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Impeachment day for S. Korea's president

  • estrange: Both her parents were assassinated and, estranged from her two siblings, unmarried and childless, she promoted herself as invulnerable to nepotism.
  • regicide: Seoul (AFP)- South Korean President Park Geun-H ye, once known as the " Queen of Elections ", faced an act of attempted political regicide Friday as lawmakers gathered to vote on a motion calling for her impeachment.
  • invulnerable: Both her parents were assassinated and, estranged from her two siblings, unmarried and childless, she promoted herself as invulnerable to nepotism.
  • rapport: Their cases often involved family members who were able to leverage links to the president in a society where political influence has traditionally had a very close and unhealthy rapport with business success.

Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

  • ire: Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef.
  • submerge: Ladd Reef, on the south-western fringe of the Spratlys, is completely submerged at high tide but has a lighthouse and an outpost housing a small contingent of Vietnamese soldiers.
  • attache: Regional military attaches say Vietnam's key holdings are well fortified, some with tunnels and bunkers, appearing geared to deterring easy invasion.
  • submarine: Analysts say they play a key part in protecting China's nuclear armed submarine fleet on Hainan Island, to the north.

Top Asian News 9:44 a.m. GMT

  • orthopedic: The agency's national spokesman told a news conference in Jakarta that urgent needs are food and clothes, orthopedic doctors for victims suffering fractures, medical equipment, temporary shelters and heavy equipment for evacuation.
  • fracture: The agency's national spokesman told a news conference in Jakarta that urgent needs are food and clothes, orthopedic doctors for victims suffering fractures, medical equipment, temporary shelters and heavy equipment for evacuation.
  • plenary: A parliamentary official reported the motion to a plenary session, which means an impeachment vote must take place between 24 and 72 hours.
  • caucus: The conservative party's caucus meets on Monday and will officially pick Key's successor.
  • quarterly: Quarterly growth for the world's third-largest economy was 0.3 percent, down from the earlier reported 0.5 percent.