This week in news: February 26 – March 4 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Seven Maryland police officers arrested
  2. Trump gave a speech to Congress
  3. Sweden reintroduced a military draft
  4. EU may revoke visa-free travel for US citizens
  5. Battle for Mosul continued
  6. Jordan executed 15 people in one day
  7. Somalia and South Sudan plagued with famine
  8. Samsung chief to be indicted on bribery and embezzlement
  9. China made more steps to combat pollution
  10. SpaceX to fly two people around the moon in 2018

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This week in news: January 15-21 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Barack Obama commuted sentences for hundreds of inmates, including Chelsea Manning
  2. Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
  3. Women’s march
  4. “El Chapo” extradited
  5. Brazilian prisons remain unstable
  6. Three shootings in Mexico
  7. Bus crashes in Italy
  8. U.S. performs air strikes in Syria and Libya, some of Obama’s final actions
  9. Nigerian air force mistakenly bombs aid camp
  10. Turkish plane crashes into a village

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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 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 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 was described as a council of eight Korean billionaires who ran 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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