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Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandalThe Vatican’s latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis’ chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leaked flyer but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and “out of love for the church and faithfulness” to the pope. Giani, a 20-year veteran of the Vatican’s security services, has stood by Francis’ side and jogged alongside his popemobile during hundreds of public appearances and foreign trips.



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Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegationsThe Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said his decision relinquishing his post was accepted by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano over the weekend but insisted on his innocence, saying he has never been criminally or administratively charged for the alleged irregularity. Albayalde resigned a few weeks before his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8.



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The Latest: Pritzker board member resigns amid senator probe

The Latest: Pritzker board member resigns amid senator probeAn appointee of Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has stepped down from the Illinois Tollway board after he was mentioned as part of a federal investigation into a state senator. Cesar Santoy resigned Friday at Pritzker’s request after an unredacted search warrant released Friday indicated that authorities sought information involving Santoy and his architectural firm Studio Arq.



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NZ bishop resigns over ‘unacceptable’ sexual relationship

NZ bishop resigns over ‘unacceptable’ sexual relationshipPope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a New Zealand bishop over what church officials said was his “completely unacceptable” sexual behavior with a young woman. Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan, 59, had offered to resign following an independent investigation into the woman’s complaint, according to a statement from Cardinal John Dew, head of the church in New Zealand.



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New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading plea

New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading pleaA senior Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity said Monday that the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had received Collins’ letter of resignation, and that it would become effective Tuesday. Collins, 69, is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal that day to enter his guilty plea, court records show. Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, and another man, Stephen Zarsky, are also scheduled to plead guilty in the case on Thursday.



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GOP Rep. Chris Collins resigns

GOP Rep. Chris Collins resignsRep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) resigned, effective Tuesday, ahead of a scheduled hearing to change his plea to guilty in an insider trading case.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received Collins' resignation letter Monday, The Buffalo News confirmed via a spokesperson for Pelosi's office. It came more than a year after Collins was arrested on insider trading charges, but just a day before his plea change hearing was scheduled in New York.On Monday morning, U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick scheduled a change of plea hearing for Collins later in the day. Broderick set up similar hearings for Collins' son Cameron Collins and Cameron Collins' soon-to-be father-in-law Stephen Zarsky for Thursday. Collins was on the board of an Australian biotech firm and was accused of telling his son and Zarsky to make "timely trades" on their investments that spared them massive losses. Collins himself lost millions when the firm's drug failed clinical trials.Collins originally pleaded not guilty to the charges of securities fraud and lying to the FBI last fall. A trial was scheduled for early 2020, but in the meantime, Collins was narrowly re-elected to represent his heavily Republican district, albeit stripped of his congressional committee seats. Collins was the first congressmember to endorse President Trump's campaign and remained a strong supporter ever since.Collins' 2018 Democratic challenger had already pledged to challenge him again next year, while several local Republicans had also announced they'd compete for Collins' seat. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will likely call a special election to fill the seat sooner than next year.



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Juul CEO resigns, vaping company suspends advertising as crisis continues

Juul CEO resigns, vaping company suspends advertising as crisis continuesThe CEO of Juul Labs has been ousted as the e-cigarette company remains embroiled in a crisis over its vaping products.



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Judge resigns after sharing noose image with 'Make America Great Again' slogan on Facebook

Judge resigns after sharing noose image with 'Make America Great Again' slogan on FacebookA New York town judge was forced off the bench after a written complaint said his post appeared 'to convey racial and/or political bias.'



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MIT director resigns after New Yorker exposes attempt to conceal Eptsein donations

MIT director resigns after New Yorker exposes attempt to conceal Eptsein donationsThe director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab stepped down on Saturday after a New Yorker magazine article revealed the lab tried to conceal donations from disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein, the university said. "This afternoon, Joi Ito submitted his resignation as Director of the Media Lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute," MIT President Rafael Reif said in a letter posted online. Ito could not be reached for immediate comment. The New York Times and New Yorker reported he said in an internal email, "After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately." Last month, Reif said the elite university would review its process for accepting donations after taking about $ 800,000 from foundations controlled by Epstein, who committed suicide while in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The New Yorker article uncovered deeper fundraising ties between the Media Lab and Epstein and said the institution had actively tried to conceal the extent of its connections with the disgraced financier. On Saturday, Reif described the acceptance of contributions from Epstein as a "mistake of judgment" and said he had instructed MIT's general counsel to bring in a prominent law firm to investigate the matter. "Because the accusations in the (New Yorker) story are extremely serious, they demand an immediate, thorough and independent investigation," Reif said. Ito previously apologized for having accepted donations from Epstein and had said he would raise an amount equivalent to the donations the lab received from foundations controlled by Epstein and "direct those funds to non-profits that focus on supporting survivors of trafficking." The New Yorker said Ito disclosed this week he received a further $ 1.2 million from Epstein for investment funds under Ito's control and $ 525,000 for the lab. Epstein also secured $ 7.5 million in donations for the lab from other wealthy individuals. On Saturday, Ito also resigned from the board of directors of The New York Times Co and of PureTech, a biotechnology firm, according to statements from the two companies.



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Israeli-Palestinian peace deal architect Greenblatt resigns

Israeli-Palestinian peace deal architect Greenblatt resignsJason Greenblatt, a key architect of President Donald Trump’s much-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, announced his resignation Thursday. Greenblatt, who worked alongside Trump’s powerful son in law Jared Kushner, said in a statement it had been “the honor of a lifetime” to work in the White House.



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