Corruption probe is launched into Nicholas Sarkozy amid claims he took 40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaign

Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.

Norman Schwarzkopf dies: General who led US troops against Saddam in first Gulf War passes away from pneumonia

Stormin' Norman dies at 78: General Schwarzkopf who led U.S. troops to victory against Saddam in first Gulf War passes away from pneumoniaSchwarzkopf died in Tampa, Florida, where he had retiredWas the most recognizable military commander since Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthurRetired general kept low profile after leaving military – despite strong popularity after Persian Gulf War | UPDATED: 14:01 GMT, 28 December 2012 Retired General H

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act Vladimir Putin said he supports the ban which he said was 'appropriate' Putin said Magnitsky Act 'poisons relations' between two countries Assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse will be frozenLaw also planned to ban US citizens accused of abusing Russians' rightsAmnesty International criticises 'childish' response | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 20 December 2012 Support: Putin, speaking today at Moscow's World Trade Centre, said he backs the adoption ban President Vladimir Putin said he supports a ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Speaking today, the Russian president said the law, which is part of a new feud between the two countries, was 'appropriate'. It has been seen as a response to the US Magnitsky Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama last week, which will punish Russians accused of violating human rights by refusing them visas and freezing their assets in the United States.

BBC spends over 1million on flights to the U.S. in just seven months

Your 1million bill for jet-set BBC bosses: Corporation spent huge sum on flights to U.S. in just seven monthsFoI request reveals executives, including Mark thompson, ran up huge billCorporation spent an average of 162,246 a month on U.S. flights | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 14 December 2012 High-flier: Former BBC director-general Mark Thompson was among executives who clocked up over 1million on flights to the U.S.

Exiled Mitt Romney so bored after losing presidential bid he offered to change sick friend"s bedpan

From the White House to cleaning bedpans and Thanksgiving at Boston Market: How Mitt Romney is coping with not being president | UPDATED: 23:13 GMT, 2 December 2012 Mitt Romney has retreated into ‘seclusion’ after his failed presidential run and has so little to do he is offering to change bedpans for sick friends to ease his boredom. In a huge step down from the campaign trail, the former Republican candidate for the White House is said to have reached out to a friend going through a liver transplant and offered to care for him. Gone are Romney’s daily briefings with top aides and Secret Service entourage – now he spends his days alone on his iPad as he grapples with crushing disappointment.