President is on track to win a second term
President Joko Widodo of Indonesia led by a comfortable margin in unofficial returns in his re-election bid as he appeared to fend off a challenge by a four-time presidential candidate supported by hard-line Islamists. Joko, who is seeking a second five-year term, has made expanding social programs and building roads, airports, seaports and transit lines high priorities, and his approach appeared to be paying off with voters across the archipelago. His opponent, Prabowo Subianto, tried to win popular support by attacking “evil elites” he said had undermined the country.
Country freezes downloads of TikTok
TikTok, the Chinese video app, has encountered a roadblock in India. Google and Apple removed TikTok from their app stores in India after the country’s Supreme Court refused to block a lower court order halting new downloads. The lower court is hearing a petition seeking a ban on the app, on the grounds that it spreads pornography and threatens the well-being of children. TikTok, which has 120 million users in India, has been popular with children and young adults because its tools make it easy to record, share and watch short videos.
Ex-leader al-Bashir is moved to prison
Sudan’s former president, Omar al-Bashir, who has not been seen since he was deposed last week, has been moved to a prison in the capital, Khartoum, according to a former adviser to al-Bashir. Until now, the military generals who have taken power said only that he was being held in a “safe place.” Al-Bashir is under indictment by the International Criminal Court at The Hague for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is unclear whether he will be extradited.
Tech billionaire joins presidential race
Billionaire Terry Gou, whose company is best known for manufacturing iPhones, announced he would run for Taiwan’s presidency, saying his bid had received a divine blessing from a Chinese sea goddess. Gou’s entrance into the race shakes up the field and draws into sharp focus the self-ruled island democracy’s strained relations with China, where his consumer electronics giant, Foxconn, has large investments.
City, state weighing ban on fur products
A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City. Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city where such garments were once common. A similar measure in the State Capitol would impose a statewide ban on the sale of any items made with farmed fur and ban the manufacture of products made from trapped fur.
Woman pleads guilty to working as agent
A Queens woman who worked for Air China at John F. Kennedy Airport pleaded guilty to acting on behalf of the Chinese government by placing unscreened packages on a flight from New York to Beijing. Ying Lin, who also goes by Randi or Randy, was working at the direction of Chinese military personnel stationed at China’s permanent mission to the United Nations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Lin, a naturalized U.S. citizen, could face up to 10 years’ imprisonment.