Guatemalan judge charges former president in bribery case

GUATEMALA CITY: A Guatemalan judge on Wednesday charged former President Otto Perez with money laundering and bribery in a massive corruption case in which 52 others were also accused, including former ministers, business people and lawyers. Perez and former Vice President Roxana Baldetti are accused of receiving hundreds of bribes for public contracts during their… Read More »

Football: Griffiths puts struggling Celtic in Champions League driving seat

PARIS: Leigh Griffiths levelled 12 minutes from time to give struggling Celtic a 1-1 draw at Astana in their Champions League third qualifying round first leg clash on Wednesday (Jul 27). The result gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the upper hand ahead of their return clash in Glasgow next week, but the Kazakh side were unfortunate… Read More »

Kremlin says allegations it hacked U.S. Democratic Party 'made-up horror stories'

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Wednesday (Jul 27) dismissed allegations Russia had hacked Democratic Party emails as “horror stories” dreamt up by U.S. politicians, saying it never interfered in other countries’ election campaigns. “Moscow is at pains to avoid any words that could be interpreted as direct or indirect interference in the election process,” Kremlin spokesman… Read More »

Bulgaria softens tone but still points finger at Russian aircraft

SOFIA: Bulgaria toned down its criticism of Moscow on Tuesday, saying Russian aircraft had not been involved in violations of its air space but once again blamed Russia for not observing international norms in aviation. Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Sunday there had been a rise in violations of its air space by… Read More »

Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil – reports

SAO PAULO: The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais (27.8 million pounds) in ransom, according to reports in a leading Brazilian news magazine. Aparecida Schunck, the mother of Ecclestone’s wife, Fabiana Flosi, was seized on Friday night, Veja and other news… Read More »

Turkey takes extra security measures for Champions League game

ANKARA: Turkey has taken additional measures to ensure the safety of the AS Monaco team visiting Istanbul this week for a Champions League qualifying game against Fenerbahce after a failed coup attempt in the country, the sports minister said on Monday. “Monaco demanded some extra security measures. We took these measures. We will make sure… Read More »

Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm

ISTANBUL: Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, under a crackdown following a failed coup that has targeted more than 60,000 people, drawing fire from the European Union. The arrests or suspensions of soldiers, police, judges and civil servants in response to the July 15-16 putsch have raised concerns among… Read More »

Scandal rocks Democratic Party truce on eve of convention

PHILADELPHIA: US Democrats scrambled on Sunday (Jul 24) to contain damaging revelations of an insider effort to hobble Bernie Sanders’s White House campaign that threatened an uneasy truce on the eve of the party’s convention. Democrats converge on Monday on Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”, to elevate Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee who… Read More »