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Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., gets into a car to leave after attending a hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (Choi Jae-koo/Yonhap via AP)

Samsung family succession hits snag with chief’s arrest

- Associated Press

South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country’s richest family and de-facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation.

A Pakistani police officer stands guard during a Friday's prayers in Karachi, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2017. Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids overnight and into Friday, a day after a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshippers at a famed Sufi shrine in the country's south. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan reeling after ISIS bombing at Sufi shrine killed 88

- Associated Press

Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids as the death toll from a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a famed Sufi shrine the day before rose to 88 on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament looking into alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany and the activities of Germany's own foreign intelligence service in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, testifies on alleged U.S. eavesdropping

- Associated Press

Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she stands by her 2013 complaint that “spying among friends” is unacceptable as she testified Thursday to a committee examining alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany, as well as questionable activities by German intelligence - which she said she heard about only much later.

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FILE - In this April 7, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria speaks with reporters before the Marlins met the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in Miami.  The Kushner family, which has close ties to the White House, has put the brakes on its negotiations to buy the Marlins because of a report team owner Jeffrey Loria may be nominated by President Trump to become ambassador to France. Joshua Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to the president, has a preliminary agreement to buy the Marlins. But in a statement released late Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017,  by Kushner's brother-in- law, Joseph Meyer, the family expressed concern the deal might "complicate" the ambassadorship appointment. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)

Samson says multiple groups interested in Marlins

Associated Press

Multiple groups are interested in purchasing the Miami Marlins, according to team president David Samson, who confirmed owner Jeffrey Loria is being considered for nomination as U.S. ambassador to France.

Editorials from around New England

- Associated Press

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

Dead bodies of alleged militants killed in a crackdown operation by security forces are laid at a mortuary in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Pakistani security forces arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids a day after a massive bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshippers at a famed Sufi shrine in a southern province. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

- Associated Press

A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.