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Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Cristina Kirchner: source

BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine judge on Thursday ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead, according to a judicial source. The order also removes the judicial immunity of Kirchner, who served as president from 2007-2015 and is now a senator. She has previously called the case an "absurdity." "As happens regularly in Argentina, the news was first leaked to the press and Cristina has not…

Yemen’s Saleh was killed in RPG, gun attack on his car, Houthis say; party confirms death

DUBAI: Officials in Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party (GPC) confirmed to Reuters that the former Yemeni president and party leader has been killed outside Sanaa, in what sources in the Houthi group said was an RPG and gun attack. The GPC officials said Saleh was killed south of the capital Sanaa along with the assistant secretary-general of the GPC, Yasser al-Awadi. Sources in the Houthi group said fighters stopped his armoured vehicle with an RPG rocket and then shot him dead. Unverified footage…

Panama seizes ex-president’s helicopter over bribery claims

PANAMA CITY: Panama on Tuesday seized a helicopter belonging to a wealthy former president, Ricardo Martinelli, whose family is under suspicion of accepting bribes from a Brazilian construction group. Prosecutors said in a statement they had taken "provisional possession" of the Airbus aircraft, registration N16261, after it was confiscated by authorities in Mexico. Although the prosecutors' statement did not name Martinelli as the owner, the former leader and his lawyers confirmed ownership. Martinelli, who went to…

French ex-president Sarkozy held for questioning over inquiry leaks

FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held for questioning on Tuesday over suspicions that he received leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign. It was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history and is the latest blow to Sarkozy's hopes of a come-back after his 2012 election defeat by Francois Hollande. The conservative politician denies all wrongdoing in a string of investigations involving him. Sarkozy arrived…