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Conviction of Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ upheld by U.S. appeals court



NEW YORK (Reuters) -The Mexican drug kingpin known as "El Chapo" will stay in prison after a U.S. appeals court refused to overturn his 2019 drug trafficking conviction despite a report that jurors had tracked the case in the media during his blockbuster trial.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Tuesday rejected 10 arguments by the defendant, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, for a new trial, including that deplorable jail conditions undermined his defense.

"I'm sure Mr. Guzman will seek Supreme Court review," Guzman's defendant's lawyer Marc Fernich said in an email. "We're disappointed that substantial allegations of grave jury misconduct continue to be swept under the rug ... all, it appears, because of the defendan

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Supernatural feud just simple misunderstanding


AFTER Deadline’s announcement of a prequel for Supernatural in June 2021, Jared Padalecki (who plays Sam Winchester) tweeted his congratulations to Jensen Ackles (who plays Dean Winchester), adding that he wished he hadn’t heard about it through Twitter.

When fans saw Padalecki’s tweet, they automatically thought that there was a feud between the pair who starred in Supernatural as two brothers hunting supernatural entities across the country. The show ran for 15 seasons beginning in 2005.

Ackles, who is an executive producer on the new prequel titled The Winchesters, will be starring as Dean via voiceover narration. The Winchesters will serve as an origin story about the brothers’ parents, John and Mary Winchester, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith in the original series.

When Ackles was a guest in Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, he mentioned that he never meant to keep the

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Penang Warisan snubs DAP invite to team up



GEORGE TOWN: In what many view as the first sign of friction between Penang Parti Warisan and DAP, the Sabah-based party has cold-shouldered a call from Penang DAP to team up.

The state’s latest Warisan member, former DAP stalwart Datuk Danny Law Choo Kiang, issued a statement on Tuesday (Jan 25) pointing out that Warisan left Pakatan Harapan Plus in April last year.

“We are only cooperating as an Opposition bloc in Parliament for the benefit of the people. But we are not part of Pakatan,” he said.

Danny, who was with DAP for 35 years, felt it was “not right” for DAP to advocate the “big tent” concept among the Opposition and yet sign an MOU with the government last September.

“Ramasamy said DAP isn’t the enemy but they hav

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Police to investigate Downing Street lockdown parties


She outlined the guidelines on when allegations of past breaches would be investigated, saying the factors the police considered were: Whether there was evidence that those involved "knew, or ought to have known that what they were doing was an offence", where not investigating "would significantly undermine the legitimacy of the law", and "where there was little ambiguity around the absence of any reasonable defence".


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‘Whose side are you on?’: Russia war threat shakes Ukraine’s faith in ties with Germany



KYIV/BERLIN (Reuters) - So grateful were Ukrainians for British military aid arriving last week that "God Save the Queen" was trending on Twitter, while one winery in western Ukraine offered free drinks to British nationals.

But Ukrainians, facing what they fear is a threat of a Russian invasion, are showing less faith in support from a nearer and bigger friend - Germany, where a new coalition government has given signals that are decidedly mixed.

Berlin has refused to sell weapons to Ukraine and has pushed to open a new pipeline for Russian gas that would circumvent Ukraine and deprive it of sorely needed transit fees.

When Germany's navy chief, Kay-Achim Schoenbach, said last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that tryin

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PLUS releases travel advisory for Chinese New Year


PETALING JAYA: In anticipation of the increase in traffic on highways during the Chinese New Year period, PLUS Malaysia Berhad has issued a travel time advisory (TTA) to ease traffic flow leading up to the celebration.

PLUS expects daily traffic to increase from 1.4 million vehicles to 1.6 million during the festive period from Jan 28 to Feb 6.

For those planning to use the North-South Expressway, those leaving the Klang Valley to northern destinations like Perlis, Kedah, Penang and North Perak are advised to enter the highway before 10am.

This also applies to highway customers heading towards Johor in the south.

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U.S. Commerce Dept says chips shortage to persist, will review some pricing



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday a survey of semiconductor chips producers and users shows a shortage will persist, sparked primarily by wafer production capacity.

The department said it will "engage industry on node-specific problem solving in the coming weeks. We will also look into claims about unusually high prices in these nodes."

"Demand for chips is high. It is getting higher," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told reporters, adding demand is now about 20% above 2019 levels. "There is not a lot of good news" in this survey, she added.

The voluntary survey of 150 companies last fall in the supply chain confirmed "there is a significant, persistent mismatch in supply and demand for chips, and respondents did not se

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Tennis: Tennis-Medvedev faces Auger-Aliassime in Australian Open quarters



MELBOURNE (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will battle Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday as he looks to capitalise on the absence of world number one Novak Djokovic and win his second Grand Slam title.

Medvedev, runner-up to Djokovic last year in Melbourne, beat Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals of both last year's U.S. Open and this month's ATP Cup, but was cautious ahead of his fourth career meeting with the Canadian.

"Last two (matches) I managed to have the edge on him, but he's a phenomenal player," said world number two Medvedev, who has won their three previous meetings.

"It's the later stages of the biggest tournaments in the world," he added, referring to the pair's previous meeti

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