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Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak apprehended over 1MDB $628m.

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Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday and will be charged over allegations of $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.

Allegations that huge sums were looted from the investment vehicle by Najib and his cronies were a major factor in the shock defeat of his long-ruling coalition at elections in May to a reformist alliance headed by Mahathir Mohamad.



Mahathir, 93, in his second stint as premier after coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protege Najib, has reopened probes into 1MDB that were shut down by the former government, and vowed to bring Najib to justice.

Since losing power, Najib has already been arrested and hit with seven charges related to claims he pocketed some $10 million from a former unit of 1MDB.

However his arrest on Wednesday was related directly to one of the most damaging allegations in the long-running scandal, that huge sums from the fund flowed into his bank accounts ahead of a hotly contested election in 2013.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement that it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and “the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account”.

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Najib will appear in court Thursday afternoon where he faces several charges related to allegedly abusing his position, the anti-corruption commission said.

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Turkish Authority Arrest Baghdadi Sister

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After US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of (IS) leader Baghdadi on press conference at the White House.

Turkish officials says, mtirkeu The sister of The sister of former Islamic State(IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria.

The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid near the town of Azaz, officials said.

Turkish officials, cited by several media outlets, said the arrest could yield valuable intelligence about IS.

His death was hailed as a victory for US President Donald Trump, but critics argue that IS remains a security threat in Syria and elsewhere.

One Turkish official told Reuters news agency the arrest of Baghdadi’s older sister may help shed light on “the inner workings” of IS.

Media captionAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US commandos

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director hailed the arrest as “another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations”.

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Nigerian authorities freed 450 captives in Kaduna

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Nigeria police has been commended over their role in  rescuing nearly 450 people from a building in the northern city of Kaduna where they were detained and allegedly tortured.

Those held were all men and boys – some were found chained up.

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The detainees, not all Nigerian, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving – in some cases for several years.

It is not clear how they got there. Some of the children told the police that their relatives had taken them there believing the building to be a Koranic school.

But the police say there is no concrete evidence to suggest that the building was ever a school.

Eight suspects have been arrested.

They were taken to a stadium in Kaduna overnight to be cared for while arrangements are made to find their families.

Nigerian authorities say the nearly 500 freed captives will be given medical and psychological examinations.

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