American Evangelist Billy Graham Died At The Age Of 99 Years

American evangelist Billy Graham, often regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century, died at the age of 99.

For decades, Graham preached to over 200 million people in 185 countries and protectorate territories. [19659002] He preached in front of a large crowd, called "Billy Graham Revival Service, which was attended by thousands of people, and reached millions more through TV and satellite networks. During the seven decades of preaching, Graham declared that "believing and accepting Jesus Christ is the answer to various humanitarian problems."

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The famous evangelist became a spiritual advisor and friend of every American president, from Harry Truman in the 1940s to Barack Obama. Graham is often asked to pray or preach at national public events, such as the inauguration of a new president.

American President Donald Trump commented on Graham's death via Twitter on Wednesday that there is no other evangelical as great as Billy Graham. 19659007] Graham held a "Revival Service on every continent except Antarctica, directly and via satellite. The American preacher said that Christianity is not merely Western or white religion.

Graham, who has been ill in recent years, rarely appears in public. He died early Wednesday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. [lt]

Join ISIS, Young Women Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison in Iraq




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An Iraqi court sentenced a six-year jail sentence against a young German girl. The 17-year-old boy was convicted of being a member of the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An Iraqi judicial source told AFP on Tuesday (20/2/2018) that the German teenager was sentenced to five years in prison for being a member of ISIS and sentenced to one year in prison for illegally entering Iraqi territory . The teen's identity was not released to the public.

On January 21, a German woman of Moroccan descent was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court. The woman was found guilty of indictment of providing 'logistical support and assisting terrorist groups to commit crimes'.

The two Germans were among the hundreds of alleged ISIS foreigners detained by Iraqi authorities. In December 2017, Iraqi authorities declared victory over ISIS after three years of fighting.

German media reports identified the dead German woman as Lamia K. He reportedly left Mannheim in August 2014 and captured Iraqi military forces in Mosul in the final stages in July 2017.

In addition to the two men who have been convicted, there are still two other German women detained in Iraq. One of them is a teenager named Linda W who disappeared from his home in Saxony in 2016. When meeting with German journalists in Baghdad last year, Lindi claimed to regret his actions and wanted to go home to his family.

In a separate case, an alleged French militant who has been convicted seven months in prison for illegally entering Iraq, ordered to be released and deported.

Later on Sunday (18/2) local time, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for joining ISIS. The other 11 foreign women, who are the widows of the dead militants, were sentenced to life imprisonment on the same indictment.

(nvc / rna)


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Former President of South Korea Park Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Choi Soon-sil, whose friendship with former South Korean President Park Geun-hye sparked a massive corruption scandal and caused Park's fall from power, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Choi was sentenced on Tuesday / 2) in court in Seoul on charges of abuse of power, bribery and interference in state affairs. The court also charged a fine of nearly 17 million dollars against Choi.

The 62-year-old woman is accused of not only affecting but also controlling Park, even though she has no official post in government, and has used private relationships with the former president to co- large corporations to donate more than $ 68 million, which he subsequently stamped and channeled to the two nonprofits that he controlled.

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The court also sentenced two-and-a-half years to Shin Dong-bin, the leader of the Lotte Group, one of South Korea's main conglomerates, on bribery charges. He was accused of donating more than $ 6 million to a foundation supported by Choi in exchange for government permission to open excise and other privileged treatments.

In a third related case, Ahn Jong-beom, former senior staffer of former president Park, was sentenced six years in prison for abuse of office. [uh]

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]

US faces the worst Flu epidemic in 15 years

US health officials say the flu outbreak this winter has been one of the most severe in the last 15 years.

In their latest weekly report on Friday (26/1), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC says flu it is now widespread in every US state, except Hawaii. The CDC says at this level of infection, at the end of the flu season, some 34 million people will catch flu.

Officials said last week, one out of every 15 patients who went to doctors across the country had flu-like symptoms

Health officials say more people are now seeking treatment of flu symptoms than during the 2009 swine flu epidemic that strikes the country. Regardless of the 2009 outbreak, the last time the US experienced high seasonal flu rates was recorded in 2003-2004.

The CDC says the virus this winter has caused nearly 12,000 people to be hospitalized and 37 children die. Officials say the death toll of children is likely to increase, as when the children die it should be reported to a medical examiner and may take longer to be documented.

Flu usually affects mostly children and the elderly . However, the rate of hospitalization for people aged 50 to 64 or so-called baby-boomers is very high this season. Officials said the rate of hospitalization for baby boomers was 44.2 per 100,000 people, almost three times that of last season. CDC does not directly track adult deaths. [ps/jm]