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Following mass protests, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced that she is willing to resign before her term ends. Thousands marched in Central Seoul late last week demanding the resignation of Park, who is battling accusations of corruption for allowing a close friend to wield improper influence.
South Korea and Japan imposed sanctions on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test in September, which provoked global outrage. South Korea announced that its newest sanctions against the hostile state will include blacklisting top North Korean officials.
French President Francois Hollande announced that he will not run for reelection next year. His announcement came amid staggeringly low approval ratings and a high unemployment rate in the republic.
UN reports indicate that at least 1,950 Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in the month of November. Additionally, 926 civilians were killed in the same period, while 930 others were injured.
South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, hardly survived an attempt to remove him as the leader of the ruling African National Congress. Zuma has been questioned about an influence-peddling scandal, amid top-level reports.
More than 55 people people have been killed in fighting between a tribal militia and Ugandan forces in a district near the border with Congo. Reports suggest that this is result of a long-running conflict between Ugandan security forces and rebels who support a tribal king, Charles Wesley Mumbere, who is critical of the country’s policies.
Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) won yet another term as House Democratic leader, surviving a challenge from Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). This will prove to be an incredibly challenging term for the Democratic leadership after electoral losses. Republicans are now in control of both the House and Senate, and the Oval Office.
Two thousand U.S. military veterans will form a human shield around protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Protesters plan to continue rallying for a change in the route of the pipeline projects, which threatens the reservation water supply and a sacred Native American site.
Former Cuban president and revolutionary, Fidel Castro, died late last week at the age of 90. The highly-contested leader’s cremated ashes were laid to rest in the east of the Cuban island, where Castro led the Cuban revolution. Castro’s death was met with varying opinions on the leader’s life, some condemning him as a tyrant and others celebrating him as a revolutionary.
A plane crash in Colombia earlier this week killed 71 people, including soccer players from Brazil’s Chapecoense team. The team was headed to Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerican, a feat they hadn’t reached in roughly 20 years. According to audio recording obtained from the plane’s black box, the plane was running out of fuel and was experiencing electrical failure, which led to its crash.
Cyber attacks in Saudi Arabia in November have harmed the aviation agency. Reports indicate that Saudi Arabia’s aviation agency was attacked last month by a computer virus intended to disrupt government officials.