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US court awards 20 yrs jail term to 2 guilty in $3 mn iPhone repair scheme

US court awards 20 yrs jail term to 2 guilty in $3 mn iPhone repair scheme

A U.S. court has found two Chinese nationals guilty of a "sophisticated scheme to defraud Apple out of millions of dollars’ worth of iPhones." The scam involved submitting counterfeit iPhones to Apple for repair, which were then replaced with genuine iPhones. Haotian Sun, 33, and Pengfei Xue, 33, were found guilty by a federal jury in the US District Court of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, which carry a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The judge scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2024.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad 'recovering'

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad 'recovering'

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is hospitalised in the National Heart Institute, is recovering. The 98-year-old leader, who is a heart patient, has been receiving treatment at the National Heart Institute since January 26 over an unspecified infection.

China makes biggest-ever cut to mortgage rate to boost housing market

China makes biggest-ever cut to mortgage rate to boost housing market

China’s central bank has cut its key mortgage reference rate by a record amount, as it ramps up efforts to stem a prolonged property crisis. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced on Tuesday that it would cut its five-year loan prime rate (LPR) from 4.2 per cent to 3.95 per cent, while keeping the one-year LPR unchanged at 3.45 per cent.

South Korea: More than 6,400 trainee doctors submit resignations

South Korea: More than 6,400 trainee doctors submit resignations

More than 6,400 trainee doctors have submitted their resignations to protest the South Korean government's plan of boosting the number of medical students, leading to delays in surgeries and medical treatment, officials said on Tuesday. Second Vice Health Minister Park Min-said that the ministry has ordered 831 trainee doctors to return to work.

Australia to double naval warships, largest since World War II

Australia to double naval warships, largest since World War II

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles and Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy on Tuesday announced the major overhaul in Navy and said the government is committed to more than doubling the size of the nation's naval warships.

Biden's top middle east advisor to visit Israel, Egypt

Biden's top middle east advisor to visit Israel, Egypt

With the ceasefire mooted by the US, Egypt and Qatar in the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel not gaining traction, US President Joe Biden's top advisor is scheduled to reach Israel and Egypt on Wednesday. Tthe senior most advisor to the US President, will reach Egypt to accelerate the ongoing peace talks for a ceasefire and release of hostages in the ongoing war.

Alexei Navalny's widow Yulia Navalnaya accuses Putin of murder, pledges to continue fight

Alexei Navalny's widow Yulia Navalnaya accuses Putin of murder, pledges to continue fight

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was reported to have collapsed after a walk, has accused Russian President Valadimir Putin of her husband's murder and pledged to continue his work. In a nine minute video on Monday, 47-year-old Navalnaya, said: "Three days ago, Vladimir Putin killed my husband Alexei Navalny, the father of my children and took away the most important thing I had. The person who was closest to me and whom I loved most.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza exceeds 29,000: Ministry

Palestinian death toll in Gaza exceeds 29,000: Ministry

The Palestinian death toll resulting from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has surpassed 29,000, the Gaza-based Health Ministry announced. The Ministry on Monday, the Israeli army has killed 107 Palestinians and wounded 145 more within the past 24 hours. This latest update brings the total number of casualties to 29,092 deaths and 69,028 injuries since the Israel-Hamas conflict broke out on October 7, 2023, according to the statement.

Services of social media platform X disrupted in Pak for third day

Services of social media platform X disrupted in Pak for third day

Services of social media platform X, formerly Twitter, remained disrupted for the third consecutive day in Pakistan on Monday. Which tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including users, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala, among others, are the most-affected areas.

IDF closing in on Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in Gaza

IDF closing in on Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is closing in on Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, widely believed to be the mastermind behind October 7 massacre in southern Israel, leading to the death of 1,200 people and kidnapping of 250 people.

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