World Bulletin / News Desk
Former President Park Geun-hye arrived for questioning Tuesday as prosecutors probe 13 charges against the country’s first democratically elected leader to be expelled from office.
Engulfed by a corruption scandal since late last year, Park’s parliamentary impeachment was upheld by the country’s Constitutional Court earlier this month.
The court’s decision removed presidential immunity that had allowed Park to evade investigators amid allegations of bribery, power abuse and leaking confidential documents.
“I’m sorry,” Park told reporters at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office as she promised to cooperate with investigations.
Her apology echoed previous statements and was largely for public consumption, while the atmosphere surrounding the office was a blend of support and opposition.
Pro-Park demonstrators have become increasingly vocal following months of large street demonstrations that have demanded her resignation.
Approximately 2,000 police officers were on standby to prevent clashes.
It is unclear whether prosecutors will seek an arrest warrant for the ex-president alongside other detained figures involved in the scandal, including Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong.
Park’s interrogation could last well into the night.
Opposition parties jostling for advantage ahead of a snap election May 9 to replace Park have called on her to reveal the truth.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency pulled no punches Tuesday, describing the ousted leader as a “dictator” who had been already judged by history.
The two countries have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their border, with both sides accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory.
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The facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, is the home port of destroyer USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a cargo ship in a busy shipping channel off Japan's coast.
The result of Monday's vote was put off by several hours, angering supporters of the losing candidate who protested the delay as suspicious.
The ruling is likely to reignite anger over a perceived bias in Thailand's court system, which is seen as overwhelmingly tilted in favour of the conservative, army-allied political faction the gunman was linked to.
The latest attack came a week after nuclear-armed Pyongyang called Trump a "lunatic" as tensions rose following the death of US student Otto Warmbier, who was detained for 18 months in the North and then sent home in a coma.
Muslim political organization Jamiat-e-Ulema cancels annual Eid celebration
Pro-democracy activists including high-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong draped a black flag over a statue symbolising Hong Kong's return to China in an early morning act of defiance.
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labelled North Korea as "the most urgent and dangerous threat" while Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons programme a top foreign policy priority.
The defendants pleaded guilty and 16 were given nine- and 10-month sentences, which include time served since they were arrested in October, meaning they could be released over the next two months.
Military says it has taken action against more than 400 personnel over use of child soldiers
The burnings, to mark the UN's world anti-drugs day, follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar, Laos, southern China and northern Thailand.
Thousands of emergency workers have been digging through rocks and earth since Saturday when a landslide entombed 62 homes in Xinmo, a mountain village in Sichuan province.
The gondola lift at Gulmarg claims to be the world's highest, ferrying passengers to a height of 4,100 metres (13,450 feet) for panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas.
The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.