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The Old Fund was able to bring a struggling printing company out of bankruptcy and win a contract to print Argentina’s currency with the help of Mr. Boudou and other top government officials.

Judge Lijo now must decide whether to open a formal probe and eventually whether to bring charges that could result in as much as six years in prison and a lifetime ban from public office.

NIGERIA

12 killed, villages razed in northeast Nigeria

LAGOS — Gunmen surrounded villages in northeast Nigeria and set them ablaze, killing at least 12 people and wounding 48 others in violence that could spread as attackers remain hiding in the rural region, the Nigerian Red Cross said Monday.

The attacks targeted four villages early Sunday in a remote area of Adamawa state, which borders Cameroon.

The number of dead could rise as relief workers remain unable to reach the villages affected and about 2,000 people have fled, the Red Cross said in a report obtained by the Associated Press.

Volunteers “could not get safe access to these affected communities as the gunmen are said to be in the bush around the communities, changing plans,” the report read. It estimated as many as 100 gunmen attacked the villages.

The dead included at least one police officer, the report read. Those injured suffered gunshot and machete wounds.

CANADA

Canada, Poland partner to develop shale gas

OTTAWA — Visiting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, announced Monday that their two countries would bolster energy cooperation to develop shale gas deposits.

Both nations are thought to hold large deposits of shale gas - a natural gas trapped in flakes of sedimentary rock - and energy companies are eager to tap into them.

Shale gas has become an increasingly important energy source in the United States over the past decade and interest in it is now spreading around the world, despite concerns of environmentalists.

ISRAEL

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