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Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over graft

BEIJING: Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian was jailed for life over corruption, a court in northeastern China announced Thursday. “Ma Jian’s behaviour constituted the crime of accepting bribes, forcing others to trade and insider trading,” the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in Liaoning province announced in a statement. Ma pleaded guilty and has decided not to appeal, the court said, adding that ...

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Frenchman sets out to cross Atlantic in a barrel

BORDEAUX: A 71-year-old Frenchman set off across the Atlantic on Wednesday in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, hoping to reach the Caribbean within three months thanks to ocean currents alone. “The weather is great- I’ve got a swell of one metre and I’m moving at two or three kilometres an hour,” Jean-Jacques Savin told AFP by telephone after setting off…

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Coast Guard Is Only Branch Of U.S. Military Working Without Pay During Shutdown

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. military whose members will go without pay during the government shutdown unless Congress and President Donald Trump can find a resolution by Friday, NBC News reports. Approximately 42,000 active-duty military members of the Coast Guard remain on duty during the partial government shutdown that began Saturday, but they will work ...

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Trump Lawyers, Citing Shutdown, Seek Delay In Emoluments Case

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are invoking the government shutdown to seek a delay in a court case over claims that Trump is illegally profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries, Politico reports. Justice Department attorneys representing Trump asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to postpone indefinitely all further filings in an appeal related to a ...

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Sudan soccer fans clash with police, call on Bashir to leave

CAIRO (AP) – Fans at a soccer match in Sudan’s capital chanted slogans demanding President Omar Bashir step down and later clashed with police in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman, according to activists and video clips posted online. The clips show the fans in the stadium chanting “The people want to bring down the regime,” one of the main slogans ...

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Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in US custody returns home

Employees of a funeral home carry a coffin with the repatriated remains of seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl Jakelin Caal The body of a Guatemalan migrant girl, who died in US custody after illegally crossing the border with her father, returned home Sunday in a white casket. The December 8 death of Jakelin Caal, seven, reignited a debate in the United ...

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