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Sunday 25 February 2018

In brief: Ex-PM charged in $280m misspend

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says prosecutors have charged her with misspending $280m (€213m) during her time in office, charges she denies.

Ms Tymoshenko stands accused of using money from the sale of carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol to pay pensions amid a severe recession while serving as premier to the country's previous president, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko.

Dignitary freed in Mexico by gang

Mexican news media are reporting that kidnappers have freed former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos after seven months in captivity.

Mr de Cevallos ran unsuccessfully for president in 1994. He has been missing since May 15. His is one of the most brazen kidnappings in Mexico, where criminals target the rich and powerful -- but usually not of his level.

Swedish suspect linked to murders

A Swedish man arrested last month for allegedly gunning down immigrants in a year-long shooting spree has now been linked to a string of other attacks, including two 2003 murders, investigators said yesterday.

Peter Mangs (38) is now suspected of a total of three murders and 10 attempted murders in the southern city of Malmo.

Santa bandit robs yacht club in US

Call it a ho-ho-holdup.

Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus has robbed a Rhode Island yacht club.

Authorities say a bartender was alone in the East Providence Yacht Club Sunday night when a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, white beard and carrying a sack walked into the bar and brandished a gun. By the time police arrived, the Santa bandit and an undetermined amount of cash had gone.

UK judges allow Twitter in court

Twitter can be used in UK courts but users will need the judge's permission first, according to the UK's top judge.

Britain's Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said decisions over the use of the website would be made on a case-by-case basis.

'Austerity' wins word of the year

The American Merriam-Webster dictionary has chosen "austerity" as its 2010 Word of the Year.

It beat several other finalists after people flocked to the internet searching for its meaning during the Greek debt crisis.

Irish Independent

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