Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a common source of weapons for armed groups across the region.
Aleksei A. Navalny, a blogger and politician who has been publicly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was placed under house arrest last Friday with no access to Internet, phone or visitors for two months.
Protests in Istanbul and Ankara erupted after audio recordings, allegedly of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking on the phone to his son, circulated on the Internet Monday. The two were discussing how to dispose of “tens of millions” of dollars in cash amid a graft probe.
Democratic state senator Ron Calderon, 56, has been indicted on two dozen charges of corruption including bribery, fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He surrendered to the authorities on Monday and has pleaded innocent to all charges.
While the United States is increasingly protecting its land borders from drug traffickers with robot technology, coast guard cutbacks are leaving sea lanes unprotected, illustrating the disjointed political nature of the US drug war.
Former Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko was released from her Kharkiv prison hospital on Saturday and flew to Kiev to speak on Independence Square. Although she has had many supporters over the years, opinions vary as to whether or not she should return to power.