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China to expand circuit procuratorial inspection on prisons

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BEIJING – A pilot project of circuit procuratorial inspection on prisons will be expanded nationwide in July, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP). Wang Shouan, head of the fifth procuratorial division of the SPP, revealed the information during an online interview Saturday. Covering 12 provincial regions, a year-long pilot…

Costa Rica concerned over Nicaraguan action at Isla Portillos

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Costa Rica on Thursday expressed its reservations in regards to a Nicaraguan project to create a wildlife refuge within the border territory of Isla Portillos, which has been the center of a dispute between the two countries. The concern is in response to a bill sent to Nicaragua’s Legislative Assembly…

Schwartz scores hat trick as Blues throttle Oilers

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Goals have been hard to come by this season for St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz. That all changed Tuesday night against Edmonton. Schwartz had three goals and an assist, David Perron added two goals and two assists, and the Blues cruised to a 7-2 rout of the Oilers….

Tokyo court raises sentence to 12 years for man who kept teenage girl captive for two years

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The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity for two years, rejecting his appeal and nullifying a lower court ruling that had given him a nine-year jail term. Prosecutors had said the earlier decision…

Rahul Gandhi vows ‘surgical strikes on poverty’

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Vijayawada: The leader of India’s opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday assured his party would provide special category status to Andhra Pradesh if voted into power in the general elections and would carry out “surgical strike” on poverty. ### Launching his party’s campaign in Andhra Pradesh, which goes to…

Chinese moviegoers balk at censored Bohemian Rhapsody

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A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the band's late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was travelling in Britain last October. It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it…

Former provincial legislator under investigation

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BEIJING – Zhang Maocai, a former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of Shanxi Provincial People’s Congress, is being investigated for suspected serious violations of Party disciplinary rules and laws, according to the country’s top anti-graft body Saturday. Zhang is being investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Commission…

Norway to install world’s first wireless EV charging stations for Oslo taxis

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Highlights Oslo will install charging plates in the road that connect to energy receivers in the vehicles All taxis in Oslo are set to be zero-emission from 2023 Norway is tapping Finnish utilities firm Fortum, working with US company Momentum Dynamics and the City government of Oslo for the project…

Costa Rica sentences four members of Mexican jewelry thief gang ‘Los Mazos’ to prison

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Four members of the Mexican jewelry thief gang known as “Los Mazos” were sentenced to 16 years in prison, the local prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. Those sentenced are: Javier Licmaym Flores Casas, Sergio Mauricio Mondragón Martiarena, Gonzalo Ramírez Santacruz and Mariana Raquel Montes Ibarra. They were condemned by a…

Foreign Minister Taro Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English

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Foreign Minister Taro Kono has indicated that his ministry would consider breaking with its tradition of reversing Japanese names in English and some other foreign languages. Kono, who is fluent in English, cited the example Friday of Chinese and Korean names that are used in the same order regardless of…