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A mentally disabled man is now awaiting execution in Singapore after Singapore’s highest courtroom rejected a last appeal by a person sentenced to demise for drug trafficking. There’s been a concerted campaign over the man’s situation… his lawyers claiming that the trial violated international legal guidelines as the person has mental disabilities. Yesterday’s ruling ends all legal avenues to forestall his execution and supporters say he could presumably be hanged within days on the notorious Changi Jail. The case has drawn international consideration, with the United Nations, Malaysia’s PM and even British billionaire Richard Branson getting involved and placing the city-state’s zero-tolerance drug legal guidelines and capital punishment back under scrutiny. The 34-year-old Malaysian citizen was arrested again in 2009 for bringing 43 grams of heroin into Singapore. He was convicted and sentenced to death a 12 months later… the mandatory sentence beneath Singapore’s draconian criminal code for drug offenses. Yesterday the convicted man’s legal professionals said… “The Court of Appeal has just dismissed the application and regarded the attraction an abuse of course of and that international law doesn’t apply. Nagaenthran who is mentally disabled is because of be hanged possibly in the subsequent few days”.In his ruling, the Singaporean Chief Justice said there was “no admissible proof showing any decline in the appellant’s mental condition after the fee of the offense”.”The case mounted by the appellant’s counsel was baseless and without merit, both as a matter of truth and law, “Anti-death penalty group Reprieve said the convicted man is now going through imminent execution except he’s pardoned by Singapore’s President.
 
North Korea’s a lot publicised long-range missile launch final week may have been only a modified version of a missile type they’d examined 5 years in the past, not the newly developed type of intercontinental ballistic missile that Pyongyang claims they successfully fired. South Korean intelligence claims that North Korea’s claim was false, that it was a Hwasong-15 and never the newer, longer-range Hwasong-17. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed final week’s launch saying the missile flew 1080 kilometres at an altitude of 6,200 kilometres. Regardless of whether that missile was the new or outdated type, South Korean and Japanese military analysis confirmed the trajectory reveals a considerable improvement in know-how, and the vary and scale of the ICBM might doubtlessly reach New York or Washington. North Korea’s state television widely reported the launch through a 12 minute, highly theatrical video claiming the new missile would “mark the top to a self-imposed moratorium on testing long-range missiles since 2017” and “make the entire world conscious of the power of our strategic armed forces as soon as again.”Some video of the ‘film’ here…
 
South Korea’s latest every day COVID infections rose to over 424,000 this morning amid considerations over a continuing rise in seriously unwell sufferers and deaths over the quick unfold of the extremely transmissible Omicron subvariant. The current caseload in South Korea is 12,774,956 individuals. The highest number of every day infections hit a peak on March 17 with 621,197. The country added 432 new COVID-related deaths at present, the second-largest daily figure, but the fatality rate remains to be comparatively low at 0.12 percent. But there are nonetheless 1,301 folks in crucial care, including synthetic respiration right now, that number staying over 1,000 for March. The even more transmissible BA.2, referred to as the “stealth omicron” subvariant has turn into the dominant pressure in South Korea and continues to unfold quick.
 
The US is proposing forging a vital semiconductor business alliance between the US, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Don’t worry is to stop China from gaining additional dominance over the strategic semiconductor sector. But South Korea isn’t fully on board presently with the current thought proposed by the US. According to Business Korea… Cooperation with the US is the top precedence, and but the most important market (China) is also of paramount importance. According to the article, the South Korean government is reluctant to jeopardise the operations of South Korean chipmakers like Samsung who retain a core manufacturing infrastructure in China, with an estimated 40% of all their flash memory and semi-conductors still popping out of China. Meanwhile, China is waging economic warfare as they try and purchase Taiwan’s semiconductor industries, house to the world leaders in the semiconductor industry. The Taiwanese government is accusing China of waging financial warfare in opposition to Taiwan’s tech sector by stealing know-how and poaching skilled engineers, in accordance with the report.
 
Here’s a producing switcharoo…. Vietnam’s automaker VinFast introduced yesterday that it’s signed a preliminary deal to take a position an initial US$2 billion to construct a manufacturing unit in North Carolina to fabricate electrical buses, SUVs and batteries for EVs.Part of the conglomerate Vingroup, it says it plans a total funding of US $4 billion in its first US manufacturing unit advanced. Construction will begin this year as quickly as the company gets the required permits, and is expected to complete by July 2024. The plant’s initial capacity might be a hundred and fifty,000 items per yr. The Vingroup vice-chair and VinFast Global CEO mentioned “yesterday…. With a manufacturing facility right in the US, VinFast can stabilise costs and shorten product delivery time, making our EVs extra accessible to clients.VinFast is now taking orders globally for two electric SUVs intending to begin delivering them by the end of this yr.
 
China is warning the Philippines in opposition to “interfering” with its coast guard patrols at Panatag, saying the shoal and its waters are part of Chinese territory. The Philippine Coast Guard reported last week, as we did right here on ANT, that a Chinese Coast Guard vessel came dangerously close to one of its patrol ships near the shoal in what the Philippines call…. “close distance maneuvering. That incident occurred again on March 2. Using the Chinese name for the shoal, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told reporters in Beijing that it was China’s “inherent territory.”The Shoal is about 200 kilometres west of the Philippines and about 300 kilometres away from the capital Manila, a lot nearer to the Philippines than it is to China. The spokesperson claimed… We hope that the Philippine ships will earnestly abide by China’s domestic law and worldwide law, and keep away from interfering with the patrol and law enforcement of the China Coast Guard in the above-mentioned water. The Philippines government is rejecting an

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