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January, 17, 2017

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South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday raided offices of the Samsung Group and the state pension fund as the electronics giant is dragged further into a snowballing influence-peddling scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.
 
Little blue pills in South Korea's presidential Blue House?
 
South Korea's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan to better deal with threats from North Korea, officials said, despite the North's warning the deal would only deepen regional animosities.
 
South Korea's main opposition party voted Monday to seek the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye after prosecutors named her a criminal suspect in a snowballing corruption case.
 
South Korean prosecutors said Sunday that they believe President Park Geun-hye conspired in criminal activities of a confidante who allegedly exploited her presidential ties to amass an illicit fortune -- a damning revelation that may convince opposition parties to push for Park's impeachment.
 
S. Korea's Park colluded in corruption scandal: prosecutors
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye colluded with her close confidante in a major influence-peddling scandal that has engulfed her government, prosecutors said Sunday, as they laid out charges against the longtime ally and two former presidential aides.
 
Anti-corruption protests sweep Asia
Anti-corruption protests sweep Asia
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Tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Seoul on Saturday, for the fourth in a weekly series of mass protests urging President Park Geun-yye to resign over a corruption scandal.
 
S. Korea passes law allowing probe of president
South Korea's parliament on Thursday passed a law that would allow a special prosecutor to investigate a corruption scandal threatening the presidency of Park Geun-hye.
 
Seoul falls silent for high-stakes college entrance test
South Korea fell silent Thursday with heavy trucks banned and businesses opening late as more than 600,000 students sat the high-stakes annual college entrance exam that could define their future in the ultra-competitive country.
 
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