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Deutsche Bank to pay 100 million dollars to avoid bribery charge



Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay a fine of more than 100 million US dollars (£74 million) to avoid a criminal prosecution over charges it participated in a foreign bribery scheme.

Lawyers for the bank waived its right to face an indictment on conspiracy charges on Friday during a teleconference with a federal judge in New York City.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn did not reveal at the hearing which nations were involved.

Previously, the bank has agreed to a Securities and Exchange Commission fine of 16 million dollars to resolve separate allegations of corrupt dealings in Russia and China.

Deutsche Bank said it would have no immediate comment.

The bank’s agreement to avoid prosecution comes in the waning days of the administration of President Donald Trump, who had a long-time personal business association with the bank.

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Turkey helps Libya in diffusing explosives, bombs



Turkish experts continue to help Libya in diffusing and removal of explosives and bombs, Anadolu reports.

According to a statement by the Turkish National Defense Ministry, Turkish Air Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams continue their work in Libya as part of military training and cooperation arrangements between the two countries.

The EOD teams ensure the safety of Libyans, the press release said.

The North African country has been torn by a civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The rival sides – the UN-recognized Government of National Accord and warlord Khalifa Haftar – reached a countrywide permanent cease-fire last October. International efforts for a permanent political settlement, however, are still underway.

Turkish Armed Forces have also been training Libya’s navy and army.

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Eurasia has high capacity to export Iran’s building materials



Eurasia has high capacity to export Iran's building materials

Speaking in a Conference of Economic Relations between Iran and Eurasia on Wed., Amir Abedi reiterated that Eurasia has high capacity and potential for exporting Iranian-made building materials.

He emphasized the high capacity of the country in the field of exporting construction materials including tiles and ceramics, glasses, wires and cables to Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) as well as Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

He said that Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys salient advantages in the field of technical-engineering services, water, electricity and energy fields, so that Iranian technical and engineering companies should register their companies in Kazakhstan in order to take part in development projects of this country and also use facilities from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Some civil activists in Golestan province, who had visited Turkmenistan for exporting technical and engineering services as well as implementation of development projects, could not receive cost for implementation of these projects due to the sanctions, Ali Mohammad Choopani chairman of Gorgan Chamber of Commerce said.

This is while governments in other countries throw their weights behind contracts concluded in the field of exporting technical and engineering services and support these companies wholeheartedly, he added.


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Alexei Navalny’s brother arrested during police raids on Moscow apartments



Moscow police have launched a series of raids on the apartments and offices of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s family and associates.

The locations included Mr Navalny’s apartment, where police detained his brother Oleg, and a rented apartment where Mr Navalny’s wife, Yulia, has been living.

Video on the internet TV station Dozhd showed Yulia Navalny telling journalists from the window that police had not allowed her lawyer to enter the apartment.

The raids came four days before protests that Mr Navalny’s supporters have called for Sunday.

Demonstrations calling for his release took place in more than 100 cities across the nation last Saturday, a strong show of rising anger toward the Kremlin. Nearly 4,000 people were reported arrested at those protests.

A police officer and an investigator stand behind the door of the apartment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Other locations raided by police on Wednesday were the offices of Mr Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation and the studio that produces his videos and online broadcasts.

The popular videos and broadcasts helped make Mr Navalny into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and persistent foe.

There was no immediate police comment on the searches. Navalny associates said on social media that the searches were connected to alleged violations of epidemiological regulations from last week’s mass protest in Moscow.

But “the real reason for the searches of Navalny’s teams, relatives and office is Putin’s crazy fear”, Mr Navalny’s team said in a message.

Mr Navalny’s challenge to Putin grew after he was arrested on January 17 upon his return from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

Two days after his arrest, his organisation released an extensive video report on a palatial seaside compound allegedly built for Mr Putin. It has been viewed tens of millions of times, further stoking discontent.

Mr Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent and durable foe, fell into a coma while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20.

He was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a Berlin hospital two days later. Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to the Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.

Russian authorities have refused to open a fully-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that Mr Navalny was poisoned.

In December, Mr Navalny released the recording of a phone call he said he made to a man he described as an alleged member of a group of officers of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, who purportedly poisoned him in August and then tried to cover it up. The FSB dismissed the recording as fake.

Mr Navalny’s arrest and the harsh police actions at the protests have brought wide criticism from the West and calls for his release.

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that a statement by G7 foreign ministers condemning his arrest constitutes “gross interference” in Russia’s domestic affairs.

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