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Prosecutors detain woman at core of S. Korea political crisis
The woman at the centre of the snowballing political scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye has been put under emergency detention after prosecutors said she was "unstable" and a flight risk.
 
'Female Rasputin' back in SK amid meddling claims
The woman at the heart of a political scandal engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-hye reportedly returned to the country Sunday to face accusations of influence-peddling and meddling in state affairs.
 
South Korean president orders senior secretaries to resign
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has ordered 10 of her senior secretaries to resign amid allegations that she let an old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in important state affairs.
 
Political concerns over the North Korean regime are stopping vital relief aid from reaching the victims of a major flood there, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Saturday.
 
A South Korean court on Wednesday convicted the former director of Asia's top film festival of accounting fraud, in what critics have called a politically-motivated case that has damaged the event's artistic independence.
 
Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said Tuesday, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing U.S. policy.
 
Denuclearizing N. Korea a 'lost cause,' US intel chief says
Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said Tuesday, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy.
 
Park admits ties to woman at center of scandal
South Korea's president offered a surprise public apology on Tuesday after acknowledging her close ties to a mysterious woman at the center of a corruption scandal.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday called for constitutional reforms that could allow future presidents to serve two terms -- as she struggles with plunging popularity ratings and a widening corruption scandal.
 
A group of former U.S. diplomats held closed door talks at the weekend with senior Pyongyang officials, even as international efforts gather pace to further isolate North Korea, diplomatically and economically.
 
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