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

  
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(2nd LD) S. Korea's exports grow 2.6 pct in July
SEOUL -- South Korea's trade surplus slightly widened last month as its overall trade volume grew from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.

   In July, the country's exports amounted to US$45.84 billion, up 2.6 percent from the same month last year, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

  
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(2nd LD) S. Korea's consumer price growth hits 5-month high in July
SEOUL -- South Korea's consumer prices grew at the fastest pace in five months in July due to the on-year gain in oil prices, but they ran below the central bank's inflation target band, a government report showed Thursday.

   The country's consumer prices index rose 1.4 percent in July from a year earlier, picking up from a 1 percent on-year gain in June, according to the report by Statistics Korea.

  
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Flooding to worsen N.K. food situation: Red Cross
SEOUL -- Extensive flooding caused by torrential rains last month is expected to have a negative impact on North Korea's long-term food security situation, a report said Thursday.

   According to the report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), many parts of the country were hit by consecutive floods and landslides in mid-July.

  
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Korean Americans reach out to White House, Congress
WASHINGTON -- A group of Korean-American community leaders said Wednesday it will meet with White House officials and congressional leaders this week to get their voice heard on key policy issues.

   The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) is hosting an inaugural "Community+Congressional Leaders Event" in Washington, D.C., later in the day.

  
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Former tax chief appears for questioning over bribery
SEOUL -- An embattled former chief of the national tax agency appeared before prosecutors Thursday to face questioning over suspicions that he took kickbacks from CJ Group in return for providing favors during a tax audit into the local food and entertainment conglomerate in 2006.

   Jeon Goon-pyo, 59, arrived at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in southern Seoul around 9:40 a.m. after receiving notice of the summons earlier this week.

  
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Seoul shares up 0.46 pct in late morning trade
SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded 0.46 percent higher late Thursday morning, led by gains in techs and financial firms.

   The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 8.82 points to 1,922.85 as of 11:20 a.m.

   sam@yna.co.kr
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