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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served as Brazil's President from 2003-11

He was charged as part of a wide-ranging anti-corruption investigation

(CNN)Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former President, was found guilty Wednesday of corruption and money laundering charges, a representative of the federal court in Parana state told CNN.

Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine-and-a-half years in jail. He will remain free during his appeal, and faces corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering charges in four other court cases.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russia is ready to expel about 30 US diplomats and seize US state property in retaliation for Washington's sanctions, Russian officials say.

The threat came from Russian foreign ministry sources, quoted by the daily Izvestia. Other Russian officials have made similar statements recently.

In December the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two intelligence compounds.

Donald Trump Jr said "no meaningful information" on Mrs Clinton was provided

US President Donald Trump's son has admitted meeting a Russian lawyer last year who, he says, promised to reveal damaging material on Hillary Clinton.

But Donald Trump Jr insisted that Natalia Veselnitskaya had provided "no meaningful information" on his father's rival for the presidency.

The president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign head, Paul J Manafort, were also at the meeting.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan at an African Union summit meeting in South Africa in 2015

The president of Sudan, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes against his people, could soon find it harder to travel abroad.

Judges at the International Criminal Court strongly criticized South Africa on Thursday for failing to arrest the president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, when he visited Johannesburg for an African Union meeting in 2015.

The court explicitly rejected South Africa’s argument that Mr. Bashir was immune from arrest as a head of state leading his country’s delegation to the meeting.