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All News 17:19 January 20, 2016

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

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(Yonhap Feature) Navy's anti-piracy unit in Somalia coast marks 5 years since major rescue operation

SEOUL -- Worries about success and fears of wounds tormented Navy SEAL Park Sang-joon before the operation began and seized his focus, the soldier said of the Navy's much-celebrated mission to rescue a South Korean freighter hijacked by Somali pirates five years ago.

Park was among some 300 special troops who, aboard Navy destroyer Choi Young, on Jan. 21, 2011 rescued the 11,500-ton South Korean freighter Samho Jewelry that had been taken hostage along with its 21 crewmen by Somali pirates.

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BigBang to make encore performance of world tour in Seoul

SEOUL -- South Korean boy band BigBang will close its ongoing world tour in March after staging three encore performances in Seoul, its management said Wednesday.

The five-member band started the world concert tour "MADE" in Seoul last April and will have the grand finale of the tour with encore performances for three days from March 4 to 6 at Seoul's Olympic Park, YG Entertainment said.

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(LEAD) Seoul stocks hit 5-month low on foreign selling

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks dropped to a five-month low on Wednesday as foreign investors dumped shares amid fears over China's hard landing and falling oil prices. The Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar to the lowest level for 2016.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) tumbled 44.19 points, or 2.34 percent, to end at 1,845.45. Trade volume was moderate at 399 million shares worth 5.26 trillion won (US$4.33 billion), with losers far beating winners 743 to 110.

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Red Cross' projects with N. Korea suspended over nuke test

SEOUL -- South Korea's Red Cross said Wednesday its programs for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War and humanitarian aid to North Korea now face a murky prospect as North Korea's fourth nuclear test froze ties between the two countries.

The Red Cross has made video messages of about 10,000 separated family members to be possibly delivered to their relatives in North Korea, but whether they can be delivered remains uncertain due to the strained inter-Korean ties following the North's nuclear test on Jan. 6, it said.

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Top U.S. diplomat urges China to 'show leadership' on N. Korean nuclear issue

SEOUL -- The No. 2 U.S. diplomat urged China on Wednesday to "show leadership" on the North Korean nuclear issue, saying Beijing has more leverage over Pyongyang than any other country.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken issued the call shortly after talks with Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam in Seoul, where he is on a two-day visit to coordinate the allies' response to North Korea's fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

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S. Koreans nabbed in Vietnam for running online gambling ring

SEOUL -- A group of South Koreans operating an illegal high-stake sports gambling website in Vietnam has been apprehended in the Southeast Asian country, the South Korean police said Wednesday.

The seven-member ring, including a 39-year-old surnamed Joo, were to be extradited to Seoul later in the day by the local police in Hanoi, the National Police Agency (NPA) said.
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