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Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona Sheriff

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona Sheriff

Business, Politics
President Trump on Friday pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio — a move that keeps one of his staunchest political allies out of jail and will likely cheer his conservative base, which supports both men’s hard-line views on illegal immigration. The unusual pardon — coming less than a month after Arpaio was convicted, and before his planned October sentencing — will further anger the president’s critics and is likely to worsen the president’s already tense relationship with the judicial branch, which he has repeatedly criticized. A pardon is perhaps the only way to make Arpaio — a longtime county sheriff who gained national fame and notoriety for his aggressive pursuit of undocumented immigrants — a more polarizing figure than he already is. Also read: North Korea Launches Thre
North Korea Launches Three Missiles into Sea

North Korea Launches Three Missiles into Sea

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North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Saturday morning, reigniting tensions after a month of heated rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington and dispelling President Trump’s assertion that Kim Jong Un had come to “respect” him. The missiles appeared to be short-range, not the intercontinental ones capable of reaching the mainland United States that North Korea fired last month, and at least one of them quickly failed. Still, the latest launches underscore Kim’s continued focus on making strides in his weapons program and his continued defiance of international calls for him to desist. Analysts said the launches appeared to be a response to the ongoing joint exercises between the United States and South Korean militaries, exercises th
Over 20 People Injured In Land Clashes

Over 20 People Injured In Land Clashes

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More than 20 people have been hospitalised to several health units in Buwama Sub-county after a fight over a disputed piece of land. A section of residents in Kasawo Village clashed on Thursday with war veterans over the ownership of the contested land on Block 360 in Bunjakko. Prince David Mawanda reportedly allowed the veterans to use the land to grow crops and improve their incomes. Prince Mawanda is the heir of the late Prince George Mawanda Chwa who was Kabaka Mutebi’s uncle. Also read: Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona Sheriff Those who were injured are admitted to Buwama and Bunjakko health units. Police fired live bullets in the air and used teargas to disperse a group of more than 500 residents who engaged in fist fights with a group of veterans they accused of
Samsung Heir Sentenced to 5 Years In Jail

Samsung Heir Sentenced to 5 Years In Jail

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The heir to the Samsung business empire, which includes the world's biggest smartphone maker, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for bribery and other offences in connection with the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Lee Jae-Yong's penalty could leave the giant firm rudderless for years and hamper its ability to make key investment decisions. The vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, 49, arrived at Seoul Central District Court on a justice ministry bus handcuffed, bound with white rope around his dark jacket, and carrying an envelope of documents. Lee was found guilty of bribery, embezzlement, perjury and other charges centred on payments and promises by Samsung totalling 43.3 billion won (around $40 million) to Park's secret confidante Choi Soon-...
Cabinet Revises Travel Guidelines for Government Officials

Cabinet Revises Travel Guidelines for Government Officials

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Government officials below the rank of Permanent Secretary who seek to travel abroad will be authorised by their line ministers not the Prime Minister. During a Friday meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Cabinet resolved that the new arrangement would lessen the premier’s work burden. “The change of practice is premised on the need to reduce the work load of the Prime Minister…and to enable ministers take full charge of the affairs of their ministries as political heads,” a statement issued by Cabinet spokesperson, Mr Frank Tumwebaze. The measure, Mr Tumwebaze said in the statement, is also intended to reduce the cost of travel abroad through rationalisation of foreign trips at any given time. Also read: Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona Sherif