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Iraq govt combats ‘ghost soldier’ corruption

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Baghdad, Dec 16 (AP) - The Iraqi government has identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known here as "ghost soldiers," as part of the prime minister's vow to tackle corruption in the military and regain a foothold in the battle against the Islamic State group, two senior government officials said. The initiative is part of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plan to rebuild the U.S.-trained military which crumbled in...

Korean Air to be sanctioned for nut rage cover-up

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Seoul, Dec 16 (AP) - South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family. The ministry said Tuesday it will also...

Haiti takes more steps to end political standoff

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Port-Au-Prince, Dec 16 (AP) - Haiti was in a state of political flux following the resignation over the weekend of the country's prime minister because of an ongoing stalemate with opposition lawmakers in the Senate. President Michel Martelly has not yet announced who he will nominate to replace...

As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain

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Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed op-ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev painted a grim...

Japan’s Abe faces battle on reforms despite win

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to prevail over resistance to his plans for economic and political change following a weekend election victory that gives him up to four more years in power. In Sunday's snap election, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party that has ruled for most...

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