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China punishes 27 officials over teen's wrongful execution HONG KONG: Twenty-seven officials in China have been "penalised" for the wrongful execution of a teenager 20 years ago, state news agency Xinhua reported late Sunday.Hugjiltu was 18 in 1996 when he was sentenced and put to death for the rape and murder of a woman in the toilet of a textile factory in Hohhot in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.In 2014 Hugjiltu was finally exonerated after another man, Zhao Zhihong, confessed to the crime and was in turn convicted and sentenced to death."One of the blacklisted officials responsible for the wrongful conviction of Huugjiltu, Feng Zhiming, was suspected of job-related crimes and was subject to further investigation," Xinhua reported authorities as saying in a statement.Feng, a former deputy chief with the public security bureau in Hohhot, could face prosecution, Xinhua added.The other 26 -- among them police officers and court officials -- "received administrative penalties including admonitions and record ...

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Turkey accuses Russia of new airspace violation ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday accused Russia of a new violation of its airspace, warning Moscow it would "face consequences" amid the worst relations between the two countries since the end of the Cold War.The Turkish foreign ministry said a Russian Su-34 plane violated Turkish airspace at 0946 GMT on Friday despited repeated warnings from Turkish air radar units in Russian and English.In November, Turkey, a key NATO member, shot down a Russian fighter jet on ...

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Four miners rescued in China after 36 days trapped underground HONG KONG: Four miners who had been trapped underground for 36 days in a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine have been rescued, state media reported Friday.The operation to save the men trapped more than 200 metres underground took two hours as they were hauled up to the surface one by one in a narrow capsule, according to state broadcaster CCTV. Dramatic footage released by CCTV showed rescue crews applauding as the men were brought above ground ...

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Syria talks invitations sent as regime advances on rebels BEIRUT: The United Nations on Tuesday sent out invitations to new Syria peace talks in Geneva this week, as leading opposition representatives debated whether to attend.The invitations went out as regime forces backed by Russian warplanes seized a rebel town in southern Syria, in their latest victory since Moscow began an aerial campaign in late September.UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura's office said it had issued invitations to the talks, which are scheduled to begin ...

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India marks Republic Day with camels and women stunt-riders NEW DELHI: Thousands gathered in New Delhi amid tight security Tuesday for India's annual Republic Day parade, a pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring camels and daredevil stuntwomen, with French President Francois Hollande the chief guest.A contingent of French infantry in India for joint military exercises led the march down the capital's central Rajpath avenue, the first time foreign forces have ever taken part in the parade.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Hollande as chief ...

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China releases Swedish rights activist: Stockholm STOCKHOLM: A Swedish human rights activist detained earlier this month by China for allegedly posing a threat to national security, has been released, Sweden's foreign ministry said on Monday."I welcome the fact that Peter Dahlin can now be reunited with his family in Sweden. This is the result of close contacts between the Swedish foreign ministry and Chinese representatives," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement.Dahlin, who worked for the Chinese Urgent Action Working ...

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India to purchase 36 Rafale jets After months of talk, India has signed an inter-government deal with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. However, work remained to be done on the finalization of financial terms of the agreement.According to BBC, The deal, estimated $9 billion, was the focal point of the French President Francois Hollande three-day visit to India, who was invited as guest of honour for India’s Republic Day parade. "We have completed an inter-governmental agreement for the purchase ...