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Geneva prosecutor probes Equatorial Guinea president's son
GENEVA (Reuters) - Geneva prosecutor's office has begun a preliminary investigation into Teodorin Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea's president, the prosecutor's spokesman said on Tuesday.
The investigation was first reported in the Swiss 24heures newspaper, which said the Swiss authorities were responding to a request from their French counterparts.
Obiang, vice president of the small central African state, is to face trial in France for suspected money laundering, France's financial prosecutor said last month.
"A preliminary investigation is under way. That means that we are right at the start of the inquiry. We are not making any other comment for the moment," the prosecutor's spokesman, Henri Della Casa, said by email.
Contacted by Reuters, Emmanuel Marsigny, Obiang's French lawyer, said he did not wish to comment.
Obiang has denied wrongdoing and has said his wealth, which has allowed him to buy luxury real estate in Paris, a private jet and a stable of exotic sports cars, was amassed legitimately through successful business dealings.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Additional reporting by Chine Labbe in Paris; Editing by Alison Williams)
Oil prices slide after freeze deal failure
Qatar's Energy Minister Mohammad bin Saleh al-Sada gestures as he attends a news conference following a meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, in Doha, Qatar April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari Oil prices slid on Monday after a meeting between major producing nations on a proposed output freeze fell apart, leaving the world grappling with an excess of unwanted crude. The some 18 oil exporting nations, including non-OPEC Russia, had gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha for… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
The changing face of the aviation market
Vietnam Airlines is no longer the solo player in the country's aviation market. More airlines, including newcomer Vietjet Air, have created a highly competitive market. In Vietnam, Vietjet Air is known as a low-cost carrier (LCC) which attracts passengers with low-price tickets, while Vietnam Airlines is positioned as a traditional airline and the nation’s flag carrier. However, analysts said that Vietjet Air is more than a budget airline. The three ticket booking websites of Vietnam Airlines… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Russian jet flies near coalition jet over Syria: U.S. official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian fighter jet unintentionally came close to a U.S.-led coalition aircraft over Syria earlier this month, a U.S. defense official said on Friday.The defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place on Oct. 17 in the evening. The Russian jet lost situational awareness and flew across the nose of the coalition plane, close enough that the jet's wake was felt, the official said.The American and Russian militaries have a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
S. Koreans to march for 6th weekend calling for Park ouster
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are expected to march in capital Seoul for the sixth straight weekend calling for the removal of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye.Saturday's demonstration will come hours after lawmakers formally launched an attempt to impeach Park. State prosecutors accuse her of helping a close confidante extort money and favors from large companies and manipulate state affairs.Police say the turnout could be similar to what was the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam suspends sending laborers to Qatar amid sudden diplomatic crisis
Vietnam's Department of Overseas Labor (DoLAB) has urged local labor export companies to temporarily stop sending workers to Qatar. The move come in the wake of a sudden and tense diplomatic crisis that has led some Gulf states to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and suspend Doha-bound flights. The blockade will remain in place until the situation in Qatar has new developments, the Tien Phong (Pioneer) online newspaper quoted the central labor department as saying. At the same time, companies… chat_bubble_outline Read More...