US envoy visits Vietnam and S'pore
WASHINGTON • Regional stability will be an overarching theme of an upcoming visit to Vietnam and Singapore by Ms Tina Kaidanow, United States principal deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, from today to Feb 7.
In Hanoi, Ms Kaidanow will lead the US delegation at the ninth round of the US-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defence Dialogue. In Singapore, she will join a US delegation at the Singapore Air Show, the US State Department said in a press note last Friday.
Tycoon and wife were murdered: Police
TORONTO • Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, found hanging by belts on Dec 15 near the basement pool in their Toronto mansion, were victims of a targeted attack that police are now treating as murders.
Toronto detectives, ending six weeks of speculation and conflicting reports swirling around the deaths, said on Friday that the founder of Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings and his wife were killed, ruling out suicides or a murder-suicide.
HK activist banned from running in polls
HONG KONG • One of Hong Kong's best-known democracy activists was banned yesterday from standing as a lawmaker in upcoming elections, the latest blow to freedoms in the city as Beijing tightens its grip.
Ms Agnes Chow, 21, a former leader of the mass Umbrella Movement protests of 2014 that called for political reform, had her nomination rejected because she supports self-determination for the semi-autonomous city, the government said.