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Today's News: March 12, 2017

At least 35 people were killed in Ethiopia after a landslide swept through a garbage dump, the death toll from two explosions Saturday in Damascus, Syria, has risen to 74, South Korea’s ousted leader leaves the presidential palace, and more news from the U.S. and around the globe.

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—At least 35 people in Ethiopia are dead and dozens are still missing after a landslide swept through a garbage dump near the country’s capital.

—The death toll in Damascus, Syria, has risen to 74, the aftermath of two suicide bombers who targeted Shiite travelers on a pilgrimage to holy sites.

—South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace just two days after a judge upheld a parliamentary decision to impeach her.

—We’re tracking the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).


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South Korea's Park Geun-hye Leaves the Presidential Palace


President Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace Sunday, just two days after South Korea’s Constitutional Court formally removed her from office. Park left the mansion, called the Blue House, in a long motorcade and arrived at her home in Seoul to lines of supporters waving flags. Park also released her first public statement since she was removed from office. A member of her political party read the message, which said that "although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out." She also apologized to her supporters for "failing to fulfill my duty as president." The Constitutional Court’s decision, which was followed by protests, upheld a vote last December to oust Park, who is accused of extorting money from companies and allowing a close family friend to manipulate state affairs.

A Landslide at a Landfill In Ethiopia Kills 35

Elias Meseret / AP

A landslide at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, has killed at least 35 people and dozens are still missing. About 150 people were at the dump when the ground gave way, burying the makeshift homes built on the mounds of garbage. The landfill has been used to collect the capital’s trash for more than 50 years, and people have lived nearby or on it to scavenge items to make a living. It’s not known what caused the landslide, but the landfill had been out of use for years, and it was only in recent months that dumping resumed. There have been smaller landslides in the past. This latest accident has local officials calling for the city to relocate the many people who have made the dump their home.

The Death Toll From the Double Explosion in Damascus Rises

Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

The death toll from two explosions in Damascus has risen to 74, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More than 40 of the victims from the blast Saturday were Iraqi Shiite pilgrims who had come to Syria’s capital to visit holy shrines. The other victims were mainly Syrian state security workers, as well as some bystanders, including children. When the first blast erupted, the travelers were at a bus station near the Bab el-Saghir cemetery, just south of the Old City. Then about 10 minutes later, as people had rushed to tend to the injured, another bomb exploded. Images from the scene showed several buses with their windows blown out, and shoes and clothes scattered on the street. On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, called the Levant Liberation Committee, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying their two suicide bombers targeted pro-Iranian and pro-Syrian government supporters.