Man jailed for murdering wife of 28 years in Newcastle hotel

A man who suffocated his wife of 28 years with a hotel pillow has been jailed for at least 12 and a half years. Soong Hert Fong, 51, killed Pek Ying Ling at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle on 6 December. read more...

Trump calls for ‘immediate’ release of Mar-a-Lago warrant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump called late Thursday for the “immediate” release of the federal warrant the FBI used to search his Florida estate, hours after the Justice Department had asked a court to unseal the warrant, with Attorney General Merrick Garland citing the “substantial public interest in this matter.” read more...

The Unification Church’s ties to Japan’s politics

TOKYO (AP) — The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unearthed long-suspected, little-talked-of links between him and a religious group that started in South Korea but has spread its influence around the world. read more...

German soldier who posed as refugee convicted of attack plot

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Friday convicted a military officer who posed as a Syrian asylum-seeker of plotting to attack prominent politicians, sentencing him to 5½ years in prison. read more...

K leader candidate decries ‘mudslinging’ as race gets nasty

LONDON (AP) — A top contender to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused opponents of “mudslinging” as the Conservative Party leadership contest ended a bruising first week on Friday with five candidates remaining read more...

Another top opposition figure in Russia handed prison term

A Russian court on Friday sentenced a top opposition figure to a years-long prison term, the latest move in the Kremlin’s multipronged crackdown on opposition activists, independent media and rights groups. read more...

China’s Xi, in Xinjiang, signals no change to Uyghur policy

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping, on a visit this week to the Xinjiang region where his government is widely accused of oppressing predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, showed no signs of backing off policies that have come under harsh criticism from the U.S. and many European countries. read more...

 Saudi Arabia downplays normalization with Israel

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat on Saturday downplayed talk of normalization with Israel after the kingdom opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights and hammered out a complex deal over islands in the Red Sea that required Israeli assent. read more...

Biden disputes Saudi account of Khashoggi murder discussion

(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday differed with Saudi Arabia in their account of discussions at a bilateral summit about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a major point of contention between the two countries. read more...

UN fails to extend aid deliveries to Syrian rebel-held area

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council failed in two rival votes Friday to extend humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to 4.1 million Syrians in the rebel-held northwest, with the U.S. ambassador warning that “people will die because of this vote.” read more...

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