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U.S. adds top Guatemalan, Salvadoran officials to corruption list

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U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS MEXICO CITY, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it had put Guatemala’s attorney general and five Salvadoran Supreme Court judges on......

Amazon investigating kickback allegation at India unit – source

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Smartphone with Amazon logo is seen in front of displayed Indian flag in this illustration taken, July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo NEW DELHI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has launched an internal investigation in India after a whistleblower alleged an employee had taken kickbacks, a source with......

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee released from jail on parole

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UIWANG, South Korea, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, convicted of bribery and embezzlement, was released on parole on Friday, with hopes high at the tech giant that he will also soon be allowed to work as big investment decisions await him. Lee, 53,......

Top public relations director at Chinese social media giant Weibo arrested

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A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina’s Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria SHANGHAI, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have arrested a top public relations executive at Chinese social media giant Weibo Corp (WB.O), local Chinese media reported widely on Tuesday and confirmed......

Russia finds U.S. investor Calvey guilty of embezzlement

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MOSCOW, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A Russian court on Thursday found U.S. investor Michael Calvey guilty of embezzlement, his representatives said, in a case followed closely by the international business community. Calvey, the founder of Russia-focused private equity group Baring Vostok, was detained along with other executives in early 2019......

Guatemalan anti-graft crusader flees country in blow to anti-corruption efforts

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Juan Francisco Sandoval, who was removed by Guatemala’s Attorney General as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI), arrives for a news conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala July 23, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria/File Photo GUATEMALA CITY, July 24 (Reuters) – Guatemalan anti-graft fighter Juan Francisco Sandoval fled the country......

A scandal cost Brazil billionaire bank CEO his job, but not control

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Andre Esteves making key decisions for BTG Pactual Esteves oversees BTG push into retail banking Esteves has no plans for formal BTG management role SAO PAULO/NEW YORK, July 19 (Reuters) – Twenty-three days in a Rio de Janeiro jail and getting stripped of his chief executive role were enough to......

No clear winner emerges from Bulgarian parliamentary election

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Anger over graft could spell end to Borissov’s era Borissov’s GERB holds narrow lead in exit polls SOFIA, July 11 (Reuters) – No clear winner emerged from Bulgaria’s parliamentary election on Sunday, exit polls showed, with the centre-right GERB party of former premier Boyko Borissov narrowly ahead of the new......

Moldovans elect new parliament amid concerns over graft, stalled reforms

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West, Russia vie for influence in impoverished ex-Soviet state Pro-Western president hopes to win majority to tackle graft Accuses outgoing parliament of blocking economic reforms Ex-president Dodon’s allies say pro-West camp threaten state CHISINAU, July 11 (Reuters) – Moldovans will vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday in which......

Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro, poll shows

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado RIO DE JANEIRO, July 10 (Reuters) – For the first time, a majority of Brazilians support impeaching President Jair Bolsonaro, according to a poll released on Saturday, as serious......

South Africa’s Zuma hands himself over to police to begin sentence

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NKANDLA, South Africa, July 7 (Reuters) – South African former President Jacob Zuma turned himself into police on Wednesday to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the post-apartheid state’s ability to enforce the rule of......

Brazil’s Bolsonaro implicated in alleged graft scheme as lawmaker, UOL reports

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was involved in a scheme to skim salaries of his aides while a federal deputy, website UOL reported......

Brazilians demonstrate against Bolsonaro, slow vaccine rollout

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RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASÍLIA, July 3 (Reuters) – Protesters took to the streets in Brazil on Saturday demanding the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro and more vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic, as the country faces the world’s second deadliest outbreak after the United States. On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Rosa......

Brazil top prosecutor to investigate Bolsonaro over COVID-19 vaccine deal

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BRASILIA, July 2 (Reuters) – Brazil’s top prosecutor agreed on Friday to request an investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro for dereliction of duty inthe process of procuring an Indian COVID-19 vaccine, according to a copy of the request seen by Reuters. The president has been caught up in allegations of......

S.African medics threaten court action as staff shortages hit COVID response

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JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) – The South African Medical Association threatened on Thursday to take the government to court because scores of new junior doctors cannot find placements despite staff shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAMA said it was “scandalous” that, during a third wave of infections, 228 medical interns......

Central American officials blacklisted by U.S. as part of corruption crackdown

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SAN SALVADOR, July 1 (Reuters) – Central American presidential aides, top judges and former presidents were put on a U.S. State Department list on Thursday that names individuals the U.S. government accuses of corruption, obstructing justice, or undermining democracy. The so-called Engel List was created under a law sponsored by......

Trump company’s CFO surrenders ahead of expected criminal tax charges

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NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer surrendered to authorities on Thursday, as he and Donald Trump’s namesake company prepare to faces the first criminal charges from a probe that has hovered over the former president for years. Allen Weisselberg, a longtime Trump business lieutenant......

Brazilian lawmaker denouncing vaccine deal wears bullet-proof vest to hearing

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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – A Brazilian congressman who has denounced alleged wrongdoing in a 1.6 billion reais ($323 million) COVID-19 vaccine contract signed by Brazil’s government arrived at a Senate commission inquiry on Friday wearing a bullet-proof vest for safety. Congressman Luis Miranda and his brother Luis......

Brazil official warned Bolsonaro over pressure to buy Bharat vaccine

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Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Health Ministry official alerted President Jair......

Spanish court to investigate Iberdrola CEO in alleged spying case

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Ignacio Sanchez Galan, chairman of Spanish power company Iberdrola, reacts during a speech during the annual general meeting of shareholders in Bilbao April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West MADRID, June 23 (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court on Wednesday placed Iberdrola (IBE.MC) Chief Executive Ignacio Galan under investigation as part of a......

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