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South Korea: Samsung boss receives presidential pardon

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong received a presidential pardon on Friday, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced. Lee was convicted last year on embezzlement and bribery charges. He was released on pa...

Rector of top Moscow university put under house arrest

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court ruled Wednesday to transfer a university rector from jail to house arrest in an embezzlement case that has been seen by some observers as part of authorities' efforts to ...

South Korean PM to recommend presidential pardon for Samsung's Jay Y. Lee

SEOUL, July 27 (Reuters) - South Korea's prime minister said on Wednesday he would recommend to the president a pardon for Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of the world's biggest memory chip maker, S...

Bank of Taiwan fined over employee embezzlement involving NT$84 million loss

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The state-owned Bank of Taiwan (BOT) on Tuesday (July 26) was slapped with a heavy fine of NT$14 million (US$467,425) over an employee embezzlement case that resulted in t...

To preserve jobs, UAW head says battery plants must be union

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — If the United Auto Workers union can't organize workers at new electric-vehicle battery factories that will supply Detroit's three automakers, the union's future would be in s...

Taiwan ex-president exempted from prosecution over misusing state affairs fund

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who stood accused of embezzling a state affairs fund during his time in office from 2000 to 2008, was granted an exemption fr...

Philippines begins new era of Marcos rule, decades after overthrow

MANILA, June 30 (Reuters) - The son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos will be sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday, completing a stunning comeback for one of Asia's mo...

North Carolina sports betting legislation falters in House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would have authorized sports betting across all of North Carolina fell apart late Wednesday as the House narrowly rejected a key measure amid warnings about the d...

Ex-Illinois state senator gets prison in embezzlement case

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois state senator was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Teamsters union for a no-show job. ...

Lawmaker: Report shows Oklahoma death row inmate's innocence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state representative who is a self-described death-penalty supporter on Wednesday said a report by a Houston law firm into the conviction of death row inmate...

Czech police recommend 21 be indicted for match-fixing

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police have recommended 21 people be indicted for suspected corruption in a match-fixing scandal that involves former Czech Football Association deputy Roman Berbr. ...

Kazakhstan: Voters to decide on post-Nazarbayev reform

Polls opened in Kazakhstan on Sunday for a nationwide referendum on constitutional changes, seen by many as a chance to close the chapter on the country's former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. The ...

US extradites ex-Mexican governor to face corruption charges

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States has extradited a former Mexican border state governor to his homeland, where he is accused of embezzling millions of dollars in state funds. Césa...

Puerto Rico mayor, finance director face corruption charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Wednesday found sufficient evidence to order the arrest of the mayor and finance director of one of Puerto Rico’s largest cities accused in a multimillion-dolla...

Rights group to Croatia: release Pussy Riot member now

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Croatia to halt extradition proceedings to Turkmenistan and immediately release a detained member of a Russian music band known for its ...