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Italy minister resigns amid abuse of power, corruption probes

Italy's Agriculture Minister resigned amid allegations of abuse of power over the appointment of staff in the public healthcare system.

Italy minister resigns amid abuse of power, corruption probes
Rakhat Aliyev. Youtube video frame.
Austrian prosecutors may present charges to Rakhat Aliyev shortly

Austrian Prosecutor’s Office may present charges to Rakhat Aliyev as soon as in 2014.

Austrian prosecutors may present charges to Rakhat Aliyev shortly
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British corrupts minors in Kazakhstan's Uralsk

A British man is charged with corruption of minors and lewd behavior in Uralsk in western Kazakhstan.

British corrupts minors in Kazakhstan's Uralsk
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Nine indicted in Haiti journalist's murder

A Haitian judge on Friday indicted nine people, including several with close ties to former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in the murder of a prominent journalist, officials said.

Nine indicted in Haiti journalist's murder
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Sinopec to pay compensation over pipeline blast

Chinese state-owned oil giant Sinopec will pay compensation over a November pipeline explosion at its facility in the city of Qingdao that killed dozens of people and caused losses of more than $100 million.

Sinopec to pay compensation over pipeline blast
Vietnam police investigate riot at Samsung factory
Vietnam police investigate riot at Samsung factory

Vietnamese police said Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically.

Vietnam police investigate riot at Samsung factory
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Interior Ministry mulls opening DNA laboratories throughout Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is planning to open DNA laboratories in Kazakhstan's regions.

Interior Ministry mulls opening DNA laboratories throughout Kazakhstan
Rakhat Aliyev. ©youtube.com
Eurojust and Europol called to investigate Aliyev

Eurojust and Europol may join their investigations against Rakhat Aliyev.

Eurojust and Europol called to investigate Aliyev
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Cause of Challenger-200 crash near Almaty to be announced in 2014

Results of the investigation into the Challenger-200 crash near Almaty will be publicized in the beginning of 2014: Bakhytzhan Sagintayev.

Cause of Challenger-200 crash near Almaty to be announced in 2014
The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan. ©Danial Okasov
One more Agriculture Ministry diplomat arrested over bribery in Kazakhstan

Agency for Fighting Economic and Corruption Crimes (Financial Police) has arrested the Head of Cattle Breeding Department of Agriculture Ministry of Kazakhstan.

One more Agriculture Ministry diplomat arrested over bribery in Kazakhstan
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China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft

A former close colleague of China's ex-chief of internal security Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for "law and discipline violations", authorities have announced, stepping up anti-corruption inquiries another notch.

China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft
Twin Russia blasts expose Olympic security threat
Twin Russia blasts expose Olympic security threat

Successive-day bombings on a railway station and trolleybus in Russia's heartland expose the challenge President Vladimir Putin faces in ensuring a safe Olympics on the edge of the violence-plagued North Caucasus.

Twin Russia blasts expose Olympic security threat
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Russia attack caused by suicide bomber, toll up to 14

A deadly bombing on a packed trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd was caused by a male suicide bomber as the official death toll rose to 14 people.

Russia attack caused by suicide bomber, toll up to 14
Clothing lays on the ground outside the car Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ©Reuters/Connecticut State Police/Handout
US releases harrowing Newtown massacre documents

American schoolchildren were slaughtered in a hail of bullets after packing like sardines into a bathroom in a doomed bid to escape the murderous rampage of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza.

US releases harrowing Newtown massacre documents
Alma Shalabayeva with her daughter. Photo courtesy of uralskweek.kz
Alma Shalabayeva and her daughter on their way to Italy

Alma Shalabayeva, the wife of Kazakhstan's fugitive banker Mukhtar Ablyazov, and her daughter Alua have left Kazakhstan for Italy.

Alma Shalabayeva and her daughter on their way to Italy
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UN urges Thailand to drop charges against website

The United Nations has urged Thailand to drop defamation charges against two Australian and Thai journalists for a report alleging military involvement in people smuggling, warning of a "chilling effect" on press freedom.

UN urges Thailand to drop charges against website
Rakhat Aliyev. ©youtube.com
Rakhat Aliyev applies for Cypriot citizenship

Rakhat Aliyev has applied for Cypriot citizenship.

Rakhat Aliyev applies for Cypriot citizenship
Zhandos Akhmetov. Photo courtesy of finpol.gov.kz
Deputy Head of North Kazakhstan Oblast's Financial Police Department shot dead

Zhandos Akhmetov, First Deputy Head of the Agency for Fighting Economic and Corruption Crimes (Financial Police) of North Kazakhstan Oblast, has been shot dead.

Deputy Head of North Kazakhstan Oblast's Financial Police Department shot dead
Alma Shalabayeva with her daughter. Photo courtesy of uralskweek.kz
Alma Shalabayeva permitted to leave Kazakhstan

Alma Shalabayeva, the wife of Kazakhstan's fugitive banker Mukhtar Ablyazov, is no longer under recognizance not to leave Kazakhstan.

Alma Shalabayeva permitted to leave Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov. Tengrinews.kz file photo
Kazakhstan Minister of Agriculture to resign if Umiryayev found guilty

Kazakhstan Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov is ready to resign in case Vice-Minister of Agriculture Muslim Umiryayev is guilty.

Kazakhstan Minister of Agriculture to resign if Umiryayev found guilty