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Brazil corruption: Eight cabinet ministers named in Petrobras probe

Brazil has been rocked by dramatic new corruption allegations after a judge ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and scores of MPs. The list includes President Michel Temer’s chief of staff, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor during the Olympics and at least four former presidents. They were named by employees of construction firm Odebrecht, which has […]

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WADA records 14% rise in doping sanctions

  More than 1,900 athletes were sanctioned for doping in 2015, new World Anti-Doping Agency figures show. The 1,929 punishments for failed drug tests were an increase of 14% on the previous year, when 1,693 doping offences were carried out. Wada says increased focus on investigations, intelligence gathering and whistleblowing are behind the rise. “Recent […]

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Court ousts South Korea’s scandal-hit president

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. Judges unanimously upheld Parliament’s decision to impeach Ms Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend Choi Soon-sil. She now loses her presidential immunity and could face criminal charges. There have been angry scenes […]

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Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton dies

Britain’s tallest man, who played a giant in Game of Thrones, has died, reportedly of a heart attack, at the age of 36. Neil Fingleton, from Durham, was 7ft 7in tall, and was a basketball player in the US before moving into acting. He played Mag The Mighty in the TV fantasy series, and also […]

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South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

South African police have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to try and disperse anti-immigrant protesters in the capital, Pretoria. A low-flying police helicopter has also been deployed amid a stand-off between local protesters and foreigners, with both groups reportedly armed with sticks, bricks and knives. President Jacob Zuma had called for calm […]

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Court questions whether US travel ban is anti-Muslim

An appeals court has questioned whether President Donald Trump’s travel ban discriminates against Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, until it was halted last week. Judge Richard Clifton asked whether it could be discriminatory if it affected only 15% of the world’s Muslims. He […]

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French ex-president ‘to face trial’ over campaign finances

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case, judicial sources say. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 22.5m euros (£19m; $24m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 […]

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Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper

    The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later. The White Paper, which was promised after pressure from MPs, comes after the Commons voted to allow the PM to begin the Brexit process. MPs backed the European Union Bill by 498 votes […]