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TURKMENISTAN

Gold-leaf leader unveiled

The government has unveiled a 21m tall gold-leafed statue of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov seated upon a horse mounted on a towering pile of marble. Officials say the statue in the capital, Ashgabat, was built in response to public demand. The nation is dotted with gold-leaf statues to Berdimuhamedov’s predecessor, but this is the first such monument to him.

CHINA

Prison tours for officials

Top Hubei Province officials have been sent on prison tours visiting inmates, including former colleagues, as a warning against corruption, the China Daily reported yesterday. More than 70 officials and their spouses spent a day in prison this month, the newspaper said. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said such prison visits have been organized nationwide, the paper said.

CHINA

‘Strike hard’ success cited

A “strike hard” campaign launched in Xinjiang and beyond a year ago has seen 181 gangs “destroyed,” authorities said yesterday. Scores of people have been sentenced to death as part of the drive, while hundreds have been jailed or detained on terror-related offences. “As of April 30 this year, 181 violent terror gangs have been destroyed, with 96.2 percent being thwarted at the planning phase,” Xinjiang’s government-run Tianshan news site reported, adding that 112 suspects surrendered to the police. Rights groups have said the crackdown is discriminatory.

AUSTRALIA

Backpacker’s rapist jailed

A man who repeatedly raped and degraded a Dutch tourist during a six-week ordeal in 2012, including carving a cross into her forehead, was sentenced yesterday to 17 years in jail. Alfio Anthony Granata, 47, pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including multiple rapes, threats to kill and intentionally causing serious injury. Victorian County Court Judge Frank Gucciardo said Granata’s behavior was “vile and repulsive” and had dehumanized his 21-year-old victim. The harrowing ordeal culminated in the tourist stabbing Granata as he slept and then trying to kill herself.

AUSTRALIA

Deportation order nullified

An autistic Filipino boy whose fight against deportation prompted tens of thousands to petition the government on his behalf will be allowed to stay, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday. Tyrone Sevilla and his mother Maria Sevilla, a registered nurse, have lived in Townsville for eight years, were denied continuing visas due to the probable cost of providing for Tyrone’s care. Dutton said he had overturned the decision.

ISRAEL

Olmert sentenced again

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert was yesterday sentenced to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a US businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case. A court in March that found that Olmert, while serving as industry and trade minister from 2003 to 2005, accepted cash-filled envelopes from the businessman. The court convicted him of fraud and breach of trust. Olmert’s lawyers said they would appeal the new conviction.

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