Former Bangladeshi Leader Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges.

Zia, 72, accepted the verdict on Thursday in a court in the capital Dhaka. He was found guilty of embezzling $ 250,000 from a trust fund reserved for an orphanage during his tenure as prime minister from 2001 to 2006.

Zia's son Tarique Rahman and four others found guilty in the case were sentenced to 10 years in jail for their involvement in the crime. Zia's son lives in exile in London.

The verdict forbade Zia, the head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to run for national elections set for December. His lawyers denounced the case as politically motivated.

Thousands of Zia supporters took to the streets of Dhaka ahead of Thursday's hearing and followed a motorcade that brought Zia to court, despite riot police deployed in

Bangladesh's political stage for decades is dominated by fierce competition between Zia and current prime minister Sheikh Hasina. [uh]

Brother Leader of North Korea Will Present at the Winter Olympics

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit South Korea this week to attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Wednesday that Kim Yo- jong, a senior member of the ruling Labor Party in North Korea, will be part of a high-level delegation that will arrive on Friday. The delegation itself will be headed by Kim Yong Nam, head of state of North Korea's ceremonial regime.

Kim Yo-jong, believed to be in his late 20s, was promoted by Kim Jong-un last October as a rotating member of the politburo, Party decision-making body

Kim Yo-jong's arrival plan to South Korea comes as more and more North Korean entertainers arrive in South Korea to participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

A North Korean female cheerleading team of 229 people arrived in South Korea on Wednesday. They crossed the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas before arriving in a small town outside Pyeongchang. They are part of a 280-member delegation that includes North Korean sports ministers and a taekwondo team that will demonstrate their ability at the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Korea The North once sent cheerleading teams to sporting events where South Korea hosted them 2002, 2003 and 2005. A member of the 2005 cheerleading team will be Kim Jong-un's wife. [ab/uh]

Samsung Leader Prison Sentences Suspended

South Korea's Court of Appeal has suspended prison sentences imposed against billionaire heirs of Samsung Electronics giant Lee Jae-yong and ordered his immediate release from prison on Monday.

Seoul District Court initially sentenced Lee the 49-year-old was five years in prison in August for bribery in connection with the scandal that toppled the country's president Park Geun-hye.

The appeals court on Monday canceled several sentences and reduced the remaining prison sentence to two and a half years experiments.

Four other Samsung leaders who were sentenced with Lee also received a reduction in sentence, and two others previously imprisoned also suspended their sentence.

The case stems from Samsung's payout to Park's close friend Choi Soon- Sil, the payment accused by the prosecutor is intended to obtain government treatment which benefits Samsung's leader Lee Jae-yong.

Lee pleaded not guilty to allegations that he used Samsung company funds to bribe Park.

He was also found guilty of other offenses, among other things, embezzlement , money laundering, hiding assets abroad and lying to parliament. [gp]

The Neo-Nazi Leader in Florida Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

A federal judge in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday punished the neo-Nazi leader for five years in prison for possession of firearms.

Brandon Russell, 22, pleaded guilty to the allegations in September. He claimed to establish a white supremacist group called Atomwaffen – a German word for a nuclear bomb.

Before being sentenced, he apologized to the court for his crimes. Police were summoned to Russell's apartment in May to investigate reports of double killings.

Together with the two victims, allegedly murdered by Russell's roommate, police found explosives, fuses, neo-Nazi literature and other items belonging to Russell. 19659002] They also found a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bombers, Timothy McVeigh. Mrs. Russell said in court that her son was autistic and always wanted to be a member of any group. [lt]

US Citizens Commemorate Civil Rights Leader Day, Martin Luther King

Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of a hero who championed civil rights and believed that his success in the struggle depended on nonviolent principles.

Every year, on the third Monday of January, Americans pay homage to the civil rights leader, who in the 1950s and 1960s organized non-violent protests against racial separation politics in the South, and championed equality for blacks and the right to vote.

President Donald Trump has not done anything official and is in a private golf resort in Florida. He dedicated his weekly speech, which was broadcast on Monday (15/1), to Dr. King.

"Dr. King is our goal. It is an American ideal, "Trump said.

Two of Dr.'s children. King condemned Trump's speech on Monday, following alleged allegations that he described immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as immigrants from dirty and impoverished countries, using inappropriate words to describe the two countries. Trump reportedly also likes immigrants from countries such as Norway.

In Washington, Dr. King, Martin Luther King III, said, "If the president insists that our country needs residents of a white country like Norway, I think we do not have to waste time explaining what it means."

He added, "We need to find a way to reaching the heart of this man. "

King's daughter, Rev. Bernice King, in a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, said," we can not allow the countries of the world to embrace words that come from our presidents and treat them as though – it is the true spirit of the United States. "

Since the alleged incident, Trump has been widely criticized as a racist. Trump rejected the allegations. [ps/jm]