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'The largest foreign bribery case in history'

The US Department of Justice called it “the largest foreign bribery case in history”. After Brazilian multinational Odebrecht admitted guilt in a cash-for-contracts corruption scandal in 12 nations, it vowed to change its ways. But Brazil’s authorities are still wrestling with an encrypted computer system used to run the firm’s …

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Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a “velvet revolution” The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change …

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Nicaraguan authorities call for peace after deadly protests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe protest against pension changes have escalated over the past three days Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has said his government is willing to review the pension reforms that have triggered violent protests since they were were approved on Wednesday. Mr Ortega has …

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Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

Image copyright PA Image caption The actor appeared on a number of films and reality TV shows Verne Troyer, who is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49. Troyer also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter film. “It is …

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Armenia leader intervenes in protest against predecessor

Image copyright AFP Image caption New president Armen Sargsyan (c) walked into the crowd of protesters in the hopes to defuse the crisis The new president of Armenia has intervened personally with opposition supporters protesting at his predecessor’s attempts to retain power. Armen Sargsyan walked up to the leader of …

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Palestinian lecturer and Hamas member killed in Malaysia

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ten shots were fired at the Palestinian professor early on Saturday morning A Palestinian professor and member of the Hamas militant organisation has been killed in a drive-by shooting on the streets of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The family of Fadi al-Batsh, 35, has …

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Syria 'chemical' attack: Experts head to site, says Russia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The inspectors have been in Damascus for a week International chemical weapons experts are finally on their way to the site of the suspected attack in Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry says. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left Damascus …

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