Trump cuts prison sentence for Illinois ex-governor Rod Blagojevich
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 18) said he had commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former President Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat.. Read more at straitstimes.com.WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 18) said he had commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former President Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat. Blagojevich, who appeared on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality television show in 2010 while awaiting trial, had been serving a 14-year sentence after being convicted of wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor. "That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence,"said Trump, a real estate developer who produced the show before running for the Republican presidential nomination. He spoke to reporters at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington before departing on a campaign trip to the West Coast. Blagojevich, 63, was removed from office in 2009 after prosecutors said he had tried to sell or trade the US Senate seat that Obama vacated after winning the 2008 presidential election. The Supreme Court in 2018 rejected a bid by Blagojevich to get his sentence reduced. It had been scheduled to run until 2026 - six years from now. Blagojevich, a Democrat, has tried to cast himself as a victim of an overzealous and politically motivated prosecution by federal law enforcement, an accusation sure to resonate with Trump and his supporters. "Some in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are abusing their power to criminalize the routine practices of politics and government," Blagojevich wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal in May 2018. "I learned the hard way what happens when an investigation comes up empty after the government has invested time, resources and manpower. When they can't prove a crime, they create one," Blagojevich added. Read more: The Straits Times
HSBC to cut costs, sell assets as 2019 profit slumps 33%; warns of coronavirus hitHONG KONG (REUTERS) - HSBC Holdings on Tuesday (Feb 18) unveiled plans to cut US$100 billion (SUS$139 billion) in assets, slash its investment bank and restructure in the United States and Europe, as it launched its biggest overhaul in years in a bid to improve returns.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Singapore Airlines to cut flights as Covid-19 outbreak hits demandSYDNEY — Singapore Airlines will temporarily cut flights across its global network in the three months to May, it said on Tuesday (Feb 18), as a coronavirus epidemic hits demand for services to the Singapore and its through its key transit hub.
US mulls cutting China's Huawei off from global chip suppliers, with TSMC in crosshairsWASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Trump administration is considering changing US regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan's TSMC, the world's largest contract chipmaker, two sources familiar with the matter said.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Football: Uefa cuts 15 seconds off VAR reviews in the Champions LeagueZURICH (REUTERS) - Uefa says it has shaved 15 seconds off the average time it takes for the video assistant referee (VAR) system to correct a decision in the Champions League this season, with the average down to one minute 30 seconds.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Turkish mother fights to free cadet son from life sentenceWearing a colourful headscarf and long coat to guard against a bitter Ankara frost, Turkish mother Melek Cetinkaya would not usually catch the attention of the police. Cetinkaya is undeterred because she is fighting for her son, an air force cadet who was just 19 years old when he was jailed for participating SipahiSungur ErdoganHitler please visit
'Be yourself': Ex-British PM Theresa May advises women in politicsDUBAI (AFP) - 'Be yourself' is the advice former British prime minister Theresa May gave to the Global Women's Forum in Dubai on Monday (Feb 17), explaining how she had risen to the top job despite refusing to conform to masculine traditions in politics.. Read more at straitstimes.com.