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This December 2015 family photo shows Jose Pereira, second left, one of the Houston-based Citgo oil executives convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela, pictured with his wife Mervis, from left, and children, Sara, John, unidentified grandson and Joao, in Houston, Texas. Jose Pereira, 63, is one of the six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela who were found guilty of corruption charges by a Venezuelan judge on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of John Pereira via AP)

Family of jailed oil exec asks for Venezuelan leader's mercy

Nov. 27, 2020 4:59 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro on Friday for mercy. In an open letter, relatives of José Pereira, 63, wrote to Maduro that he has a long...

Mexican president presents 'ethical guide' book of precepts

Nov. 26, 2020 7:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few world leaders talk about morals and ethics as much as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and on Thursday he presented an “Ethical Guide for the Transformation of Mexico.” López Obrador took office two years ago pledging government austerity...

FILE - President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 26, 2020 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss...

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in Paris. Sarkozy goes on trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Corruption trial for France's Sarkozy to go ahead Monday

Nov. 26, 2020 10:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A landmark trial involving allegations of corruption and influence-peddling by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will begin in earnest Monday, after a Paris court rejected an appeal for a delay by an ailing co-defendant. After the co-defendant, 73-year-old magistrate Gilbert Azibert, was...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Butler presides over a House session as members of the Ohio House of Representatives vote to remove Rep. Larry Householder as Speaker of the House on at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. In one corner stands veteran GOP lawmakers like...

Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo, center, escorted by security officers walks after a press conference at the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Indonesia's anti-corruption commission formally named the country's fisheries minister as a suspect in taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae, and alleged he used the money on a luxury shopping spree during a visit to the United States. (AP Photo)

Indonesian minister apologizes after arrest on bribe charge

Nov. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission formally named the country's fisheries minister as a suspect in taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae, and alleged he used the money on a luxury shopping spree during a visit to the United States. Maritime Affairs and...

FILE - This June 9, 2016 file photo shows Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard answering questions from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart during his trial in Opelika, Ala. Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been moved to a state prison from a county jail to serve time for his ethics convictions, records showed Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, Pool, file)

Judge reduces prison sentence for former Alabama speaker

Nov. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday slashed former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's prison sentence from four years to 28 months, significantly reducing the time the once-powerful Republican will spend behind bars for an ethics conviction. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker reduced Hubbard's...

Manhattan DA appeals Manafort dismissal to NY's high court

Nov. 25, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors are seeking to have the state’s highest court revive state mortgage fraud charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort after striking out twice before in lower courts. The Manhattan district attorney’s office...

Indonesia Cabinet minister arrested in graft investigation

Nov. 25, 2020 6:04 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission said it arrested the country's fisheries minister on Wednesday amid an investigation into exports of lobster larvae. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo was arrested upon arrival at the Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta...

FILE - In this  June 19, 2018 file photo, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso speaks at a press conference in Mexico City. Videgaray has angrily denied accusations by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, who claims he used embezzled government money to finance election campaigns, calling the accusations “completely false.”  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Ex-Mexico treasury chief rejects 2nd set of accusations

Nov. 24, 2020 9:49 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s former treasury and foreign relations secretary, Luis Videgaray, angrily denied accusations Tuesday by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary who claimed he used embezzled government money to help finance election campaigns. The accusations by a lawyer for...