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South Korea’s president thrown out of office

South Korea’s first female president Park Guen-hye was removed from office on Friday due to an ongoing corruption scandal, marking the first time the country has removed a democratically-elected leader from office. The National Assembly voted to impeach Park back in December after she admitted to allegations of letting a close associate with no government role influence public policy. The impeachment was upheld by the Constitutional Court on Friday. A snap presidential election will take place within the next 60 days, and Park will most likely face criminal charges in the near future.

Proposal to replace current health care law causes debate within Congress

U.S. House Republicans last Monday night released their plan to replace the current health care law by 2020. The drafted bills made by different House committees toss out the law’s requirement that Americans must have health insurance. The proposed plan focuses on a system of tax credits to promote the purchase of insurance. Although there are Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, there is still debate about what exactly should replace Obamacare. President Trump has publicly supported the bill.

At least 30 killed in Afghanistan terrorist attack

Gunmen dressed as medical personnel attacked a military hospital close to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan last Wednesday. The terrorist attack killed at least 30 people in a six hour siege before Afghan security forces killed the intruders, said authorities. More than 50 people were wounded and taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Wikileaks releases documents concerning CIA hacking techniques

Wikileaks published thousands of documents online Tuesday that outline CIA hacking techniques. These techniques include ways used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions. There are instructions for compromising many computer tools used for spying such as Skype, Wi-Fi networks, PDF documents and anti-virus programs.