Tycoon associate found dead

LONDON – British counter-terrorism police were on Tuesday investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky but said the death was not thought to be linked to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent. Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered dead in Clarence Ave in suburban south-west London.

Death penalty

Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school. Michael Satz, the state attorney for Broward County, filed the notice with Judge Elizabeth Scherer of his office’s intent to seek the death sentence.

Former president in court

SEOUL – Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.

Presidential election

MOSCOW – Russia holds a presidential election on Sunday but voting has already begun in the flat, snow-covered expanses of the Siberian Arctic, which are home to the nomadic Nenets people who herd reindeer. Since late February, 282 members of the Nenets community, as well as some oil industry workers, have cast their ballots.

Social likely to lift media ban

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka is likely to lift a ban on social media networks this week, a government minister said, almost a week after blocking access to prevent the spread of communal violence. At least two people were killed in clashes in early March when Sinhalese Buddhists, angered by a killing of a driver, attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties in the central Kandy district, a popular tourist destination.

Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would keep investigating Russia and the 2016 US election, despite a decision by Republicans on the panel to shut down the probe.

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