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February, 28, 2017

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S. Korea shuts site about women of childbearing age
South Korea's government closed its website that drew fury for showing the number of women in childbearing age by each city district and region.
 
The southern South Korean port of Busan said Friday it would allow activists to place a statue symbolizing victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside the city's Japanese consulate.
 
Nearly prime time
This photo released by North Korea's official news agency shows the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, center left, at a joint art performance by the Moranbong Band and the State Merited Chorus in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Kim is planning a "prime time" nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a high-ranking defector said earlier this week.
 
South Korean investigators on Thursday summoned the country's ambassador to France as they widened their inquiry into a corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye to include allegations her administration blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs.
 
S. Korea opposition fights sex slave deal
South Korea's opposition politicians on Wednesday called for nullifying a settlement reached between Seoul and Tokyo on compensation for South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II.
 
Korean Air pledges stiffer clampdown on in-flight rowdiness
Korean Air said Wednesday it would let its crew use stun guns more aggressively and put more male staff aboard flights to clamp down on violence, after an incident involving an unruly passenger.
 
Dozens of lawmakers split from South Korea's ruling party Tuesday over the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye in a move that could shape presidential elections that might take place in just months.
 
Park confidante Choi refuses to attend hearing in prison
President Park Geun-hye's longtime friend Choi Soon-sil, who is currently in jail and standing trial for using her influence to manipulate state affairs, refused on Monday to show up at a parliamentary hearing that took place at the prison where she is being held.
 
Santa-clad protesters push for Park's removal
Tens of thousands of people, many in Santa Claus outfits, marched through the streets of Seoul Saturday calling for the immediate ouster of impeached President Park Geun-Hye.
 
A South Korean airport official said Saturday that airport staff shot and killed a dog belonging to a Thai Airways passenger after it got loose before being boarded onto a plane and ran onto a busy runway.
 
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