PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — The wife of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived Wednesday at the anti-graft agency for questioning over alleged theft and money laundering involving the 1MDB state investment fund. Rosmah Mansor was summoned for a second time since June 5 and could face criminal charges like her husband. Najib has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of money laundering, corruption, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust over the scandal involving the 1MDB state fund and will face trial next year. Rosmah, wearing a green outfit and carrying a matching handbag, didn't speak to reporters as she entered the agency's building, escorted by police and her lawyers.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that his landmark deal with China over bishop nominations will cause suffering among the underground faithful. But he said that he takes full responsibility and that he — and not Beijing — will have the ultimate say over naming new bishops. Francis provided the first details of the weekend agreement signed during an in-flight news conference coming home from the Baltics. The deal aims to end decades of tensions over bishop nominations that had contributed to dividing the Chinese church and hampered efforts at improving bilateral relations. China's estimated 12 million Catholics are split between those belonging to the government-backed Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which is outside the pope's authority, and an underground church loyal to the pope.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-ups in Germany. Francis told young people in Estonia, considered one of the least religious countries in the world, that he knew many felt the church had nothing to offer them and simply doesn't understand the problems of young adults today.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Hundreds of mourners are paying tribute to Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang who died of viral illness last week. Long lines of family members, officials, police and soldiers streamed through the National Funeral House in downtown Hanoi on Wednesday. Some wept as they passed his flag-draped coffin. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh in a prayer ceremony praised Quang for his contributions to the revolutionary cause. Quang died Friday at age 61. A government doctor said he had battled the illness for more than a year but did not reveal the virus. He will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in pushed back Tuesday against widespread skepticism about the sincerity of Kim Jong Un's vows to give up his nuclear bombs, saying that the current round of diplomacy with North Korea is "completely different" than the many failed deals that have frustrated past negotiators. Moon, fresh off a dramatic summit in Pyongyang last week with Kim that saw more promises from the North Korean leader to dismantle his weapons programs, is at the U.N. General Assembly this week, meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders to explain and, to some extent, defend his efforts to bring peace to the famously hostile Korean Peninsula.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's public broadcaster said Tuesday it regretted that a satirical show it aired about China offended some — but stressed that it would not apologize to Beijing for the sketch. Sveriges Television or SVT issued a statement about last week's news sketch after Beijing complained that the show, which featured a "do's and don'ts" guide for Chinese tourists in Sweden, "affronted China." The show referred to a recent complaint from Beijing about the way police removed a Chinese family from a Stockholm hotel and allegedly mistreated them. SVT said the satire also featured a map "where Taiwan did not appear to belong to China." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday the program "affronted China" and "amounts to a gross insult to and vicious attack on China and the Chinese people." Geng said China reserved the right to take further actions but did not specify.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of the Senate, where he had taken refuge for weeks, and was moved by police to their headquarters in Makati city, where his fingerprints and mugshot were taken. After being booked by police, Trillanes was escorted to a nearby court and posted bail, trailed by many journalists. "Democracy lost today," Trillanes told reporters shortly before his arrest.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To the Indonesian government, the 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with shadowy gunmen to foment revolt in isolated eastern jungles. But to his supporters, Jakub Skrzypski is just an idealistic tourist with no money to his name, a man with an oddball combination of sympathies for right-wing and liberation causes. Even Indonesian police say it's unlikely Skrzypski could have arranged the arms deal they say he promised to make with rebels. But Skrzypski, who is charged with treason, still faces up to 20 years in prison if he's found guilty.
YOSHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — It's drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to "three R's" education. Coby Preschool, in a small town northeast of Tokyo, is among nearly 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan that are using smartphone software applications designed especially for preschoolers called KitS. That's only about 1 percent of this nation's kindergartens and nursery schools. But it's a start. Coby is helping lead a national initiative in "digital play." Parents everywhere worry their children might fall behind, and Japan is no exception.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Amnesty International is accusing a contractor involved in building a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup of not paying its workers. The rights group released a report Wednesday that alleges engineering firm Mercury MENA owes thousands of dollars of wages to workers from countries where most live on less than $2 a day. The workers from India, Nepal and the Philippines worked on marque projects for the upcoming World Cup, including Qatar's Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening and closing matches of the tournament. Qatar's Labor Ministry in a statement said, "while Mercury MENA no longer operates in Qatar, legal matters will continue and we will conduct a full investigation." Mercury MENA did not respond to a request for comment.