The former French President is accused of receiving money for his presidential campaigns from the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But the claims go further to say the 2011 Libya military operation was initiated to undermine the alleged ties.
Despite the flawed electoral process in the Russian election, Vladimir Putin's popularity remains high. Russia has Putin in its future as far as the eye can see but that does not bode well for the country's economy, or for peace in the region.
Exit polls say that Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election with more than 70 percent of the vote after around 30 percent of the votes counted.
There are seven other approved candidates, but Putin's access to friendly TV channels has limited their impact. None of them poses a serious challenge.
Unlike the last time Putin faced voters, this time he faces no serious opposition movement, and has strengthened his domestic support through his actions in Ukraine and Syria.
The arrests were made after a school director who defied government orders died in custody, says Sheila B Keetharuth, UN's human rights official in Eritrea.
"Without a wall there would be bedlam, I imagine," says US President Donald Trump as he inspects several prototype barriers of a controversial wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico.
The West African country will hold a run-off vote for president on March 27 after neither of the two front runners secured an outright majority in the first round.
The US president says he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and has tapped Gina Haspel to head the intelligence agency, the first woman to head the US spy service.
Russian President Vladimir Putin may be a popular figure at home, but he's a polarising personality who's set Europe against Russia over the annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine.
Demonstrations have been called against US President Donald Trump who is on his first visit to California as president to inspect prototypes for his controversial wall along the border with Mexico.
Putin said he gave permission to shoot down the jet, which had 110 people on board, after security services told him it would be used in a terror attack in Sochi, where the opening ceremony of the Olympics was about to take place.
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