Political Unrest
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Pakistani prime minister faces corruption charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/18/17, 11:31 am

The Pakistani Supreme Court began hearings Monday to decide whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can keep his job. Last year’s Panama Papers scandal revealed that dozens of world leaders hid money in offshore accounts to avoid taxes and conceal corruption proceeds. Sharif’s name did not appear in the documents, but his three adult children did. Investigators released a 254-page report last week accusing family members of forgery and hiding real estate holdings that far exceed their stated income. Sharif says political enemies have trumped up the charges.

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Vote shows Venezuelans don’t trust president

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/17, 10:39 am

Venezuela’s opposition coalition held a symbolic referendum Sunday in which 7 million people voted to reject President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution. The plan is Maduro’s answer to the country’s out-of-control economic crisis, but opponents say it’s a ploy to consolidate the president’s power. Venezuelans will officially vote July 30 to elect members of a constitutional assembly. Critics and international leaders fear Maduro will use the assembly to eliminate checks on his power. Sunday’s referendum showed opposition to the plan is strong but not overwhelming.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ariana Cubillos, File

Rumors of an elaborate government hoax and claims of a thwarted uprising swirled over Venezuela’s capital Wednesday morning after a stolen police helicopter fired on the Interior Ministry and the nearby Supreme Court building. Officials claim a police pilot and budding movie star is behind what President Nicolas Maduro called a “terrorist attack” designed to oust him from power.

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