S Korean prosecutors to question president
South Korean prosecutors want to question President Park Geun hye this week over suspicion that she let a shadowy longtime confidante manipulate power from behind the scenes, an official said Sunday. It would be the first time that a sitting South Korean president has been questioned by prosecutors. The explosive scandal is the most serious challenge for Park, whose public apologies have done little to calm public anger. Prosecutors are seeking to question Park face-to-face on either Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, a prosecution official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was underway, said prosecutors conveyed their position to Park’s office and were awaiting a response. The president’s office said earlier Sunday that it can work out its position on a Park investigation as early as today. It said it needs time to review when and how Park should be investigated.
‘War has just begun,’ Boko Haram warns
The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West. “Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday. “We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message. “To us, the war has just begun.” Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the insurgency spilling over the West African nation’s borders into neighboring states. Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year. The IS high command said in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.