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The Press Association reports that the chairman of of Oxfam International has been arrested as part of a corruption probe in Guatemala.

Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, a former finance minister in the country, was detained along with former president Alvaro Colom as part of an investigation into a public bus deal.

The development comes as Oxfam Great Britain is embroiled in an aid worker sex scandal in relation to Haiti.

An update from North Ayrshire, where the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is campaigning.

He has highlighted the work of the local Labour-run council, which has stepped in to provide meals for children during the school holidays, saying: “Councils shouldn’t be forced to be the last line of defence against austerity.”

Scotland desperately needs a Labour government in Holyrood. The SNP has passed on Tory cuts to local communities.

Labour councils, like North Ayrshire, are stepping in and doing what they can but councils shouldn’t be forced to be the last line of defence against austerity. Labour in power in Holyrood would unlock the potential of devolution to deliver across Scotland.

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