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Turkey prosecutors seek life jail for eight over mining disaster

Istanbul - Prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for eight executives of a coal mine company in Turkey operating a facility where 301 workers were killed in May in the country's worst mining accident, media reported on Wednesday.

In Mexico, searching 'blindly' for 43 missing students

Cocula - Mexican authorities have found no trace of 43 college students since their disappearance more than a month ago, laying bare a series of missteps in a case that has infuriated the country.

IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

S. African protesters halt probe into Marikana killings

Pretoria - Heckling protesters on Monday disrupted an inquiry into the shooting dead of 34 striking miners by South African police, forcing the country's deputy president to briefly halt his testimony.Demonstrators chanted "Blood on his hands!

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

Identifying Mali air crash victims 'could take years'

Algiers - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

Boston bombing suspect's friend convicted of obstructing probe

Boston - A friend of the lone surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect faces up to 20 years in prison after his conviction Monday of obstructing the FBI investigation of the 2013 attack.

Merkel, Putin agree on international probe of MH17 crash

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed for an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, Berlin said on Saturday.

Youth started California wildfire

Los Angeles - Investigators have determined that it was a youth who intentionally started a destructive fire that tore through southern California in May, destroying dozens of homes and forcing more than 13,000 people to evacuate.

Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.

Indian state seeks federal probe into gang-rape murder of two girls

New Delhi - The chief minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh requested a federal police investigation Saturday into the brutal gang-rape and murder of two girls, the Press Trust of India reported.

Turkey charges mining company CEO over disaster

Ankara - Turkey has charged three more people with manslaughter over the country's worst mining disaster, including the CEO of the company operating the pit, reports said on Tuesday.

Three charged with manslaughter in Turkey mine disaster: prosecutor

Soma - A Turkish court on Sunday charged three people with manslaughter over a mine disaster that killed 301 people, the prosecutor in charge of the probe said.

Venezuela probes 97 security troops for torture

Caracas - Venezuela is investigating nearly 100 armed forces and police staff for alleged torture during more than two months of ongoing deadly anti-government protests, authorities said Sunday.

U.S. launches probe into weight loss company Herbalife

New York - U.S. authorities have opened a criminal probe into the nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd., according to media reports Saturday.The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months.

France opens 'pimping' probe into sugardaddy.fr site

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe into a website that brings together older "sugar daddy" men and young women over suspicions of "organised pimping", a judicial source said.Launched in 2010, www.sugardaddy.

Russian MPs want Gorbachev probed for treason over USSR breakup

Moscow - A group of Russian MPs has formally requested that prosecutors investigate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for treason over the breakup of the Soviet Union, one lawmaker said Thursday.

Caterpillar used Swiss havens to avoid US tax: Senate

Washington - US Senate investigators have accused heavy equipment giant Caterpillar of hiding $8 billion in profits offshore in Switzerland to avoid US taxes.

FBI probing high-speed trading on Wall Street

New York - The FBI said on Monday it was probing high-speed trading on Wall Street, a controversial practice in which computers carry out transactions in seconds or faster.

Switzerland probes top banks for currency manipulation

Z - Switzerland said Monday it was investigating a range of banks, including domestic leaders UBS and Credit Suisse along with top global houses, over suspicions they manipulated currency markets.

Brazil ex-president backs Petrobras refinery enquiry

Rio De Janeiro - Former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Congress should investigate a growing scandal surrounding the controversial 2006 purchase by oil giant Petrobras of a Texas refinery.The controversy has deepened in recent days over the nature o...

No charges for FBI agent in Boston-probe shooting

Washington - An FBI agent has been cleared over the fatal shooting of a Chechen-born man being quizzed in connection with last year's Boston bombing, a law enforcement source said.Mixed martial artist Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead after a violent altercation ...

IMF chief Lagarde arrives in Paris court for questioning

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrived at a Paris court on Wednesday for what is likely to be a bitter face-off with her former cabinet director in a high-profile corruption case.This is the third time that Lagarde, considered one of the most powerful wom...

GE's credit card business faces two federal investigations

Federal regulators are conducting two investigations into General Electric Co's credit card business for potential violations of consumer finance laws, according to a regulatory filing related to the unit's planned initial public offering. ...

Switzerland examines alleged money-laundering by Yanukovych

Geneva - The Swiss public ministry is looking into suspicions of money-laundering by deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a spokeswoman said Saturday.The information from the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) had been reported in th...

Swiss probe Uzbekistan first daughter for money laundering

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they have been investigating Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov's eldest daughter on suspicion of money laundering since late last year."The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is investigating Gulnara Karimov...

Swiss probe Uzbekistan first daughter for money laundering

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they have been investigating Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov's eldest daughter on suspicion of money laundering since late last year."The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is investigating Gulnara Karimov...

Federal prosecutors open criminal probe of GM recall: source

Federal prosecutors are examining whether General Motors is criminally liable for failing to properly disclose problems with some of its vehicles...

Forex rigging 'as serious as' Libor scandal: Carney

London - The alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets is "as serious as" the Libor rate rigging scandal that rocked the financial sector, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said Tuesday."This is extremely serious...

US government probing three major French banks

New York - US authorities are investigating the French banks Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole for embezzlement and violating American sanctions against other countries, a source close to the matter said Friday.Other big international banks were a...
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