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BOGOTA (Reuters) – A Colombian judge sentenced a former vice-minister of transport to five years and two months in prison on Tuesday after the ex-official admitted to taking millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Gabriel Garcia Morales, who served under former President Alvaro Uribe, accepted $6.5 million in pay-offs to help
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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Tuesday it would start a criminal investigation into powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, in an escalation of a purge of alleged corruption that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of oil executives. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s representative to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez is seen as he attends
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BEIJING (Reuters) – A young Chinese climbing enthusiast’s fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 “rooftopping” dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming. Wu Yongning plunged to his death from a 62-storey building in central China on Nov. 8, the day he stopped posting
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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia’s 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the country’s highest court last
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The wife of a detained former Mexican governor is living in Britain and has demanded back artwork, golf clubs and crystal that were seized by the government, according to a letter obtained by news site Animal Politico. Karime Macias is the wife of former ruling party Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte, who
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Determined to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean, the governments, via the European Union, have provided support to Libya,
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KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian judge on Monday turned down the prosecutors’ request to place Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention. Ukrainian opposition figure and Georgian former President Mikheil Saakashvili gestures inside a defendants’ cage as he attends a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine December
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered “a significant part” of Russia’s military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years. Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a surprise visit
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes. FILE PHOTO: Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai attends the opening session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great
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MANILA (Reuters) – As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country’s “expertise” in research. FILE PHOTO: A worker shows used anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia inside a vaccine
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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party is likely to win, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro’s position ahead of a likely 2018 reelection campaign. People check a list at a polling station during a nationwide election for new mayors, in Caracas, Venezuela December 10,
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces on Sunday destroyed a “significant” cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which the military said was being dug by the enclave’s dominant Islamist group, Hamas. Diggers are seen near the area where the Israeli forces said a “significant” cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which was being dug
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