South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol pardoned Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee on Friday, with the justice ministry saying the business leader was needed to help overcome a “national economic crisis”. The pardon is largely symbolic, with Lee already out on parole after serving 18 months in jail for bribery in a scandal that… Read More South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests

At least two police officers and one civilian died after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, staff at the city’s main mortuary said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and burned tyres in the streets out… Read More Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calls for dissolution of parliament, threatens consequences on non-compliance

Powerful Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called on the country’s judiciary to dissolve parliament by end of next week, threatening unspecific consequences if it does not do what he says. The populist leader has helped inflame tensions in Iraq over the last two weeks by commanding thousands of followers to storm and… Read More Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calls for dissolution of parliament, threatens consequences on non-compliance

China redacts promise not to send troops to Taiwan after unification

China has withdrawn a promise not to send troops or administrators to Taiwan after taking it back, an official document showed on Wednesday, signalling a decision by President Xi Jinping to grant less autonomy than previously suggested. China’s white paper on its position on self-ruled Taiwan follows days of unprecedented Chinese military exercises near the… Read More China redacts promise not to send troops to Taiwan after unification

Tunisian court halts presidential dismissal of judges

A Tunisian court has halted President Kais Saied’s dismissal of around 50 judges, a lawyer said on Wednesday, underscoring the continued independence of courts despite Saied’s moves to assume wider authority over the judiciary. Saied dismissed 57 judges on June 1, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists – charges that the Tunisian Judges’ Association… Read More Tunisian court halts presidential dismissal of judges

UAE court lifts jail sentence of U.S. lawyer Asim Ghafoor

A United Arab Emirates court has lifted a prison sentence but upheld a conviction on money laundering charges for U.S. citizen and civil rights attorney Asim Ghafoor, who was detained while transiting through Dubai last month, a lawyer for Ghafoor said on Wednesday. The court ordered Ghafoor to pay a 5 million dirham (an equivalent… Read More UAE court lifts jail sentence of U.S. lawyer Asim Ghafoor

DR Congo arrests opposition leader Jean-Marc Kabund

A former right-hand man of Democratic Republic of Congo’s president and now opposition leader, Jean-Marc Kabund, was arrested on Tuesday, his lawyer said, during controversy over a remark about his onetime boss. The former vice president of parliament and current lawmaker had a falling out with President Felix Tshisekedi earlier this year, after which he… Read More DR Congo arrests opposition leader Jean-Marc Kabund

U.S. President Joe Biden signs bill to boost domestic semiconductor production, research

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a landmark bill to provide $52.7 billion in subsidies for U.S. semiconductor production and research and to boost efforts to make the United States more competitive with China’s science and technology efforts. “The future is going to be made in America,” Biden said, calling the measure “a once-in-a-generation investment… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden signs bill to boost domestic semiconductor production, research