- Court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea's most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggernaut in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea's president.
- Leader of Australia's most populous state quits
SYDNEY (AP) — The leader of Australia's most populous state resigned Thursday after his popularity plummeted over a series of decisions during 2016.
- Marine killed in training exercise was Florida 19-year-old
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps says the Marine killed during a live-fire training exercise at a California desert base was a 19-year-old from Florida.
- Candidates registration over for Turkmenistan's vote
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Election officials in Turkmenistan have registered the Central Asian nation's president to run in next month's vote against eight other candidates, all of whom have voiced support for his policies.
- China judge sees notion of independent courts as 'erroneous'
BEIJING (AP) — China's top judge dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an "erroneous Western ideal" in remarks that seemed to emphasize the Communist Party's ultimate control over all areas of public life.