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Imelda Marcos posts bail for graft conviction in Philippines

Nov. 15, 2018 11:59 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos on Friday posted a $7,400 bail for provisional liberty after she was found guilty of graft and ordered imprisoned. Marcos, 89, was convicted last week of illegally funneling about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s when she...

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant behind the...

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

Nov. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup. Trey Glenn, 47, was briefly booked into a county...

The Latest: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 3:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local): 4 p.m. A former drug cartel member say his notorious boss got a surprise in 2001 when he broke out of prison and was met with a police escort in Mexico City. Jesus Zambada testified Thursday...

Wife of Malaysian ex-leader hit with 2 new graft charges

Nov. 15, 2018 4:51 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The wife of Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Thursday with seeking and receiving bribes related to a 1.25 billion ringgit ($299 million) solar energy project, in addition to earlier graft charges brought against her last month. A former minister and her...

Cartel member testifies against 'El Chapo' at US trial

Nov. 14, 2018 7:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An admitted former Mexican cartel member first met the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when he helped him evade a manhunt, he said in court testimony Wednesday. Taking the witness stand for the government at Guzman's U.S. trial, Jesus Zambada identified Guzman in the courtroom...

New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

Nov. 14, 2018 2:31 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor — a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs — tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his...

Wife of former Malaysian leader faces new graft charges

Nov. 14, 2018 7:02 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-graft agency said Wednesday the wife of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak will face new corruption charges, along with two former government officials and a businessman. The agency said Rosmah Mansor will be charged Thursday with Najib's former special officer,...

1 Navy officer sentenced, 1 pleads guilty in bribery case

Nov. 13, 2018 7:47 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A retired U.S. Navy captain has pleaded guilty, while another former Navy officer was sentenced to 17 months in prison in a wide-spanning Navy bribery scandal involving a Malaysian defense contractor. Jeffrey Breslau, 52, of Georgia, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego on Thursday...

US trial of Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" gets underway

Nov. 13, 2018 7:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The infamous Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was alternately portrayed at his U.S. trial on Tuesday as a calculating leader of a bloodthirsty smuggling operation that funneled tons of cocaine and other drugs into American cities and a scapegoat for a conspiracy...