Chirac still in hospital, says family
PARIS • Former French president Jacques Chirac is still in hospital in Paris, his family said yesterday following rumours that the 83-year-old had died.
Mr Chirac was hospitalised on Sunday. Rumours he had died were sparked early yesterday when former housing minister Christine Boutin tweeted "Mort de #Chirac" (death of #Chirac).
Mr Frederic Salat-Baroux, husband of Mr Chirac's daughter Claude, asked for the family's "tranquillity" to be respected during Mr Chirac's hospitalisation.
Lula calls his coming trial for graft a 'farce'
BRASILIA • Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday slammed as a "farce" his pending prosecution for allegedly masterminding the large-scale plundering of the state oil giant Petrobras.
Lula, 70, will face trial for his role in a scandal that has pitched Brazilian politics into chaos, with some of the country's most powerful leaders and parties accused of plundering the coffers of Brazil's largest company. REUTERS
Italy drops case against Erdogan's son
BOLOGNA • Italian prosecutors have dropped a money laundering case against the son of Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan, their office said yesterday.
The decision, which has yet to be confirmed by a senior judge, came six weeks after Mr Erdogan complained in a television interview that his son Bilal was being abused by the Italian justice system. REUTERS