Prosecutors investigate Sun
The country’s top prosecutors yesterday said they have opened a criminal investigation into the former Chinese Communist Party chief of Chongqing, who was expelled from the party earlier this year following corruption allegations. Sun Zhengcai (孫政才), who was once tipped to become a member of the party’s top leadership, has had a precipitous fall from grace since he was suddenly removed from office this summer. He is to be investigated for “accepting bribes,” according to a brief statement on the Web site of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. The decision follows Sun’s expulsion from the party in September after an investigation by its disciplinary body found the politician had abused his position by taking bribes and trading power for sex.
Haley sides with accusers
Women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday, in an apparent divergence from the White House line. Trump — who was infamously caught on tape boasting about groping women — has faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct, which he and the White House have rejected. “Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with,” Haley said on CBS’ Face the Nation when asked how Trump’s accusers should be assessed.
French journalist arrested
Police arrested a freelance French journalist in Kashmir for violating visa regulations after he was found filming for a documentary without permission, the city police chief said. Comiti Paul Edward was arrested late on Sunday in the Kothibagh area of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismael Parray told reporters. Edward holds an Indian business visa valid until December next year, but the visa does not permit him to make a documentary on political or security related issues, the officer said. Edward was shooting a documentary on Kashmir and had met separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, pellet gun victims and captured stone-pelting incidents in Srinagar, said a senior police official, who did not wish to be named.
President leads vote recount
President Juan Orlando Hernandez maintained his lead in disputed election results after a partial recount, the head of the electoral tribunal said on Sunday. An official winner of the Nov. 26 election has still not been announced, and the small Central American nation of 10 million has been mired in uncertainty since the vote. “The result is consistent” with that which previously put Hernandez ahead by 1.6 percent, tribunal president David Matamoros said following the recount of 4,753 ballot boxes.
Millions being vaccinated
Millions of children are being vaccinated this week as the country responds to a widespread diphtheria outbreak that has killed dozens, officials said yesterday. About 8 million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation are to receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease, which is caused by a bacterial infection. It can lead to breathing difficulties, heart failure, paralysis and even death if left untreated. Widespread incidents of the communicable disease are relatively rare in the country
‘WOULD NOT COMPLY’: The company’s user data are kept in Singapore and it would not turn the data over to Beijing even if asked, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said Social media app TikTok has distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated on Sunday last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance, but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent
FOX HUNT: To suppress dissent, Chinese living abroad that Xi Jinping sees as threats are told to either return to China or commit suicide, Christopher Wray said Chinese agents have been pursuing hundreds of Chinese nationals living in the US in an effort to force their return, as part of a global campaign against the country’s diaspora, known as Operation Fox Hunt, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. In a speech about the security threat posed by China, during which he said Beijing’s counterintelligence work was the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality,” Wray gave the example of one Fox Hunt target who was given a choice of going back to China or killing themselves. Fox Hunt was launched
‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM’: Hong Kongers will never bow to Beijing, the advocate said, while the US’ envoy to the territory called China’s new security law a ‘tragedy’ The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the semi-autonomous territory, advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said yesterday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy. Wong, one of the territory’s most prominent young advocates and a figure loathed by Beijing, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow advocates are being prosecuted for involvement in last year’s pro-democracy protests. China last week enacted sweeping security legislation for the restless territory, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The legislation has sent a wave of fear through the territory, and criminalized dissenting
A squad of gun-toting police officers patrolled Myanmar’s sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each evening as dusk falls, about 100 officers fan out across the plain of Bagan covering 50km2, sweeping flashlights over the crumbling monuments to scour for intruders. “Our security forces are patrolling day and night,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Sein Win told reporters. “We have it under control for the moment, but it’s a challenge.” The central Burmese city is strewn with more than 3,500 ancient monuments — stupas, temples, murals and sculptures