New nominations

BEIJING – Liu He, a key economic adviser of China’s President Xi Jinping, was nominated to be a vice premier. The nominations were read out at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday during a parliamentary session, with journalists in attendance.

Mexico leftist manifesto

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s leftist presidential frontrunner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.

Minister promoted

BEIJING – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi retained his job and was also promoted to a state councillor on Monday, meaning he now has the country’s two top diplomat roles, in a vote of confidence for his strong defence of China’s interests.

Political immunity

MEXICO CITY – Mexican presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade urged lawmakers on Sunday from the ruling party-led coalition he leads to offer a bill before the election to remove political immunity at all levels of government, including for the president. Mr Meade said he was committed to making Mexico a more fair and just country.

Tax evasion

LIMA – Peru’s embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told a congressional investigative committee that he used a company in the British Virgin Islands to legally avoid paying US taxes, according to audio heard by Reuters on Sunday. Mr Kuczynski made the disclosure during more than seven hours of questioning as he tried to disentangle himself from a growing corruption scandal.

Diplomat heads to Finland

SEOUL/BEIJING – A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland for talks with former US and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible US-North Korean summit.

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