Bali Bombing mastermind out on parole six years early

By Helene Fung Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the terrorist group responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings,has just been granted parole after serving nine years of a 15-year jail term, and will walk as a free man in a matter of days. Bashir was the alleged founder and chief ideologue of the Jemaah…

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China executes village-chief-turned-meth-kingpin

By Helene Fung The Chinese government has executed Cai Dongjia, a 55 year-old Communist Party chief of a Chinese village which supplied one third of the country’s methamphetamine, according to Chinese state media Xinhua News. It called Cai the “godfather” of Boshe village in Guangdong Province in South China, and reported that Cai abused his…

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North Korean envoy in US to plan Second Trump-Kim Summit

By Helene Fung North Korean negotiator and former spy chief, Kim Yong-Chol, has arrived in Washington, D.C. to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday (local time), reportedly carrying a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to US President Donald Trump. Neither the US nor North Korea has announced any meetings. However,South…

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May Survives No-Confidence Vote After Brexit Deal Thrashing

Theresa May has survived a vote of no-confidence, a day after her Brexit divorce plan was voted down in Parliament in the biggest defeat in British government history. The prime minister won by 325 votes to 306 just after 7pm local time, surviving with a majority of 19 votes. She secured the victory after rebel…

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