2019.03.01

News Headlines - 01 March 2019

Canada allows US extradition of Huawei CFO to proceed

The Canadian government has decided to allow the U.S. extradition process of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to proceed, the country's Department of Justice announced Friday.
It's the first step in what's likely to be a lengthy and revealing legal process. Meng will sit for an extradition hearing in Canada on March 6, during which evidence will be entered into the public record.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, in December over allegations that the company defrauded several banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, by concealing payments from Iran in violations of sanctions against that country.

Hamza bin Laden: US offers $1 million bounty in hunt for bin Laden's son - CBS News

Eight years after a Navy SEAL team shot and killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. government is offering $1 million for help tracking down the son of the Sept. 11 mastermind. The State Department announced Thursday it would give out the reward for help locating Hamza bin Laden.

Pakistan set to free Indian pilot to de-escalate tensions | Al Jazeera

Pakistan is set to release a captured Indian pilot in a "peace gesture" aimed at easing tensions with its nuclear archrival, after aerial clashes ignited fears of a dangerous conflict in South Asia.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who has become the face of the crisis between Islamabad and New Delhi, will be handed back to Indian officials at the Wagah border crossing on Friday afternoon, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday.

Shadowy group declares 'government-in-exile' for North Korea - Channel NewsAsia

A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a government-in-exile Friday (Mar 1), dedicating itself to the abolition of the "great evil".
The Cheollima Civil Defence (CCD) organisation - which offers to assist people attempting to defect from North Korea - emerged in 2017 when it posted an online video of Kim Han Sol, saying it had guaranteed his safety after his father was killed by two women who smeared him with nerve agent.

Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests | The Diplomat

On Friday, the Koreas commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Movement, a mass demonstration of Korean resistance against Japanese colonial rule. The movement began on March 1, 1919 with a reading of Korea’s “Proclamation of Independence”; within a year, up to 2 million Koreans participated in protests around the country. The movement was met with brutality by Japanese authorities, with thousands killed and as many as 46,000 people arrested for their involvement in the protests, which were eventually quashed the following spring.


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