Friday, March 10, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 10, 2017

Reuters: South Korean court throws president out of office, two die in protest

South Korea's Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country's conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.

The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court, and a festive rally by those who had demanded her ouster who celebrated justice being served.

"We did it. We the citizens, the sovereign of this country, opened a new chapter in history," Lee Tae-ho, who leads a movement to oust Park that has held mostly peaceful rallies in downtown involving millions, told a large gathering in Seoul.

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Iraq battles IS in Mosul, commander says resistance weakening.

Erdogan, Putin, now top players in Syria, deepen ties, coordinate moves.

Syrian government urges U.N. to make Turkey withdraw from Syria.

Netanyahu prods Putin over Iranian allies in Syria.

Survivors of US military raid in Yemen say at least 17 women and children were killed. General says no bad decisions in Yemen raid, probe is over.

UN report: Turkey guilty of 'serious' abuses in Kurdish region. UN office urges Turkey to probe 2,000 reported killings.

Trump to speak with Palestinian president Abbas.


Court unanimously ousts South Korea's leader for corruption.

South Korea president Park Geun-hye impeached, could face criminal proceedings. South Korea president Park Geun-hye ousted by court.

S. Koreans jubilant, or stunned by president's sacking.

Seoul reviews North Korea policy as President Park Geun-hye removed.

Investigation into ISIL claim of Kabul hospital attack.

Pakistan: Border with Afghanistan to remain shut until terror concerns addressed.

Japan, US navies drill in East China Sea.

Chinese human rights report attacks US 'hypocrisy'.

Myanmar Muslim minority subject to horrific torture, UN says.

Tokyo hit by new Olympic stadium cost fears.


Niger puts 1,000 'Boko Haram fighters' on trial.

Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election.

Cholera reaches South Sudan's second-largest city, UN says.

Japan troops to withdraw from South Sudan.

Nigeria fixes presidential elections for February 2019.

President Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical leave. Nigeria President Buhari: I've never been so sick. Nigeria's Buhari returns but VP will stay in charge.

IOC freezes funding for Kenya over governance.

Ancient pharaoh statues uncovered in Cairo mud pit.


Europe on Edge: Immigration fears boost Dutch far right.

Russia denies violating nuclear arms pact with US.

Russian diplomat says Moscow ready to discuss INF treaty compliance with Washington.

Russian police detain prominent Putin critic after his prison release.

EU summit: A Polish political row hampers work as Brexit looms.

Poland reacts with fury to re-election of Donald Tusk.

Man arrested after injuring seven people in Düsseldorf axe attack.

German Bundestag greenlights further surveillance measures. Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed.


Trump administration sends judges to immigration detention centers: sources.

FBI Director James Comey huddles with lawmakers about wiretapping allegations, WikiLeaks.

Bill Clinton warns US and Britain face an 'identity crisis' amid nationalist surge.

US Democrat seeks to block US troops going to Syria after Marines deployed.

Tillerson recuses himself from Keystone XL pipeline review.

Colombia facing violence despite Farc deal, ICRC says.

Canada judge resigns over 'keep your knees together' comment in rape trial.


US Attorney General Sessions: Gitmo is a 'very fine place'.

‘Ghost ships’ in European waters pose terrorist threat, warn naval chiefs.

Amal Clooney: Don't let Islamic State get away with genocide.


Trump promised $1 trillion for infrastructure, but the estimated need is $4.5 trillion.

Trillion-dollar question looms as Aramco audits oil reserves.

US economy adds 235,000 new jobs in February.

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