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Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

Ouagadougou - A jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, a senior official said Friday.

Honduras probes cartel links to public contracts

Tegucigalpa - Honduras on Monday launched a probe into allegations a drug cartel took on public contracts to launder money, made by one of the gang's ex-leaders in testimony to a New York court.

The legal woes of France's presidential hopefuls

Paris - France's presidential election campaign has been overshadowed by the scandal over suspected fake jobs for family members engulfing Republicans nominee Francois Fillon.

Swedish prosecutors receive translation of Assange questioning

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they have received a translation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's interrogation four months after he was questioned on a rape allegation.

French probe opened into 2016 Vegas trip by Macron

Paris - An investigation has been opened into possible favouritism over a 2016 event in Las Vegas at which then economy minister Emmanuel Macron was the main speaker, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Fillon, Penelopegate and France's election explained

Paris - France's rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon was charged Tuesday with misusing public funds over a fake jobs scandal that has crippled his campaign.

Lawmakers to quiz Merkel over role in VW's 'dieselgate'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces Wednesday a grilling by lawmakers investigating if her government shielded Volkswagen from regulators despite knowing the auto giant was carrying out emissions cheating.

France's Marine Le Pen refuses to meet magistrates: lawyers

Paris - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to comply with a summons to meet investigating magistrates over an expenses scandal, her lawyer said Friday.

'Penelopegate': the Achilles' heel of France's Fillon

Paris - Francois Fillon campaigned as a sleaze-free reformer, but his bid for the French presidency appears on the brink of collapse over claims he used taxpayers' money to pay his wife Penelope for fake jobs.- Who is Francois Fillon?

Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo: UN

Geneva - War crimes were committed by all Syrian sides during the battle for Aleppo, which included chemical weapons attacks, civilian executions and forced displacements following the rebel defeat, a UN probe said Wednesday.

France opens murder probe over missing family

Rennes - The disappearance of a family of four nearly two weeks ago, leaving behind a home "frozen in time", has prompted a murder probe in a case that has stumped the nation.

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.
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