World Briefs: Fujimori's daughter widens lead over rival

Fujimori's daughter widens lead over rival

LIMA • Peruvian presidential contender Keiko Fujimori widened her lead over rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in an Ipsos poll on Sunday, despite allegations by a US drug enforcement official that her party chief Joaquin Ramirez laundered US$15 million (S$20.7 million) for her in 2011 - a claim he denies.

The results of the survey predicting she would win 52.6 per cent of valid votes in a June 5 run-off election were broadcast just before a presidential debate, in which she confidently attacked Mr Kuczynski as "elitist" and uncommitted to helping the poor.

He pointed to widespread corruption in the 1990-2000 government of Ms Fujimori's father and urged voting for a candidate without any links to drug trafficking.


Prosecutors to fight court ruling on Zuma

PRETORIA • State prosecutors said yesterday they would appeal against a court ruling that South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges, triggering accusations that he was being protected from justice.

The charges, alleging Mr Zuma took bribes relating to a multibillion-dollar arms deal, were dropped in 2009 just before he was elected president.


Unions in Belgium call for protests

BRUSSELS • Belgian trade unions are calling for mass protests today against proposed work reforms that would allow employers to impose 45-hour work weeks.

One union official claims everyone will be hurt by abandoning the current 38-hour week, as well as increased use of temporary workers and pension changes.


Crisis fund to help non-schooling kids

ISTANBUL • A crisis fund to raise US$3.8 billion (S$5.2 billion) to help millions of children missing out on school because of war or natural disasters was launched yesterday at the first World Humanitarian Summit.

It is the first humanitarian fund targeting education, according to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former British prime minister Gordon Brown.

It aims to help more than 13 million children and young people over the next five years, and 75 million by 2030.


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