South Korean prosecutors indicted three people in President Park Geun-hye’s inner circle on Saturday, deepening the country’s political crisis. Investigators formally charged Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a charismatic pastor who acted as Park’s most powerful advisor, and two of Park’s closest aides with abuse of power. Park’s poll numbers have plummeted in the wake of the scandal, with demonstrators in Seoul demanding that she step down. Those calls are likely to grow after prosecutors said they believed Park took part in the alleged crimes, escaping indictment only because the South Korean constitution includes presidential immunity.
—Sharon Jones, the lead singer of the soul band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, died Friday at age 60. More here
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South Korean Prosecutors Indict President's Confidantes
Malaysian Protesters Demand Prime Minister's Resignation
Tens of thousands of protesters dressed in yellow marched in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib has faced heavy criticism from opposition leaders for alleged misappropriation of funds at 1MDB, a national development bank, as well a constellation of other corruption scandals. His government denies any wrongdoing. Bersih, an electoral-rights group that has strongly criticized the Malaysian government for corruption efforts, organized the protests. Their previous demonstrations drew as many as 200,000 Malaysians onto the streets.
Soul Singer Sharon Jones Dies at 60
Sharon Jones, the soulful voice behind Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings whose passionate performances often drew comparisons as a “female James Brown,” died Friday. She was 60 years old. Jones’s first single debuted in 1996, followed by a full album with the Dap-Kings in 2002—a late start for most singers. She quickly made up for lost ground, releasing six albums with the band in the decade before her death. Jones’s pace barely slowed after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2013. She released her final album, a holiday compilation, in 2015 and was the subject of a documentary, “Miss Sharon Jones!”, about her life and career that same year.