South Korea's ousted president charged with bribery

Park was also charged with abuse of power and coercion by pressuring big businesses to contribute funds to non-profit foundations, the prosecutors said. SK chairman Chey Tae-won narrowly escapes prosecution because his conglomerate refused to submit to demands for extra cash after a hefty initial donation to Choi's dubious Mir and K-Sports foundations.

Pope Francis leads Easter celebrations at St Peter's Square

Peter's Basilica . According to Reuters, security has been tight for the Pope's Easter week events after truck attacks against pedestrians recently in London and Stockholm. Today we can proclaim: "The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep, and willingly died for his flock, alleluia" (Roman Missal, IV Sunday of Easter, Communion antiphon).

Trump strategy on North Korea: 'Maximum pressure, engagement'

Trump strategy on North Korea: 'Maximum pressure, engagement'

South Korea said the North's latest show of force "threatened the whole world" but a US foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence on Air Force Two sought to defuse some of the tension, saying the test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.

U.S. carrier group was not steaming straight to North Korea

He said Washington believed that a nuclear-free Korean peninsula could be achieved peacefully because of the Trump administration's new engagement with China. His remark stoked fears across East Asia that the U.S. was poised for a pre-emptive military strike. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have soared in recent weeks following a drumbeat of missile tests and fears that Pyongyang may be readying a sixth nuclear test.

Back to the ballot box: United Kingdom lawmakers back June 8 election

Polls give May's governing Conservative party a lead of around 20 percentage points, enough to command a majority that could be over 100 seats, but May said she was not complacent. Fifteen police forces are now considering charges against more than 30 candidates for failing to properly declare how much they spent during the 2015 general election campaign.