Number one issue in the South Korean election? Not North Korea

Number one issue in the South Korean election? Not North Korea

But for many voters, relations with the North are not the main issue as they choose a successor to President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment left voters clamoring for transparency and a clampdown on corruption. Park’s humiliating fall from grace has had far-reaching effects on South Korean politics. Once known as the “people’s princess,” by the time a constitutional court finally ejected her from office in March, Park’s approval rating was in the single digits and her Saenuri Party was forced to change its name in order to distance itself from her. Democratic…

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French voters cast ballots to elect next president

French voters cast ballots to elect next president

Updated May 07, 2017 19:39:27 Polls have opened in the French presidential run-off election between Emmanuel Macron of En March and far-right leader Marine Le Pen after a tumultuous campaign filled with scandal and surprises. Key points: Opinion polls indicate French voters will pick Emmanuel Macron 50,000 security forces will be guarding against extremist attacks Polling agency projections, initial official results expected at 8:00pm (local time) Some 67,000 polling stations across mainland France will be under the watch of 50,000 security forces guarding against extremist attacks. Security is a prime…

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Gourd grief! Pumpkin-mad punters pack tiny village

Gourd grief! Pumpkin-mad punters pack tiny village

Posted May 07, 2017 14:21:25 Photo: Thousands attended the 14th iteration of the harvest festival. (ABC News: Jonathon Gul) Collector has welcomed thousands of vegetable lovers who have squashed into the tiny village as part of an annual pumpkin pilgrimage. The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival has grown from a small country event to a phenomenon in the Canberra region, attracting tens of thousands of revellers over the past 14 years. The village, located about 50 kilometres outside of Canberra, is usually home to just over 400 people. Photo: A 109kg…

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'It's what we've been praying for': Veterans welcome Gold Card decision

'It's what we've been praying for': Veterans welcome Gold Card decision

Former Australian servicemen and women who were exposed to radiation from nuclear bombs have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to give them a veterans’ Gold Card. The Gold Card, which covers health costs, had not been available to those sent to Hiroshima in the 1940s and those who were at British test sites in Western Australia and South Australia. But that is set to change, with $133 million allocated for survivors in the Federal budget. Speaking in Mandurah, the Member for Canning and former SAS captain, Andrew Hastie, said there…

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Victory regret penalty luck in A-League grand loss to Sydney FC

Victory regret penalty luck in A-League grand loss to Sydney FC

Posted May 08, 2017 07:44:53 Photo: Besart Berisha shows his disappointment after the Victory’s grand final loss to the Sky Blues. (AAP: David Moir) Related Story: Vukovic grateful for Sydney FC’s grand final win after family heartache Related Story: As it happened: Sky Blues win a nail-biter against Victory on penalties Melbourne Victory star Besart Berisha believes his side were only short of luck in their quest to be A-League champions after falling to Sydney FC in penalties in Sunday’s season decider. Victory tasted defeat in Sunday’s grand final at…

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