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South Korean court to decide whether to arrest ousted president Park

SEOUL A South Korean court will hold a hearing on Thursday to decide whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye and hold her in a cell for up to 20 days while she is investigated on charges of taking bribes and abusing presidential power. | Video

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Hong Kong protest leaders ominously told they face charges day after new leader chosen

HONG KONG Hong Kong police on Monday told at least nine organizers of 2014's pro-democracy demonstrations they will face charges, protest leaders said, an ominous sign just a day after a new Beijing-backed leader was chosen, vowing to unite society. | Video

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Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground

SYDNEY Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph).

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Eight feared dead as avalanche hits Japanese students

TOKYO Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan. | Video

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Kenyan forces kill 31 al Shabaab militants in Somalia: statement

NAIROBI Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland, the Kenyan military said on Monday.

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South Africa's Zuma recalls Gordhan from international roadshow, rand falls

JOHANNESBURG South African President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return immediately from an investor roadshow to Britain and the United States, the presidency said on Monday, without giving a reason for the decision.

Africa 7:56am EDT

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