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S. Korea court jails ex-culture minister over artist blacklist

S. Korea court jails ex-culture minister over artist blacklist

A South Korean appeals court this morning jailed former culture minister Cho Yoon-sun for two years for her role in drawing up a blacklist of 10,000 artists seen as critical of ousted president Park Geun-hye’s government. Cho had initially been acquitted in July and given only a suspended sentence on a minor related charge, prompting […]

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Defector Korean soldier committed murder in North

Defector Korean soldier committed murder in North

Seoul – A North Korean soldier who defected to the South under a hail of bullets in November has confessed to committing murder in the North, a news report said this morning. South Korean officials said they had no comment, noting the questioning of the 24-year-old soldier had not yet wrapped up. Oh, identified only […]

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Thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo

Thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo

Tokyo – A rare heavy blanket of snow in Tokyo this morning left thousands of travellers stranded and scores injured, as frozen conditions snarled public transport in the Japanese capital. Japan’s weather agency recorded as much as 23cm of snow in some parts of Tokyo, the biggest snowfall since February 2014. The weather paralysed yesterday […]

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Daughters of man who killed wife in Singapore ‘not ready’ to take him back

Daughters of man who killed wife in Singapore ‘not ready’ to take him back

 With the time he had already spent in remand taken into account, retired aircraft technician Kong Peng Yee, 69, was released from jail on October 16 last year, the day he was sentenced for killing his wife during a psychotic episode. But he has remained a “voluntary” patient at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) […]

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Two Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Two Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jolo – Two Indonesian fishermen have been released by Islamic militants after more than a year in captivity in the southern Philippines, police said today. There were no official comments on the physical condition of the two who were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November […]

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Tensions rise as new inmate attack fuels French prison strikes

Tensions rise as new inmate attack fuels French prison strikes

Paris – French police fired tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards at Europe’s biggest jail yesterday, as a fresh assault by inmates on staff at a facility in Corsica fuelled demands for better security. The scuffles at the huge Fleury-Merogis prison just south of Paris came as unions were […]

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FBI investigating new person of interest in Vegas shooting

FBI investigating new person of interest in Vegas shooting

Los Angeles – The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at a new person of interest in connection with the October mass shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas concert, the county sheriff said yesterday. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed himself after the rampage carried out from his hotel suite on […]

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Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with IS links

Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with IS links

Bangkok – A Pakistani passport forger whose fakes may have been sold to Islamic State operatives has been arrested in Thailand, police said today, ending a career that helped people slip into Europe illegally. Mohammad Iqbal, 52, was arrested on January 14 in a Bangkok suburb in possession of Singaporean and Indian fake passports as […]

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Sons of ex-Iraq envoy charged in Portugal after brawl

Sons of ex-Iraq envoy charged in Portugal after brawl

Lisbon – Two sons of the former Iraqi ambassador to Portugal have been charged with attempted murder for their alleged role in the assault of a teenager following a brawl in 2016, prosecutors said yesterday. The alleged attack, which left a 15-year-old boy with a fractured skull, caused uproar in Portugal and led to Baghdad […]

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Trump reveals winners of controversial ‘Fake News Awards’

Trump reveals winners of controversial ‘Fake News Awards’

Washington – Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted “Fake News Awards” late yesterday, escalating his already persistent attacks on a number of major US media outlets. The awards dropped hours after a senator from Trump’s own Republican party hurled a stinging rebuke at the president, accusing the US leader of undermining the free […]

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