South Korean President to Meet Kim Jong Un's Sister Saturday
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this week.
Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom says Moon will have lunch on Saturday with North Korea's delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, whose members include Kim Yo Jong, a senior member of the North's ruling Workers' Party and a key advisor to her brother, and Kim Yong Nam, the regime's ceremonial head of state.
Kim Yo Jong will be the first member of the North's longtime ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Saturday's lunch will cap a recent round of diplomatic overtures between the bitter rivals sparked by President Moon's acceptance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's surprise offer to send his country's athletes to the PyeongChang Olympics during a New Year's Day speech.
The large North Korean delegation will arrive in Seoul Friday in time to attend the Games' opening ceremony that night.
Ex-Bangladesh Leader Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges.
Zia received the verdict Thursday in a courtroom in the capital, Dhaka. She was convicted of embezzling up to $250,000 from a trust fund dedicated to an orphanage.
Zia's son, Tarique Rahman, and four other people convicted in the case were sentenced by the judge to 10 years in prison for their involvement in the crime.
The conviction bars Zia, the head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, from running in the next national elections set for December. Her lawyers have denounced the case as politically motivated.
Thousands of Zia's supporters poured onto the streets of Dhaka ahead of Thursday's hearing and escorted her motorcade to the courtroom, despite the heavy presence of riot police deployed throughout the city.
Bangladesh's political scene has been dominated for years by a bitter rivalry between Zia and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.