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South Korea opposition to file impeachment motion  SEOUL: South Korea's three opposition parties said they would file an impeachment motion Friday against beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye, and push for a national assembly vote next week.Accused of colluding with a close friend who faces embezzlement charges, Park said last week she would be willing to step down in the face of weekly mass protests that have seen millions take to the streets of Seoul and other cities.The opposition said Park's offer, which put the manner and timing of her resignation in the hands of parliament, was an effort to buy time and avoid impeachment.The joint opposition commands the most seats in the legislature, but would need the support of nearly 30 members of Park's Saenuri Party to secure the two-thirds majority needed to impeach the president."We've agreed to actively persuade anti-Park (Saenuri) lawmakers to back us," said Park Jie-Won, parliamentary floor leader of the opposition People's Party.If passed, the motion would go to the Constitutional Court for approval -- a ...

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Tens of thousands rally to demand S. Korea president's ouster SEOUL: Tens of thousands of protesters braved sleet and freezing temperatures in Seoul on Saturday to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment. People beat drums and chanted "Park get out now" as they walked towards the presidential Blue House that had been cordoned off by thousands of police deployed in the South Korean capital. By late afternoon 350,000 protesters had joined the march, organisers said. They expect up to ...

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Japan eyes only modest spending rise, diverging from Trump's promise of stimulus TOKYO: Japan plans only a modest boost to government spending next year, a budget outline shows, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes a different policy direction than one expected from US President-elect Donald Trump, who has pledged fiscal stimulus. The Bank of Japan recently committed to keeping public borrowing costs near zero, giving a great deal of freedom to Abe to boost spending and get his reflationary goals back on track.Abe came to power in ...

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China power plant collapse toll rises to 74 SHANGHAI: The death toll from a collapse at a power station under construction in China has risen to 74, state media said Friday, as web users expressed outrage over the country's latest industrial accident.A platform more than 70 metres (230 feet) high in a cooling tower at the Ganneng Fengcheng power station in the eastern province of Jiangxi crashed to the ground early Thursday.The official Xinhua news agency said 74 people had been confirmed dead, ...

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Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years TOKYO: Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets.Snow began falling before dawn with the mercury approaching zero as a cold weather system moved south. The Japan Meterological Agency said it was the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since 1962.Amounts were greater in suburban areas closer to mountains but even central Tokyo saw ...

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Strong quake hits Japan, triggers Fukushima tsunami TOKYO: A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan on Tuesday, sparking panic and triggering a tsunami including a one-metre (three-foot) wave that crashed ashore at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.National broadcaster NHK urged residents to "flee immediately" to higher ground, reminding viewers to heed the lessons of the "Great East Japan Earthquake". A massive undersea quake with a magnitude of 9.0 that struck in March 2011 unleashed a tsunami that left more than 18,500 ...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership 'meaningless' without US: Japan PM BUENOS AIRES: A Pacific-wide trade deal would be "meaningless" without the United States, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday, as Donald Trump vowed to abandon the agreement on his first day in office.The future of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been thrown into serious doubt after the US president-elect repeated a pledge to make withdrawing from the pact a top priority.The Republican billionaire, who made the comments in a short video message, has ...