World Briefs: Tenth most wanted fugitive back in China

Tenth most wanted fugitive back in China

BEIJING • One of China's most-wanted fugitives, suspected of bribery, was brought home last Friday from the Republic of Guinea.

Pei Jianqiang, 48, former director of the import and export department of the China Enterprise International Cooperation, was suspected of bribery and fled in November 2009. He ranks 10th on China's list of the 100 most-wanted overseas fugitives.


Avian flu strikes man in Shanghai

SHANGHAI • The public health authorities here confirmed a H7N9 avian flu case last Friday.

The male patient, 59, is a Shanghai resident and is receiving treatment in hospital.


N. Korean science and tech complex opened

SEOUL • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has opened a science and technology complex in Pyongyang, the North's state media said yesterday. He said the complex was testimony to the great importance that the Workers' Party of North Korea attaches to the development of science and technology.


France to buy US military transport planes

PARIS • French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has confirmed that Paris will buy four Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport planes from the United States. The purchase, to compensate for a delay in deliveries of the Airbus A400M, was said to be worth US$650 million (S$917 million).


Africa's largest statue of Christ unveiled

ABAJAH (Nigeria) • Nigeria has unveiled a 9m-tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, believed to be the biggest of its kind in Africa.

Local businessman Obinna Onuoha asked a Chinese company to carve the 40-tonne statue and place it in the grounds of a 2,000-capacity church which he built in 2012.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 03, 2016, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe