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Spain's Princess Cristina: 'untouchable' to fraud suspect

A smiling, educated, happily married mother of four, Cristina de Bourbon seemed to have it all until Spain's royal fraud scandal landed her in court, where she faces questioning Saturday. Her Royal Highness the Infanta Dona Cristina Federica of Bourbon and Greece, 48, was a darling of the celebrity press along with her husband, the dashing ex-Olympic athlete Inaki Urdangarin. "She seemed like a bright girl, normal," said Abel Hernandez, a writer specialising in the Spanish royals, of Cristina, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos.

Spanish princess faces court in royal scandal

A judge will quiz Spanish King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina on Saturday over fraud allegations in a corruption scandal -- a historic first for the troubled royal family. Long thought untouchable as a royal, Cristina, 48, now faces public scrutiny over accusations of tax fraud and money-laundering that have fuelled doubts over the future of the monarchy. The judge on the island of Majorca will question Cristina, seventh in line to the throne, as a suspect in a judicial probe -- one step towards a possible trial.

Spain's scandal-hit royal palace cuts spending

Spain's king has had his salary frozen for a third year, the scandal-hit palace said Monday, publishing its slimmed-down budget for 2014 after promising greater transparency about how it spends taxpayers' money. The royal palace's budget was cut by two percent to 7.78 million euros ($10.5 million) under the state spending plan approved last year. On Monday it published online a breakdown of how that money is spent, part of its efforts to appear more transparent as it suffers from a fraud scandal embroiling the king's youngest daughter.

Spain's scandal-hit royal palace cuts spending

Spain's king has had his salary frozen for a third year, the scandal-hit palace said Monday, publishing its slimmed-down budget for 2014 after promising greater transparency about how it spends taxpayers' money. The royal palace's budget was cut by two percent to 7.78 million euros ($10.5 million) under the state spending plan approved last year. On Monday it published online a breakdown of how that money is spent, part of its efforts to appear more transparent as it suffers from a fraud scandal embroiling the king's youngest daughter.

Judge spares Spanish princess a walk to fraud hearing

A Spanish judge ruled Friday that King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter Cristina may drive to court for a fraud hearing, rather than endure a walk under the gaze of the world's media. It is not clear, however, if the 48-year-old Cristina will take advantage of the ruling, issued "strictly on security grounds", when she heads to the Palma de Mallorca court on the morning of February 8.

Sisi must heed Egytians' demand to run as president

Egypt's top military council said on Monday its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should heed calls to stand in presidential election. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement "the people's trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people". se/jds/dv

Egypt army backs Sisi presidential bid: state media

Egypt's military on Monday backed a presidential bid by its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, state media reported. Sisi, who will resign from the army to stand for office, is tipped to easily win a presidential election due to be held by mid-April, with no serious rivals. "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces by consensus mandated the defence minister (Sisi) to stand in presidential elections," the official MENA news agency reported.

Spanish prince's star rises as monarchy stumbles

As Spain's royal family reels from scandals and its elderly king leans on crutches after numerous operations, one figure is standing tall, offering the monarchy hope: heir apparent Prince Felipe. Tall and imposing, but said to be warm and approachable by those who meet him, the 45-year-old heir has won the fondness of Spaniards even as they increasingly turn against his father, 76-year-old King Juan Carlos.

Spanish judge moves up date of princess' court appearance

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Jan 13 (EFE).- Princess Cristina, the younger of Spanish King Juan Carlos' two daughters, will appear in court Feb. 8 - a month earlier than originally planned - to answer questions about alleged tax fraud and money laundering, the judge hearing the case said Monday. Investigating magistrate Jose Castro was responding to a document presented last Saturday by Cristina's lawyers, in which she refused to challenge the summons and stated her wish to testify, though she "absolutely and firmly disagrees" with the charges.

Spanish judge moves up date of princess' court appearance

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Jan 13 (EFE).- Princess Cristina, the younger of Spanish King Juan Carlos' two daughters, will appear in court Feb. 8 - a month earlier than originally planned - to answer questions about alleged tax fraud and money laundering, the judge hearing the case said Monday. Investigating magistrate Jose Castro was responding to a document presented last Saturday by Cristina's lawyers, in which she refused to challenge the summons and stated her wish to testify, though she "absolutely and firmly disagrees" with the charges.
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