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South Korea lawmakers on Monday kicked off an unprecedented series of hearings that will grill the country's business elite over a corruption scandal engulfing impeachment-threatened President Park Geun-hye.
 
Hundreds of thousands of protestors marched in Seoul for the sixth-straight week Saturday to demand the ouster and arrest of scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye ahead of an impeachment vote in parliament.
 
South Korea's main opposition parties said Friday they will push for a vote next week on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.
 
North Korea says a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking its nuclear program by cutting off as much of a quarter of its foreign trade revenue is an "abuse of power" and will be met with tough countermeasures.
 
S. Korea opposition to file impeachment motion
South Korea's three opposition parties said they would file an impeachment motion Friday against beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye, and push for a national assembly vote next week.
 
South Korea's ruling party on Thursday urged scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye to step down in April next year, giving her a week to accept their ultimatum or risk impeachment.
 
Opposition parties agree to impeach Park
South Korea's three main opposition parties agreed Wednesday to stick to their plans to impeach President Park Geun-hye, dismissing as a stalling tactic her offer to resign if parliament arranges a safe transfer of power.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she'll resign -- if parliament arranges the technical details -- in her latest attempt to fend off impeachment efforts and massive street protests amid prosecution claims that a corrupt confidante wielded government power from the shadows.
 
After months of wrangling, the U.N. Security Council is prepared to impose new, tougher sanctions on North Korea over its fifth and largest nuclear test yet, diplomats said Monday.
 
S. Korea president says willing to leave office early
South Korea's scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye said Tuesday she was willing to stand down early and would let parliament decide on her fate.
 
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