ANAHEIM – Iran struck gold for a second consecutive day at the weightlifting World Championships when Ali Hashemi won the men’s 105 kilogram class on Monday. FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Weightlifting – Final – Men’s 94kg – Riocentro – Pavilion 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13/08/2016. Ali Hashemi (IRI) of Iran competes. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Hashemi finished on 404kg ahead of Arturs Plesnieks of Latvia, who lifted 402kg, and Uzbek Ivan Efremov…"Weightlifting: Hashemi takes another gold for Iran"
NEW YORK ( Breakingviews) – Latin America has battled dictators and demagogues. Its next adversary is lawlessness. As Michael Reid writes in “Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America,” further steps toward prosperity depend on the region’s willingness to embrace the rule of law and effective institutions – both of which are still lacking. Having sloughed off various strongmen in the last 20 years of the 20th century, Latin American nations have found…"Breakingviews – Review: The next fight for Latin America’s soul"
– The corruption trial of New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, a longtime fixture in the state’s political circles who first joined the Senate in 2006, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors. The hung…"Corruption trial of Senator Menendez ends in mistrial"