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Yonhap News Summary

All News 17:24 January 14, 2019

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

S. Korean naval ships visit Shanghai to mark 100 anniv. of Korea's provisional gov't

SHANGHAI -- Two Korean naval ships made a port call in Shanghai on Monday, as Seoul prepares to mark the centennial of the establishment of Korea's provisional government in the Chinese city during Japan's colonial rule.

Carrying 149 naval cadets and 400 other sailors, the 4,400-ton destroyer Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin and the 4,200-ton logistical support ship Daecheong entered the Chinese port, the last leg of a nine-nation trip that began in September last year.

(LEAD) Seoul hit by worst level of ultrafine dust

SEOUL -- Seoul was hit by a record-high level of ultrafine dust, known as a class one carcinogen, on Monday, as most of South Korea was blanketed by extraordinarily heavy levels of choking dust particles for the fourth consecutive day.

The daily average level of ultrafine particles, smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, in Seoul surged to 118 micrograms per cubic meter as of 3 p.m., the highest figure since the government began taking such measurements in 2015, according to the state-run National Institute of Environmental Research.

(LEAD) Seoul shares end lower over U.S. shutdown, China slowdown woes

SEOUL -- South Korean stocks finished lower Monday as concerns over the protracted U.S. government shutdown and signs of China's economic slowdown hurt investor sentiment here, experts said. The South Korean won weakened against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) lost 11.05 points, or 0.53 percent, to 2.064.52. Trading volume was moderate at 427.92 million shares worth 4.87 trillion won (US$4.34 billion), with gainers outnumbering losers 420 to 412.

(2nd LD) Ex-judoka claims to have been sexually assaulted by coach

SEOUL -- A former judoka claimed on Monday she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a former coach, joining a prominent skater in calling out the actions of an alleged perpetrator.

Shin Yu-yong, 24, sat down with Yonhap News Agency at a Seoul cafe Monday afternoon, hours after an interview with the vernacular Hankyoreh newspaper was published that sent shock waves throughout the sports community.

(LEAD) Gov't eyes swift sale of remaining stake in Woori Financial

SEOUL -- The government will swiftly implement a plan to sell its remaining stake in Woori Financial Holdings Co. as Woori Bank formally turned itself into a holding company, the head of the financial regulator said Monday.

Choi Jong-ku, chairman of the Financial Services Commission, made the remarks at a ceremony marking the launch of Woori Financial.

(News Focus) Alleged euthanizing of stray pets at nonprofit shelter stirs public uproar

SEOUL -- Controversy is mounting over allegations that a local animal shelter has ruthlessly been putting its animals to sleep, sparking calls for an overhaul of the animal protection system and stringent measures against animal abuse.

A former employee of Care, one of the largest animal shelters in South Korea, blew the whistle in an online news outlet recently, accusing CEO Park So-yeon of instructing her staff to euthanize 250 animals between 2015 and last year.

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