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Ex-Hong Kong leader gets 20 months in jail for misconduct

News Room : February 23, 2017 7:03 am

HONG KONG: A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who served as Hong Kong’s leader, or chief more »
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Russia court orders release of opposition activist

News Room : February 23, 2017 7:02 am

Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin participating in a rally at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow in 2012. Russia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an opposition activist should have his conviction quashed and be released from jail. MOSCOW: Russia’s Supreme Court on ordered the release of an opposition activist who was the only person in the more »
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UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

News Room : February 23, 2017 7:00 am

LONDON (AP) — The British government says senior officer Cressida Dick will be the next commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police — the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down next week. The Home Office announced the appointment more »
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Sri Lanka creates panel to stem sexual abuse of women

News Room : February 23, 2017 6:59 am

A Sri Lankan police officer stands guard while colleagues inspect a vehicle at a checkpoint in Colombo, in this March 8, 2016 photo. (AFP) COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will set up a special panel to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said. The establishment of a new more »
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Somali president says no quick fix for nation’s woes

News Room : February 23, 2017 6:57 am

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Wednesday. (AP) MOGADISHU: Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay soaring expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, warning it would take decades to fix the nation’s many ills. “Our government is facing so many challenges and more »
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South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional

News Room : February 23, 2017 6:55 am

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court ruled that the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without Parliament’s approval was unconstitutional. A high court judge instructed the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the human rights tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands. South Africa has been set to become the first country more »
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Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

News Room : February 23, 2017 6:54 am

NICOSIA, Cyprus: Talks to reunify ethnically-split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting aiming to push negotiations forward, officials said Wednesday. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci told United Nations officials that he would not attend Thursday’s meeting. “I’m more »
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Palestinians decry verdict handing Israeli soldier 18 months for killing injured assailant

News Room : February 22, 2017 7:54 am

TEL AVIV: The Palestinian government reacted angrily following an Israeli court’s verdict handing an Israeli soldier 18 months for killing a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant. The show of leniency drew Palestinian outrage: The government said the decision gave Israeli soldiers the “green light” to carry out “executions” without fear of real punishment. Eleven months more »
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