SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official says a decision by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to pardon politicians accused in a major wiretapping scandal has damaged the country's credibility.
Hoyt Brian Yee, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, called on Macedonia's squabbling political leaders Thursday to "act urgently to repair the damage done by these pardons."
MADRID (AP) — Spain's national court has revoked an arrest warrant for a senior Russian official who was sought for questioning in a money-laundering and criminal association investigation.
A three-judge panel ruled Thursday in favor of Vladislav Reznik's appeal against the warrant. Reznik is a member of parliament's lower house for the main Kremlin party and deputy chairman of its financial markets committee. He is viewed as an ally of President Vladimir Putin....
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is calling on Greece's European creditor nations to ease the country's debt repayment terms substantially, but agrees that no outright cut to the loans is needed.
In a briefing Thursday, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said the European creditors — the other countries in the 19-member eurozone — should provide "very long repayment periods and low interest rates."
GENEVA (AP) — The eurozone is scrapping its 500-euro ($564) note out of concern over its popularity with money launderers. But Switzerland is making clear that it sees no need to kill off its own 1,000-franc bill — currently worth $1,018.
In a reply published Thursday to questions from center-left lawmaker Margret Kiener Nellen, the government said authorities know of no money laundering cases in which the huge bill was a relevant factor.