Her headless body was found in a rented village property in Tai Po, a suburb in Hong Kong. The police have also arrested the mistress of Ms Choi’s former father-in-law and are investigating if she knew about the case. Anthony Kwong, 31, former brother-in-law of Ms Choi and elder brother of Alex KwongAnthony Kwong was Ms Choi’s personal driver and former business partner. However, she is said to have been aware of the plan to murder Ms Choi. This is believed to have been used to harbor Ms Choi’s former husband, who was aware of his father’s extramarital affair.
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Samal Island – Davao City Connector (SIDC) project, which is seen to reduce travel time between both cities from 50 minutes to four and a half minutes. ADVERTISEMENT“Once completed, this bridge will help us develop the economic potential of Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal, as well as enhance its residents’ access to employment, education and other services,” Marcos said in his speech. The SIDC project, he said, would accommodate up to 25,000 vehicles every day. Vice President Sara Duterte, her brother and Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte, Island Garden City of Samal Mayor Al David Uy, DPWH chief Manuel Bonoan, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian also joined Marcos at the groundbreaking rites. Calls to realign the P23-billion SIDC project earlier surfaced due to the seen damage it might bring to the Paradise coral reefs and marine life in the area, and the issues relating to the right-of-way.4 months ago Inquirer.net
The group of Uyghurs, arrested in 2013 and 2014, are currently being held in immigration centres around Thailand while authorities ponder their fate. Neither their precise location nor their exact number is clear — a group of Thai rights organisations says there are 52, but a senator working on the case says 59. The trial of two Chinese Uyghur men accused of the attack resumes next week after long delays. “Lately, Bangkok has been rebalancing its relations between Washington and Beijing, rather moving closer to the United States,” political professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak at Chulalongkorn University told AFP. “If there is a hell on earth, Thailand has created it for these Uyghur detainees.”RELATED STORIES:Read Next4 months ago Inquirer.net
PARIS — Iran on Sunday issued its first death sentence over the protests that have shaken the country’s clerical leadership, the judiciary said, with a rights group warning other convicts risked being “hastily” executed. ‘Carried out hastily’Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director of Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights, said at least 20 people are now according to official information facing charges punishable with death. “The international community must send a strong warning to the Iranian authorities that implementation of the death sentence for protesters is not acceptable and will have heavy consequences,” he added. Macron met with four prominent Iranian dissidents, all of them women, and then spoke of his “respect and admiration in the context of the revolution they are leading”. RELATED STORIESProtests in Iran grow louder over Mahsa Amini’s deathMany Iranian women demand political change amid decades-long grievancesRead Next4 months ago Inquirer.net
WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, aiming to persuade Republican lawmakers to continue to fund his country’s defense against Russia. “It is a great honor for me to be at the US Congress and speak to you and all Americans. Ukraine is alive and kicking,” said Zelenskiy, who received a standing ovation when he walked into the chamber. Planning for Zelenskiy’s speech began in October, according to a Pelosi aide, when she met with Ruslan Stefanchuk, chairman of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The 44-year-old Zelenskiy, a former comedian and actor, also visited Washington on a day that the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed a new ambassador to Russia.3 months ago Inquirer.net
Britain’s Prince Harry says in an upcoming book that his older brother and heir to the throne Prince William knocked him to the floor during a 2019 argument over Harry’s wife Meghan, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT“He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor,” Harry writes, according to the Guardian. According to the Guardian, the dispute with William arose over the royal family’s displeasure with Meghan, Harry wrote. Harry says William called Meghan “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive,” which he said sounded like “the press narrative” about Meghan. RELATED STORIESHarry accuses Prince William of screaming at him, his aides of leaking storiesPrince Harry calls life within royal family ‘a dirty game’ in new Netflix seriesRead Next2 months ago Inquirer.net
The government should go easy on the proposal to allow foreign tourists to refund the value-added tax (VAT) on the goods they purchase during their travel in the Philippines, several senators said on Monday. Sen. Nancy Binay said the Department of Finance (DOF) should be ready to present data and other figures regarding the impact of the VAT refund program on the government’s annual earnings and its financial capacity. Meanwhile, a group of farmers on Monday urged Mr. Marcos to prioritize scrapping the oil excise to ease the impact of inflation instead of providing VAT refunds for foreign tourists. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also criticized the VAT refund program, saying that it was “highly unfair” that Filipino consumers were forced to pay the tax while foreigners would be exempted from it. “While we are calling for the removal of VAT on basic goods to bring down the price of daily necessities, foreign tourists were given the VAT refund first,” said Vladimer Quetua, ACT chairperson.1 month ago Inquirer.net
FRONTLINE NORTH OF KHERSON, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the West to warn Russia not to blow up a dam that would flood a large area of southern Ukraine, as his forces prepared to push Moscow’s troops from the occupied city of Kherson. In a television address, Zelensky said Russian forces had planted explosives inside the huge Nova Kakhovka dam, which holds back an enormous reservoir, and were planning to blow it up. Russia has accused Kyiv of rocketing the dam and planning to destroy it in what Ukrainian officials called a sign that Moscow might blow it up and blame Kyiv. Bursting the dam could send a wall of water flooding settlements below it, towards Kherson, which Ukrainian forces hope to recapture in a major advance. As Russian forces have faced setbacks on the battlefield since September, Putin has intensified the war.5 months ago Inquirer.net