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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:21 July 21, 2016

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

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UNSC discusses how to respond to NK's back-to-back missile tests

SEOUL -- South Korea said Thursday that the U.N. Security Council is discussing comprehensive measures against the recent back-to-back missile tests by North Korea, apparently dismissing speculation that China might be hampering its swift action.

On July 9, the North fired off a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast but it exploded in midair. Pyongyang also test-fired three missiles on Tuesday in an apparent protest against a joint decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula.

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Match-fixing scandal latest blow to baseball

SEOUL -- From DUI to lewd conduct in public to match fixing, baseball, by far the nation's most popular sport, has taken a beating this year.

The attendance figures in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) may be gaudy -- just under 5 million through Wednesday and on pace to surpass the single-season record of 7.36 million from last season -- but if the players keep getting into trouble, even the most generous of fans may turn their backs on the sport.

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(LEAD) Seoul stocks down for 3rd day ahead of ECB meeting

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks edged down on Thursday, sliding for a third consecutive session as investors took to the sidelines ahead of the European Central Bank's policy meeting later in the day. The Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 1.43 points, or 0.07 percent, to close at 2,015.46. Trade volume was light at 388 million shares worth 3.84 trillion won (US$3.38 billion), with losers outnumbering gainers 422 to 371.

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(LEAD) Park visits major hub for ICT startups

SEOUL -- President Park Geun-hye visited South Korea's major hub for high-tech startups, south of Seoul, on Thursday, in her latest on-site campaign to promote the government's "creative economy" policies.

Park visited the Creative Economy Valley in Pangyo, south of Seoul, which is home to more than 1,100 startups and venture firms, many of which specialize in information and communications technologies (ICT).

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S. Korea's top diplomat joins ASEAN meetings next week

SEOUL -- South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will attend ASEAN meetings including a regional security forum to be held in Laos next week where he will discuss cooperation and issues of mutual concerns, his office said Thursday.

Top diplomats from Asia-Pacific countries and the European Union will meet in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and hold a series of meetings led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the weekend. The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the region's largest security gathering, will also be held on Tuesday.

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(Yonhap Interview) Retiring Korean ballerina sweated for perfection on every stage

SEOUL -- "I'm equally attached to every single stage I've performed on in the past 30 years," said Kang Sue-jin, the internationally renowned South Korean ballerina. "I poured out my passion on every single one of them."

The 49-year-old muse of the Stuttgart Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in Germany, voiced excitement in her telephone interview with Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday. The revered ballerina has been staying in Stuttgart to take the stage for one last performance, "Onegin," slated for Friday.

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(News Focus) Yeongwol shows importance of thinking outside the box to tackle NIMBY

YEONGWOL, South Korea -- As residents of the southern town of Seongju stage protests against the planned deployment of the advanced U.S. antimissile system in their area, another county has been taking an opposite approach and going out of its way to attract so-called unwanted facilities to revitalize its weak economy.

For policymakers, the prevalent Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) phenomenon has always been a source of concern when trying to entice necessary yet unwelcome facilities like nuclear reactors, prisons, waste disposal sites and even military bases.
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