In our news wrap Monday, South Korea’s recently ousted President Park Geun-hye was indicted on charges of bribery, extortion and abuse of power. If convicted, she could face life in prison. Also, hundreds of Palestinians within Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike Monday in the largest such demonstration in five years.
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In the day’s other news: Wall Street rallied broadly after the weekend passed without military conflict over North Korea. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 183 points to close near 20637. The Nasdaq rose 51, and the S&P 500 added 20.
Also today, South Korea’s recently ousted President Park Geun-hye was indicted on charges of bribery, extortion and abuse of power. She could get life in prison, if she’s convicted. Park was arrested after being removed from office. It’s alleged that she and a longtime confidant solicited bribes from businesses while she was president.
Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike today, in the largest such action in five years. To show their solidarity, thousands staged marches in the West Bank and Gaza. They condemned conditions in the jails and the Israeli policy of detention without trial.
KHADER ADNAN, Former Prisoner (through interpreter):
When prisoners go on hunger strike, they feel the freedom. It is a way to resist. We can win the battle with our empty stomachs, and it is a message to the international community and the free people in the world that Palestinians seek freedom.
Israeli officials say the strike is politically motivated, and that it denied — it also denies that inmates are being mistreated.
In Sri Lanka, search teams have now recovered at least 29 bodies from a massive garbage slide that buried dozens of homes Friday night. Today, soldiers kept looking in the huge dump near Colombo, joined by relatives of dozens of people still missing. Crews worked with heavy equipment to clear the mud and trash.
Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch heard his first set of arguments today with fellow justices. It was an employment discrimination case, and it was only 11 minutes into the hearing when he asked his first question. At one point, Gorsuch said he was sorry for taking up so much time.
Britain’s Prince Harry now says that he suffered from repressed grief and depression for almost 20 years after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry was 12 when she died. He’s now 32. He tells The Daily Telegraph that he came close to what he called a complete breakdown more than once. He says he’s now in counseling, talking openly about his feelings and doing better.
And president and Mrs. Trump hosted their first Easter egg roll at the White House today. The first couple welcomed the crowd from the Truman Balcony for the annual event that goes back nearly 140 years. Later, the president greeted visitors while the first lady read to children. More than 21,000 people attended. That’s actually down from 35,000 last year.