Geun-hye leaves South Korea presidential palace

The former South Korean president was impeached on Friday.

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the Blue House presidential palace two days after judges upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her.

Geun-hye arrived at her home in southern Seoul to a group of waving supporters chanting “Park-Geun-Hye – Pres-i-dent,” per NPR Asia correspondent Elise Hu.

A spokesperson for Geun-hye released the following statement from her:

The impeachment follows her involvement in a corruption scandal with close friend Choi Soon-sil. Geun-hye’s been accused of allowing Soon-sil to extort money from companies in return for political favors.

Supporters on both sides held rallies in Seoul Saturday.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, who’s loyal to Geun-hye, has been appointed as acting president.

According to the country’s election commission, a “free and fair” election will be held by May 9.

Democratic party candidate Moon Jae-in warned that Geun-hye “must not destroy or take the national records” outside the Blue House.

One service member killed in Yemen al-Qaeda raid

A U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded in a raid on al Qaeda’s headquarters in Yemen Saturday.

A U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded in a raid on al Qaeda’s headquarters in Yemen Saturday, according to the Pentagon.

According to a U.S. military statement, 14 members of the al Qaeda militant group died in the raid, which gave “Information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.”

“The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”

-Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander

Source: Reuters

Mauritius PM Anerood Jugnauth to hand over to son

Mauritius’ Prime Minister Anerood Jagnauth is stepping down to hand power to his son, Pravind.

Mauritius’ Prime Minister Anerood Jagnauth is stepping down to hand power to his son, Pravind.

The 82-year-old first became prime minister in 1982, beginning a third term as leader in 2014.

In a televised address, Jagnauth said he was resigning in favor of a “younger and more dynamic leader,” the country’s current finance minister.

Pravind is also head of the Militant Socialist Movement, the governing coalition’s largest party.

Former prime minister Navin Ramgoolam warned that the family was turning Mauritius into a “banana republic.”

Anerood’s set to hand his resignation in on Monday morning.

Source: BBC

At least 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack

At least 39 people are dead and 69 others are injured after a nightclub attack in Istanbul on Sunday.

At least 39 people are dead and 69 others are injured after a shooting at a Istanbul nightclub packed with New Year’s revelers Sunday.

Four people are currently listed in critical condition.

The attack occurred in the popular Reina nightclub, in the city’s Ortakoy area, where a single gunman stormed in during the early hours of 2017. Turkish media reports that between 500 and 600 people were in the venue at the time of the attack.

According to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the assailant left his gun at the scene of the crime before fleeing.

“Inside he rained bullets brutally, mercilessly over innocent people who were there just to celebrate the new year and have fun,” Sahin said.

According to family minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, 15 victims were foreigners from countries including Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, and Libya.

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Truck plows into crowd at Berlin Christmas market

At least nine people are dead and 50 others have been wounded after a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin Monday.

At least 12 people are dead with up to 48 others wounded after a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin Monday.

The suspected Pakistani driver was arrested but later released due to insufficient evidence, while a Polish passenger was killed “on the spot” with a pistol, according to police. That weapon has not been found.

The market is situated at the foot of the Kaiser Wilheim memorial church, which was kept as a bombed-out ruin after World War II.

The truck plowed into the market at an extremely crowded time, as people gathered around the traditional cluster of wooden huts to purchase last-minute gifts.

Police are treating the situation as an terror attack, and have urged people in Berlin to stay home and cooperate with the investigation. In a Tuesday press conference, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said there was “no doubt” that the situation is terror-related. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency.

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Japan earthquake: Tsunami briefly disrupts nuclear plant

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocked northern Japan, generating a tsunami that hit Fukushima prefecture.

TOKYO – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocked northern Japan Tuesday, according to the Japan Meterological Agency, generating a tsunami that hit Fukushima prefecture, the same region devastated by a similar quake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

The earthquake was centered off the prefecture’s coast at a depth of about six miles, according to the agency, and was felt as far away as Tokyo (147 miles south of Fukushima) when it struck at 5:59 a.m. local time.

According to NHK, a tsunami of up to 4.5 feet was seen around Sendai (70 miles north of Fukushima) after the quake.

A Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) spokesperson confirmed that the cooling system for a spent nuclear fuel storage fuel at a reactor in the Fukushima Daini plant was halted. It was restarted soon afterwards.

The Tohoku Power company reported no damage to its Onagawa nuclear plant, while Kyodo reported no irregularities at the Tokai Daini nuclear plant in Ibaraki prefecture.

According to disaster management minister Jun Matsumoto, there haven’t been any reports of significant injuries so far.

Source: Reuters

Brazilian protesters rally against Temer, impeachment

Thousands of protesters marched in Sao Paulo on the second Sunday of protests since the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, questioning replacement Michel Temer’s ability to unify the country.

Thousands of protesters marched in Sao Paulo on the second Sunday of protests since the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, questioning the ability of replacement Michel Temer to unify the country.

The rallies were organized on social media by civil society groups and labor unions with #ForaTemer (“Out with Temer” in Portuguese).

Leftist politicians addressed the crowd from trucks mounted with speakers and pledged to resist Temer’s government, which they described as illegitimate and accused of carrying out a coup d’etat.

Source: Bloomberg

Relatives of journalist Marie Coburn sue Syria for her death

Relatives of American journalist Marie Colvin have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Syrian government officials targeted and killed her in 2012 to silence her reporting on Syria.

Relatives of American journalist Marie Colvin have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Syrian government officials targeted and killed her in 2012 to silence her reporting on Syria.

According to the lawsuit filed Saturday, Syrian officials launched a rocket attack on a makeshift broadcast studio in a Homs neighborhood. The veteran Sunday Times reporter died in the attack, along with French photojournalist Remi Ochlik.

The lawsuit also claims that Syria’s Assad regime “hunted down journalists and media activists” who were trying to tell the story of the government’s deadly crackdown. The government claims that its attacks targeted terrorists.

Source: AP

Angela Eagle to announce Labour leadership challenge Monday

Angela Eagle will announce her bid for the leadership of the Labour Party on Monday.

Angela Eagle will announce her bid for the leadership of the Labour Party on Monday, according to Eagle.

Eagle resigned as shadow business secretary last week, and claimed that party leader Jeremy Corbyn failed to “lead an organized and effective” party.

Corbyn’s spokesperson insisted that he would remain as Labour leader and fight any leadership challenge.

This comes after Labour deputy leader Tom Watson called off talks with unions aimed at resolving the standoff.

Confirming her bid, Eagle said she would “explain my vision for the country and the difference a strong Labour Party can make” on Monday.

“I urge all my colleagues to listen very carefully to [the unions] and indeed come together to oppose what this government is doing to the most vulnerable within our society.

“The real pressure is when you don’t have enough money to feed your kids, when you don’t have a roof over your head, when you’re wondering if you’re going to be cared for.”

-Jeremy Corbyn, Labour party leader

“We are talking about a leadership challenge against Jeremy Corbyn. But we could be talking about something even bigger – a possible split in the Labour party.”

-Tom Watson, Labour party deputy leader

Source: BBC

South African election ad angers Mandela family

The Mandela family has angrily reacted to an opposition political ad featuring the former South African leader’s voice.

The Mandela family has angrily reacted to an opposition political ad featuring the former South African leader’s voice.

Chief Mandla Mandela accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of abusing his grandfather’s name.

“The DA is doing it to benefit a party which Mandela was not a member of.”

-Mandla Mandela, African National Congress member of parliament

Mandela also claimed that the DA was seeking to “preserve white privilege”, demanding that the ad was removed.

“The DA is the only party able to take South Africa to the non-racial future it needs. To say that Mandela does not belong to all South Africans is atrocious.”

-Refiloe Nt’sekhe, Democratic Alliance spokesperson

Source: BBC