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Corruption convictions nearly double in China over last year

Bejing - The number of convictions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing's top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.

Top Brazil media end coverage of presidential doorstop

Bras - Two of Brazil's top media groups said Monday they were suspending coverage of President Jair Bolsonaro's informal news conferences outside the presidential palace because of harassment by his supporters and a lack of security.

A world redrawn: Egypt historian Khaled Fahmy sees rising surveillance state

Apo - State surveillance is on the rise globally as governments such as Egypt's take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, warns exiled historian and intellectual Khaled Fahmy.

Putin makes Kremlin appearance as virus restrictions ease

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin made a rare recent appearance in the Kremlin on Monday as Russia prepares to ease lockdown restrictions imposed over the coronavirus pandemic.

Dominic Cummings: UK PM's top aide who flouted virus lockdown rules

London - Dominic Cummings became British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's trusted lieutenant after helping him score stunning ballot box successes.But his tactics and abrasive personality made enemies across the political spectrum.

Merkel in tug-of-war with states over virus safety rules

Berlin - A power struggle between Chancellor Angela Merkel and two German states over coronavirus rules erupted Monday as Berlin sought to extend social distancing restrictions by another month against a regional revolt.

UK PM's top aide Cummings defies calls to quit

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings defied calls to resign on Monday over allegations that he broke coronavirus rules and undermined the government's response to the health crisis.

Beijing vows to shield firms from US sanctions over Xinjiang

Bejing - Beijing on Monday vowed to shield a Chinese government institute and eight companies sanctioned by the US over alleged human rights violations in the restive Xinjiang region, where China is accused of mass repression of mostly Muslim minorities.

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

Fpo - Hong Kong's security chief on Monday welcomed China's plans to impose a national security law on the financial hub, saying it was needed to defeat "terrorism" and calls for independence.

US aide renews warning on China's proposed law for Hong Kong

Washington - A top White House aide renewed a warning on Sunday that the US might revoke Hong Kong's special trading privileges if China enacts a tough new security law covering the territory.

Israel's Netanyahu begins graft trial with 'head held high'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at a Jerusalem courthouse on Sunday saying his head was "held high" as he began a long-delayed corruption trial.

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday defied pressure from within his own party and backed top aide Dominic Cummings over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown rules.

China warns US pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

Bejing - The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said Sunday, rejecting Washington's "lies" over the coronavirus while saying Beijing was open to an international effort to find its source.

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied border strip

Athens - Greece on Sunday dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

Fpo - Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday against a controversial security law proposed by China, in the most intense clashes for months.

Netanyahu to face court in 'unprecedented' corruption trial

Jerusalem - Israel's veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set Sunday to become the country's first sitting premier to face criminal charges over a string of corruption allegations which he denies.

Hong Kong activists plan new protests over proposed security law

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaigners called for fresh protests on Sunday, their first test after China sparked outrage with a proposed new security law that many fear will spell the end of the city's treasured freedoms.

What coronavirus? Brazil cabinet video triggers outcry

Rio De Janeiro - On April 22, Brazil was fast becoming a new coronavirus flashpoint, but President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet barely mentioned the pandemic in a video-taped meeting that has triggered outrage and fueled a potentially explosive investigation.

Hong Kong security law could mean 'joint' probes with mainland: parliament adviser

Bejing - Mainland Chinese authorities could join Hong Kong police to investigate criminal suspects under a planned security law, a city politician said Saturday, in comments likely to further enrage campaigners fearing the end of the financial hub's treasured a...

Papua New Guinea ex-PM arrested over corruption

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill was arrested over corruption allegations after arriving back in the country on Saturday, police said.

Bolsonaro rocked by release of expletive-laced video

Bras - Brazilians got a shocking look Friday at an expletive-laced meeting between President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet when a Supreme Court judge released a video at the center of an investigation targeting the far-right leader.

Top Venezuela court orders seizure of AT&T subsidiary assets

Caracas - Venezuela's top court on Friday ordered the seizure of the assets and equipment belonging to a TV provider owned by AT&T after it ceased operations due to US sanctions.

US says security law a 'death knell' for Hong Kong autonomy

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Beijing over a proposed new security law for Hong Kong and warned that the semi-autonomous territory could lose its special trading privileges.

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

Fpo - Pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong vowed Friday to take to the streets in protest over what they said was China's fiercest assault on the city's treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law.

China military budget growth slows to 6.6%

Bejing - China will increase its military budget by a slower 6.6 percent this year, the government announced Friday at the opening session of its annual National People's Congress.The budget will be set at 1.

New Zealand opposition changes leader as PM support soars

Wellington - New Zealand's conservative opposition switched leaders Friday in a last-gasp bid to counter the record support Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is enjoying for containing the coronavirus.

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers

Apo - The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they "forgive" the killers of their father, a move analysts said effectively grants clemency to five convicts on death row.

China draws Western rebuke over move to tighten grip on Hong Kong

Bejing - China drew Western condemnation on Friday over plans for a national security law to quash Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement as it opened an annual congress that also laid bare the "immense" economic challenges caused by the coronavirus.

No annual growth target for virus-hit China, a first in years

Bejing - China's communist rulers avoided setting an annual growth target for the first time in decades Friday, as they struggle to deal with the "immense" economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi say 'forgive' killers

Apo - The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday that they "forgive" the killers of their father.
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