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WASHINGTON (AP) — John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's inner circle for one year as a counselor to focus on energy and climate change issues, the White House said Tuesday.
By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's biggest corruption trials in years came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday when the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) called off the prosecution of businessman Victor Dahdaleh in a further setback for its already tarnished reputation. The SFO had accused Dahdaleh of paying some $67 million in bribes to former managers of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), including a member of Bahrain's royal family, between 1998 and 2006 in return for a cut of contracts worth over $3 billion. The case involved allegations of corruption at senior levels of government and business in Bahrain, a sensitive issue at a time of political unrest in the secretive Gulf kingdom. But the SFO's lead counsel told a London court there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction after two U.S. lawyers who had played a crucial role in the case refused to testify in court and a key witness changed his evidence.