Sarkozy ‘got 50 m euros from Qaddafi’

Updated 04 January 2013
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Sarkozy ‘got 50 m euros from Qaddafi’

France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than 50 million euros from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, a French judge has been told, a report yesterday revealed.
Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine told an investigative judge that he has “written proof” that transfers from Qaddafi and one of his sons to Sarkozy exceeded 50 million euros in illegal payments, British newspaper the Independent reported. The transfers helped prop up Sarkozy’s first presidential campaign in 2006-7, which was “abundantly” financed by Tripoli and continued until just before the downfall of the Libyan regime, which was partly pushed by French and British airstrikes in 2011, according to Al Arabia News.
Takieddine, who is at the center of the latest claims, “has been a fixer for legal — and allegedly illegal — dealings between France and the Middle East for 20 years,” reported the Independent.


Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province

Updated 3 min 9 sec ago
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Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province

KABUL: An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed six police in the southern Ghazni province.
Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says another four policemen were wounded in the attack on security posts early Thursday. He says at least seven insurgents were killed in the hours-long gunbattle.
No one immediately claimed the attack.
The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years, and carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces. They resumed their attacks after a three-day ceasefire last weekend coinciding with the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr holiday.