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Former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents in 2019 has been deported to China, the Miami Herald first reported Sunday.

The big picture: Yujing Zhang served an eight-month prison sentence before being transferred to immigration custody at the Glades County Detention Center in December 2019, per AP.

  • Deportation delays during the pandemic meant Zhang was held there for three times as long as her prison term, the Herald notes. A December 2020 petition to speed up her deportation process failed.

Flashback: Prosecutors said following Zhang's March 2019 arrest that they found a device containing computer malware, among other items.

  • Investigators later found $8,000 in U.S. and Chinese currency in the room of the Palm Beach hotel she was staying in.
  • Zhang told the sentencing judge that Trump had invited her and that she went to Mar-a-Lago "to meet the president and family and just make friends," but these claims were dismissed as a lie, AP notes.

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WTA calls for inquiry into Chinese player's sexual assault allegations

China's Shuai Peng of China at the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images

The Women's Tennis Association on Sunday called on Chinese officials to investigate player Peng Shuai's allegations that China's former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her.

Why it matters: WTA CEO Steve Simon took the extraordinary step of issuing a statement calling for a "full, fair and transparent investigation" and an "end of censorship" against the former world no. 1 doubles player, who made the allegations in a since-deleted online post.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."