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South Korea appeals court gives ex-president Park 25-year jail term: Yonhap

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SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean appeals court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 25 years in jail on Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported, in a case arising from a corruption scandal that toppled her from power in early 2017.

The Seoul High Court found Park guilty of charges including bribery, Yonhap reported.

A lower court jailed Park for 24 years in April, saying she colluded with her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates such as Samsung and Lotte to help Choi’s family and fund non-profit foundations owned by her.

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Prosecutors had appealed against that ruling, seeking a tougher sentence.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Paul Tait


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These are the looney CrowdStrike conspiracy claims that Fiona Hill just debunked in her bombshell testimony

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Anyone who has spent a lot of time listening to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars program has heard about the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory —which claims that during the 2016 presidential election, Democrats conspired with the cyber-security firm CrowdStrike to hack the Democratic National Committee (DNC), frame the Russian government for the hack and undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. And the CrowdStrike theory plays a major role in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, who specifically mentioned CrowdStrike when, on July 25, he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

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Benjamin Netanyahu indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust

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Israel's attorney general indicted Benjamin Netanyahu on a range of corruption charges Thursday, the justice ministry announced, potentially spelling an end to the prime minister's decades-long political career.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit "decided to file charges against the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offences of receiving a bribe, fraud, and breach of trust," a ministry statement said.

It said a note of the decision and a copy of the charges had been provided to the premier's lawyers.

Netanyahu, who strongly denies all the charges, becomes the first Israeli prime minister to be indicted while in office.

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Pelosi claims enough evidence to impeach Trump — but suggests more witnesses may testify

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes congressional investigators have uncovered enough evidence to impeach President Donald Trump -- but she suggested their inquiry isn't finished.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday that Trump had obviously abused his office by attempting to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rival Joe Biden.

"The evidence is clear that the president -- the president -- has used his office for his own personal gain," Pelosi said.

Pelosi lamented that "Republicans are in denial about the facts," saying "the sad tragedy of all of this is the behavior of the president and the defense of that behavior by the Republicans.”

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