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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.
 
South Korea on Friday issued its top bird flu alert for the first time, giving officials extra powers to contain an outbreak that has already triggered the slaughter of more than 10 percent of national poultry stocks.
 
The impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has no legal foundation, her lawyers argued Friday, as they submitted their defence against her ouster to the country's highest court.
 
S. Korea prosecutors plan raid of presidential palace
South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-Hye said Friday they intended to raid her offices, over the objections of her aides.
 
'Shadowy' doctors visited Park Geun-Hye: hearing
South Korea's embattled president was visited by "shadowy" doctors who injected her with human placenta extract, a parliamentary inquiry into a growing corruption scandal heard Wednesday.
 
SK interim leader Hwang faces North Korea, edgy relations with Japan
South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who had a largely ceremonial job, now has to face off against North Korea and deal with edgy relations with Japan after becoming the country's interim leader following President Park Geun-hye's impeachment last week.
 
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