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Arrest warrant issued for South Korea’s former president Lee


An arrest warrant has been issued for South Korea’s former President Lee Myung-bak on corruption allegations, the latest former leader of the country to face prosecutors over alleged graft. Lee, 77, is accused of bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion and other charges, including allegedly accepting $10.2m from South Korea’s spy agency and major corporations, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday. South Korea’s president from 2008 to 2013, Lee denied all ... Read More »

France: Mass protests against Macron’s economic policies

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Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers have marched across France to protest against the government’s economic policies, including plans to reform public services and slash jobs. Staff from the national railway company, commonly known as SNCF, were joined on Thursday by employees of the national carrier Air France and other public servants as they took to the streets of the capital, Paris, and other major cities. ... Read More »

Trump replaces National Security Adviser HR McMaster with John Bolton

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President Donald Trump is replacing US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with Bush-era defence hawk and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton. Mr Trump tweeted to thank Gen McMaster, saying he had done an “outstanding job & will always remain my friend”. Mr Bolton, who has backed attacking North Korea and Iran, told Fox News his job would be to ensure the president has “the ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa pardons 3,000 prisoners


Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pardoned up to 3,000 prisoners, in a move that could help ease overcrowding in the country’s penal facilities. All women, except those with life sentences, and all juvenile prisoners under the age of 18 were granted amnesty, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) announced on Wednesday at a press conference in the capital, Harare. Prisoners with sentences under 36 months who ... Read More »

Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president under formal investigation

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation over allegations he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He is being investigated for illicit campaign financing, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive corruption. He was released on Wednesday following two days of questioning over the financing of his 2007 campaign. Mr Sarkozy, 63, has denied wrongdoing. He says his ... Read More »

Facebook’s Zuckerberg ‘sorry’ over Cambridge Analytica ‘breach’


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network “made mistakes” that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients. In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said a “breach of trust” had occurred. In a later interview with CNN he said he was “really sorry”, and ... Read More »

Donald Trump warned by Republicans over Mueller’s Russia inquiry


US President Donald Trump has been warned by fellow Republicans against interfering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. It came after he attacked Mr Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In tweets at the weekend, Mr Trump reiterated that there had been “no collusion” between his team and Russia and called the probe a “witch hunt”. He added that it ... Read More »

Australia bushfire: Dozens of buildings feared lost in Tathra

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More than 70 homes and buildings are feared to have been destroyed in a bushfire in Australia, authorities say. The fast-moving fire engulfed the New South Wales (NSW) coastal town of Tathra late on Sunday local time. Authorities said locals were evacuated to a nearby town and there were no reports of anyone missing. Earlier, separate blazes in Victoria destroyed up to 18 properties. Authorities ... Read More »

Russia election: Vladimir Putin wins by big margin


Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing an expected victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Mr Putin, who has ruled the country as either president or prime minister since 1999, got more than 76% of the vote, official results show. The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race. Addressing a rally in Moscow, Mr Putin said voters had “recognised ... Read More »

Russia Goes To The Polls In Presidential Election

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Russians are voting in an election that is likely to return Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president. Voting began in the Russian far-east at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and opened in Moscow nine hours later. More than 100 million people are eligible to vote. Exit polls are expected late on Sunday. Mr Putin is hoping for another six-year term and faces seven other ... Read More »

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