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Colombia's justice minister resigned on Friday over a controversial reform measure into which lawmakers have slipped provisions that could dismiss cases against politicians with links to right-wing paramilitary groups and allow others to go free.
The scandal erupted after congressmen changed a bill aimed at modernizing the overburdened legal system during the reconciliation of the Senate and House drafts - raising questions about the lingering influence of illegal armed groups.
President Juan Manuel Santos sent the legislation back to Congress on Friday. It was the first time a president had done so since Colombia's 1991 constitution.
"The events of recent days will not let me - because it goes against my principles - continue forward," Minister Juan Carlos Esguerra told reporters, after only around a year in office.
"We do not have, neither I nor my staff, guilt about what happened with the inclusion of inappropriate texts," he said.
On Thursday, Santos said that if the law went into effect, the Attorney General's office would have to halt 1,500 investigations into officials and former officials, some of whom were already in jail and could be released.
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Experts pointed for instance to an Indiana Senate bill that would allow law enforcement to "use any means necessary to clear the roads of people unlawfully obstructing vehicular traffic".
Petry sparked outrage during the crisis when she suggested that as a last resort, guards should be allowed to open fire at migrants streaming into Germany.
Thousands of people, many of them Syrians fleeing war, are stuck in Greece's Aegean islands as a result of an EU-Turkish agreement that curbed the influx of migrants to the European Union.
Corruption is a major issue in Spain, where the Socialists and regional politicians have also been hit by scandals.
The original summons came days after EU leaders gave Donald Tusk another term as president despite strong opposition from Poland.
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"With all the unbelievers there are in Venice, you put a bomb under the Rialto and you go straight to heaven," one of the alleged jihadist plotters said in a wiretapped conversation, said Adelchi d'Ippolito, the Venice prosecutor in charge of the case.
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"We will continue to play our part in ensuring that Europe remains strong and prosperous and able to lead in the world," May wrote in the Irish Times a day after she launched Britain's withdrawal process.