Saturday 24 March 2018

Tonga's King Tupou V dies

Tonga's King George Tupou V, who gave up most of his powers to bring a more democratic government to his Pacific island nation, has died at a Hong Kong hospital.

Prime minister Lord Siale'ataonga Tu'ivakano said the king had died at 3pm yesterday, local time. No cause of death was given.

The premier said the king's younger brother and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka, was at the king's side when he died.

The king had a liver transplant last year, according to Tongan media reports.

Farmer gets 13 years for theft

A Beijing court sentenced a Chinese farmer to 13 years in jail for stealing art pieces from the Forbidden City, the heavily guarded former imperial palace in China's capital.

Shi Baikui, 27, was also fined $2,100 for taking the nine items made of gold and jewels in May 2011. It said six were recovered but three pieces worth an estimated $23,800 remain missing.

The stolen pieces were small Western-style gold purses and mirrored compacts covered with jewels.

Shi told said the theft was a "spur-of-the-moment" act.

Nurses charged with murder

Two nurses have been charged with murder and another with covering up a crime, following an investigation into dozens of deaths at two Uruguayan hospitals.

Lawyer Ines Massioti, representing one of the nurses, said after a court hearing that the judge ruled the suspects could be held in jail while investigators look at physical evidence and testimony.

"We are talking about several deaths," the lawyer said, but declined to give a specific number.

Five Bali terror suspects killed

An elite anti-terror squad shot dead five suspected militants and seized several weapons in raids on Indonesia's popular tourist island of Bali.

National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said police received a tip that members of a terror group were planning several armed robberies in Bali to fund terrorism.

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