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Imran Khan & wife get 14-yr. jail sentence

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Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been sentenced to 14 years in prison, a day after the former Pakistan prime minister was jailed for 10 years.
Khan, who was ousted as PM by his opponents in 2022, is already serving a three-year jail term after being convicted of corruption.

On Tuesday he was sentenced for leaking state secrets.

Khan has said the numerous cases against him are politically motivated.

It is believed the sentences against him will be served concurrently. Khan has already been detained since last August when he was arrested.

His wife Bushra Bibi surrendered after Wednesday’s verdict. The two married in 2018, months before Khan was elected prime minister.

The couple was accused of illegally selling state gifts they’d received for personal profit.

(BBC News)

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Cyanide found in blood of all 6 that died in luxury hotel suite in Bangkok

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Cyanide has been found in the blood of all six people who died in a luxury hotel suite in Bangkok, say doctors after examining their bodies.
Based on the initial post-mortem examination, they say there is “no other cause” that would explain their deaths “except for cyanide”.

But further tests are being carried out to determine the “intensity” of the deadly chemical and to rule out any other toxins.

Forensic investigators had earlier found traces of cyanide on the teacups used by the victims, all of whom are of Vietnamese origin including two with dual US citizenship. Police suspect that one of the dead was behind the poisoning and was driven by crushing debt – but have not said who.

The victims’ lips and nails had turned dark purple indicating a lack of oxygen, while their internal organs turned “blood red”, which is another sign of cyanide poisoning, said Professor Kornkiat Vongpaisarnsin of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.

Doctor Chanchai Sittipunt, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said they still needed to find out how much cyanide was in the blood of the deceased.

“But from what we have detected – from observation, from internal organ check, from finding cyanide in the blood during the screening test – there is no other cause that would be the factor that would cause their deaths, except for cyanide,” he told reporters.

The deceased were found by housekeepers at the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in the Thai capital late on Tuesday.

Investigators believe they had been dead for between 12 and 24 hours by then.

The mystery around the shocking discovery made international headlines.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin ordered an urgent investigation into the case, stressing that the deaths were the result of a “private matter”, and there was no suggestion of public danger.

Police have since begun to piece together what might have happened.

Two of the six victims had loaned “tens of millions of Thai baht” to another of the deceased for investment purposes, authorities said. Ten million baht is worth nearly $280,000 (£215,000).

(BBC News)

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Nat Thaipun wins MasterChef Australia 2024 (Video)

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Victorian barista Nat Thaipun clinched the title of MasterChef Australia 2024, winning $250,000 and a residency at Crown Melbourne’s ALUMNI restaurant.

In a gripping finale, Thaipun triumphed over Tasmanian butcher Josh “Pezza” Perry, scoring 71 points to Pezza’s 68.

The competition featured a high-stakes ingredient challenge, where Nat’s innovative scotch egg with Northern Thai flavors wowed the judges. 

In the pressure test, Nat maintained her lead, despite some textural flaws, while Pezza delivered a commendable dish missing a key element.

Third-place finalist Savindri Perera, a Sri Lankan-born contestant, showcased her heritage with a unique take on chicken curry, inspired by her mother’s recipes. 

She shared her emotional journey, including struggles with body dysmorphia, in hopes of encouraging others.

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Russia antivirus firm Kaspersky quits US after ban

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Russian antivirus giant Kaspersky Labs has told ‘BBC News’ that it is leaving the US after the Biden administration banned sales and distribution of the firm’s software.

Kaspersky said it had made the “sad and difficult decision” to leave “as business opportunities in the country are no longer viable”.

It comes after Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said last month that Moscow’s influence over the company posed a significant risk to US infrastructure and services.

Kaspersky, which had been operating in the US for two decades, has denied the allegations.

“Starting from July 20, 2024 Kaspersky will gradually wind down its US operations and eliminate US-based positions,” the firm said in a statement.

Its US website has already stopped selling its antivirus and cybersecurity tools, with a message reading “purchase is unavailable for US customers”.

The announcement came after sales and distribution of Kaspersky products were banned in the US.

Ms Raimondo said the US was compelled to take action due to Russia’s “capacity and… intent to collect and weaponise the personal information of Americans”.

“Kaspersky will generally no longer be able to, among other activities, sell its software within the United States or provide updates to software already in use,” the Commerce Department said.

The ruling used broad powers created by the Trump administration to ban or restrict transactions between US firms and technology companies from “foreign adversary” nations like Russia and China.

It effectively barred downloads of software updates, resales and licensing of the products from 29 September, while new business was to be restricted within 30 days of the announcement.

Sellers and resellers who violate the restrictions will face fines from the Commerce Department.

According to the Commerce Department, the Moscow-headquartered multinational company has offices in 31 countries around the world, servicing more than 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients in more than 200 countries.

At the time Kaspersky said it intended to pursue “all legally available options” to fight the ban, and denied it engaged in any activity that threatened US security.

(BBC News)

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