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

  
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(2nd LD) Obama's office says he will attend Korean War ceremony
WASHINGTON -- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will join a special ceremony to mark Korean War Armistice Day this weekend.

   "On Saturday, July 27, President Obama will deliver remarks at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the Korean War," the White House said in a press release.

  
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LG rolls out world's first curved OLED TV in U.S.

   SEOUL -- Home appliance giant LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday that it has released organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs with curved displays in the U.S.

   In April this year, the South Korean tech giant rolled out the revolutionary model with a 55-inch curved screen for the first time in the world on its home turf.

  
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N. Korea kicks off mass games to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War armistice
SEOUL -- North Korea kicked off its annual Arirang mass games performances to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that halted the 1950-53 Korean War, the country's official news agency said Tuesday.

   The North has maintained that it won the three-year conflict and commemorates July 27, 1953, the day the cease-fire agreement was signed to end hostilities, as a day of victory in what it calls the Fatherland Liberation War.

  
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Kiwoom boasts top equity market share in S. Korea
SEOUL -- Kiwoom Securities Co. posted the largest market share among South Korea's brokerage houses in fiscal 2012 on the back of its marginal commission rate, data showed Tuesday.

   Kiwoom Securities' market share reached 15 percent in fiscal 2012, which ends in March, by taking up 486.7 trillion won (US$436.1 billion) of the combined turnover of 3,243 trillion won in the local stock markets, according to the data by the Financial Supervisory Service.

  
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Chung Mong-joon to receive highest individual award in Asian football
SEOUL -- Former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon will receive the highest individual honor in Asian football for his contribution to the sport in the region, officials said Tuesday.

   The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that it will confer the AFC Diamond of Asia award on Chung, a long-time South Korean football administrator, legislator and industrialist.

  
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LINE messenger breaks 200 mln user milestone
SEOUL -- South Korea's top portal operator NHN Corp. said Tuesday that its free messenger application LINE broke the 200-million download mark as worldwide smartphone users rushed to connect with one another through the mobile messenger service.

   The milestone came four months after the service drew 150 million users in April and seven months after attracting 100 million this past January. The free messenger service was launched in June 2011.

  
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Russel: N. Korea faces 'fundamental choice'

   WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. State Department official urged North Korea Monday to make a "fundamental choice" between endless isolation and a path for the well-being of its people.

   Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, stressed the U.S. will stick to a "rules-based, principled approach" toward North Korea despite Pyongyang's recent peace offensive.

  
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Seoul's fine dust level hits new low in 2012
SEOUL -- The average level of fine particles in Seoul fell to a record low last year thanks to the city's continued efforts to curb air pollution, officials said Tuesday.

   The Seoul Metropolitan Government said the average concentration of fine dust came to 41 micrograms per cubic meter in 2012, marking the fifth consecutive year of decline. Fine dust is defined as particles smaller than 10 micrometers.

  
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Hacking attempts on foreign ministry, diplomatic offices to triple in 5 yrs
SEOUL -- Hacking attempts this year targeting South Korea's foreign ministry and its diplomatic missions are expected to be triple the 2009 figure, the ministry said Tuesday.

   Just in the first three months of this year, attempts to break into the websites of the foreign affairs establishments totaled 1,027, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

  
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Park gives vote of confidence to deputy PM
SEOUL -- President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday the deputy prime minister has worked hard and done a good job being a "control tower" for economic affairs in an apparent vote of confidence for a man accused of incompetence by both the ruling and opposition parties.

   Questions have grown over whether Deputy Prime Minister Hyun Oh-seok is doing his job well as the top official responsible for leading Asia's fourth-largest economy out of the prolonged slump and resolving a string of complex and contentious economic issues.

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