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Panama's Noriega to be allowed to recuperate in hospital
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Panamanian court has ordered that imprisoned former leader Manuel Noriega be allowed to prepare for and recuperate from a surgery at a public hospital rather than prison.
In a statement Monday, the judiciary said the decision was based on a report from the country's medical institute.
The 82-year-old former strongman needs to have a benign brain tumor surgically removed. He was scheduled to have the procedure in July, but apparently backed out because he feared contracting an infection.
Noriega's lawyer, Ezra Angel, said Monday that the court's order, which he had not yet received formally, was in response to his petition that Noriega be allowed to recuperate at home.
Neither "prison nor the hospital are adequate," Angel said.
Noriega has been imprisoned for the murders of members of the opposition since he was sent to Panama from France in December 2011.
He ruled Panama from 1983 until a U.S. invasion ousted him in 1989.
Hong Kong's faith in rule of law shaken by China ruling
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong has regarded China with apprehension since its 1997 handover, but Beijing's latest intervention has shaken faith in the city's cherished rule of law, and its status as a place to do business in Asia.Its move to block two pro-independence lawmakers from taking office has ignited concerns that have simmered since the massive "Umbrella Revolution" pro-democracy protests of 2014 failed to win political reforms.The dispute flared after the young lawmakers -- whose calls… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Restoration of revered Cyprus monastery 'symbol of unity'
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Work carried out jointly by Greek and Turkish Cypriots to restore an Orthodox Christian monastery was hailed Monday as a symbolic milestone for unity and peace on the ethnically divided eastern Mediterranean island.Situated on the northeastern tip of the Karpas peninsula in Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, the monastery is dedicated to one of Jesus' first disciples, St. Andrew, and has long been revered by both Orthodox Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hanoi office and retail competition heating up
The market segment for offices and retail space for lease in Hanoi is expected to become fiercely competitive as supply increases. It is estimated that by the end of this year, the market will have additional 200,000sq.m of offices for lease It is estimated that by the end of this year, the market will have additional 200,000sq.m of offices for lease from seven projects. However, there is no new project in the capital’s centre.CBRE said last year, the total supply of office for rent was up to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Next generation ready to break out of the shadows
17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer. Photo by Reuters/ Jason Reed. Tennis fans should intoxicate themselves on the elixir still being served up by the best men's generation to grace the game before the well dries up and mere mortals take over, at least that's what the doom-mongers think. They say when 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer, claycourt king Rafael Nadal and Serbian winning-machine Novak Djokovic, not to mention the mercurial Andy Murray, hang up their rackets quality,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Instant noodle market no longer hot
VietNamNet Bride - Between 50 and 55 instant noodle packs a year on average are bought by each Vietnamese, a slight decrease compared with recent years, according to the World Instant Noodles Association (WINA). In 2015, Vietnam consumed 4.8 billion packs. The figures were 5 billion in 2014 and 5.2 billion in 2013. Vietnam ranks fourth in the world in instant noodle consumption level, after China (40 billion packs a year), Indonesia (13 billion) and Japan (5 billion). According to Kajiwara… chat_bubble_outline Read More...