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7am News June 17, 2016 



Uganda has asked North Korea to withdraw its forces from the African nation. According to Seoul's defense ministry, Ugandan military official Charles Bakahumura notified his South Korean counterpart Kim Hwang-rok of its recent move in a meeting yesterday. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni first made the pledge to cut all military ties with North Korea during a summit with President Park Geun-hye last month.■

A Seoul court has rejected a prosecution request for the arrest of former Oxy chief John Lee, who faces charges of professional negligence resulting in death. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the request early this morning, citing insufficient evidence for cause. Prosecutors suspect Lee did not taking due measures after customers complained of harmful side effects from Oxy's humidifier disinfectants. He is also accused of false advertising for reportedly saying the product was safe for children, without official confirmation.■

U.S. stocks snapped a five-day losing streak Thursday, rising despite worries about next week's British vote on whether to leave the European Union. But sentiment remained jittery due to polls showing a tight vote. The Dow Jones advanced 0.5 percent, the S&P 500 climbed 0.3 percent, while the Nasdaq Index gained 0.2 percent. Elsewhere, investors rushed for haven investments like the yen and gold, seeking financial protection in case of a Brexit. London was down 0.3 percent , Frankfurt fell 0.6 percent, while shares in Paris slipped 0.5 percent.■

A pro-EU British lawmaker was killed Thursday, halting campaigning for the Brexit referendum. Local media said Jo Cox from the opposition Labour Party was shot in the face in Birstall, northern England. A witness told press the gunman was shouting "put Britain first". Police said a 52-year-old man had been arrested in what was believed to be a localized incident. After the attack, pro and anti Brexit groups said they were suspending all campaigning Thursday and Friday.■

Taking a look at the weather, Seoul and its surrounding areas are waking up to a mix of sun and clouds on this Friday morning. Expect skies to clear as the day progresses, with temperatures rising into the low 30s in most parts. The local daytime high will peak at around 29 degrees, 30 in Chuncheon and a hot 32 degrees in Daegu and Gangneung. Similar conditions are forecast tomorrow before the weather cools down on Sunday. As for the current reading in downtown Seoul, it is 19 degrees Celsius, or 66 degrees in Fahrenheit.■