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Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone's doorstep.

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North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, according to officials in the country. If confirmed, it would be the most powerful nuclear explosion ever achieved by the isolated country. And South Korean media now reports that the US and South Korea have agreed to jointly pursue some kind of military response. What that will look like, and whether it will involve any strikes on North Korean land, is still unclear.

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In a historic move, a South Korean court convicted Lee Jae-yong — known as Jay Y. Lee in the Western world — of bribery and embezzlement on Friday. Mr Lee has been sentenced to five years in prison, and the future of leadership at Samsung is now in question. For South Koreans, the verdict signals a new era of accountability for the handful of powerful families that control more than 80 per cent of South Korea's gross domestic product.

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Yesterday, South Korean president Park Geun-Hye was officially ousted from her office after a special Constitutional Court decision upheld her impeachment. For the majority of Koreans, it's the end of a gruelling three-month trial and a longer national scandal. But during the biggest crisis in South Korea's young democracy, the road to impeachment was filled with fake information spread through the popular messaging app KakaoTalk, websites and newspaper-like pamphlets in which fictional Western experts named after anime characters proved made-up conspiracies and "Donald Trump" supported Park Geun-Hye.

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South Korea is in political chaos after the recent impeachment of its president, Park Geun-hye, and now, the charges of corruption are spreading to the highest levels of Samsung. A prosecutor is seeking the arrest of the company's vice chairman and de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee.

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South Korea appears to be taking a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to the forthcoming machine revolution. On Thursday, president Park Geun-hye announced plans to invest one trillion won ($1.13 billion) in the country's artificial intelligence industry by 2020, largely as a response to the recent shellacking of countryman Lee Sedol at the hands of — you guessed it — Google's artificial intelligence bot AlphaGo.