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Jailed leader's homes sought

The United States is seeking to take over two properties in New York and Virginia owned by former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian and his wife, who were convicted in Taiwan on corruption charges last year.

The US Justice Department has filed complaints alleging part of $6m paid in bribes to Chen's wife, Wu Shu-chen, was used to purchase an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Keswick, Virginia.

Chen governed from 2000 to 2008. He and Wu were convicted last year of embezzling state funds, accepting bribes and money laundering, and sentenced to life in prison.

The sentences were reduced to 20 years by an appeals court.

Appeal backs gun conviction

A federal appeals court has upheld a ban on gun possession for a domestic violence offender.

Several anti-violence advocates are applauding the decision for providing some clarity after the US Supreme Court's recent landmark decision on gun restrictions.

The Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 10-1 this week to reinstate a southern Wisconsin man's conviction for having a gun while on probation for a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.