South Korea’s parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye over corruption scandal

South Korea’s parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye over corruption scandal

The South Korean parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye on 9 December over a corruption scandal. 234 lawmakers of the 300-strong National Assembly voted to suspend Park’s powers, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-anh will become acting President. South Korea’s Constitutional Court will decide whether to carry the motion, but if it does, Park would become South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office. Dec 9, 2016
MP Michelle Thomson moves Parliament to tears: When I was 14, I was raped

MP Michelle Thomson moves Parliament to tears: When I was 14, I was raped

Scottish MP Michelle Thomson has moved the House of Commons to tears on 8 December, as she revealed to colleagues she was raped at the age of 14. She shared her personal story during a Commons debate focused on UN International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Woman. Dec 8, 2016
Keep calm and negotiate: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier unveils timetable

Keep calm and negotiate: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier unveils timetable

The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said that his team are ready to start negotiations with the UK when Article 50 is triggered. The French politician wants a orderly withdrawal and has so far visited 18 of the 28 EU nations ahead of the talks. He said he expected formal negotiations to last less than 18 months. Dec 6, 2016
Theresa May defends trade deals with Gulf leaders

Theresa May defends trade deals with Gulf leaders

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has defended making trade deals with Saudia Arabia and Bahrain, despite them being under fire from human rights groups. Speaking on 6 December on HMS Ocean in Bahrain, she said that if Britain was going to influence Gulf leaders and improve human rights in the area, they needed to be engaging with them. Theresa May is in the Gulf to strengthen trade talks post-Brexit, and to also oversee measures to improve security to help tackle terrorism in the area. Dec 6, 2016