Scandals, jail sink Peru's Fujimori dynasty again

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s Fujimori family has been here before. When Alberto Fujimori fled graft allegations and resigned Peru’s presidency by fax from Japan in 2000, many thought the family name and the right-wing populist brand he built during his decade in power were ruined. But his daughter Keiko, a Columbia Business School graduate who once served as his first […]

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Egyptian authorities detain daughter of senior Muslim Brotherhood leader

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have detained the daughter of former presidential candidate and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater, family members and two security sources said on Thursday. Aisha al-Shater was one of six women arrested overnight. They also included Huda Abd al-Moneim, a lawyer and member of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The Interior Ministry could not immediately […]

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Brazil's Bolsonaro might keep agriculture, environment ministries apart

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his future administration may keep the agriculture and the environment ministries separate, backtracking from a proposal to combine the two that had alarmed environmentalists. “We had an idea to combine the ministries but it seems both will remain separate, with one person focusing on environment protection,” he said during […]

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White farmer's role highlights South Africa's land reform challenge

EDENVILLE, South Africa (Reuters) – Earlier this year, Nick Serfontein wrote an open letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to take the views of white farmers on board as the government considers expropriating land without compensation to reduce rural poverty. Now Serfontein sits on a 10-person board advising the president where to go next, based on what […]

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IMF says Iran should safeguard stability in face of U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that Iran should implement policies to safeguard its macroeconomic stability in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions that will cut Iranian economic growth by reducing oil exports. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice also told a regular media briefing that the Fund was urging Iran to strengthen its anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism […]

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UK has not seen any successful interference in its democratic processes: May's spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Thursday that the government had so far not seen any successful interference in Britain’s democratic processes but it remained vigilant. “To date, we have not seen successful interference in UK democratic processes,” the spokeswoman said in a statement issued following a briefing in which she was asked a question […]

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UK crime agency investigates Brexit-backer Arron Banks

LONDON (Reuters) – The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday it had started an investigation into British businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU. Banks, who was pictured with Donald Trump and leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage outside a gilded elevator soon after Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential election victory, said […]

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Russia says militants trying to wreck deal over Syria's Idlib: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused rebels in Syria’s Idlib Province on Thursday of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. Idlib is held by an array of rebel groups, the most powerful of which is Tahrir al-Sham. An amalgamation of Islamist groups, it is dominated by the […]

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'Ashamed and scared': group details 'endemic' sex abuse in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Sexual abuse by North Korean officials appears to be “endemic”, a watchdog group reported on Thursday, as activists complain the isolated country’s rights record is being ignored as an international push is made to improve relations. Investigators with U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed more than 100 North Koreans who had left the country – including more […]

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Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures […]

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