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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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Associated Press/Photo by Al-hadji Kudra Maliro (file)

New wave of violence in Congo

International | Worsening unrest in the Northeast sparks international concern
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/20, 01:38 pm

Families seeking refuge from Islamist violence arrived July 9 in Boga, a town of about 30,000 people in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. They came from villages fewer than 10 miles away. Some carried personal belongings or brought goats and chickens they had snagged while on the move.

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Associated Press/Photo by Romain Boulanger

Questions loom over French cathedral fires

International | Investigators say the latest blaze looks like arson
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/20/20, 01:01 pm

FRANCE: Police say arson likely caused the fire at the 15th-century cathedral in Nantes on Saturday that engulfed the Gothic structure’s interior. The fire comes just over a year after the Notre Dame blaze in Paris.

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