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This week in news: December 18-24 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Trump officially set to be next US president
  2. US bans drilling in Arctic
  3. China returns drone to USA
  4. Fireworks explosion in Mexico kills or wounds 100
  5. Terrorist attacks in Zurich and Berlin
  6. Plane drama involving JetBlue and Delta
  7. Russian Ambassador assassinated
  8. UN demands Israel stop settlements in Palestine
  9. Aleppo returns to full government control
  10. A new Ebola vaccine is promising

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This week in news: December 4-10 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. North Dakota Access Pipeline construction stalled
  2. Jill Stein’s recounts not doing anything significant
  3. Neo-McCarthyist nonsense spreading through U.S.
  4. Italian PM resigns after votes on constitution reform
  5. Merkel re-elected leader of Germany
  6. Turkish bombs kill or injure almost 200
  7. Syrian civil war continues
  8. South Korean president impeached
  9. Earthquake kills over 100 in Indonesia
  10. Eleven countries agree to scale back oil production, aligning with OPEC

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This week in news: November 27 – December 3 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Massive Tennessee wildfire causes evacuations, injuries, deaths
  2. 11 people injured in Ohio from attack
  3. Fire at California event kills at least 9
  4. Trump: Carrier, Taiwan, flag-burning
  5. First commercial flight between USA and Cuba lands
  6. Colombian peace deal with rebels approved
  7. Bolivian plane crash kills 71
  8. South Korean President may be impeached
  9. Wikileaks releases documents from USA and Germany
  10. Fighting continues in Yemen and Syria

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This week in news: November 20-26 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Protests over Dakota Access Pipeline continue
  2. Fidel Castro dies
  3. Bolivia declares a national emergency over severe drought
  4. Norwegian police charge 51 over pedophilia ring
  5. Bombing in Iraq kills 77
  6. Syrian civil war continues
  7. Train derailment in India kills and injures 250+
  8. Scandal-ridden South Korean president formally accused of wrongdoing
  9. Construction accident in China kills 67
  10. Advanced weather satellite launched

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This week in news: November 13-19 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. US substance abuse crisis shows no signs of slowing
  2. Fires scorching the Southeastern United States
  3. US accused of war crimes in Afghanistan from 2003-2004
  4. UK passes extreme surveillance law
  5. 7.8 earthquake strikes New Zealand
  6. Yemen cease-fire takes hold
  7. Violence continues in Syria and Iraq
  8. Fuel tanker explodes in Mozambique, killing and wounding 180+
  9. Elon Musk to buy SolarCity, plus plans to launch 4000+ satellites
  10. Anti-HIV antibody discovered

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This week in news: November 6-12 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States
  2. Republicans win majority of Senate, House, and Governor positions
  3. Seven U.S. states expand marijuana laws
  4. Wildfire in North Carolina burns over 1,000 acres
  5. Concerns grow over French database of its citizens
  6. Egypt to get a $12 billion loan
  7. Battle for Mosul, Iraq, continues
  8. Suicide bombers strike in Afghanistan, killing or wounding 130
  9. Attack in Pakistan kills or wounds 150
  10. Protests in Hong Kong

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This week in news: October 30 – November 5 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Philadelphia transit workers strike
  2. Cubs win the World Series
  3. FBI investigations into Clinton, Trump
  4. Italy’s most powerful earthquake in almost 40 years
  5. Turkish crackdown/purge continues
  6. Car bombs in Turkey and Iraq kill or wound 200 people
  7. Continued fighting in Mosul and Yemen
  8. Train crash in Pakistan kills 17
  9. South Korean protests continue
  10. James Webb Space Telescope complete

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This week in news: October 23-29 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Obamacare prices to increase by an average of 20-25%
  2. North Dakota Pipeline protests continue
  3. Trump Hollywood star destroyed in California
  4. FBI reopening investigation into Hillary Clinton over new emails
  5. Calais migrant camp “The Jungle” cleared out
  6. Fighting continues in Iraq and Syria
  7. Pakistani college attacked, leaving 150+ dead or injured
  8. South Korean “Choi-Gate” scandal
  9. Some African countries will leave the International Criminal Court
  10. Large marine sanctuary will be established in Antarctica’s Ross Sea

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Who’s in Charge of South Korea? “Choi-Gate” Scandal Rocks the Country

An internet conspiracy theory said that South Korean President Park Geun-hye is under the control of a secret society (called the Eight Goddesses or the Fairy Eight). The alleged society is essentially a council of eight Korean billionaires who run the South Korean government from behind the scenes, using President Park as a mouthpiece.

And now, it’s come to light that there’s a potential truth to this.

October 2016’s “Choi-gate” scandal involves President Park and her close associate Choi Soon-sil. Park Geun-hye has been accused of repeatedly leaking official government documents to her long-time friend, who often advised the President on what to do and say. Sensitive government documents were found on a computer owned by Soon-sil, who is not a government employee and doesn’t hold public office. Choi’s influence on Park has been present for decades, leading some to wonder who really has the power of President. Some sources say Choi organized secret meetings to run state affairs, handing out state documents to an unspecified number of people. After weeks of speculation and denial, the President made a public apology where she admitted having a connection to Choi Soon-sil.

It’s also alleged that Choi Soon-sil abused her friendship with the president for personal and financial gain. Some people accused Choi of “strong-arming” companies into giving massive donations to two non-profit organizations – which she has links to. The donations may have been misused. A university official resigned after allegations that Choi Soon-sil pressured them into giving special treatment to her daughter Chung Yoo-ra.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s most read national newspaper, responded to the recent scandals by saying “The current government faces de-facto collapse… Park Geun-hye and her party face the worst political crisis ever.”

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This week in news: October 16-22 rundown

TL;DR – TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Third presidential debate between Clinton and Trump
  2. Wikileaks releases more emails
  3. British spies had unlawful databases of citizen private data for 17 years
  4. Russian and Syrian governments announce pauses in Syria conflict, humanitarian corridor
  5. Yemen cease-fire
  6. Operation begins to retake Mosul, Iraq, from Islamic State militants
  7. Protests in Philippines
  8. Train derailment in Cameroon
  9. Rockets lift off for the International Space Station
  10. Large-scale attack on DNS provider leads to global internet interruptions

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