Asia Briefs: Samsung heir apparent joins board of directors

Samsung heir apparent joins board of directors

SEOUL • Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae Yong joined the board yesterday, taking a major step towards control of the family-run conglomerate.

The coronation of sorts of the 48-year-old vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics took place as the company reported a 30 per cent profit dive following a highly damaging recall crisis involving the Galaxy Note7 smartphone.


Death warrant for schizophrenic killer

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan has issued a death warrant for a paranoid schizophrenic convicted of murder, his lawyers said, after the Supreme Court ruled his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant.

Imdad Ali, 50, was found guilty of murdering a Muslim cleric in 2001.


No inking of deals when KMT chief meets Xi

TAIPEI • Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council chairman Katharine Chang said next week's meeting between Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Hung Hsiu-chu and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is only a non-governmental exchange.

Without prior authorisation from Taiwan's government, the opposition party cannot sign any agreements with China, she said yesterday.


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