Park was convicted of corruption, coercion and abuse of power. She has to pay a fine of 18 billion won. The sentence was read live on TV.
In 2016 the Indian Church approved an action plan for former "untouchables". The Regional Conference prepares a program to make it effective in all parishes. A permanent committee created. In India, 37% of Dalits live below the poverty line.
He died yesterday at 82 from lung cancer. Born in 1935, his childhood was marked by war, and he spent his life campaigning against it. His latest work inspired by Japanese literature earned him an Oscar nomination. He also directed Heidi and Lupine III.
The plan provides for 10 billion within the next four years, reaching 23 billion in the next 12. A response to the serious crisis that has hit the land of cedars, exacerbated by the war in Syria and the refugee emergency. Expert warn: reduce spending to avoid bankruptcy. Riyadh attends conference, no invitation to Tehran.
Together with five other pro-democracy activists on trial yesterday for "conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the state". Sentences total 66 years in prison and 17 years of house arrest. The defendants are members of the Brotherhood for Democracy, a group founded by Dai in 2013 to defend human rights and promote democratic ideals.
To mark tomorrow’s commemoration, Mar Sako says that the bloodshed is "a source of inspiration" that can give hope. Overcoming all forms of terrorism can lead to stability. The goal is to preserve the Christian presence in the country and the Middle East and "disperse darkness from this land".
The defendants, including lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, are linked to the Brotherhood for Democracy. Uniformed and plainclothes police blocked a group of about a dozen of their supporters heading for the courthouse with signs saying "Democracy is not a crime" and "Oppose suppression of the Brotherhood for Democracy".
IF THE partisanship of American politics unsettles you, take heart from a little piece of legislation that sailed through both houses of Congress with not a single vote opposed to it. And though the Taiwan Travel Act could have passed into law without a presidential signature, last month Donald Trump chose to put his cardiogrammatic scrawl to it. Given the chaos in Washington, the act reveals a remarkable consensus. It urges, though it does not mandate, high-level visits between America and Taiwan of the kind that successive administrations have discouraged, so as not to offend China.
That country’s “one-China principle” decrees that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese motherland. The Chinese government wants all other countries to act as if Taiwan belongs to it. America has never agreed to the formulation since breaking off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 in order to establish them with China. It has made plain that Taiwan is a friend, to which it has long offered military...
TIN TIN WIN never imagined she would become a politician. In Taungoo, a midsized city in the Burmese plains, she is mostly known as a family doctor. But three years ago she was asked to run for parliament by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the political party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the activist whose long campaign for democracy was instrumental in ending military rule in Myanmar. She enthusiastically answered the call, and won.
Today her mood has dampened. She sits through long, boring parliamentary sessions in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s purpose-built capital. Sometimes she wonders what the point of it all is. She once sponsored a motion to introduce sex education in schools (she has seen too many desperate pregnant teenagers at her clinic). But her own party took it off the agenda without much explanation. Only halfway through her term, she has already decided that she will not run again in 2020.
March 30th marked...
IF THE bill that the lower house of Malaysia’s parliament passed on April 2nd becomes law, those who publish or spread “any news, information, data and reports which is, or are, wholly or partly false” are liable to six years in prison and a fine of 500,000 ringgit ($130,000). Critics scoff that the government is guilty of many such falsehoods, and will have to start by prosecuting itself. But the government contends that the bill is needed to patch gaps in existing legislation, allowing faster action to stop the spread of calumny through social media as well as in print. It will also punish third parties caught financing the dispersion of dodgy material.
The minister of communications, Salleh Said Keruak, says the bill is “clear and specific” and will not hamper free speech. “I think we can take comfort that we have not veered too far off a track that others may take. We just decided to be ahead of the pack,” says one of his staff.
In neighbouring Singapore, discussions about...