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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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This week in news: October 9-15 rundown

tl;dr – top stories for the week

  1. Hurricane Matthew’s effects still felt in Haiti and the United States
  2. Second Presidential Debate featuring Clinton and Trump
  3. Wikileaks releases thousands of emails from John Podesta
  4. US Navy and Houthi rebels trade missile fire in Yemen
  5. Bombings in Iraq and Turkey
  6. Ethiopia state of emergency
  7. Sudanese civil war
  8. Colombian protests
  9. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 still explodes, even replacements
  10. World’s longest-reigning monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies

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This week in news: October 1-8 rundown

tl;dr – top stories for the week

  1. Chicago police corruption exposed
  2. Clinton: more emails leaked (from John Podesta)
  3. Trump: leaked video of lewd remarks plus 1995 tax returns
  4. UK to formally begin leaving EU within 6 months
  5. Colombian peace deal rejected by voters
  6. Saudi coalition allegedly kills and injures over 500 in strike
  7. Over 50 dead in Ethiopia after protests
  8. Hurricane Matthew blasts Haiti and other countries, leaving hundreds dead
  9. Mass surveillance: Yahoo scans customer emails at request of government agencies
  10. Nobel prizes awarded

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This week in news: September 25-30 rundown

tl;dr

  • At least one mass shooting in the USA
  • US government to pay almost half a billion dollars to Native Americans for “mismanagement”
  • New Jersey train crash injures over 100 people
  • Congress overrides a Obama veto for the first time
  • Escalations in Syria
  • World’s largest radio telescope to begin testing
  • Forces prepare for more fighting in Iraq
  • Drone strike killed or wounded about 30 people
  • Colombian civil war officially ends after more than 50 years
  • NASA believes they’ve found water on the moon Europa

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This week in news: September 18-24 rundown

tl;dr

  • USA accidentally gives citizenship to 858 people who were to be deported
  • Obama vetoes 9/11 bill
  • Manhattan bomber found and charged
  • Mass shooting in Washington state
  • Charlotte protests
  • Continued email controversies
  • Syrian cease-fire ends, UN convoy attacked
  • Fighting and protests in Congo
  • Puerto Rico without power
  • North Korean websites revealed
  • Yahoo hacked, with information stolen from half a billion accounts

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38 injured on September 17th from attacks

tl;dr

  • 2 bombs in NY, 29 injured
  • 3-4 bombs in NJ, no injuries
  • 9 stabbed/slashed in MN

No casualties have been reported.

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This week in news: September 11-17 rundown

tl;dr

  • Bombs explode in NY, NJ
  • 9 Injured in MN stabbing
  • US agrees to send Israel $38 billion
  • US trust in media reaches new low
  • Clinton: pneumonia, basket of deplorables
  • Colin Powell emails leaked
  • Temporary truce in Syria
  • Protests in France over legislation
  • Attack in Kashmir
  • Ivory markets to close

This September 11th was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

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This week in news: September 4-10 rundown

tl;dr

  • Wells Fargo Bank ordered to pay $185 million in fines/penalties
  • Hawaiian seafood caught by foreign crews confined to boats
  • Continued protests for Dakota Access Pipeline
  • NYC Commander-in-Chief Forum, political drama
  • Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint
  • Bombs hit various Syrian/Afghan locations
  • Massive strike in India
  • iPhone 7 news everywhere
  • Species added/removed from endangered lists
  • Shrinking global wilderness

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