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December 9, 2016 10:15 PM Rupert Murdoch seeks to add $14 billion crown jewel, British Sky, to Fox empire

Five years after abandoning its bid for a British crown jewel amid a corporate scandal, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is making another run for full control of Sky, the European pay-TV giant. Fox on Friday disclosed its $14.1 billion offer for Sky, saying the company had agreed in principal to pay stockholders 10.75 British pounds for each share 41

December 9, 2016 3:03 PM South Korean parliament votes overwhelmingly to impeach President Park

SEOUL South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday 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 expelled from office in disgrace. The impeachment motion was carried by a wider-than-expect 234-56 margin in a secret ballot in parliament, meaning 45

December 9, 2016 8:42 AM S. Korea’s interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

SEOUL, South Korea — 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. How loyal is Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn? As the corruption scandal that would bring Park down raged last month, popularly called “Choi Soon-sil Gate” after 59

December 9, 2016 8:03 AM S Korean parliament impeaches scandal-hit President Park

South Korean lawmakers today passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests. The National Assembly ballot transfers Park’s authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by the Constitutional 47

December 9, 2016 7:44 AM South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park Geun-hye

South Korea's parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye on Friday after a huge political scandal involving her a childhood friend left her isolated and loathed. Prosecutors say Park colluded in the criminal activities of her confidant and friend, Choi Soon-sil, to manipulate government affairs and extort businesses. Hundreds of protesters massed 42

December 9, 2016 4:15 AM Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation. Presidential polls had been set for Nov. 30, but the electoral commission last month announced they would be in December. In a statement issued after political stakeholders 35

December 8, 2016 4:02 PM EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal

BRUSSELS The European Union started legal action on Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal. Amid mounting frustration in Brussels over what it sees as governments colluding with the powerful car industry, the European Commission 67

December 8, 2016 6:11 AM S. Korea's Parliament Sets Up Presidential Impeachment Vote

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her powers over a huge political scandal. A parliamentary official reported the motion to a plenary session, which means an impeachment vote must take place 41

December 7, 2016 3:49 PM An Afghan woman goes from refugee to military pilot

KABUL, Afghanistan — From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces. Along the way, the 26-year-old Ferozi also married another pilot, who flies in the same unit supporting army ground forces 37

December 7, 2016 2:18 PM Amid Battle With IS, Iraq Parliament Approves Next Budget

Iraq's parliament has approved next year's budget of about 100.67 trillion Iraqi dinars, or nearly $85.17 billion. Lawmaker Ashwaq al-Jabouri said after Wednesday's session that the 2017 budget will run with a deficit of 21.65 trillion dinars, or about $18.32 billion. Al-Jabouri said the budget is based on an oil price of $42 per barrel and a daily export 29