Politics

Court verdict may shed light on why rising Chinese political star Zhao Yong was sidelined

New details have emerged in a corruption case that could shed light on why Zhao Yong – a former Hebei deputy party boss and rising star in Chinese politics – has been sidelined in the past two years. The case also shows the impact of President Xi Jinping’s far-reaching anti-corruption drive. After six years, tens of thousands of officials at all levels have been jailed – but far more have had their political careers cut short for wrongdoings that may not have been serious enough to warrant punishment but were enough to…

Operator of popular reward program T Card supplying clients’ personal information to police, prosecutors

The operator of T Card, one of the most popular reward cards in Japan, has regularly provided personal information on its holders to police and prosecutors at their request without court approval, investigative sources said Sunday.The number of T Card holders is about 67 million, more than half of Japan’s population, and personal information given to investigative authorities included their names, birth dates and phone numbers, as well as shopping and movie rental records, internal documents of police and…

Prayer with the pope now just a swipe away with new Click to Pray app

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis swiped a tablet Sunday to launch a new app allowing the faithful to pray with him, and expressed his pain over the car bomb blast in Colombia and the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy.He presented the Vatican’s latest digital platform, known as the Worldwide Network of Prayer with the pope, during his traditional Sunday address to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.The new app, called Click to Pray, will inform the user what the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman…

Bangladesh’s ‘Tree Man’ returns to hospital after skin condition worsens

DHAKA - A Bangladeshi father dubbed “Tree Man” for the bark-like growths on his body returned to hospital Sunday after his condition worsened.Abul Bajandar has had 25 surgeries since 2016 to remove the growths from his hands and feet at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Doctors were on the verge of declaring their treatment a success before a sudden relapse prompted Bajandar to flee the clinic in May without notifying staff.But on Sunday he was readmitted to the hospital after his condition deteriorated, with the…
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