"... We ordinary people — patriotic Korean people — are against Cho Kuk," said one protester in South Korea. The minister of justice stepped down amidst accusations against his family of nepotism and embezzlement.
The country now awaits a ruling by the Constitutional Court on whether to ratify the decision and permanently remove the president from office. Now Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who has never held elected office, suddenly finds himself in charge of Asia's fourth largest economy and the country's armed forces.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Seoul for the sixth-straight week Saturday to demand the ouster and arrest of scandal-ridden President Park Geun-Hye ahead of an impeachment vote in parliament.
The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is happening far faster than anyone previously thought. New research suggests Antarctica is releasing enough ice each year to make 9.8 quadrillion one-inch ice cubs — and that's contributing to a major increase in sea levels. Meanwhile, the violence in Nigeria is getting worse and French Catholic leaders are looking for donors. That and more in today's Global Scan.
South Koreans are angry about the hundreds of people who died in last month's ferry disaster. In an effort to try to ameliorate the situation, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye went on national TV to apologize for the disaster and to vow changes to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Today, the country's president called the actions of the captain and crew of the ferry "tantamount to murder." More details of the tragedy are emerging which seem to point to a series of bad decisions after the ship began sinking.