South Korean court throws president out of office; two die in protest | Reuters

SEOUL South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.   The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of Park’s supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court, and […]

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in ‘diplomatic meltdown’ | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.   Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak accused North Korea of “effectively holding our citizens hostage” […]

Trump’s Attack on Media as ‘Enemy of the People’ Has Historic Echoes

President Donald Trump ramped up his criticism of the news coverage of his administration Friday, again taking to his favorite social media platform. “The FAKE NEWS media,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “is the enemy of the American People!” An initial tweet put only The New York Times, CNN and NBC News on his enemies list. […]

Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China – The New York Times

A woman using her phone on a ferry in Xiamen, Fujian Province. Apple removed mobile news apps created by The New York Times from its app store in China late last month. Credit European Pressphoto Agency Apple, complying with what it said was a request from Chinese authorities, removed news apps created by The New […]

China has made obedience to the State a game | The Independent

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U.S. Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday demanded the return of an underwater drone that was seized by China as an American crew was moving in to retrieve it. The episode threatens to increase tensions in a region already fraught with great-power rivalries. A Chinese warship had been shadowing the Bowditch, a United States naval vessel, […]