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January, 16, 2017

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Prosecutors request arrest of Samsung heir, bribery suspect
Prosecutors requested the arrest Monday of the Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong as a bribery suspect in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president.
 
South Korean prosecutors investigating a major influence-peddling scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye said they would decide Monday whether to arrest the heir to the giant Samsung group over alleged bribery.
 
Taxi driver held for alleged sexual attack on South Korean
A taxi driver was detained Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a South Korean tourist in Taipei, an incident that could conceivably undermine Taiwan's efforts to attract more visitors from South Korea.
 
Ichthyological attraction
A boy catches a trout while ice fishing on a frozen river during a fishing contest in Hwacheon, South Korea on Saturday, Jan. 14. The contest is part of an annual ice festival which draws over 1,000,000 visitors every year.
 
Ban for the job?
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, waves upon his arrival at the Seoul Railway Station on Thursday, Jan. 12. Ban said Thursday he would soon announce whether he will run for South Korea's top job, as he returned home and strongly hinted at his political ambitions before hundreds of cheering supporters.
 
North Korea is a bad trip if you're looking to get high
North Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world.
 
Samsung heir named suspect in South Korean political scandal
South Korean authorities said Wednesday that a Samsung scion will be questioned as a suspect in a bribery case in the massive influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of the country's president.
 
A South Korean Buddhist monk has died days after he set himself on fire to protest the country's deal with Japan on former Korean sex slaves, a Seoul hospital said Tuesday.
 
With Donald Trump getting ready to take office as president, North Korea is talking about launching a newly perfected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
 
S. Korea monk self-immolates over sex slave deal
A South Korean Buddhist monk is in critical condition after setting himself on fire to protest the country's settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves, officials said Sunday.
 
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