President’s son acquitted
A court has absolved the son and brother of President Jimmy Morales in a case of alleged corruption. Prosecutors had alleged that Jose Manuel Morales Marroquin, the president’s son, and Samuel Morales, his brother, took part in purported falsification of invoices for a 2013 event that was paid for, but never carried out. The alleged scheme was supposedly for the benefit of a business belonging to Morales Marroquin’s romantic partner at the time. Monday’s ruling can be appealed by prosecutors, who did not immediately say whether they would do so.
Hirohito regrets war: report
Public broadcaster NHK has obtained documents showing former emperor Hirohito repeatedly felt sorry about World War II and tried, unsuccessfully, to express his feelings by using the word “remorse” in a 1952 speech, but the prime minister advised against it. The records of conversations with Hirohito spanning several years were kept by Michiji Tajima, a top Imperial Household Agency official who took office after the war. NHK obtained 18 notebooks through Tajima’s family and aired a special program last weekend. Although it is not surprising Hirohito had deep regrets about the war, the documents highlight how painfully strong such emotions had been. The Imperial Household Agency declined to comment on the report.
Afghan envoy mugged
Afghan Ambassador Humayoon Rasaw was mugged late on Sunday in Barcelona, police and diplomatic sources said on Monday, the latest in a string of high-profile crimes in the city. The assailants attacked Rasaw on a street in the town center, throwing him to the ground to steal his watch, a police spokeswoman said. The ambassador, who was in Barcelona for celebrations marking Afghanistan’s National Day, suffered a leg injury, but “is fine,” a source at the Afghan embassy in Madrid said.
Islamic preacher apologizes
Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik yesterday apologized for making racially sensitive remarks, a day after he was questioned by police for 10 hours over the comments. Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted the nation’s ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority. Police on Monday questioned him about a speech earlier this month in which he said Hindus in Malaysia had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese were guests of the country. “It was never my intention to upset any individual or community,” he said in a statement.
Nurses told English only
Seven Puerto Rican healthcare workers said supervisors at a Florida government-run clinic told them to stop speaking Spanish among themselves or they would get fired. The women work at the Florida Department of Health clinic in Haines City. A Monday statement from the community group La Mesa Boricua de Florida said the group filed a human resources complaint and wrote a letter to the department. The workers said the job required they be bilingual because of the Hispanic patients. Nurse Mairyli Miranda said she and her coworkers speak in English with non-Spanish-speaking patients and staff, but choose their native language to talk to one another. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear