Jorge Glas was handed a six-year jail term for taking bribes worth a total $13.5 million from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
The Thomas fire, which broke out in the western US state on December 4 has since travelled 43 kilometres and become the fifth-largest blaze in California's history.
Washington's new diplomatic overture comes after Pyongyang said it had successfully tested an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile.
Convicted of corruption in Brazil's huge "Car Wash" graft scandal, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will learn on January 24 whether his appeal has been successful
On Tuesday, President Trump denounced the "fabricated stories" of women who have accused him of sexual harassment, and attacked a Democratic female US senator in a crude tweet after she demanded his resignation over the claims.
Trump must decide in mid-January if he wants to continue to waive energy sanctions on Iran.
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