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

  
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Hyundai Heavy launches S. Korean Navy's second frigate
SEOUL -- Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. on Thursday unveiled the South Korean Navy's second 2,300-ton frigate with improved warfare capabilities against North Korea.

   A launching ceremony took place at Hyundai Heavy's shipyard in the southeastern city of Ulsan, attended by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy chief and other senior officials.

  
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S. Korean, Russian envoys to discuss N. Korea's nuke programs
SEOUL -- Russia's deputy chief nuclear envoy plans to visit Seoul to discuss with his South Korean counterpart ways to cooperate efforts to denuclearize North Korea, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.
Ambassador Grigory Logvinov, set to arrive here later in the day for a two-day visit, is scheduled to sit down Friday for talks with Lee Do-hoon, Seoul's deputy chief envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, according to the ministry.

  
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Gov't urged to apologize for requesting delay in OPCON transfer
SEOUL -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday demanded the government apologize for requesting another delay in the United States' transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean troops to Seoul.

   The demand follows media reports that Seoul asked Washington to further postpone the OPCON transfer currently slated for Dec. 1, 2015.

  
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Ex-vice minister booked on rape charges
SEOUL -- A disgraced former vice justice minister has been booked without physical detention on charges of raping several women during a lavish party organized by a local construction contractor, police said Thursday.

   Wrapping up a four-month investigation into a massive illegal lobbying
scandal, the National Police Agency (NPA) also referred the 52-year-old contractor named Yoon Jung-cheon and 16 others to the prosecution, recommending that they be indicted on multiple charges including rape and drug use.

  
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CJ Group chief Lee indicted in slush fund case
SEOUL -- The chairman of food and entertainment conglomerate CJ Group was indicted Thursday on charges of creating slush funds worth hundreds of millions of dollars and evading taxes in the process.

   Lee Jay-hyun was charged with tax evasion, embezzlement and breach of duty, and put into detention, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

  
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Military scraps 'entertainment soldier' system
SEOUL -- The defense ministry said Thursday it will abolish a controversial unit composed of conscripted celebrity soldiers as criticism grew over special treatment and their commitment to military service under a lax system.

   The so-called "entertainment soldiers" serve in the Defense Media Agency (DMA), a unit that has provided programming for TV and radio broadcasts to promote a positive image of the military since 1997.

  
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N. Korea blames faltering Kaesong talks on South
SEOUL -- North Korea accused the South Thursday of being insincere during their latest dialogue after the fourth working-level talks to reopen the shuttered joint Kaesong Industrial Complex ended without progress.

   On Wednesday, the three-man delegations from each country held their fourth round of talks on the normalization of the factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, a product of the landmark 2000 inter-Korean summit.

  
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NK says seized ship was carrying 'aging weapons' under legitimate contract
WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- Under pressure from the international community again over a possible breach of U.N. sanctions, North Korea denounced Panama Thursday (Seoul time) for interdicting its cargo ship on suspicion of carrying narcotics, calling it a "fiction."

   North Korea's foreign ministry said the vessel was transporting "aging weapons" under a legitimate contract with Cuba.

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