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January, 21, 2017

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S. Korea passes law allowing probe of president
South Korea's parliament on Thursday passed a law that would allow a special prosecutor to investigate a corruption scandal threatening the presidency of Park Geun-hye.
Seoul falls silent for high-stakes college entrance test
South Korea fell silent Thursday with heavy trucks banned and businesses opening late as more than 600,000 students sat the high-stakes annual college entrance exam that could define their future in the ultra-competitive country.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has hired a lawyer ahead of questioning by prosecutors over a snowballing political scandal that has engulfed her administration, her spokesman said Tuesday.
South Korean prosecutors on Monday questioned two former key presidential aides over allegations they helped a shadowy confidant of President Park Geun-hye meddle in state affairs and secretly visit her office.
South Korean prosecutors said Sunday they would question President Park Geun-hye this week over a snowballing corruption scandal involving a close friend that has triggered massive protests calling for her resignation.
Massive rally tells South Korea president to quit
Pressure on South Korea's scandal-hit president to resign escalated sharply Saturday, with organizers claiming a million-strong turnout at one of the largest -- and loudest -- anti-government protests the country has ever witnessed.
Hyundai boss quizzed in S. Korea scandal probe: report
South Korean prosecutors investigating a corruption scandal engulfing President Park-Geun Hye quizzed the head of Hyundai, the world's fifth largest automaker, a report said Sunday.
Microbreweries set out to reinvent  traditional liquors in South Korea
Before the colonial Japanese government imposed its liquor tax law here in 1909, the country's alcohol scene was varied and vibrant, with local breweries concocting their own beverages.
Trump promises military support: S. Korea media
South Korean media say U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to maintain a strong U.S. military readiness to help guard against any aggression from North Korea.
North Korea on Thursday warned the incoming Donald Trump administration will have to acknowledge it as a nuclear state, as the South said the maverick billionaire had pledged to protect it.
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