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WORLD VIEWS


France Throws the Book at Sarkozy for Gadhafi Graft Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been slapped with charges over allegations that he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funds from the late Libyan


leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source told The Associated Press that the charges include illegally funding a campaign, passive corruption, and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement. The charges have been a long time


coming: A 2013 investigation probed Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign for improprieties. That investigation revealed that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave him 50 million euros in campaign contributions. In March, Sarkozy was questioned by police and anticorruption investigators in Nanterre, just outside of Paris. In late 2007 the Libyan leader


pitched his tent (literally) in the garden of the Paris mansion that houses dignitaries, much to the dismay of Parisians, who considered the encampment barbaric. Sarkozy was president from 2007-2012.


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Pueblo City, Mexico — Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the 19th century French invasion.


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May 19 Windsor, England — The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place in Windsor Castle.


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After 40 Year Hiatus, Pope to Visit Ireland Pope Francis will hit the shores of Ireland for the first time in nearly 40 years, taking two days in August to conclude an international Catholic Church meeting on families. His visit will take him to Dublin, but not Northern Ireland, whose leaders had speculated such a possibility, Reuters reported. The World Meeting of Families is taking place in Dublin on Aug. 21-26, with the Pope attending


Palestinian Teen Sentenced After Kicking Israeli Police Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi — who became a Twitter phenom for her controversy — was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home after video surfaced last December. The 17 year old was hailed as a hero of Palestinians while she enraged politicians in Israel who called for tough action against her, citing a family history of run-ins with Israeli authorities. The incident arose after Tamimi


learned Israeli troops had shot her 15-year-old cousin in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes, causing him serious injury. Once the slapping video surfaced, the soldiers were praised for showing restraint, but


gradually the incident sparked debate over the soldiers’ inaction. Following her arrest, posters


of her were placed in the West Bank, and some 1.7 million people worldwide signed a petition calling for her release, according to The Associated Press.


the final two days. Though the Catholic Church once held a vice-like grip on politics and society in Ireland, its sway has plummeted after clerical sex-abuse scandals came to light and the country’s same-sex referendum passed in 2015. Add to that, in 2017, Ireland elected the country’s first openly gay prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who has said he would seek easing of the country’s restrictive abortion laws.


NKorea Uses Hong Kong to Thwart Sanctions That North Korea has been getting around sanctions to continue its clandestine nuclear program has been clear for years. But now, collaborative U.N., U.S., and Japanese surveillance reports have identified ships and companies that connect the dots, according to The Associated Press. Last February, Japanese surveillance photos showed a tanker ofoarding what appeared to be oil into a North Korean ship, The Wall Street Journal reports. The tanker was owned by Ha Fa Trade International, a company with a Hong Kong address. The reports also reveal direct connections to Hong Kong via front companies based in the southern Chinese financial center. The accounts appear to confirm suspicions that Hong Kong has long been the middleman in the North’s efforts to thwart sanctions, and they lay out Hong Kong’s ties to North Korea’s underground business network. As a result, officials in the United States are urging the territory’s authorities to take action.


TAMIMI/AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES / POPE/GIULIO NAPOLITANO/SHUTTERSTOCK


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