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South Korea opposition sticks to plans to impeach Park

South Korea’s opposition parties have agreed to keep plans to impeach embattled President Park Geun-hye, rejecting her recent offer to resign under a “safe” power transfer arranged by the parliament. “The people of South Korea do not want to enter the new year with Park Geun-hye as president,” said the ...

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Hong Kong’s anti-China MPs lose court appeal

Two pro-independence lawmakers in Hong Kong have lost their appeal against a ruling preventing them from taking up their seats in the parliament over anti-China remarks. The Court of Appeal on Wednesday sided with the High Court’s decision two weeks ago that prevented Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching from being ...

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South Korea president says ready to resign

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye says she is ready to resign, asking parliament to pave the way for a safe transfer of power. The surprise announcement on Tuesday was however rejected offhandedly by the opposition which said it was Park’s latest attempt to fend off impeachment efforts. The South Korean leader has faced ...

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Armed men in police uniforms free 5 in Punjab jailbreak

At least 10 armed men dressed in police uniform have stormed a prison in northern India and freed a top Sikh militant commander and four other inmates. H S Dhillon, the director general of police for law and order in the state of Punjab, said the attackers riding cars broke ...

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Bomb neutralized near US Embassy in Manila: Police

Police in the Philippines say they have neutralized a bomb near the US Embassy in the capital, Manila. The improvised explosive device was found in a garbage can by a street sweeper about 200 meters from the embassy compound on Monday. The package was deemed suspicious and a bomb squad ...

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Japan mulls deployment of US THAAD missiles

Japan is moving closer to the deployment of a US missile system which is set to further escalate tensions in the region.  Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Tokyo does not intend to immediately introduce the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, and that military authorities are “considering what can ...

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100s of thousands join S Korea protest demanding president outer

Hundreds of thousands of South Korean protesters have joined a march in the capital Seoul to demand the ouster of President Park Geun-Hye over a corruption scandal as police deployed 25,000 officers to contain the rally. Protest organizers estimated that up to 1.5 million people had taken part in the ...

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Myanmar pursues ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims: UN official

A high-ranking United Nations official says Myanmar authorities have stepped up persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country, and are actually conducting a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against members of the community. John McKissick, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in the southern Bangladeshi coastal ...

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