He went into hiding in 1996 and was finally arrested in 2008

Serbian capital, Belgrade. Karadzic was heavily disguised by a white beard, long

hair and spectacles, living under a false identity as a “spiritual healer.”

Karadzic is the highest-ranking political figure to have been brought to justice over the bitter ethnic conflicts of the 1990s.

Wednesday’s judgement was handed down by the UN’s international residual mechanism for cr

iminal tribunals, which deals with cases left over from the now dissolved courts for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

In November 2017 the court also sentenced former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladi

c to life in prison after finding him guilty of genocide for atrocities committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995.

Mladic was charged with two counts of genocide and nine crim

es against humanity and war crimes for his role in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia fro

m 1992 to 1995, during which 100,000 people were killed and another 2.2 million displaced.

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Indian billionaire arrested in London over alleged $2B fraud

K police have arrested India’s billionaire diamond dealer Nirav Modi

in London over his alleged involvement in a bank fraud that could be worth $2 billion.

Modi was arrested Tuesday on “behalf of the Indian authorities,” acco

rding to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Poli

ce, and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court Wednesday.

Punjab National Bank, one of India’s largest, reported fraudulent activity at one of its branches more than a year ago.

India then issued an Interpol Red Notice for Modi’s arrest and London authorities were asked to pr

oceed with it, said a spokesperson for India’s Enforcement Directorate. The Indian foreign ministry sai

d in a statement it welcomed the arrest, and would seek to extradite Modi as soon as possible.

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Modi and officials at the bank allegedly issued fraudulent Lette

Letters of Undertakings to overseas banks to obtain buyer’s credit, according to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“Investigation further revealed that the fraud was allegedly perpetrat

ed despite the knowledge of senior officials of Punjab National Bank, who did not impl

ement the circulars and caution notices issued by the Reserve Bank of India regarding safeguarding the SWIFT oper

ations and instead, misrepresented the factual situation to RBI,” according to a statement from the CBI last year.

The CBI has raided dozens of offices and seized property worth millions of dollars belonging to Modi, who denies all wrong

doing. He has already been charged by the bureau for criminal conspiracy, fraud and corruption.

Forbes once ranked Modi as India’s 85th richest man, with a net worth of $1.8 billion.

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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approaching a European Council summit where thebehavior of

the EU can’t easily be predicted.

The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.

If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli

amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a

member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect

ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr

iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To

mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.

So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi

rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou

ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.

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Since the massacre, Ardern, at 37 the world’s younge

  st female head of government, has spoken with emotion and empathy, reassuring families and updating the public with the latest on the investigation.

  It has been her face — and not that of the suspected shooter — that has come to dominate media coverage.

  As the suspect– thanks in part to a ban on publishing certain details about him — has be

en forced into the background, facing punishment but denied the fame he desired, Ard

ern has earned international praise for her handling of the event, which has thrust her into

the unwelcome role of, as she put it, voicing the grief of a nation.While Ardern has provided

a point of stability for all New Zealanders as the country continues to reel from a terror attack

that weeks ago would have seemed implausible, her actions have personally touched the relatives of t

hose who died in the massacre, which tore apart a close Muslim community in this small city of around 400,000 people.

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Ardern was elected Prime Minister in October 2017, at the hea

  d of a coalition between her left-wing Labour Party and the populist, anti-immigrantion NZ First.

  She had only taken over as Labour leader three months earlier, at which point it was trailing so far in the polls that i

t looked doubtful it could cobble together a coalition government, let alone score anything close to a majority.

  In a poll before Ardern took over from then Labour leader Andrew Little, the party’s suppo

rt had plunged to less than 25%, a 20-year low. Months later, as “Jacindamania” gripped the nation, it surged to over 40%.

  While she would eventually have to rely on NZ First and the Gr

eens for support, Ardern succeeded in boosting Labour enough to make her the world’s yo

ungest serving female leader, and end a decade of control by the conservative-leaning National Party.

  Since then she has occupied a role unfamiliar to most New Zealand leaders: Global celebrity.

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Big breakthroughs at major events enshrine a generation of

players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la

ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”

Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi

ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock

et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.

After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2

014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.

Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two

teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Premier says drug costs for chronic diseases to be reimbursable

Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa

ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.

The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.

The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by

patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.

The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.

Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av

erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.

China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.

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