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2018/09/11 17:07

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

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BOK calls for monitoring of 'kimchi premium' in cryptocurrency

SEOUL -- Major cryptocurrencies could be traded with a massive premium in the South Korean market, central bank officials here said Tuesday, calling for careful monitoring of prices.

Earlier this year, such digital assets as Bitcoin and Ethereum were traded far higher in the local market than globally due to speculative investment and a rapid increase in the face of limited supply.

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Human rights watchdog recommends accession to protocol renouncing death penalty

SEOUL -- The National Human Rights Commission recommended Tuesday that South Korea accede to an international protocol renouncing the use of death penalty.

The 11 members of the commission unanimously made the recommendation that the country join the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which aims to the abolish the death penalty, during the first meeting presided over by new Chairperson Choi Yeong-ae.

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5 suspected MERS cases test negative

SEOUL -- Five out of six people who had shown symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) tested negative for the disease, health authorities said Tuesday.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said the five people who came into "ordinary" contact with a MERS patient and had been placed under quarantine have all been released as they did not have the potentially life-threatening disease.

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Net assets of S. Korean investment funds fall in August

SEOUL -- Net assets of South Korea's investment funds decreased in August amid concerns over financial instability in Turkey, data showed Tuesday.

The net assets of local investment funds inched down 1.6 percent on-month to 561.2 trillion won (US$498.7 billion), according to the data compiled by the Korea Financial Investment Association (KOFIA).

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(LEAD) Koreas to restart joint excavation of historic palace site in Kaesong

SEOUL -- South and North Korea will resume their joint excavation of the site of an ancient palace in the North's border town of Kaesong late this month, Seoul's cultural heritage authority said Tuesday.

The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said that it has agreed during a working-level meeting with the North's National Reconciliation Council in Kaesong on Thursday to conduct a joint survey and preservation of the Manwoldae site for three months from Sept. 27 to Dec. 27. Manwoldae was the palace of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) for about 400 years.

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(Movie Review) 'The Negotiation': A gripping suspense thriller

SEOUL -- "The Negotiation," a suspenseful crime thriller starring Son Ye-jin and Hyunbin, tells the story of a police negotiator who strives to save two hostages from a notorious international arms dealer based in Bangkok.

It begins with Ha Chae-yoon (Son Ye-jin), a professional negotiator of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, being brought to the scene of a hostage incident in Seoul in the middle of a blind date on her day off. The coolheaded negotiator is shocked when both the hostages and their takers are killed by a police SWAT team before she even finishes her negotiations.

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