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Probe clears Mexican president in mansion scandal

- Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and his finance minister have been cleared of conflict of interest charges after a six-month investigation into their purchase of luxury homes from government contractors, the government said Friday.

Britain making 'formal protest' to Ecuador over Assange case

London - Britain is to make a "formal protest" to Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a minister said Thursday, as two of the four allegations against him expired because of the statute of limitations.

Swedish prosecutors drop Assange sexual assault probe

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors dropped a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange on Thursday after the time limit on the case expired, but still want to question the WikiLeaks founder about a rape allegation.

Russia probes Kremlin critic ally after nixing vote registration

Moscow - Russian investigators on Wednesday questioned a top ally of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after excluding his coalition from a regional election.

Russia quizzes father of Kremlin foe Khodorkovsky over 1998 murder

Moscow - Russian investigators on Thursday questioned the elderly father of Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, pressing him for evidence in a 1998 murder authorities claim could have been ordered by his son.

Serbia questions TV hostess in lottery fraud probe

Belgrade - Eleven people have been questioned and the boss of Serbia's state lottery forced to resign in a fraud probe into an extraordinary "coincidence" in a live television draw, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

Zimbabwe seeks US hunter's extradition for killing lion

Harare - Zimbabwe on Friday called for the extradition of Walter Palmer, as AFP learnt that the Minnesota dentist and trophy hunter had posed for a photograph next to the body of Cecil the lion.

US launches investigation into killing of 'Cecil the lion'

Washington - US authorities launched an investigation into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.

Turkish prosecutors open probe against Kurdish leader Demirtas

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe against the leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party over bloody October 2014 protests, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

Probe into Israeli PM's spending amid misuse claims

Jerusalem - Israel's attorney general has ordered an inquiry into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spending, a justice ministry official said on Tuesday, amid reports of alleged misuse of public funds.

Spanish court opens crimes against humanity probe against ETA

Madrid - A Spanish judge has opened a crimes against humanity probe against the Basque separatist group ETA in what a judicial source called the first such case of its kind.

UN seeks further inquiry on Hammarskjold crash

New York - New information uncovered by a UN panel on the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold should be investigated to establish whether his plane was attacked just before it crashed in southern Africa, the UN chief said Monday.

Brazil targets 15 banks in forex fixing probe

Bras - Brazil's antitrust body announced a probe into alleged foreign exchange market rigging by 15 banks including Citigroup and HSBC.

S.Africa inquiry slams police operation that led to Marikana massacre

Johanesburg - A 2012 South African police operation that left 34 Marikana mine workers dead should "not have taken place", a long-awaited report said Thursday, calling on the officers involved to face a criminal investigation.

S. Africa's Zuma to release Marikana mine massacre report

Johanesburg - President Jacob Zuma was on Thursday due to release the official report into the police killing of 34 South African striking workers at Marikana mine in 2012, his office said.

Ecuador weighs Swedish request to question Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Wednesday it is considering Swedish prosecutors' request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations.

Swedish prosecutors ask to question Assange

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Monday they had submitted a request to British and Ecuadorian authorities to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London in June and July over rape allegations.

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday defended its conduct in the 2014 Gaza war as both "lawful" and "legitimate" in a detailed inter-ministerial report which was roundly rejected by the Palestinians.

UN probe of Hammarskjold's death digs up new information

New York - An investigation into the death of United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold in a mysterious plane crash in southern Africa more than 50 years ago has come up with new information, a UN spokesman said Friday.

Germany drops probe into alleged U.S. tapping of Merkel cellphone

Berlin - Germany's chief prosecutor has dropped a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by US intelligence agencies, his office said Friday.

Apple Music probed by two U.S. states over antitrust concerns

Apple's all-new subscription music streaming service announced just two days ago is under investigation by two US states over concerns that the technology giant may have colluded with the music industry to make life harder for its established rivals.

U.S. derailment probe says no sign driver was using phone

Washington - US federal investigators said Wednesday they have so far found no evidence the driver of a passenger train that derailed in Philadelphia in May, killing eight people, was using his cell phone at the time of the crash.

Texas police officer who pulled gun at pool party resigns

Mckinney - A Texas police officer videotaped pulling a gun out at a teen pool party has resigned in the latest racially-charged incident involving alleged excessive force by US law enforcement.

Viral video shows police pulling gun on teens' pool party

Chicago - Video on the Internet showing a Texas police officer pulling out his gun at a pool party of unarmed black teens raised fresh questions Monday about the use of force by police in the United States.

Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday.

B.B. King death probed as homicide after poison claim: coroner

Washington - Las Vegas police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King, a coroner's office said Monday, after the daughters of the blues guitar legend reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him.

Ten nabbed in Canada's fight against radicalized youth

Montr - With a combination of new anti-terror measures and appeals to parents, Canada is striving to keep its youths from joining Islamist extremist groups and leaving to fight in Syria.Last weekend, the drive seemed to pay off.

Russia probes space failures after rocket falls to Earth

Moscow - Russia on Sunday began investigating the loss of a commercial satellite and a separate glitch on the International Space Station, sparking fears over the industry's safety.

Black box recovered from Amtrak train, says Philly mayor

Philadelphia - Search teams have recovered the black box from an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and sent it for analysis to help determine what caused the deadly crash, the city's mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday.

French police probe shocking images of violence on migrants

Calais - French police on Tuesday said they would probe a shocking video showing violence against migrants in the northern port town of Calais, from where they hope to cross to Britain.
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