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Businessmen Behaving Badly: Germany Abuzz Over 'Incentive' Trip Scandals

A group of German sales reps have been caught with their pants down – so to speak – following revelations that they “had contact” with prostitutes during an incentive trip to Brazil. The scandal follows a similar story involving sales reps who behaved bad

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Top independent sales reps for the local Bausparkasse (building society) in Wüstenrot, Germany, have landed themselves – and the organization that contracted them – in hot water over an "incentive" awards trip to Brazil that involved more than just complimentary meals and accommodation.

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Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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