Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye, has been removed from office. Park was suspended from official duties in December after being accused of colluding with a friend who allegedly pressured companies to donate money in return for government favours.
2. Airbnb has closed a $US1 billion Series F funding round that values the home-rental startup at around $US31 billion, according to an SEC filing on March 9. Airbnb has “no plans to go public anytime soon,” a source told Business Insider.
3. It’s possible that US President Donald Trump is the target of a counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s influence on the US election by the US Justice Department. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that “there is no reason to believe” that President Trump is the target of an investigation, but a Justice Department official told the New York Times that it had not given the White House this assurance.
4. Seven people were injured in an axe attack at the main train station in the west German city of Dusseldorf late Thursday. The 36-year-old suspect from the former Yugoslavia was arrested by German police and believes to be suffering from mental problems.
5. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, denied meeting with any Trump advisers during the election, according to recordings obtained by CNN. However, Kislyak and then-Senator Sessions, now attorney general, met privately last September while Sessions was working with the Trump campaign.
6. China is stepping up air and sea patrols, adding destroyers, frigates, and speeding up the development of its marine corps, in its push to build a “first class” navy. “We will intercept any intruding aircraft and follow every military vessel in areas under our responsibility,” Wang Weiming, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, told Xinhua news agency.
7. European Union leaders reappointed Poland’s Donald Tusk as president of the European Council on Thursday, with support from every country except Poland< . Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the country did not want Tusk because he had criticised Polish government policies.
8. Spanish oil company Repsol said Thursday that it discovered 1.2 billion barrels of oil in Alaska. It’s the largest onshore find in the United States in 30 years.
9. Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), which are designed to speed up page load times on the mobile web, might be falsely inflating publishers’ traffic numbers due to a bug. “I’m surprised Google’s team hasn’t been quicker to react to this problem to find a solution that affects so many publishers around the world,” SimilarTech marketing director Daniel Buchuk told Business Insider.
10. Multi-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao will not fight British star Amir Khan in April after an investment group failed to provide the $US38 million (£31.25 million) it would have cost to stage the contest in Dubai. Alternative opponents to Khan, including America’s Terence Crawford and Australia’s Jeff Horn, are now being examined.