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SKorea president impeachment ruins legacy of dictator father

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:00am

Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea's first female president to the palatial Blue House where she'd lived as a girl: She always enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:50am

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

Indonesia soldier found alive 2 weeks after helicopter crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:41am

A missing soldier has been found alive two weeks after the helicopter he was aboard crashed in a remote area of Borneo, Indonesia's army said Friday.

Hong Kong leader Leung won't seek another term, cites family

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:40am

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, deeply unpopular because of his hard-line response to massive 2014 pro-democracy protests and an ensuing separatist movement, said Friday he won't seek another term in office, citing family reasons.

Spain: 400 migrants storm North African border fence

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:40am

The Spanish Interior Ministry says some 400 migrants from Africa have stormed a border fence to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco.

Dutch court declines to impose punishment on anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders for hate speech conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Dutch court declines to impose punishment on anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders for hate speech conviction.

Dutch court says populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is guilty of hate speech charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Dutch court says populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is guilty of hate speech charges .

Thai police arrest 3 French in killing of another on Samui

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Police in Thailand have arrested three Frenchmen in connection with the killing of one of their countrymen on the southern resort island of Samui.

S. Korea's interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye's impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader.

Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the United States will stick with Afghanistan for years to come.

The Latest: S. Korea PM officially becomes acting president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:22am

The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

South Korea's president is officially stripped of power following impeachment, with PM stepping in during court review

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:20am

South Korea's president is officially stripped of power following impeachment, with PM stepping in during court review.

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader on trial again

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:20am

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was tried in absentia Friday for allegedly conspiring to incite chaos in the country through false documents posted on his Facebook page, a crime punishable by up to 17 years in prison.

Explosion on Cairo thoroughfare kills 6 Egyptian police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:11am

An explosion on a main Cairo thoroughfare killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on security forces in several months.

Suspect arrested over explosion at mosque in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:10am

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of setting off homemade explosive devices outside a mosque and a conference center in Dresden in September.

Body of US Marine Corps pilot found after crash off Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:00am

A U.S Marine Corps pilot who died after his jet fighter crashed off Japan was identified Friday as Capt. James E. Frederick of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Norwegian Refugee Council staffer detained in South Sudan

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:50am

The Norwegian Refugee Council said Friday that one of its staffers in South Sudan has been detained by the turbulent East African country's National Security Service.

Police: Gunbattle in Kashmir ends; 2 suspected rebels killed

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

A 42-hour gunbattle ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday after two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests in the disputed region.

Former neo-Nazis behind Germany's successful far-right rehab

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.