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Missing Interpol president sent wife image of knife

Missing Interpol president sent wife image of knife

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The wife of missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei has said he sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared in China. Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon, France, that she thinks her husband was trying to tell her he was in danger.It comes as authorities in China said the Interpol president is under investigation on suspicion of breaking the law.The Communist Party's corruption unit said Mr Meng, who is also China's vice minister of public security, is "suspected of violating the law and is currently under the monitoring and investigation" of the body.Meanwhile, Interpol says Mr Meng resigned as the body's president this evening - but did not give any further details.The agency issued a statement yesterday demanding "clarification" from China after Mr Meng's disappeara...
Interpol asks China for status of its missing president

Interpol asks China for status of its missing president

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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Interpol said Saturday that it has requested notification from China of the status of its missing president. Meng Hongwei, 64, was elected president of Interpol in 2016 to serve until 2020. He also serves as a vice minister of public security in China, but he lives in Lyon, France, where Interpol is based, with his wife and children. His family members last heard from him before he left for China on Sept. 29. "Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China's authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei," Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said in a statement posted to Twitter. "Interpol's General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the President's...
South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters Thursday. It will be the third summit this year between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The first two meetings -- in April and May -- took place at Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas. Moon and South Korean delegation will fly directly to Pyongyang using the Western air route, Moon's office said, adding that an advance team will take the land route to Pyongyang Sunday for preparations. Next week's summit is ...
Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez was sworn in as president of Paraguay on Wednesday after narrowly winning the presidential election in April. The 46-year-old Abdo Benítez -- the son of ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner's right-hand man, Mario Benítez -- pledged to fight poverty and corruption in the country and improve judicial transparency. "We are going to build an independent and courageous justice so that impunity ends," he said. Abdo Benítez defeated his opponent, liberal candidate Efraín Alegre, by a margin of less than 3 percentage points to keep control of the country in the hands of the conservative Colorado Party. His predecessor, Horacio Cartes, and several Colorado Party senators chose not to attend the ceremony. The...
Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards - startled - and dozens of soldiers running away.Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack - something denied by Bogota as a "baseless" accusation.Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said.What is known about the alleged attack?The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. ...