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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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Pyongyang admitted in 2002 to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens and five abductees and their families later returned to Japan
Israel is suffering from an epidemic of violence that must be treated, the country’s President Reuven Rivlin said
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Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the two buildings had been owned by two Palestinian families who sold them to a broker. The latter, the NGO said, sold the two house to a Jewish settlement association
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Tensions flared between Algeria and Morocco after Morocco accused its eastern neighbor of shooting on ten civilians on its shared border with Algeria, seriously wounding one of them
The U.S. carried out an aerial resupply of Kurdish forces in the besieged city of Kobani overnight Sunday as the group continues to fight against the ISIL.
There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population
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Widodo's narrow victory over a former general in July's election marked the first time in the young democracy's history that a president was elected from outside the established military and political elite
Al-Wafa Hospital was Gaza City's only medical center where medical equipment that used to be scarce in other Gaza Strip hospitals could be found until Israeli warplanes struck the hospital