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China tries Canadian Michael Spavor behind closed doors

China tries Canadian Michael Spavor behind closed doors

World
March 19 (UPI) -- A Chinese court said it tried behind closed doors on Friday one of two Canadian citizens facing espionage charges after being detained by the Asian nation in late 2018, stating the verdict will be announced at a later date. In a brief statement, the Liaoning Dandong Intermediate People's Court, near China's southern border with North Korea, said Michael Spavor and his defense lawyers appeared in court Friday where he was tried "for spying overseas and illegally providing state secrets." Advertisement Spavor is one of two Canadians along with Michael Kovrig who were arrested in China within weeks of Canadian authorities detaining Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, on Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, which had issued a warrant for her ar...
Famous birthdays for Feb. 1: Michael C. Hall, Harry Styles

Famous birthdays for Feb. 1: Michael C. Hall, Harry Styles

Entertainment
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Those born on the date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include: Advertisement -- Composer Victor Herbert in 1859 -- Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, in 1878 -- Film director John Ford in 1894 -- National Hockey League executive Conn Smythe in 1895 -- Actor Clark Gable in 1901 -- Poet Langston Hughes in 1902 -- Cabaret singer Hildegarde Loretta Sell in 1906 -- Writer Muriel Spark in 1918 -- Actor Stuart Whitman in 1928 -- Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1931 -- Singer Don Everly in 1937 -- Comedian Garrett Morris in 1937 (age 84) -- Actor/director Terry Jones in 1942 File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI -- Journalist Fred Barne...
Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79

Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79

Entertainment
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PDC World Championship 2021: Dave Chisnall beats Michael van Gerwen 5-0

PDC World Championship 2021: Dave Chisnall beats Michael van Gerwen 5-0

Sports
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Date: 15 December 2020 - 3 January 2021Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text coverage of the final on 3 JanuaryEighth seed Dave Chisnall produced a superb performance to stun world number one Michael van Gerwen 5-0 and reach the PDC World Championship semi-finals.Chisnall had not beaten the three-time world champion in their last 27 matches but raced to a first world semi-final.The 40-year-old averaged 107, hitting 14 180s, and faces two-time champion Gary Anderson in the last four.Stephen Bunting will play Gerwyn Price in the other semi after Price edged Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney 5-4.Chisnall produced finishes of 141 and 95 to take the opening set against Van Gerwen and had a total of three 100-plus checkouts, hittin...
Former NLF cornerback Michael Richardson charged in Arizona homicide

Former NLF cornerback Michael Richardson charged in Arizona homicide

Sports
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears cornerback Michael Calvin Richardson has been charged in connection with Arizona homicide, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday. Richardson, 59, was arrested Wednesday on the homicide charge related to the fatal shooting a day earlier of Ronald Like, 47, in Phoenix, Ariz., and a charge of misconduct involving weapons on a felony warrant issued a a little more than a week before the shooting. Advertisement Police said witness statements indicated Richardson "is considered to be a drug dealer," and has a history of felony drug offenses, including a record for possession of dangerous drugs for sale in February 2019. Specific charges include second-degree murder, dangerous drug possession for sale, and possession of weapon by prohibited person, on...