Wed, 19 May 2021

SEOUL -- The sentence on former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was reduced to 20 years in prison on Friday in a retrial of the corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of the former head of state, according to local media.

The Seoul High Court sentenced Park to 15 years in jail for bribery and another five years for other charges with a fine of 18 billion won (15 million U.S. dollars) and a forfeit of 3.5 billion won (2.9 million U.S. dollars). (S. Korea-Park-Sentence)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,611 within one day to 72,347, with the death toll adding by 52 to 3,469, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Friday.

According to him, 878 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 33,529. (Indonesia-COVID-19-Cases)

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KABUL -- Afghan forces have killed nine militants and foiled Taliban attempts to gain ground in Musakhil district of the eastern Khost province, said a statement of Defense Ministry on Friday.

No security personnel or civilians have been hurt in the fighting, the statement said, adding the security forces would continue to stabilize security elsewhere in the country. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Fight)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's secondary and primary schools and kindergartens will begin summer vacation next Monday as the government will start to strengthen social distancing measures amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection on Thursday reported 42 new cases of COVID-19, including 34 local cases, raising the total confirmed cases here to 1,365. (Hong Kong-Summer Vacation)

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