Asia Briefs: China executes former top cop for murder

China executes former top cop for murder

BEIJING • A former regional police chief in China was executed for murder, state media said yesterday, after reports described his victim as a lover more than three decades his junior.

Zhao Liping, 65, was found guilty of murder, bribery and possession of firearms and explosives by a court in Taiyuan, the capital of the northern province of Shanxi, in November. China carries out executions by lethal injection or shooting.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Najib denies links to US lobby group

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has denied links to a former campaign aide to United States President Donald Trump, after reports emerged that his office hired her company to lobby with the US government.

A US Department of Justice filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act last week showed that a company called The 45 Group will be paid US$25,000 (S$34,600) a month to arrange meetings between officials from both countries. The West Virginia-based group was set up by Ms Healy Baumgardner-Nardone, a former senior press aide to Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

REUTERS

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