South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su weeps during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups. (Associated Press/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's first transgender soldier said on Wednesday she would sue the military after it announced it would dismiss her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery last year.

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Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command service members provide security coverage from an observation point during a training event at Kunsan Air Force Base, South Korea, Nov. 12, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. David J. Murphy)

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge the first soldier to have undergone gender reassignment surgery, which has sparked national debate about the treatment of LGBT troops.

The soldier, who holds the rank of staff sergeant and is stationed in Gyeonggi Province, north of Seoul, received the operation overseas last year while on leave, and expressed hope to continue serving in the female corps, an army official said.

The military has not identified the soldier. The official said the soldier was at a military hospital receiving post-surgery treatment.

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Cheers! (PhotoAlto via Associated Press)

The Royal Australian Navy managed to snatch a fire-stricken town from the verge of crisis last week with an emergency beer run for the ages.

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The Chinese navy unveils the upgraded version of the Type 055 destroyer off Qingdao, eastern China, on April 23, 2019, during a fleet review marking the 70th anniversary of the navy's foundation. (Kyodo via Associated Press)

China's navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer, on Sunday morning in the port city of Qingdao, state media reported.

Observers say the commissioning of China's first 10,000-ton-class Type 055 destroyer, which is expected to accompany aircraft carriers in battle groups, is a step forward as Beijing seeks to operate farther from its shores and punch farther into the western Pacific.

Launched in June 2017, its commissioning marks the navy's leap from the third generation to the fourth generation of destroyers, the navy said in a statement.

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The Russian navy ship Ivan Khurs came within 60 yards of the USS Farragut in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday before pulling away, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose. (Navy photo)

There's aggressive driving, and then there's aggressive driving with a 4,000 ton warship.

That's the kind of driving the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut had to deal with in the Arabian Sea on Thursday when the Ivan Khurs, a Russian Navy intelligence collection ship, aggressively approached the U.S. Navy destroyer and came within 60 yards of the U.S. vessel before altering course and falling behind it, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose.

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This undated photo shows Ramil Shamsutdinov, a soldier who has gone on a shooting spree in Siberia on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at a military base in the town of Gorny in the Baikal Lake region about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the border with Mongolia. The Russian Defense Ministry says a soldier has gone on a shooting spree in Siberia, killing eight fellow servicemen and wounding two others before being apprehended. (Project Baza via Associated Press)

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian conscript who shot dead eight fellow soldiers at his army base last year said on Thursday he had been left with no other course of action after conscripts turned his life into a living "hell."

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