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Guatemala ex-VP Roxana Baldetti jailed in ‘Magic Water’ scandal

A court in Guatemala has sentenced the former vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, to 15 years and six months in jail for her role in what became known as the “Magic Water” scandal. Prosecutors said that she embezzled millions from a state ...

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Taliban attacks kill 15 Afghan policemen

An Afghan official says a Taliban assault in northern Jawzjan province has killed 12 members of the security forces and wounded another 10. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, provincial police chief in Jawzjan, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the ...

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Florida urges residents to brace for ‘life-threatening’ hurricane

Officials are warning residents along Florida’s gulf coast to prepare for a possibly “life-threatening hurricane”, which is due to strike later this week. Hurricane Michael may reach category three strength before it arrives in Florida, possibly on Wednesday, and will ...

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Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad rallies for successor and former foe Anwar

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is campaigning for his designated successor and former foe Anwar Ibrahim, urging voters to support Anwar’s return to active politics. Mahathir’s appearance at a late night political rally Monday marked the first time in two ...

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Opposition Venezuelan politician dies in jail

A jailed councilman in Venezuela arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro has died of suicide, the government said Monday. The official suicide claim drew swift denial from opposition leaders close to Fernando ...

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Death toll in Haiti earthquake rises to 15; 333 injured

The death toll from a 5.9 earthquake that hit Haiti over the weekend rose to 15 people with 333 injured, authorities said Monday, as thousands of people slept outdoors fearing aftershocks would topple their cracked homes. Haiti’s civil protection agency ...

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Trump apologises to Kavanaugh over ‘unfair’ treatment

President Donald Trump has apologised to his new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for what he described as a “campaign of lies” during the confirmation hearings. He was referring to the acrimonious debate over Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination, after sexual assault ...

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Egyptian security forces kill 52 militants in restive North Sinai

The Egyptian security forces killed at least 52 militants in restive North Sinai Province northeast of the capital Cairo, the armed forces said in a statement on Monday. A total of seven terrorist hideouts in northern and central Sinai were ...

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Suu Kyi promises ‘transparency’ over Rohingya atrocities

Embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed Monday to increase transparency over her government’s handling of the Rohingya crisis while pitching for foreign investment in Myanmar ahead of a regional summit in Tokyo. Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global ...

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Nobel Prize winner for Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer

The Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded Monday to Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, former chief economist of the World Bank, for their work on the compatibility between the imperatives of innovation and the fight against global warming and ...

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