Portuguese ex-PM Socrates indicted
LISBON • Former Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates has been indicted on graft and money -laundering charges in a vast corruption investigation that he has dismissed as politically motivated.
Socrates has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and his lawyer, Mr Joao Araujo, said he would fight the charges.
The indictment accuses Socrates of playing a pivotal role and receiving millions of euros in a scheme involving the disgraced former heads of the Espirito Santo banking empire and Portugal Telecom.
British Queen to skip wreath-laying event
LONDON • Britain's 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth has asked her eldest son, Prince Charles, to lay a wreath on her behalf at London's main war memorial on Remembrance Sunday, breaking with her usual custom of laying it herself.
The monarch will view the ceremony on Nov 12 from the balcony of the nearby Foreign Office, alongside her husband Prince Philip, who is 96.
Greece dangles prize to curb tax evasion
ATHENS • Greece is dangling a €1,000 (S$1,600) jackpot prize to coax people into paying their taxes, hoping to curb endemic tax evasion.
From the end of this month, taxpayers will automatically qualify to enter a raffle, the finance ministry said. There will be 1,000 winners each month.