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

  
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S. Korea protests Japan over Dokdo survey
SEOUL -- South Korea issued a formal protest to Japan Friday over Tokyo's first opinion poll on Seoul's easternmost islets of Dokdo, calling on the neighboring country to stop such provocative actions.

   The protest came one day after Japan's Cabinet Office released the results of the public survey showing that six out of 10 Japanese view Dokdo as Japanese territory in terms of history and international law.

  
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S. Korea says latest FTA talks with Japan, China constructive
SEJONG -- The latest round of talks with Japan and China for a three-way free trade agreement (FTA) ended Friday after what South Korea called "constructive discussions."

   "At the second round of negotiations, (the countries) discussed key issues, such as the scope and means of lowering import tariffs and the scope of negotiations, based on the terms of reference adopted at the first round of negotiations," South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a press release.

  
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(LEAD) N. Korea stays mute on Seoul's talks offer for 5th day
SEOUL -- North Korea remained silent for a fifth day on Friday concerning South Korea's proposal for "final talks" aimed at reopening the joint industrial complex in Kaesong, the government said.

   Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae made the talks proposal on Sunday after six rounds of working-level talks in July ended without the two Koreas reaching an agreement on preconditions for resuming operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, the last remaining symbol of South-North rapprochement.

  
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(2nd LD) Arrest warrant sought for former tax chief over bribery
SEOUL -- Prosecutors on Friday sought an arrest warrant for an embattled former head of the national tax agency on charges of accepting massive bribes from food and entertainment conglomerate CJ Group.

   Jeon Goon-pyo, 59, is accused of taking US$300,000 in U.S. bills and high-end watches from CJ Group officials in exchange for favors during a tax audit into the conglomerate in July 2006, shortly after he was named the commissioner of the National Tax Service (NTS), prosecutors said.

  
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Red Cross to provide US$320,000 for flood-hit N. Korea
SEOUL -- The international Red Cross has said it will provide North Korea with an emergency fund of US$320,000 to help flood victims in the communist country.

   In a report posted on its website Thursday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it has allocated 299,744 Swiss franc from its disaster relief emergency fund "to help the DPRK Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 5,000 families or 20,000 beneficiaries."

  
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Sci-fi film 'Snowpiercer' draws over 1 mln viewers in just two days
SEOUL -- South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's English cinematic debut "Snowpiercer" has smashed the local box office record, surpassing 1 million in attendance in just two days of opening, a market tracker said Friday.

   According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) that tracks box-office records, the flick attracted 1.03 million viewers as of Thursday, one day after opening at local theaters.

  
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(LEAD) KT Q2 net sinks 44 pct on penalty, currency loss
SEOUL -- KT Corp., South Korea's top fixed-line and No. 2 mobile operator, said Friday its second-quarter net profit plunged 44 percent from a year earlier due to a one-off penalty payment and currency losses.

   Net profit reached 133 billion won (US$118 million) in the April-June period, compared with 237 billion won a year earlier, the Seoul-based company said in a regulatory filing.

  
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(LEAD) Seiler: N. Korea can't split S. Korea, U.S.

   WASHINGTON -- North Korea's traditional tactic of trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States is failing as the allies stand firm in dealing with the communist nation, a senior White House official said Thursday.

   Sydney Seiler, Korea policy chief at the National Security Council (NSC), said Pyongyang's nuclear tests have deepened the consensus between Seoul and Washington on the need for "denuclearization to be a central piece of all of our actions with Pyongyang."

  
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