Peru opposition leader Fujimori ordered back to jail by judge

LIMA (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday ordered Peru’s opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, back to jail pending a trial over allegations she used her conservative party to launder money for Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori and a twice-defeated presidential candidate, Fujimori has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and described the prosecution’s efforts to imprison her to […]

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PDVSA ex-executive admits taking bribes in guilty plea in U.S. court

CARACAS (Reuters) – A former finance executive of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA accepted $17 million in bribes as part of a broad embezzlement scheme, U.S. federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, in a case that implicates a French oil firm and a Russian bank. The former executive, Abraham Ortega, admitted to taking the bribes as part of a guilty plea […]

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Brazil's environment, agriculture ministers criticize planned merger

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to merge their departments, saying it would hurt the country’s agenda on both fronts. Bolsonaro has pledged to roughly halve the number of existing ministries in an effort to reduce bureaucracy and government bloat. He also vowed to merge the planning, finance and industry ministries […]

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Brazil judge Moro undecided on role in Bolsonaro's cabinet: sources

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Sergio Moro, a corruption-busting judge, has not yet decided whether he will accept an offer to serve as justice minister in the government of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. A columnist for Estado de S. Paulo reported on the newspaper’s website on Wednesday that Moro will accept […]

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Indonesia military chief believes has located black box of crashed plane

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian search and rescue workers have a “strong indication” that an underwater sound they have heard is from the black box of a Lion Air passenger jet that crashed with 189 people on board this week, the country’s military chief said on Wednesday. Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters that divers had already gone down to check […]

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Nigerian Shi'ite group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – The movement of a jailed Nigerian Shi’ite cleric whose followers have repeatedly been targeted by the authorities said on Wednesday security forces had killed 42 of its members during two days of violent crackdowns on protests in the capital Abuja. Security forces opened fire with live ammunition on members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) […]

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