While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 31 edition

South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun Hye leaves a prosecutor's office in Seoul, South Korea on March 22, 2017.
South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun Hye leaves a prosecutor's office in Seoul, South Korea on March 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

South Korea’s ousted leader Park Geun Hye arrested

South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun Hye was arrested early Friday (March 31) over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down.

The Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant to arrest Park on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets, after a marathon court hearing the previous day.

“It is justifiable and necessary to arrest (Park) as key charges were justified and there is risk of evidence being destroyed,” the court said in a statement.  Park will immediately be taken from the prosecutor’s office where she has been awaiting the decision into custody in a detention centre near Seoul.


Two White House officials helped give Nunes intelligence reports: New York Times

Two White House officials played a role in providing House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes with documents showing President Donald Trump and his associates were swept up in surveillance by US intelligence agencies, the New York Times reported on Thursday (March 30).

Citing unnamed US officials, the Times identified the White House officials as "Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office."


Aung San Suu Kyi calls for support amid impatience over government’s first year performance

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (March 30) asked for support from her country amid growing impatience about the slow pace of changes initiated by her civilian administration.

In a speech aired on state television on Thursday night to commemorate the first year since her National League for Democracy (NLD) party took power, she said: “We need to show that our government works for our people. But, we also need support from our people. We rely on each other.”

She also promised that the NLD would not monopolise all government positions.


Pilot dies aboard American Airlines flight in US

American Airlines has confirmed that a pilot died on Wednesday (March 30) aboard a US flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to reports.

The pilot was identified as first officer William “Mike” Grubbs, a company spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal.

“American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of first officer William “Mike” Grubbs,” she said.


HSBC introduces choice of titles for transgender customers

HSBC has come up with a list of 10 new gender-neutral titles for customers to use if they do not feel comfortable using conventional titles like Mr, Mrs and Ms.

The bank's customers will be able to choose from a list that includes Mx, Ind, M, Mre, and Misc, according to reports.

HSBC said titles chosen would be applied across customers’ accounts, including on their bank cards and all correspondence.