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Malaysia’s ex-PM found guilty in corruption trial

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/28/20, 04:30 am

Two years after the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal brought down former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government, a court on Tuesday convicted him on seven charges. A judged sentenced Najib to 12 years in prison plus a fine of $49.4 million for abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust, and three counts of money laundering. He vowed to appeal, calling the case political. Observers welcomed the outcome, saying it set a good precedence for his four other corruption trials.

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North Korea acknowledges first suspected COVID-19 case

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/27/20, 05:34 pm

Kim Jong Un locked down the city of Kaesong, North Korea, on Friday. If a suspected case of COVID-19 is confirmed, it would be the country’s first official recorded infection. The patient fled to South Korea and then crossed back into the North, according to state media. Kim and members of his government discussed punishment for the guards who let the individual into the country despite closed borders.

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A sword of conquest at Hagia Sophia

International | Erdogan officially reopens the ancient church as a mosque
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/27/20, 05:30 pm

TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited prayers on Friday from Hagia Sophia, officially opening again as a mosque the 900-year-old church that authorities a century ago had turned into a museum.

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