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World in Brief: Friday March 22

POLAND: The government was forced yesterday to distance itself from claims made by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s father that Polish Jews gladly entered ghettoes during the nazi occupation.

Senior MP Kornel Morawiecki said that Polish Jews “were told there would be an enclave where they could get away from nasty Poles.”

It follows Poland’s passing of a law that criminalises discussion of instances of collaboration by Poles with the nazi occupiers.

IRAQ: Turkish jets bombed suspected Kurdish rebel camps across the border in northern Iraq early yesterday morning.

The Turkish military claimed to have killed nine members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerilla group, which maintains bases in northern Iraq.

Turkey said this week that its military may mount an offensive against the PKK in Iraq’s Sinjar region if Baghdad doesn’t act against it.

SPAIN: Madrid has rejected yet another candidate for the presidency of Catalonia as the government continues to try to suppress Catalan separatism.

Territorial Administration Secretary Roberto Bermudez de Castro said Madrid would oppose the candidacy of Jordi Turull because he faces charges of rebellion over last year’s failed bid for independence.

A Supreme Court judge overseeing investigations against Catalan politicians is due to issue charges today.

PERU: Leading Venezuelan socialists have hailed the resignation of corruption-tainted Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, with Constituent Assembly president Delcy Rodriguez calling him a “submissive ally of Donald Trump.”

Mr Kuczynski quit before he was pushed by a parliamentary impeachment vote after bribe-taking allegations by notorious Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Ex-banker Mr Kuczynski helped lead regional opposition to Venezuela’s socialist government. He blamed the allegations against him on allies of Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Peru’s ex-dictator Alberto Fujimori.

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