South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? 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.
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Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanupTOKYO (AP) ? A Japanese government panel says an estimate of the total costs to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning costs expected to continue to rise.
Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) ? A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection.
In Trump stronghold, factories are humming but paychecks are thin
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President-elect Donald Trump returns to this factory town on Friday for a victory celebration, he will find a region that is already experiencing the manufacturing renaissance he promised on the campaign trail. With local factories employing more workers than any time since the late 1990s, assembly line jobs are not hard to find. "We can barely make ends meet and we're stuck going nowhere," said auto parts worker Michael Baum, 22, as he smoked a cigarette in the parking lot of a Family Dollar discount store.
Ghana opposition leader wins presidential election, radio stations report
Ghana's main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the country's presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, the private radio stations Joy FM and Citi FM said on Friday. Joy FM's website showed Akufo-Addo winning with 53 percent of the vote with Mahama on 45.15 percent, based on a count of 217 constituencies out of 275 in total.
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U.S. defense chief visits Afghanistan amid questions over Trump's foreign policy
By Idrees Ali BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday, amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban-led insurgency. Carter will meet U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani while in Afghanistan. Trump has given few details on his foreign policy plan, with surprisingly little specifics on Afghanistan, where nearly 10,000 U.S. troops still remain more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.
Brexit minister "not really interested" in transitional Brexit deal - FT says
Britain's Brexit minister David Davis is ?not really interested? in a transitional deal to cushion the country from the effects of leaving the European Union, he told a private meeting with the City of London Corporation, the Financial Times reported, citing a memo of the meeting. The FT, citing a memo of the mid-November meeting made by an unidentified City of London Corporation representative, said Davis would consider a transitional deal only in order to "be kind" to the EU. Davis also told the City of London Corporation that the EU?s ?inflexible approach? on immigration meant it was unlikely the UK would achieve access to the single market, the FT said, citing the memo.
South Korea's President Park impeached in parliamentary vote
By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be pushed from office in disgrace. Members of parliament voted by secret ballot with 234 in favor and 56 opposed, meaning dozens of members of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party backed the motion to remove her. The Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.