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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In opening statements, prosecutors say a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault was a domineering man who coerced a captain under his command into a three-year affair. But his defense attorneys say that in journal entries, the woman never referenced fear and that she sent thousands of text messages, often sexually explicit, and contacted him even after the general tried to end the affair.
From 2003 to last year, Oceanografia SA, a provider of engineering and maintenance services on offshore oil platforms and pipelines, signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $3 billion with state-owned Pemex, according to a Reuters review of Mexican government contracts. As those deals were being made, Mexico's Federal Audit Office, known as the ASF, was raising questions about Pemex's contracting relationship with Oceanografia. It audited the state-run oil firm in 2006 over alleged irregularities in several multi-million-dollar contracts with Oceanografia. The ASF said in a report it found cases in which Oceanografia appeared to have received favorable treatment from Pemex.