PANAMA

Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83. Noriega ruled with an iron fist, ordering the deaths of those who opposed him and maintaining a murky, close and conflictive relationship with the United States. After his downfall, Noriega served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States, then was sent to face charges in France. He spent all but the last few months of his final years in a Panamanian prison for murder of political opponents during his 1983-89 regime.

China

Factory investigator arrested

An advocacy group says a man investigating working conditions at a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-brand shoes has been arrested and two other men are missing. The wife of Hua Haifeng says he was accused of illegal surveillance. She says the police called her Tuesday afternoon, gave her no details but told her she would not be able to see, speak with or receive money from her husband, the family’s breadwinner. China Labor Watch executive director Li Qiang says he assumes the men must be held either by the factory or the police to be unreachable.

Lithuania

Plastic surgery photos hacked

Police in Lithuania say more than 25,000 private photos and personal data — including nude pictures — were made public Tuesday following the hacking of a chain of plastic surgery clinics. Police said a hacking group called Tsar Team broke into the servers of Grozio Chirurgija clinics earlier this year and demanded ransoms from the clinic’s clients in Germany, Denmark, Britain, Norway and other EU countries. Police say after threats, several hundred images were released in March and the rest of the database was made public on Tuesday. Police say dozens have come forward to report being blackmailed.

El Salvador

Prisons chief faces charge

Prosecutors in El Salvador have charged the head of the Central American country’s prisons with embezzling $5.6 million. The Attorney General’s Office for specialized areas says prisons chief Rodil Hernandez was arrested Monday. Officials said at a news conference Tuesday that the investigation focuses on misuse of proceeds from stores in El Salvador’s 19 prisons and two prison farms where inmates can purchase necessities. Those funds are supposed to be used for inmate programs.

Compiled from wire reports