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The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021


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FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 WORLD 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Maria Chindamo, a 42-year-old Italian businesswoman, on her farm where she was allegedly killed by a local mafia boss over a land dispute. ROME: A woman from Italys Calabria region was murdered and fed to pigs after refusing to give up her land to a neighbour with ties to a mafia clan, local media reported, citing evidence from former gangsters. Maria Chindamo, a 42-year-old businesswoman, became the latest in a long line of people from the region to disappear without trace when she vanished on May 6, 2016 from outside her farm in the Limbadi municipality, near Calabrias western coast. Now Antonio Cossidente, a former mafioso who is working with the Italian authorities, says an influential figure in the regions Ndrangheta mafia carried out the gruesome killing, according to a transcript published by regional news website Il Vibonese. Cossidente said he got the information from a young Ndrangheta member called Emanuele Mancuso, who he had met in prison and who has also quit organised crime. The woman was fed to pigs, he reported Mancuso as telling him. Arrested in 2019 as part of the probe into Chindamos death but later released, the alleged perpetrator has close ties to the Mancuso clan. The landowners disappearance came just one year after her husband had committed suicide, complicating things for investigators. Italian media reported that specialist anti-mafia police are now examining the former mobsters shocking allegations. MAFIA FED MURDERED WOMAN TO THE PIGS PYONGYANG: Nuclear-armed North Koreas leader Kim Jongun vowed to strengthen its military capabilities at a key ruling party meeting, just weeks before Joe Bidens inauguration as US president. In his work report to the Workers Party congress, Kim pledged to place the state defence capabilities on a much higher level, and put forth goals for realising it, the official Korean Central News Agency said. After an initial war of words and mutual threats, outgoing US President Donald Trump had an extraordinary diplomatic bro mance with Kim. But talks between Washington and Pyongyang have been stalled since the two mens second summit in Hanoi broke down in February 2019 over sanctions relief and what Pyongyang would be willing to give up in return. Analysts say the North will look to use the five-yearly congress to send the incoming administration a message, but will tread carefully with Mr Biden having characterised Kim as a thug during the presidential debates, while Pyongyang has called him a rabid dog. The five-yearly congress is the top meeting of the Norths ruling party. On its first day Kim admitted that almost all sectors had fallen short of their economic targets and said the congress would comprehensively analyse the experiences, lessons and mistakes we have made during the period under review. Kim vows to bolster military but admits economic failings Kim Jong-un. HK feels Chinas iron fist HONG KONG: Chinas crackdown in Hong Kong escalated dramatically as police arrested more than 50 opposition figures in their largest operation since a draconian security law was imposed on the financial hub last year. The sweep is the latest salvo in Beijings battle to stamp out dissent in the semi-autonomous city after millions hit the streets in 2019 with huge pro-democracy protests. Police confirmed 53 people, including one US citizen, had been arrested for so-called subversion in an early morning operation that involved about 1000 officers. The charges were sparked by an attempt by opposition groups last year to win a majority in the citys partiallyelected legislature. Hong Kongs security chief John Lee described the arrests as necessary, claiming they were aimed at a group of people who tried to sink Hong Kong into an abyss and overthrow the government. Beijings Liaison Office in Hong Kong said those facing prosecution strategically organised or implemented a plan to paralyse the government. But the operation sparked a sharp rebuke from Antony Blinken, US president-elect Joe Bidens pick for secretary of state, who said Chinese authorities were launching an assault on those bravely advocating for universal rights. The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijings crackdown on democracy, he added. Former colonial ruler Britain said the arrests were a grievous attack on the rights and freedoms promised to Hong Kong under a 1984 agreement that paved the way for the territorys return to Chinese rule. The EU, which recently agreed a major investment deal with Beijing, called for the immediate release of those rounded up and said it was eyeing possible further sanctions on China over the unpre cedented crackdown. National security police also raided and searched the offices of a law firm known for taking on human rights cases in the territory. John Clancey, an American lawyer working for the firm, was arrested on suspicion of subversion. It is the first time that a US national has been detained under Beijings new laws. US citizen among 53 pro-democracy campaigners arrested in dawn raids MADRID: An 89-year-old woman died and another 18 pensioners were hospitalised, some with severe burns, after a fire ripped through an elderly care residence in Spain. The blaze began late on Tuesday at the care home in the southern city of Seville, with 170 police, medics and rescuers involved in the operation in which another 78 residents had to be rehoused. Firefighters believe the fire may have begun on the second floor with the smoke pouring onto the floor above, which complicated efforts to put out the blaze and to rescue those inside, they said. Aged care fire tragedy KHARTOUM: Sudan signed the Abraham Accords on Wednesday, paving the way to normalise ties with Israel alongside an aid deal to access the $1bn annual World Bank financing, during a visit by the US treasury chief. The deals were signed less than a month after Washington removed Khartoum from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist, following Sudans agreement to normalise ties with Israel in October. It is the culmination of efforts by Sudans transitional government, which took power after the April 2019 ouster of president Omar al-Bashir. New deal for Sudan