World Briefs: Putin rival's election bid under threat

Pavel Grudinin (pictured), a wealthy businessman, is running a distant second to Mr Putin in opinion polls but his poll numbers have grown, while Mr Putin's have dipped.
Pavel Grudinin (pictured), a wealthy businessman, is running a distant second to Mr Putin in opinion polls but his poll numbers have grown, while Mr Putin's have dipped.PHOTO: REUTERS

Putin rival's election bid under threat

MOSCOW • The Communist candidate running against Russian President Vladimir Putin in this month's presidential polls risks being barred over allegations that he failed to declare Swiss bank accounts containing US$1 million (S$1.3 million).

Mr Pavel Grudinin, a wealthy businessman, is running a distant second to Mr Putin in opinion polls but his poll numbers have grown, while Mr Putin's have dipped.

Officials from the election commission have accused Mr Grudinin of failing to declare and close all his foreign bank accounts before registering as a candidate in January, as required by law. The commission will decide today on what action to take.

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Thieves steal $6m in cash at Brazil airport

SAO PAULO • A group of thieves stole US$5 million (S$6.6 million) in cash at a large freight airport near Sao Paulo, before it could be taken from Brazil to Switzerland on a Lufthansa jet.

The spectacular heist, which took place on Sunday, was carried out in a matter of minutes, and the authorities have yet to arrest a suspect.

The thieves entered Viracopos International Airport's freight terminal in a pickup truck, on which they had placed stickers that looked like the runway security company's logo, the federal police said in a statement on Monday.

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Heatwave will soon be norm in NZ: Experts

WELLINGTON • New Zealand has sweltered through its hottest summer on record, and the country can expect more of the same if climate change continues unabated, the government's scientific agency has said.

Daily temperatures from December to last month measured 18.8 deg C on average - 2.1 deg C more than normal, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said yesterday.

With the mercury reaching as high as 38.7 deg C in the South Island, the agency said it was the hottest summer since records began in 1909, surpassing the previous high set in 1934 to 1935.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe