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South Korean investigators to again summon Samsung heir
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye said Sunday that they plan to summon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong again as they look into bribery allegations between Park and the country's largest business group.
Lee, the billionaire vice chairman of technology giant Samsung Electronics, will be summoned along with two other group officials on Monday morning, said Lee Kyu-chul, the spokesman of the prosecution team.
Investigators had sought to arrest Lee when they summoned him last month, but a court ruled there wasn't enough evidence to justify Lee's arrest at that point.
Investigators will question Lee over new findings they made in the past few weeks and may consider requesting an arrest warrant for him again, said the prosecution spokesman. The investigators also want to question Park in person, but have yet to agree with her office on how and when to do it.
On Friday, prosecutors filed a lawsuit against the presidential Blue House to try to force Park's aides to stop blocking searches of her compound. They tried to enter the Blue House with a court-issued warrant to collect evidence earlier this month, but Park's aides turned them away, citing a law that can block searches of sites containing state secrets.
Samsung is suspected of providing tens of millions of dollars in money and favors to Park and her jailed friend Choi Soon-sil in exchange for government support of a controversial merger deal between two Samsung affiliates in 2015. The merger helped Lee promote a father-to-son transfer of leadership and wealth at the group.
Moon Hyung-pyo, the country's former health minister, has been indicted on charges that he pressured the National Pension Service to support the merger even though the fund's stake in one of the companies lost an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in value.
HNA Group to buy stake in Hilton in deal worth about $6.5B
NEW YORK (AP) — China's HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion.HNA will have a stake in Hilton and its planned spinoffs of Park Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Grand Vacations, which are expected to take place by the end of the year. As part of a stockholders agreement with Hilton, HNA will appoint two directors to Hilton's board. This brings the Hilton board to 10 members.HNA Group runs hotels,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Scientists get antimatter excited, see first light
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have used a laser to tickle atoms of antimatter and make them shine, a key step toward answering one of the great riddles of the universe.Theory predicts that the Big Bang produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter. Since they cancel each other out, scientists have been trying to find out why a relatively small amount of matter remained — allowing the stars, planets and ultimately life as we know it to come about — and antimatter vanished.It took researchers at the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
VN daily fruit and vegetable imports top $2.9 million
Vietnam spent up to $194 million on fruit and vegetable imports between January and March 15 this year, equal to around an average $2.9 million per day. According to the General Department of Customs, Vietnam imported fruits and vegetables worth USD31 million in the first two weeks of March, up $7 million and $15 million compared to the same period of last year and 2015 respectively. The figure put fruit and vegetables top among Vietnam’s imported goods this month. Vietnam spent up to USD194… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Release of emails by Chicago mayor doesn't end dispute
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to release thousands of pages of private emails does not end a dispute in Illinois about public access to such emails from him and other officials when they deal with government business.Emanuel announced late Wednesday that he had settled a lawsuit by a government watchdog group over emails from his personal accounts, but it allows him and his personal lawyer to decide which emails are public records and which are not.It's not clear what… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Foreign arrivals to Vietnam hit 8 million
Foreign arrivals to Vietnam reached 812,017 in October, bringing the total foreign travelers in the first ten months to 8,077,397 up 25.4% against last year’s corresponding period, reports the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO). Of the figure, 6,777,084 foreigners travelled by air (up 31.1%), 121,549 by sea (down 14.9%) and 1,178,764 by road (up 4.5%).Most markets saw a growth compared to the same period last year. They include Hong Kong (up 72.5%), China (55.2%), the Republic of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...