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

(LEAD)SK E&C wins US$417 mln order from Vietnam
SEOUL -- SK Engineering & Construction Co., one of South Korea's leading builders, said Monday that it has won a US$417 million order to build a jetty and a seabed oil pipeline in Vietnam.

   SK E&C said it will construct the facilities in the compound of the largest oil refinery and petrochemical plant being built in Nghi Son, about 200 kilometers south of Hanoi. SK E&C said it expects to complete the project 36 months after starting construction but did not specify when the project will get underway.

U.N. chief to visit S. Korea next week on home leave
SEOUL -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit South Korea next month while on home leave, a diplomatic source said Monday.

   Ban's visit is scheduled for Aug. 22 and he will stay here for six days, the source said. During his visit, the 69-year-old secretary-general will be with his mother who lives in Chungju, Ban's hometown located 147 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the source.

Seoul shares down 0.36 pct in late-morning trade
SEOUL -- South Korean stocks traded 0.36 percent lower late Monday morning as investors sat on the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee's meeting slated for this week, analysts said.

   The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 6.88 points to 1,903.93 as of 11:20 a.m.

S. Korea makes last offer for Kaesong talks
SEOUL -- South Korea on Monday sent an official message to North Korea offering "final talks" to discuss the normalization of a suspended inter-Korean industrial complex in the North's border town of Kaesong.

   The Ministry of Unification, which handles cross-border relations, said the message was sent via the communication line at the neutral border village of Panmunjom and was received by North Korea. It said no date or location for the talks were proposed.

S. Korea, U.S. to discuss OPCON transition in high-level meeting
SEOUL -- Senior South Korean and U.S. military officials will meet this week for a high-level defense meeting in Seoul, the defense ministry said Monday, which is widely expected to address another delay in Washington's planned transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul.

   The Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Seoul as the two countries are preparing to transfer OPCON to South Korea in December 2015 and draft a new joint military structure.

Winless S. Korea still shows promise at East Asian Cup
SEOUL -- South Korean men's national football team ended the East Asian Cup football tournament with a crushing 2-1 defeat to Japan on Sunday, with Yoichiro Kakitani's winner coming during the final moments of the taut showdown.

   South Korea was winless in the tournament, earlier playing back-to-back 0-0 draws against Australia and China.

Uncertainty grows over fallout from advanced economies' QE: BOK head
BUSAN -- South Korea's top central banker said Monday the global economy faces growing uncertainty over the fallout from advanced economies' unconventional monetary policy.

   Advanced economies, led by the U.S., have adopted an unorthodox monetary policy dubbed quantitative easing (QE) in a bid to prop up their economies in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.