UNITED KINGDOM

Big spender in London

asked source of money

A woman from Azerbaijan who spent $21 million on jewelry, wine and other goods at luxury London department store Harrods over the course of a decade has become the first target of a new British rule allowing officials to seize money from people suspected of getting their wealth through corruption.

A court has ordered Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, to explain where she got the money to also buy a $15 million London home close to Harrods and a golf course outside the city worth $14 million.

Hajiyeva's husband, former International Bank of Azerbaijan chairman Jahangir Hajiyev, was sentenced to 15 years in jail in his home country in 2016 for fraud and embezzlement.

 

SOUTH KOREA

Government may lift

sanctions against North

South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said Wednesday.

During a parliamentary audit of her ministry, Kang Kyung-wha said the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions South Korea imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors.

 

INDONESIA

Quake, tsunami relief

needed for displaced

Indonesia's disaster agency said Wednesday that it only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport from other countries as it responds to the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people. More than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

Meanwhile, Indonesia authorities said at least three people were killed and four injured Thursday after a powerful earthquake struck near the popular tourist island of Bali.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires