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Japan: A Japanese fleet that returned to Shimonoseki port in western Japan has killed 333 whales in the Antarctic during its four-month expedition, causing an outcry among natural conservationists and animal rights activists.

The killing spree was executed in the name of ecological research, according to Japan’s Fishery Agency.

The hunting fleet belongs to the Japanese Whale Research Institute, and the expedition was sanctioned by the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for carrying out scientific research.

Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986, but exemption is given for whaling for scientific purposes.

Japan has been accused of breaching the ban using scientific research as cover, and has apparently defied a ruling of the International Court of Justice that it should stop the Antarctic whaling program, as the Court has concluded that the real purpose of the killing is simply for the meat.

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South Korea: Former president Park Geun-hye was arrested and detained on Friday over corruption allegations.  No formal charges have been pressed against Park.

It is possible for the former President to be detained for as long as 20 days while her case is being heard in court.  If she is finally indicted and convicted of the charges, Park may have to spend the next 10 years to life behind bars.

Park Geun-hye, daughter of South Korean leader Park Chung-hee, became the country’s first elected female president in 2013.  She was impeached in December 2016 and the impeachment was upheld by the constitutional court in March 2017, forcing the former president out of the office.

According to the Guardian, the 65-year-old former president is accused of having colluded with a confidante to extort businesses, taking a bribe from one of those companies, and committing other wrongdoings.

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South America: Protests erupted in Paraguay on Friday following the Senate’s approval to amend the constitution, allowing President Horacio Cartes to seek re-election.

Protesters stormed and set fire to the Congress building in Asuncion and ransacked offices.  Police responded by firing rubber bullets and shooting water cannons while firefighters extinguished blazes inside.

Local media reported that several politicians and journalists were injured, and Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas was reported to have said that many police were hurt.

According to Paraguay’s constitution, which was passed in 1992 after the fall of a dictatorship in 1989, presidents are limited to a single five-year term only.

But the incumbent president Horacio Cartes moved to amend the constitution to allow him to be re-elected in 2018, sparking worries that the country is, again, sliding back into a dictatorship.

The Senate vote was held in secret in a closed office in Congress, and was passed as 25 out of 45 voted for the amendment.

For more we go to Fox News:

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UK: Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was backed by the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday to launch a second independence referendum.

By a vote of of 69 to 59, the Scottish Parliament agreed to the First Minister seeking powers from the UK government to stage a fresh independence vote in spring 2019, when the UK is set to leave the European Union under Brexit procedures.

Sturgeon formally wrote to UK Prime Minister Theresa May who promptly rejected the request.  According to the Financial Times, the Prime Minister said it would be unfair to ask Scottish voters to decide their future before the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU has been firmly established.

The First Minister was not deterred by the Prime Minister’s refusal and would seek to make “progress” towards a vote, although no details were given as to how she might achieve that.

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