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February, 21, 2017

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Dozens of lawmakers split from South Korea's ruling party Tuesday over the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye in a move that could shape presidential elections that might take place in just months.
Park confidante Choi refuses to attend hearing in prison
President Park Geun-hye's longtime friend Choi Soon-sil, who is currently in jail and standing trial for using her influence to manipulate state affairs, refused on Monday to show up at a parliamentary hearing that took place at the prison where she is being held.
Santa-clad protesters push for Park's removal
Tens of thousands of people, many in Santa Claus outfits, marched through the streets of Seoul Saturday calling for the immediate ouster of impeached President Park Geun-Hye.
A South Korean airport official said Saturday that airport staff shot and killed a dog belonging to a Thai Airways passenger after it got loose before being boarded onto a plane and ran onto a busy runway.
Pyongyang derides UN chief's presidential ambitions
North Korea on Friday mocked outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over his apparent ambitions to run for South Korean president, calling him an opportunistic "chameleon in a human mask" who's dreaming a "hollow dream."
Christmas in North Korea: Lights and trees but no Jesus
If Santa Claus stops in North Korea this year, he'll find some trees and lights and might even hear a Christmas song or two. But he won't encounter even a hint of what Christmas actually means -- not under a regime that sees foreign religion a very real threat.
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South Korea's scandal-hit president was asked to clarify the mystery surrounding her whereabouts at the time of a disastrous 2014 ferry sinking Thursday, as the Constitutional Court opened her impeachment hearing.
South Korea's top carrier Korean Air said its staff followed company procedure in restraining an unruly passenger after 80s pop singer Richard Marx tweeted that he helped the "ill trained" crew handle the situation.
Trial of President Park's confidante begins
The jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied on the first day of her trial Monday that she used her ties to Park to extort money from big companies.
South Korea protesters switch focus to court
Tens of thousands of protestors turned out in Seoul for the eighth straight week Saturday, pushing for the swift and permanent removal of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
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