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South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach leader

South Korea's parliament has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.
The National Assembly motion passed by 234 votes to 56, meaning some members of Park's ruling Saenuri party voted to impeach her.


Korean president Park Geun-hye faces impeachment vote.

South Korea's embattled president Park Geun-hye is facing impeachment, with lawmakers due to vote on Friday on dismissing her from office. Ms Park is embroiled in a political scandal that has sparked massive protests and calls for her resignation. A close confidante, Choi Soon-sil, is accused of using her connections to Ms Park to gain influence and money. Prosecutors say Ms Park had a "considerable" role in the alleged corruption, which she has denied.

Red Cross evacuates disabled civilians from frontline in Syria

The Red Cross says it has evacuated 148 mostly disabled and elderly civilians found in a part of the Syrian city of Aleppo recently recaptured by the army. They were trapped for days inside a former old people's home in what was a rebel-held part of the Old City because of heavy fighting nearby.

Many had injuries or conditions which left them unable to move. Eleven others died before they could be reached, either caught in the crossfire or because of a shortage of medicine.

Pakistani pilot made a mayday call before crash

It is revealed that the pilot of the flight that crashed in Pakistan made a mayday call just before losing contact. Chairman of the Pakistan International Airlines Muhammad Azam Saigol told reporters that the pilot had also told flight controllers of an engine problem at 16:09 local time on Wednesday. All 48 people on the twin-propeller plane flying to Islamabad were killed.
An investigation is ongoing, but the carrier has insisted strict checks left "no room for any technical error". A flight data recorder has also been found.

Deadly quake wrecks homes in Aceh

An undersea earthquake off Indonesia's northern Aceh province has killed at least 52people. The 6.5 magnitude quake struck 19 kilometers south-east of the town of Sigli on Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and people are feared trapped under rubble.

Indonesia's meteorological agency said there was no risk of a tsunami. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck just offshore around 05:00 a.m. local time at a depth of 17.2 kilometers.

Trump says Air Force One Boeing order should be cancelled

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to cut government costs by cancelling the order for new planes to carry the American president. Six weeks ahead of taking office, he tweeted: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than 4 billion us Dollars. The government has a contract with Boeing to build two or more new planes. They would enter service around 2024.

Thousands mourn the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha. - The final rites are being conducted at Boyes Garden Chennai at present.

Tens of thousands of mourners are flocking to pay their respects to J Jayalalitha, one of India's most influential and colourful politicians. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time yesterday,
Chennai's Apollo Hospital says. Her body, draped in the Indian flag, is on display at a large public hall. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who visited to pay tribute. Extra police have been deployed in the state amid fears of unrest.
Meanwhile, both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned till 11 a.m. on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who passed away in Chennai yesterday night.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said the country has lost a prominent leader, a distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator.
Describing Jayalalithaa as a “charismatic personality”, Mr. Ansari said her contribution to the economic development of the deprived sections of society would be cherished. She also contributed immensely to Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries, he noted.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the country has lost a highly popular, courageous and eminent public persona.
“Selvi Jayalalithaa was a true leader of the masses and her followers fondly called her ‘Amma’, meaning mother, and ’Puratchi Thalaivi’ meaning a revolutionary leader,” Ms. Mahajan said.
A multi-faceted personality, she was the first woman Opposition leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly and served as Chief Minister of the State for six terms.
Indian President Pranab Mukarji says late Jayalalitha was a strong woman leader took bold decisions at crucial times. Jayalalitha Jayaram was one of the key member who contributed immensely to the Indian nation. 
The final rites of late Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram was held at the Boyes Garden Chennai this evening. Many world leaders and representatives of Asian countries were present on this occasion. Mr. O. Pannir Selvam assumed duties as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. 
President Maithripala Sirisena has said that Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was a leader “dearly loved by her people.” In a tweet following Jayalalithaa’s death on Monday, Sirisena expressed his condolences to “her loved ones and the people of Tamil Nadu.”
Speaking in the Northern Provincial Council today, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, said that Jayalalithaa set an example to women by the determined way she fought male chauvinism to reach the top.
Referring to a TV interview Jayalalithaa had given to Indian actress-journalist Simi Garewal, Wigneswaran said that Jayalalithaa’s life showed how circumstances could change one’s life radically. Circumstances had transformed a studious, soft spoken girl from a well heeled family into an “iron lady”, he said.


US reassure support to China after Trump's call

The White House says it has sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The call last week sparked alarm as the US does not have formal relations with Taiwan, which China views as a breakaway province.

China lodged a diplomatic complaint in response. The White House said officials had assured China of their "continued commitment to a one-China policy". Trump's phone call was followed by two tweets in which he criticized China's monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea.

Russia and China veto UN truce resolution in Aleppo Battle.

Russia and China have vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that called for a seven-day ceasefire in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo. Russia said the document infringed the council rule allowing countries 24 hours to consider the final wording.


Supreme Court hears government appeal over Brexit powers

The Supreme Court has been told that Allowing ministers to trigger Brexit was Parliament's "clear expectation" when it agreed to an EU referendum.Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government would be making "lawful" use of "fundamental" powers by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.


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