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  • Odebrecht, the largest construction firm in Latin America, admitted to paying bribes in 12 countries, including $29 million in Peru over the course of three presidencies, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice last month. While it is under investigation in other countries, the case is more advanced in Peru than anywhere outside of Brazil.

  • President Donald Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States. Speaking at a news conference in the south-western town of Schoental, Merkel struck a more conciliatory tone toward Trump than Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who on Friday said Germany should prepare for a rough ride under the new U.S....

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie. The first of its kind requirement is one of several steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff...

  • LIMA, Peru— Police in Peru have arrested a former transport official as part of a massive graft scandal implicating Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and several regional governments. Edwn Luyo headed the committee that awarded Odebrecht a contract in 2009 to build Lima's elevated metro. In Peru it paid $29 million to officials in three...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 21- Russia has cut its oil output by around 100,000 barrels per day in January as part of the global deal between Moscow and OPEC, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying by TASS news agency on Saturday. "That said, our companies are moving ahead of schedule. He added that plans to discuss energy cooperation with his Saudi counterpart...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 21- Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to call U.S. President Donald Trump is coming days to congratulate him on taking office, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by RIA news agency. TASS quoted Peskov separately as saying that it was impossible to resolve Syria crisis in a constructive way without U.S. involvement.

  • KREMLIN SAYS IMPOSSIBLE TO RESOLVE SYRIA CRISIS IN CONSTRUCTIVE WAY WITHOUT U.S.

  • KREMLIN SPOKESMAN SAYS EXPECTS PUTIN TO CALL TRUMP IN COMING DAYS TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON TAKING OFFICE- RIA.

  • *Case follows impeachment last month of President Park. SEOUL, Jan 21- South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday, on suspicion of abuse of power for drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of the country's impeached president, Park Geun-hye. Cho, 50, had offered to quit, Yonhap news agency reported, adding that...

  • BEIJING— People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues. While Trump didn't mention China in his inaugural address Friday, he referred often to the country during the campaign and upended diplomatic...

  • *Case follows impeachment last month of President Park. SEOUL, Jan 21- South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday, on suspicion of abuse of power for drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of the country's impeached president, Park Geun-hye. Cho, 50, had offered to quit, Yonhap news agency reported, adding that...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 20- Mexico's president said on Friday he wanted to strengthen relations with his new U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, whose threats and barbs against the country raised fears of a major economic crisis, and battered its currency. The White House website said on Friday that Trump was committed to renegotiating the North American Free Trade...

  • SEOUL, Jan 21- South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday for suspected involvement in drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of President Park Geun-hye amid a graft scandal that led to her impeachment. South Korea has been gripped by crisis for months, and Park could become the first democratically...

  • SEOUL, Jan 21- South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday for suspected involvement in drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of President Park Geun-hye amid a graft scandal that led to her impeachment. Seoul Central District Court said on Saturday in a text message to reporters that minister Cho was...

  • Jan 20, MEXICO CITY/ CARACAS- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday asked central bank head Nelson Merentes to step down, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. Venezuela's central bank and Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Long seen as a pragmatic figure, Merentes, who completed a PhD. in mathematics in...

  • SEOUL, Jan 21- South Korean prosecutors arrested the culture minister on Saturday for suspected involvement in drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of President Park Geun-hye amid a graft scandal that led to her impeachment. Seoul District Court said on Saturday in a text message to reporters that minister Cho was arrested...

  • Jan 20- A Toronto court has rejected a bid by Ecuadorian villagers to enforce a judgment in their home country against Chevron Canada Ltd, ruling the subsidiary is not liable for parent Chevron Corp, the U.S. oil major said on Friday. But the company has no assets in Ecuador, and the villagers have been suing it in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina to...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump said on Friday its trade strategy to protect American jobs would start with withdrawal from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. A White House statement issued soon after Trump's inauguration said the United States would also "crack down on those nations that violate...

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on charges that he engaged in a bribery scheme to carry out the sale of a Vietnamese building complex, a U.S. prosecutor said on Friday. Attorney Daniel Noble said that a request had been made for the arrest of Ban Ki- sang, who was an executive at South Korean construction firm Keangnam Enterprises Co Ltd.. Ban Ki- sang could not be...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump said on Friday its trade strategy to protect American jobs would start with withdrawal from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. A White House statement issued soon after Trump's inauguration said the United States would also "crack down on those nations that violate...