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South Korea special prosecutors to decide on charges

Seoul - Special prosecutors investigating South Korea's swirling corruption scandal said they would decide Tuesday whether to indict the heir to the Samsung empire, after losing a bid to extend their inquiry.

French legal probe ratchets up pressure on Fillon election bid

Paris - A French prosecutors' decision to launch a full judicial inquiry into claims that presidential candidate Francois Fillon paid his family for fake jobs leaves him facing a fraught two months before elections, media commentators said Saturday.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Paris - Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said.

France's Fillon demands investigators drop 'illegal' probe

Paris - Lawyers for French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday called on prosecutors to drop their probe into payments made to his wife for a suspected fake job, calling it "illegal".

Luxembourg prosecutes unknown person in VW scandal

Luxembourg - Luxembourg has filed a criminal case against an unknown person in an unusual step related to the Volkswagen "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

French investigators seize parliamentary documents in Fillon probe

Paris - French investigators seized documents in parliament on Tuesday as part of a probe into allegations that conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon paid his wife for a fictitious parliamentary job.

German prosecutors probing ex-VW chief Winterkorn for fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating Volkswagen's former chief executive Martin Winterkorn on suspicion of fraud over the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, dealing a blow to the auto giant's attempts to move on from the crisis....

France investigates 'fake job' claim against Fillon wife

Paris - French investigators on Wednesday launched a preliminary probe into claims the wife of presidential candidate Francois Fillon earned 500,000 euros ($538,000) for a suspected fake job as his parliamentary aide.

Panama suspends Panama Papers probe

Panama - Panama is suspending its probe into the Panama Papers, the leak of a legal firm's files on clients who stored assets in opaque offshore companies, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Brussels airport bombers targeted US, Jews: probe

Brussels - The Islamic State suicide bombers who attacked Brussels airport last year targeted passengers travelling to the United States and also Jewish people, several sources told AFP.

Hungary orders fraud probe into Budapest metro project

Budapest - Hungary said Thursday it has ordered a criminal probe into suspected graft during the construction of a Budapest metro line after the EU's anti-fraud office found evidence of possible corruption.

Act of terror 'not at forefront' of plane crash probe: Kremlin

Moscow - The probe into the Russian plane crash that killed 92 people Sunday is not considering an act of terror as a strong possible cause of the accident, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Probe launched into 'deadliest' US police departments

Los Angeles - Authorities in California launched an investigation into two police agencies in the state described as the deadliest in the country.

Probe finds coalition 'mistake' in Yemen MSF strike

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition made a mistake when it carried out a deadly bombing next to a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Yemen, an "independent" probe said Tuesday.

Two charged with terrorism over Belgian machete attack

Brussels - Belgian authorities charged a woman and a man on Thursday with terrorism offences over an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.The prosecutor's office said 36-year-old Sabrina Z. and 37-year-old Farid L.

Brazilian graft judges threaten to resign over intimidation

Bras - Brazilian prosecutors running a giant corruption probe threatened to quit Wednesday over what they said was intimidation by members of the graft-plagued Congress, many of whom face investigation.

Belgium holds 6 over August machete attack on policewomen

Brussels - Belgian police arrested six people on Wednesday in connection with an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Police crack down on Ankara demo after schoolgirl dorm fire: AFP

Ankara - Turkish police tear gassed protesters who tried to rally in Ankara Wednesday after 12 people, mostly schoolgirls, were killed in a fire at a dormitory in southern Turkey, an AFP photographer said.

Terror gang was set to hit Paris on Dec 1: source

Paris - A jihadist terror ring was planning to attack Paris on December 1 and had researched sites including a Christmas market and Disneyland outside the capital as potential targets, a police source said Thursday.

Tough prosecutor takes over Swedish PM murder probe

Stockholm - Sweden on Tuesday announced that tough prosecutor Krister Petersson will relaunch the probe into the 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme, still a mystery three decades on despite countless leads.

French investigators name plotter of Paris, Brussels attacks

Paris - French investigators have identified a Moroccan-Belgian jihadist based in Syria as a key plotter of attacks in Paris and Brussels, sources told AFP Tuesday, announcing a breakthrough in their multi-country probe.

Ecuador to question Assange on rape allegations

Stockholm - Julian Assange will be questioned next week over longstanding rape accusations, Sweden's public prosecutor's office announced Monday, saying an Ecuadorian prosecutor would visit the WikiLeaks founder in the embassy where he has been holed up since 2012...

German prosecutors probe Facebook hate incitement claim

Berlin - German prosecutors said Monday they have launched a probe after receiving a complaint alleging that top Facebook bosses including founder Mark Zuckerberg are condoning hate speech, as pressure grows on the social network to clamp down on racist content...

No change to FBI advice not to charge Clinton over emails: lawmaker

Washington - The FBI's review of new emails did not uncover any wrongdoing by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the bureau has not changed its July recommendation not to charge her, Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday.

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to VW chairman

Frankfurt - German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said Sunday.

E. Guinea's leader's son faces Swiss corruption probe

Geneva - Geneva prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a money laundering probe targeting the son of Equatorial Guinea's leader, accused of plundering his country to buy luxuries including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Spain ambassador to Afghanistan probed over embassy attack

Madrid - Spain's National Court said Wednesday it was investigating the country's ambassador to Afghanistan and his former deputy for alleged security flaws after an attack on the Kabul embassy last year that left six dead.

FBI plumbs email trove, shaking White House race

Washington - FBI agents are plumbing hundreds of thousands of emails in search of potentially incriminating evidence against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in a high-pressure probe seven days before the US presidential election.

German court restricts contact between father and 'eBay baby'

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Baby offered for sale on eBay prompts German probe

Berlin - German police said Thursday they were investigating a refugee couple after their one-month-old baby was put up for sale on the online auction platform eBay for 5,000 euros ($5,500).
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