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El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claims

El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $  100m bribe, witness claimsJoaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $ 100 million bribe to former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, a witness has claimed in court. Alex Cifuentes, who has said he was a close associate of Guzman for years, discussed the alleged bribe as part of the accused Mexcan drug lord’s trial. Mr Pena Nieto, commonly known by his initials EPN, was president of Mexico from December 2012 until November 2018.



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Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaignSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Assailing President Donald Trump for "a crisis of leadership," former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates.



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Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat and former Obama cabinet member, announces 2020 bid for president

Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat and former Obama cabinet member, announces 2020 bid for presidentJulian Castro, a former Obama cabinet member and San Antonio mayor, officially threw his hat in the ring on Saturday and announced he would run for president.



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Former Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to U.S., denounces Maduro

Former Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to U.S., denounces MaduroThe latest defection from the crisis-stricken OPEC nation’s government comes amid growing international pressure on Maduro over his new term, which resulted from a broadly boycotted 2018 vote dismissed by countries around the world as a sham. “I’ve decided to leave Venezuela to disavow the government of Nicolas Maduro,” Zerpa said in an interview with EVTV, which is broadcast over cable and the internet. “I believe (Maduro) does not deserve a second chance because the election he supposedly won was not free and competitive.” The Supreme Court confirmed in a statement that he had fled, referring to him as a former magistrate and adding it opened an investigation of him in November over accusations of sexual harassment by women in his office.



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Former Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to U.S., denounces Maduro

Former Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to U.S., denounces MaduroThe latest defection from the crisis-stricken OPEC nation’s government comes amid growing international pressure on Maduro over his new term, which resulted from a broadly boycotted 2018 vote dismissed by countries around the world as a sham. “I’ve decided to leave Venezuela to disavow the government of Nicolas Maduro,” Zerpa said in an interview with EVTV, which is broadcast over cable and the internet. “I believe (Maduro) does not deserve a second chance because the election he supposedly won was not free and competitive.” The Supreme Court confirmed in a statement that he had fled, referring to him as a former magistrate and adding it opened an investigation of him in November over accusations of sexual harassment by women in his office.



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Senator Warren slams former Senator Lieberman for ZTE lobbying gig

Senator Warren slams former Senator Lieberman for ZTE lobbying gigDemocratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is eyeing a presidential run, blasted former Senator Joseph Lieberman for becoming a lobbyist for ZTE Corp, a Chinese telecommunications equipment maker accused of ties to China’s government. In a tweet posted on Wednesday night, Warren said Lieberman had “joined” lobbyists for ZTE, which she wrote had “violated serious U.S. sanctions” against Iran and North Korea. Lieberman, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president as a Democrat in 2000 and Kasowitz Benson Torres, the firm where he is a lobbyist, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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Russia charges former U.S. marine with espionage: Interfax

Russia charges former U.S. marine with espionage: InterfaxRussia’s FSB state security service detained Paul Whelan, 48, in Moscow last Friday on suspicion of spying, in a case which threatens to aggravate diplomatic tensions with the United States. The FSB opened a criminal case against Whelan but gave no details of his alleged espionage activities. Interfax said the Russian authorities had brought formal charges against Whelan on Thursday, citing what it described as an informed source.



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President Trump slams former Secretary of Defense James Mattis

President Trump slams former Secretary of Defense James MattisPresident Donald Trump blasted his former Defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday, claiming he "essentially fired" the top military aide.



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Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Voice Concerns About 'Sexual Harassment and Violence' on 2016 Campaign

Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Voice Concerns About 'Sexual Harassment and Violence' on 2016 CampaignThe letter states that the signers aim to meet in person with Sanders and other campaign staffers, including Jeff Weaver, the Senator's 2016 campaign manager.



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Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troopsWASHINGTON (AP) — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Sunday that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war.



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