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South Korea prosecutors plan raid of presidential palace SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-Hye said Friday they intended to raid her offices, over the objections of her aides.The scandal, which has focused on Park's relationship with an old friend now arrested for fraud, sparked nationwide protests and saw parliament vote to impeach the president last week.Park stands accused of colluding with her friend, Choi Soon-Sil, to coerce local firms to "donate" tens of millions of dollars to non-profit foundations that Choi then used as personal ATMs."We came to believe that it is necessary to raid certain parts of the (presidential) Blue House," said Lee Kyu-Chul, a spokesman for the team of independent prosecutors on the case.The team -- appointed by lawmakers -- has recently taken over investigations by government prosecutors who had sought to raid Park's office in October but were turned away at the gate. Park's office has objected to ...

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Putin, Abe to take fresh stab at WWII island row NAGATO: Russia and Japan kick off a summit Thursday aimed at reaching a deal over a group of small islands that have prevented the countries from formally ending their World War II hostilities.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host Russian President Vladimir Putin in the former's ancestral city of Nagato in hopes of achieving a breakthrough over the territory off Japan's northern coast seized by Soviet troops in 1945.The four islands are known as the ...

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Modi's cash crackdown sends India's retail inflation to two-year low NEW DELHI: India's retail inflation cooled to a two-year low in November after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock currency replacement programme dented consumer spending, fuelling hopes of an interest rate cut by the central bank at its next policy review. Consumer prices rose by an annual 3.63 percent last month, their slowest pace since November 2014, government data showed on Tuesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected prices to rise 3.90 percent year-on-year, compared with ...

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84,000 people displaced by Indonesia earthquake: official JAKARTA: The number of people left homeless after an earthquake struck western Indonesia has soared to nearly 84,000, leaving authorities struggling to care for the victims, an official said Tuesday.The shallow quake last week killed more than 100 people and injured many more when it struck Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.Thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the 6.5-magnitude quake, which struck ...

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South Korea prosecutors charge two senior ex-Park officials SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors indicted a former senior presidential aide and a former vice minister, an official said on Sunday, as part of their investigation of a corruption scandal that has led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment in parliament. Friday's overwhelming parliamentary vote to remove Park from office puts her fate in the hands of nine judges of the Constitutional Court, which has 180 days to decide whether to uphold the motion or, by rejecting ...

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Russia snubs Japan's dog diplomacy ahead of Putin visit TOKYO: Russia has turned down Tokyo's latest attempt at dog diplomacy ahead of a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month, an aide said, as the two leaders look to end a decades-old territorial row.Japan had planned to give the Russian president -- who is known for being a canine lover -- a male Akita when he visits Japan on December 15 and 16, which will include a trip ...

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North Korea military drill targets South's presidential office SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un conducted a large scale military drill targeting South Korea's presidential Blue House, state media said Sunday.The military exercise of the North's special operation forces -- carried out as Kim watched with binoculars at an observation post -- was aimed at "destroying specified targets of the enemy," including the South's Blue House, KCNA said.The ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun also carried a two-page report of the drill, showing several ...