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Guatemala's ex-president Portillo home from U.S. jail

Guatemala City - Guatemala's ex-president Alfonso Portillo returned home after serving time in a U.S. prison for money laundering in a graft scandal involving Taiwan.

Yemen ex-strongman Saleh amassed up to $60 billion: UN

New York - Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is believed to have amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion through corruption during his 33 years in power, a UN report said Wednesday.

Prosecutor calls for Woerth's acquittal in Bettencourt case

Bordeaux - A French prosecutor on Friday called for former budget minister Eric Woerth to be acquitted of stolen property charges in a trial sparked by the alleged exploitation of France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt.

Zagreb's powerful mayor indicted for abuse of power

Zagreb - The powerful mayor of Croatia's capital Zagreb was indicted Friday for abuse of power as a wider investigation continues against him over millions in suspected fraud.

Ex-Romanian presidential candidate held in corruption probe

Bucharest - A former Romanian presidential candidate was remanded in custody late Tuesday over her alleged role in a corruption scandal involving Microsoft licences that has sucked in a number of high-profile figures, prosecutors said.

Greece's new anti-corruption minister battles tax evasion scourge

Atenas - Greece's new anti-corruption tsar Panagiotis Nikoloudis has been tasked with recovering 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for the debt-strapped government's coffers through a ruthless crackdown on tax evasion.

Ex-French minister takes stand in L'Oreal heiress trial

Bordeaux - France's former budget minister Eric Woerth took the stand Tuesday in a trial over the alleged exploitation of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, denying ever receiving cash from her to finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 campaign.

Can Brazil president survive growing Petrobras scandal?

Bras - Mounting allegations that her party received hundreds of millions of dollars in a kickbacks scandal engulfing oil giant Petrobras have sent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's poll ratings tumbling and could fatally undermine her.

JP Morgan probed over hiring of China minister's son: WSJ

Bejing - Investment bank JP Morgan is being investigated by US authorities for hiring the son of China's commerce minister despite him being one of the worst candidates its recruiters had seen, the Wall Street Journal reported.

China executes tycoon who bid for Australian miner

Bejing - A Chinese mining billionaire said to have links with disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and who once launched a bid for Australia's Sundance Resources was executed for multiple murder on Monday, a court said.

Top Paris crime investigator charged with leaks

Paris - The head of Paris' powerful criminal investigation force was charged and immediately suspended late Thursday over allegations that he leaked details of a probe to a fellow top officer who was under inquiry.

Mexico leader gets no applause, and plenty of online flak

- Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto has sparked a social media storm over an off-the-cuff remark he made about not getting applauded after announcing new anti-graft measures.

Mexico leader orders investigation into his mansions

- Battling favoritism accusations, Mexico's scandal-hit President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Tuesday an investigation into houses that he, his wife and his finance minister bought from government contractors.

Daughter of L'Oreal tycoon takes the stand in 'exploitation' trial

Bordeaux - Liliane Bettencourt's daughter, who triggered a probe into the alleged exploitation of the elderly L'Oreal heiress, told a French court Friday that her mother's closest confidant was a "con man" bent on destroying her family.

French multimillionaire takes stand in L'Oreal heiress trial

Bordeaux - A French multimillionaire artist was the first to take the stand Wednesday in the trial of 10 people accused of exploiting L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, just days after one defendant tried to kill himself.

Ten go on trial in France for 'exploiting' frail L'Oreal heiress

Bordeaux - Ten people close to France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt go on trial Monday charged with exploiting the frail L'Oreal heiress in an explosive drama that began with a family feud and put a president in the court's crosshairs.

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan promises to restore peace

Maiduguri - Boko Haram launched an attack on Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, one day after President Goodluck Jonathan visited as part of his re-election campaign, and two days after the militant group raided the village of Kambari, killing 15 people.

Impeached ex-Thai PM decries 'death of democracy'

Bangkok - Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the "death of democracy" in Thailand Friday after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.

Spain ex-ruling party bigwig bailed in graft probe

Madrid - An ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling party was released from prison late Thursday after posting bail pending his corruption trial, throwing the spotlight back on a scandal that has embarrassed the government months before a general election.

Spanish parliament passes party corruption bill

Madrid - Spain's lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at tightening political party accounting rules as part of measures to fight corruption, seen as a key concern among voters.

Turkish ruling party shaken by rebellion on ex-ministers' fate

Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party was Wednesday shaken by a rare rebellion by its lawmakers in a key late night vote on whether to send to trial four ex-ministers accused in a 2013 graft investigation.

Turkish journalist could face prison term over tweet: Report

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors are seeking a jail term of up to five years for a prominent female journalist arrested over a tweet suggesting a cover-up in a corruption scandal that shook the government, media reported on Saturday.

Interpol seeks arrest of ousted Ukraine president

Kiev - Interpol on Monday put Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych on its global wanted list for alleged embezzlement that drained the ex-Soviet republic's budget in his four years of pro-Russian rule.

Putin spokesman dismisses Spanish villa reports as 'joke'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Friday dismissed media reports that the Russian leader owns a luxury Spanish villa where he is planting a vineyard.

Turkey ex-ministers escape trial over graft scandal

Ankara - Four Turkish ex-ministers who resigned over a 2013 graft scandal that shook President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government will not have to stand trial, a commission ruled Monday, in a decision the opposition called a "black day" for democracy.

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in Philippines

Manila - An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fuelling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were "living like kings" with stripper bars and jacuzzis.

China assistant foreign minister sacked amid graft probe

Bejing - A Chinese assistant foreign minister has been dismissed from his post and placed under investigation, Beijing said Friday, amid a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign.

Turkish journalist detained over corruption case tweet

Istanbul - Turkish police detained a prominent female journalist and anchorwoman Tuesday after she criticised on Twitter the dropping of a hotly-disputed corruption probe that ensnared key allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Officials arrested in Israeli corruption probe

Jerusalem - Israeli police have arrested more than two dozen current and former officials in a corruption probe, including several from the party of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Hong Kong tycoon and ex-deputy leader jailed for graft

Hong Kong - Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the city's former deputy leader were jailed for corruption Tuesday after a trial that shocked the city and deepened anger at cosy ties between officialdom and big business.
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Tweet from Arvind Kejriwal on corrupt police.
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Former Governor Bob McDonnell at press conference outside federal courtroom in Richmond, Virginia Jan. 6, 2015.
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Protesters hold Tunisian national flags and posters while demonstrating against corrupt Tunisian government.
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Video capture from video of Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing on 'Lobbying Practices Involving Indian Tribes' on September 29, 2004. Jack Abramoff is testifying
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12  2014  on 21 counts of corruption...
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12, 2014, on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion during the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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Yang Dacai, a Chinese safety official, was exposed as corrupt by bloggers, posting images of him wearing luxury items, promoting a disciplinary investigation, which found him guilty of serious wrongdoing.
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Gian-Franco Kasper, a Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee said that corruption appears to be an "everyday matter" in Russia, and that he estimates as much as $18 billion of Sochi's vast construction and development budget was simply embezzled
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12  2014  on 21 counts of corruption...
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12, 2014, on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion during the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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Mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum is under arrest. Appelbaum is accused of corruption and fraud in municipal affairs, amounting to 14 charges in all
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Fallen Regime: After the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia.
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