that are over 30-years old are subject to public viewing.

  
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N. Korea stays silent on Seoul's offer for Kaesong talks
SEOUL -- North Korea remained silent Thursday on South Korea's proposal for "final talks" to resolve all outstanding differences and reopen their joint industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the government said.

   Seoul made the final dialogue offer earlier this week after six rounds of working-level talks in July ended without the two Koreas reaching agreement on preconditions to resuming operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

  
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Eco-groups urge halt to imports of Japanese fish products
SEOUL -- South Korean environmental and civic groups urged their government Thursday to stop importing fishery products from Japan until it can assure the public that the marine life is safe to eat.

   Last month, Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged for the first time that its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is still leaking contaminated water into the ocean, a problem many experts had suspected.

  
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Ex-Daewoo Engineering chief grilled over slush fund
SEOUL -- Prosecutors said Thursday that they have questioned a former chief of Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. as part of their investigation into allegations that the country's leading builder created huge slush funds while participating in a project to refurbish the country's four major rivers.

   Daewoo Engineering & Construction is suspected of setting up illegal funds worth 80 billion won (US$71.7 million) by committing various irregularities such as inflating the engineering costs.

  
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Asiana head to return home from China over deadly plane crash
SEOUL -- The head of Asiana Airlines Inc. was to return home later Thursday after wrapping up a trip to the United States and China to deal with the aftermath of a plane crash in San Francisco in July that killed three Chinese teenagers, a company official said.

   Yoon Young-doo, the president and CEO of Asiana Airlines, spent about three weeks in San Francisco to meet with those injured, as well as South Korean and Chinese diplomats, and U.S. government officials, according to the Asiana official.

  
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Chief of Seoul tax office offers to resign over corruption scandal
SEOUL -- The head of the Seoul Regional Tax Office has offered to step down, officials said Thursday, following his implication in a bribery scandal involving the chairman of CJ Group, who is currently in custody.

   Song Kwang-jo offered to resign shortly after he came under suspicion of receiving kickbacks from CJ Group officials, according to officials from the National Tax Service (NTS).

  
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Seoul shares up 0.35 pct on China, U.S. data
SEOUL -- South Korean stocks closed 0.35 percent higher Thursday as investors' sentiment was boosted by better-than-expected economic data from China and the United States, analysts said. The local currency ended flat against the U.S. dollar.

   The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 6.71 points to close at 1,920.74. Trading volume was moderate at 330.3 million shares worth 3.56 trillion won (US$3.17 billion), with gainers outpacing losers 420 to 371.

  
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Court extends Hanwha chairman's custody suspension
SEOUL -- A Seoul court on Thursday extended the suspension of imprisonment for Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-youn by another three months, citing his poor health, officials said.

   The custody suspension for Kim, who has been staying at a Seoul hospital after being temporarily released from prison in January, will be extended until Nov. 7, they added.

  
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Key figure in SK Group scandal arrested in Taiwan
SEOUL -- A key figure in the high-profile embezzlement case involving the chairman of SK Group, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate, has been arrested in Taiwan, prosecution sources said Thursday.

   Taiwanese police arrested Kim Won-hong, an adviser of SK Shipping Co., on Wednesday on charges of breaching the country's immigration law, the sources said.

  
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Samsung to roll out dual-mode LTE smartphones
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker, said Thursday that it may soon roll out smartphones that run on both time-division (TD) and frequency-division (FD) long-term evolution (LTE) networks.

   Samsung said its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini running on both TD-LTE and FD-LTE may hit the shelves in China later this month.

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