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2018/08/07 12:50

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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) S. Korea to cut residential electricity bills for July-Aug.

SEOUL -- South Korea will adjust the residential progressive electricity tariffs for July and August to ease the household burden from heavy electricity bills caused by the unprecedented summer heat, the energy ministry said Tuesday.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it will temporarily revise the first two stages of the progressive tariffs for residential power use, which would save about 276.1 billion won (US$245.2) in energy costs for the peak summer season.

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Ship suspected of carrying N.K. coal to leave S. Korean port this week: lawmaker

SEOUL -- An opposition lawmaker claimed Tuesday that a ship suspected of carrying North Korean coal is currently anchored at a South Korean port in violation of U.N. sanctions and plans to leave it the following day.

Yoo Ki-june of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party said that the Belize-flagged vessel carrying 5,100 tons of coal, which are suspected of being from North Korea, entered a port in Pohang, some 374 kilometers south of Seoul, last Saturday.

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U.N. guidelines to boost S. Korea aid plan for N. Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea is expected to resume a government-led humanitarian assistance program for North Korea, spurred by new related U.N. guidelines, an official said Tuesday.

A year earlier, the government decided to provide the impoverished neighbor with $8 million worth of aid materials, such as nutritional products and vaccines through the World Food Program and UNICEF.

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Defense minister calls for Turkey's support for Korea peace efforts

SEOUL -- South Korea's Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for Turkey's support for Seoul's efforts to achieve denuclearization and a lasting peace on the peninsula, his ministry said Tuesday.

On Monday, Song held talks with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar in Ankara over a range of issues, including security on the peninsula and cooperation in the arms industry. He began a six-day trip Sunday, which will also take him to India later this week.

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Gov. Kim heads home after overnight interrogation in opinion rigging probe

SEOUL -- South Gyeongsang Province Gov. Kim Kyoung-soo returned home early Tuesday after undergoing an 18-hour questioning by special prosecutors over his alleged involvement in a massive rigging of online political comments led by a power blogger.

Kim emerged from the special counsel's office at about 3:50 a.m., looking fatigued but wearing a smile.

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29,000-year-old net sinkers, world's oldest, found in S. Korean cave

SEOUL -- Fourteen 29,000-year-old fishing net sinkers that are considered to be the world's earliest have been excavated in Jeongseon, northeastern South Korea, a university museum said Tuesday.

The fishing net sinkers made of limestone represent a rare discovery of fishing gear from the Upper Paleolithic era or the Upper Old Stone Age, according to the Yonsei University Museum.

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S. Korea to face non-European teams in Oct. football friendlies: official

SEOUL -- South Korea are likely to face non-European opponents in their friendly football matches in October, an official with the national football governing body said Tuesday.

FIFA's international match day calendar shows that teams can have friendlies between Oct. 8 and 16. According to the official, the Korea Football Association (KFA) is currently searching for teams that can play friendlies with South Korea during that period.

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