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Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunami

Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunamiThousands prayed at mass graves Wednesday to mark the 14th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history, even as aid workers raced to help victims of the latest killer wave to hit Indonesia. The annual memorial came after the long-buried remains of dozens of Boxing Day tsunami victims were found last week in Aceh province, which was devastated by the 9.1-magnitude “megathrust” earthquake. Nearly 170,000 people died in disaster-prone Indonesia when the quake struck Aceh, a predominantly Muslim province in the northern tip of Sumatra island, sparking massive waves that also slammed into coastal areas as far away as Somalia.



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Detained China lawyer to stand trial on Boxing Day

Detained China lawyer to stand trial on Boxing DayA Chinese human rights lawyer charged with state subversion over two years ago will make a court appearance the day after Christmas, his wife said Monday. Li Wenzu, who last week shaved her head in protest of her husband’s indefinite detention, posted on Twitter that Wang Quanzhang would be going to trial in two days in the northern city of Tianjin. “On December 24, 2018, Christmas Eve, I found out: the trial starts the day after Christmas,” Li wrote.



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Donald Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's call

Donald Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's callDonald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. The US president announced on Saturday that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention. Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing and crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era. Most famously, his story was fictionalised for the play "The Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play in 1969. A film version with Jones was released in 1970. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Mr Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.  Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018 Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. The boxer died in 1946. His great-great niece has pressed Mr Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Senator John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been pushing Johnson's case for years. The tweet came a week after Mr Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who had been a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, arguing that Libby had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel. Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Mr Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. Mr McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago." "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour," McCain said earlier this month. At a glance | Presidential pardons In Jim Crow America, Johnson was one of the most despised African-American of his generation, humiliating white fighters and flaunting his affection for white women. The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes," culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries. "He is one of the craftiest, cunningest boxers that ever stepped into the ring," said the legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, in the aftermath of what was called "the fight of the century." But Johnson also refused to adhere to societal norms, living lavishly and brazenly and dating outside of his race in a time when whites often killed African-Americans without fear of legal repercussions. After seven years as a fugitive following his conviction, Johnson eventually returned to the US and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946 in a car crash. The stain on Johnson's reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy. Sylvester Stallone is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016 Credit: AP The family "didn't talk about it because they were ashamed of him, that he went to prison," Linda E. Haywood, 61, has said of her great-great uncle. "They were led to believe that he did something wrong. They were so ashamed after being so proud of him." Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin. Once, she recalled, she asked her mother about Johnson. "She just grimaced," Haywood said. Haywood has pressed to have Johnson pardoned since President George W. Bush was in office, a decade ago. Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the US Neutrality Acts in 1949. Haywood wanted Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says "processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons." The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The general DOJ policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department's website. But Mr Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process.



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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crashAn actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family. Jessica Falkholt, 29, played Hope Morrison in the long-running soap and was considered to be a rising star in her native Australia. Her life support was switched off last Friday and Falkholt died at 10.20am on Wednesday, a statement from St George's Hospital in Sydney said. A spokeswoman said: "Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. "The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time." Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster that produces the show, said the cast were "heartbroken" to learn of her death. "Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her cast mates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured," a spokesman added. "We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time." Scene of the car crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales Falkholt's parents Lars and Vivian were also killed in a head-on crash – while her sister Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital. Jackson Heywood was among the soap stars who sent their wishes to Falkholt after the crash. Writing on December 27, he said: "Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. "Much love darlin. I'm with ya." Emergency services were called to Princes Highway at Mondayong on 10.45am on December 26 with three people pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Craig Whitall, also died.



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