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South Korea's ex-health minister detained in widening corruption probe


Korea

South Korea's ex-health minister detained in widening corruption probe

South Korea’s former health minister Moon Hyung-pyo was detained on Wednesday as part of a widening investigation into the corruption scandal that already brought down President Park Geun-hye.

The ex-minister faces allegations he pressured the National Pension Service to back a controversial merger between two affiliates of Samsung, South Korea’s largest family-run conglomerate.

The tie up was criticised because it strengthened the founding family’s control of the group at the expense of other shareholders, including the state pension fund.

USA calls 'ludicrous' Turkey's claim it backs terror groups in Syria

Turkey

USA calls 'ludicrous' Turkey's claim it backs terror groups in Syria