Stories

SaveSave story

Former French president held over claims Gaddafi funded campaign

Sarkozy welcomes Gaddafi to France in 2007. Photo: Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday over claims Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan dictator, spent millions to fund Sarkozy's successful 2007 presidential campaign. Sarkozy, who denies the allegations, welcomed Gaddafi to France for a five-day state visit in 2007. Four years later later, Sarkozy played a key role in the NATO campaign that ultimately toppled Gaddafi's regime.

Why it matters, per the AP: "Investigators are examining claims that Gaddafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 campaign. Such a sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit... [and] would violate French rules against foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds."

SaveSave story

Behind Trump's tweet on Pastor Brunson, who's on trial in Turkey

President Trump and President Erdogan stand side-by-side outside the White House
President Trump and President of Turkey Erdogan ahead of their meeting at the White House. Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In President Trump's meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House last May, Trump opened the meeting by saying that Vice President Mike Pence would like to say something, according to an administration official briefed on the meeting.

Pence took the opportunity to advocate for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a Christian leader in the U.S. who is being persecuted in Turkey.

Haley Britzky 9 hours ago
SaveSave story

Trump says he will leave meeting with North Korea if not productive

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference at Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Trump said at a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday that if the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not "fruitful," he will "respectfully leave the meeting."