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The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martinelli Linares, right, and his brother Luis Enrique stand inside a holding cell at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The brothers were detained Monday on an international warrant from Interpol on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Sons of ex-Panama president held in Guatemala on US charges

Jul. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli will be held in jail in Guatemala pending hearings Friday, officials said Tuesday as the U.S. government seeks their extradition for their alleged role in a bribery and money laundering scheme. Luis Enrique, 38, and Ricardo...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the official residence La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vazquez announced on Saturday, May 16, 2020, that she will hold a non-binding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, File)

Puerto Rico faces political turmoil as governor investigated

Jul. 7, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico faced the possibility of political turmoil Tuesday as the U.S. territory's governor welcomed an investigation into allegations that she obstructed justice amid calls from the main opposition party for a legislative probe and a possible impeachment process. The...

UN-backed experts point to new war crimes in Syria conflict

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Investigators commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body say Syrian government forces and their Russian allies bombarded civilian sites in Idlib province indiscriminately, while rebels tortured and executed civilians in recent months, acts amounting to war crimes on both sides. ...

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced talks with her secretary of public affairs Osvaldo Soto during a press conference to announce the extension of the COVID-19 curfew until June 15, while detailing the new sectors of the country that may resume operations from May 26 as part of a new executive order, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Puerto Rico is cautiously reopening beaches, restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons under strict conditions as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown despite dozens of new coronavirus cases reported daily. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) PUERTO RICO OUT-NO PUBLICAR EN PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico braces for political upheaval involving governor

Jul. 6, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor denied allegations of obstruction of justice late Monday as the main opposition party demanded she be investigated and hinted at a possible impeachment process in what could be the latest round of political upheaval for the U.S. territory. In a...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, The White House is seen from the Ellipse in Washington. Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped their clients secure over $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Among them are five former administration officials whose lobbying work potentially violates an ethics order Trump issued after taking office.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

Jul. 6, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report. The lobbyists identified Monday by...

The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martnelli Linares, center left, and his brother Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, center right, are accompanied by their lawyers before a hearing at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Monday, July 6, 2020. Guatemalan police detained the Martinelli brothers on an Interpol warrant for money laundering, as they attempted to board a private plane out of the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

2 sons of ex-Panama leader Martinelli arrested in Guatemala

Jul. 6, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli were arrested Monday in Guatemala as they tried to board a private plane out of the country. Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli were supposedly headed to Panama with stops scheduled in El Salvador and Nicaragua, said...

Malawi's new president urges all to root out corruption

Jul. 6, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated Monday in a small ceremony, following a last-minute change from a stadium event in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of a ceremony at the 40,000-seat stadium, about 100 people...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with the headline that reads

Trump's leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the elegant East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores. “It was evil," Trump said of the...

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Prosecutor to probe attorney general-FIFA president meetings

Jul. 3, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed in Switzerland to assess complaints about alleged criminal conduct when attorney general Michael Lauber had undisclosed meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office on Friday said it...

FILE - In this March 8, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, left, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, walks with this wife, Kathleen Manafort, as they arrive at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va. In paperwork made public on Thursday, July 2, 2020, New York prosecutors seeking to revive state mortgage fraud charges against Manafort say their case is distinct from one that sent Trump's former campaign chairman to federal prison and shouldn't have been thrown out on double jeopardy grounds. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NY prosecutors appeal Manafort's double jeopardy dismissal

Jul. 2, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors seeking to revive state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort say their case is distinct from one that sent President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman to federal prison and should not have been thrown out on double jeopardy grounds. In appeal...