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Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Sarkozy was being held at the Nanterre police station, north-west of Paris. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Sarkozy arrived at the police station early in the morning and remained there well into the night. It was unclear if he would be kept in custody overnight. Sarkozy, 63, has vehemently and repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign. A lawyer for...
Kim Jong Un keeps out of public eye following summit announcements

Kim Jong Un keeps out of public eye following summit announcements

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SEOUL, March 20 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have kept out of the public eye for about two weeks, indicating that he is occupied with preparations for upcoming summits with Seoul and Washington, Yonhap reported.Pyongyang's state-run media has not reported on any of Kim's public activities since his meeting with South Korea's presidential envoys on March 6.After the meeting, the envoys announced that Kim had called for an inter-Korean summit in late April, as well as a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.South Korean observers believe the North Korean leader has withdrawn from public events to focus on summit preparations."It looks like he is concentrating on preparations for summits with South Korea and the United States, weighing Washington's intentions, Seoul'...
Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

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Vladimir Putin has called for political unity as he starts his fourth term as president of Russia. After winning a landslide of 77% of the vote, Mr Putin called for his opponents to come together to focus on domestic issues and pledged to reduce the amount of money spent on the military.Mr Putin said Russia has spent enough over the last few years on new weapons to avoid excessive pressure on the economy in the future and so he could now reduce defence spending.Setting out his stall ahead of his fourth term in charge, he vowed not to engage in an arms race, saying: "There is no intention to speed up some kind of arms race, and just the opposite, we will develop constructive relations with all the countries of the world."We want and call for our partners to have a constructive dialogue, but...
Putin is president again with 77% of votes

Putin is president again with 77% of votes

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Vladimir Putin has swept to a landslide victory to secure a fourth term as Russian President, keeping him in power for six more years.In a widely expected win, Mr Putin secured more than 76.66% of the vote and a turnout of 67.47%, the Central Election Commission said.The result came amid allegations of election violations, including ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.Addressing a crowd near Moscow's Red Square, Mr Putin said his victory was a vote of confidence in his achievements.Image:Mr Putin has dismissed claims Russia is behind the Salisbury poisoning as 'nonsense'"It's very important to maintain this unity," he said."We will think about the future of our great Motherland," he said, before leading the crowd in repeated chants of "Russia!"Asked later if he could seek the presidency ...
Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

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Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia's presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. His popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia's increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin's main challenge in the election was to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots counted from 60 percent of the vast country's precincts, Putin won more than 75 percent of the vote, the Central Ele...