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Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him

Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges himAn animal native to South America’s rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor Florida apartment.The kinkajou – often known as a honey bear – ran into the home, in Lake Worth Beach, through an open door and launched itself at Michael Litersky’s legs, inflicting bites and scratches.



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Former South Carolina governor says Trump doesn't deserve re-election, is considering GOP primary challenge

Former South Carolina governor says Trump doesn't deserve re-election, is considering GOP primary challengeMark Sanford is considering challenging Donald Trump in the Republican primary. He says Trump is taking the country in "the wrong direction."



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South Korea holds emergency national security meeting amid new North Korea launches

South Korea holds emergency national security meeting amid new North Korea launchesSouth Korea's president convened an emergency national security council meeting after his government detected North Korea's launch of two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea.



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N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with SouthNorth Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to extend a torrid streak of weapons display that’s apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.



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North Korea fires projectiles, rejects South Korea's dialogue pledge

North Korea fires projectiles, rejects South Korea's dialogue pledgeNorth Korea launched at least two projectiles into the sea on Friday, South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s president as “impudent” and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over. The North has protested against joint military drills conducted by South Korea and the United States, which kicked off last week, calling them a rehearsal for war. North Korea fired two more unidentified projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Friday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.



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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaA look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts in the region. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has asked Beijing to explain the activities of Chinese research vessels and warships in what the Philippines claims as its waters.



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South Korea Moves to Downgrade Japan Trade Ties, Seeks Talks

South Korea Moves to Downgrade Japan Trade Ties, Seeks Talks(Bloomberg) — Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. South Korea moved to downgrade Japan from its list of most trusted trading partners while also seeking talks to end a months-long spat that has hurt economic ties between the two American allies.South Korea plans to split its fast-track category into two and initially put Japan as the only country in the second one, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Monday. The move comes less than two weeks after Japan removed South Korea from its list of “white nations” considered safe enough to export strategic materials to.South Korean President Moon Jae-in demanded last week Japan reconsider its decision, warning there are no “winners in this game.”The dispute has undermined the economic outlook of South Korea, which is already struggling to cope with the U.S.-China trade war. Companies in South Korea need materials from Japan to produce memory chips and displays.Big trade deficit“It’s symbolic, given the importance of South Korean products in Japan’s industries is small,” said Oh Tae-heon, an economist who teaches Japan studies at Kyung Hee Cyber University in Seoul. “It won’t create the kind of urgency in Japan that South Korea felt when exports of semiconductor materials were curbed.”South Korea’s trade deficit with Japan was $ 24 billion in 2018, the biggest among more than 250 trade partners, according to the Korea International Trade Association.Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo told reporters Monday in a briefing that South Korea was ready to agree to talks with Japan during its 20-day review period before the new designation takes effect in September.Currently 29 nations are in South Korea’s “Ga” list of most trusted trading partners for strategic materials, while all other countries belong to the other “Na” category, according to the trade ministry’s website.Machine tools, chemicals and stainless steel are among the types of products that South Korea’s ministry has listed on its website as subject to the export controls.Japan would be placed in the new “Ga2” category and treated “in principle” in the same way as countries in the “Na” category, the ministry said in an emailed statement.(Updates with comment from economist in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Kim in Seoul at skim609@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Malcolm Scott at mscott23@bloomberg.net, Peter Pae, Daniel Ten KateFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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South Korean cosmetics firm boss quits over YouTube praising Japan

South Korean cosmetics firm boss quits over YouTube praising JapanThe head of a major South Korean cosmetics firm resigned Sunday after facing heavy backlash for forcing his staff to watch a YouTube video praising Japan during a raging trade war between the two nations. The clip, played at a monthly meeting of some 700 employees of Kolmar Korea last week, slams President Moon Jae-in’s response to Japan’s trade regulations and praises Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for “not punching Moon in the face”. The video also refers to Venezuela’s crippling economy, where “women are going into prostitution for mere seven dollars”, and adds that South Korea is not far from meeting a similar fate.



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US, South Korea prepare military drills despite North's ire

US, South Korea prepare military drills despite North's ireSouth Korea and the United States are preparing to hold their annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy, Seoul’s military said Monday. Choi Hyun-soo, spokeswoman of Seoul’s Defense Ministry, said the exercises will be focused on verifying Seoul’s capabilities for its planned retaking of wartime operational control of its troops from Washington. North Korea recently has been ramping up its weapons tests, including two test firings of what it described as a new rocket artillery system last week, while expressing frustration over the continuance of U.S.-South Korea drills it sees as an invasion rehearsal and also the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the United States.



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North Korean soldier crosses heavily fortified border into South in defection bid

North Korean soldier crosses heavily fortified border into South in defection bidA North Korean soldier has crossed the demilitarised zone into South Korea and was in Seoul’s custody early on Thursday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the man was spotted by thermal imaging equipment moving towards the South near the Imjin River after crossing the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) late on Wednesday night. South Korean troops took him into custody just before midnight, the JCS said, adding the soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea. More than 30,000 North Koreans have escaped from the reclusive state to the South since the two were separated by war more than 65 years ago, according to government data, many of them driven by prolonged economic hardship. Pyongyang is under heavy economic sanctions because of its multiple nuclear tests and missile launches, the latest of which came this week. FAQ | North Korean defection It denounces defectors – who are an important source for accounts of the regime’s brutal treatment of its citizens – as "human scum". Also on Wednesday, the South Korean military recovered a body near the DMZ suspected to be that of a North Korean civilian, a spokesman for South Korea's defence ministry said on Thursday. Clad in military-type pants and a belt, the body was found in the Imjin River and appeared to have been dead for at least two weeks, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Contact between the North and South has been minimal since February, when a second summit between the US and Pyongyang collapsed without an agreement over possible denuclearisation and sanctions relief. South Korea returned three North Koreans on Monday who had crossed the maritime border aboard a fishing vessel. Officials from the South said they thought the fishermen may have wanted to defect but in the end the men chose to return to North Korea. Hundreds of North Koreans make their way to South Korea each year hoping to defect, but unauthorised crossings of the DMZ are rare. The zone is dotted with landmines, fences, guard posts, and other military equipment on both sides of the border. In November 2017, a North Korean soldier was shot multiple times by fellow soldiers as he fled across the border into South Korea, where he was treated by doctors. Another North Korean soldier crossed the border to defect a few weeks later in an incident that led to South Korean guards firing warning shots into North Korea. North and South Korea agreed last year to try to reduce tensions along their border by reducing the number of landmines and guard posts, disarming their guards at a truce village, and imposing a no-fly zone.  The border is the Cold War’s last frontier, separating the nuclear-armed North from the democratic and economically advanced South.



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