JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

Feb 8, 2017

JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

At the request of France, Tokyo prosecutors have questioned Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and others on a voluntary basis over allegations that dubious payments were made by the bid team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Takeda told reporters on Wednesday ...

Mass protests force Romania government climb-down

Feb 5, 2017

Mass protests force Romania government climb-down

Romania’s premier announced Saturday a dramatic reversal on legislation that had been seen as a retreat on corruption, after the biggest protests since dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and executed in 1989. Demonstrators vowed to keep up the pressure on the government, however, after ...

Seoul says North Korea has fired its security chief

Feb 3, 2017

Seoul says North Korea has fired its security chief

North Korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, according to rival South Korea’s government on Friday. Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman for the Unification Ministry, said the sacking of Kim Won Hong, who ...

Feb 1, 2017

Chinese agents reportedly abduct billionaire in Hong Kong

A Chinese billionaire has been abducted in Hong Kong by mainland agents, according to reports Tuesday, triggering more concerns over security in the city after the disappearance of five booksellers. Financier Xiao Jianhua, founder of the Beijing-based Tomorrow Group, was staying long term at ...