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France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, and his wife Penelope wear protective masks as they arrive at Paris courthouse, in Paris, Monday, June 29, 2020. A Paris court is set to render or postpone a verdict in the fraud trial of former Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Monday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French ex-prime minister Fillon, wife found guilty of fraud

Jun. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was found guilty Monday in a fraud case of having used public funds to pay his wife and children more than 1 million euros ($1.13 million) since 1998 for work they never performed. The couple's lawyers immediately appealed Monday's verdict from the...

Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, leaves the Meshchansky court after hearings in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Acclaimed Russian director convicted but not sent to prison

Jun. 26, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow judge convicted an acclaimed Russian theater director of embezzling state funds and imposed a three-year suspended sentence Friday in a case widely seen as politically motivated. Kirill Serebrennikov, 50, one of the most prominent theater and film directors in Russia, and his...

Atlanta reality TV star charged with misusing relief funds

Jun. 24, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A reality television star who appeared on the show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” was indicted Wednesday for allegedly using coronavirus relief funds intended to help small businesses survive to pay for luxuries such as a Rolls-Royce and custom jewelry, federal officials said....

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, centre, wearing a face mask with a portrait of Russian rock singer Viktor Tsoi, takes photos of the media prior to his hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded a six-year prison term for an acclaimed theater director accused of embezzling state funds, in case widely seen as politically motivated.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian prosecutors seek prison term for theater director

Jun. 22, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded a six-year prison term for an acclaimed theater director accused of embezzling state funds, a case widely seen as politically motivated. Kirill Serebrennikov, 50, arguably Russia’s best-known theater and film director, and his associates were...

Congo president's chief of staff guilty in corruption trial

Jun. 20, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A court in Congo on Saturday sentenced the president’s chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, to 20 years of forced labor after he was found guilty of corruption and embezzlement of more than $50 million. His lawyers said they would appeal. Kamerhe, 61, has called the trial a...

Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis addresses the media during a press conference after the V4 summit at the Lednice Chateau in Lednice, Czech Republic, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

EU lawmakers seek probe of fund misuse on summit day

Jun. 19, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers called Friday for an investigation into the alleged misuse of EU funds in the Czech Republic and warned of a possible conflict of interest involving Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on a day when he and the bloc's other leaders debated their next multi-billion-euro...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, in Tokyo. A Japanese high court on Thursday, June 11, 2020 upheld a lower court’s decision that the French head of Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt after a massive hacking attack, was guilty of manipulating electronic data but not embezzlement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Japan court backs Karpeles conviction for data manipulation

Jun. 12, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese high court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision that the French head of Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt after a massive hacking attack, was guilty of manipulating electronic data but not embezzlement. The Tokyo District Court last year...

FILE - In this April 27, 2005 file photo, Ecuador's former President Abdala Bucaram leaves the Foreign Ministery in Panama City, where he sought political asylum after fleeing his country amid massive protests that forced the ouster of President Lucio Gutierrez. Bucaram was detained at his home in Guayaquil, Ecuador on June 3, 2020, during a search warrant ordered by the Prosecutor's Office investigating alleged embezzlement through a contract for hospital medical supplies. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Ex-Ecuador president detained in COVID-19 corruption raid

Jun. 3, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A former Ecuadorian president has been detained after authorities raided his home Wednesday and found a gun and medical supplies including masks as part of a wider investigation into corruption during the pandemic. Prosecutors and police charged into the home of ex-President...

FILE - In this March 5, 2012, file photo, former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra is seen during his sentencing for grand theft auto in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, Friday, May 29, 2020, ruling the outfielder's reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Judge dismisses Dykstra's suit against ex-teammate Darling

Jun. 1, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, ruling the outfielder's reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more. Dykstra claimed he was defamed when Darling alleged he had made racist remarks toward...

Civil protection workers move boxes of ventilators at the customs post in the Bosnia capital Sarajevo, Thursday, April 30, 2020.  In their initial report, the Bosnian state prosecutors said in a statement released Monday May 11, 2020, that the ventilators imported from China by private company Silver Raspberry, and paid for by the country’s government, have been found to be useless for COVID-19 coronavirus patients.  (AP Photo)

Bosnia: Officials, firm owner arrested over ventilator deal

May. 29, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have arrested two high-ranking state officials and the owner of a private company which imported 100 ventilators from China that were found to be useless for COVID-19 patients. Bosnia’s state prosecutors said Friday that the arrested men...