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Hong Kong tycoon and former senior official face jail for graft

Hong Kong - Lawyers for Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government's former deputy leader Rafael Hui pressed for leniency on Monday as their clients faced seven years in prison after being convicted of corruption.

Romania's new president urges all out war on corruption

Bucharest - New Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose anti-graft platform propelled him to the top job, on Sunday urged politicians to stamp out entrenched corruption in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Philippines orders crackdown on privileged jailbirds

Manila - Philippine authorities have given privileged inmates in the country's main prison until Christmas Eve to turn over their hidden guns, drugs and other contraband or the notorious facility will face a major shakedown.

'Earthquake' needed to change World Cup hosts — Blatter

Marrakech - FIFA will release an "appropriate" version of a report into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups but president Sepp Blatter on Friday ruled out moving the tournaments from Russia and Qatar.

World Cup corruption report to be released — Blatter

Marrakech - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday a report into alleged corruption surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be released in "an appropriate form".

Hong Kong tycoon, former official guilty of corruption

Hong Kong - Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government's former deputy leader Rafael Hui were found guilty of corruption on Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance.

Prison sex, drugs and bribery scandal shocks Philippines

Manila - A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines' main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords "living like kings" in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption.

China official admits millions in jade bribes: Report

Bejing - A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Top Chinese official gets life for $6m bribery: court

- A former top Chinese economic planning official was convicted of bribery Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison after a former lover went public with a litany of accusations against him.

Prosecutors call for 19-year sentence for Spanish king's brother-in-law

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors called Tuesday for the acquittal of the king's sister Cristina in a corruption case but demanded a jail sentence of 19 and a half years for her husband in a scandal which has tainted the monarchy.

Anti-graft squad targets corruption in Ukraine's army

Kiev - It must rank as one of the world's most daunting jobs: tackling corruption in Ukraine's military. But with support from the president, a patriotic volunteer unit and a polygraph test, one man thinks he has the answer.

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou over corruption, leaking secrets

Bejing - China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media said Saturday, paving the way for the prosecution of the highest-ranking Chinese figure in more than three decades.

Chinese 'House Uncle' accumulated 132 homes

Shanghai - A former Chinese village head accumulated 132 Shanghai residential properties, reports said, the latest "House Uncle" -- a nickname coined by netizens for male officials with multiple properties -- to be identified in a corruption crackdown.

Portugal court rejects request to free ex-PM in graft probe

Lisbon - Portugal's top court on Wednesday refused to release ex-premier Jose Socrates, held in preventive custody on corruption allegations, saying his request was "without legal foundation".

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency Int'l

Berlin - Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world's banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering.

Burkina will ask Morocco to extradite former president

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, interim prime minister Isaac Zida told reporters on Thursday after the new government's first meeting."We will ask Morocco...

Spanish PM pushes for new laws after latest graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday pushed for the rapid adoption of new laws aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, after his health minister resigned in the latest in a string of corruption scandals.

Spanish health minister quits over graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after being linked to a massive corruption scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the prime minister's conservative Popular Party.

Ex-Portuguese PM remanded in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - The detention of Portugal's former prime minister Jose Socrates on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering has set off a new political earthquake in a country already rocked by high-level scandal.

Judge remands Portuguese ex-PM in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - A Portuguese judge on Monday ordered former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates to be remanded in custody on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.

Portugal's ex-PM returns Monday before judge in tax fraud case

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates will return before a magistrate on Monday, and will spend a third night in custody following his shock arrest as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Romania arrests organised crime chief prosecutor over corruption

Bucharest - Romania's chief prosecutor tasked with investigating organised crime and terrorism was on Saturday arrested on corruption charges over a real estate deal alleged to have cost the government over 60 million euros ($75 million), local media reported.

Brazil slams media 'manipulation' on Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities Saturday blasted a news magazine for media "manipulation" as the government of President Dilma Rousseff battles an escalating kickbacks scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Petrobras scandal undermining Brazil's Rousseff: analysts

Bras - A month after winning re-election, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is battling the toughest of starts to her second term with a huge corruption scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras threatening to engulf her government.

Portuguese ex-PM Socrates held in fraud inquiry

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates was arrested as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering, the public prosecutor's office announced.

Romania scraps amnesty seen helping jailed politicians

Bucharest - Romanian lawmakers on Tuesday scrapped a controversial amnesty bill aimed at freeing corrupt politicians from prison, just two days after a presidential election marked by outrage over rampant graft.

Hungarian protesters hold anti-PM Orban 'indignation' rallies

Budapest - Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Budapest on Monday in a show of "indignation" over the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, with riot police moving in to stop an attempted storming of parliament.

Portugal interior minister resigns over 'golden visas' probe

Lisbon - Portugal's Interior Minister Miguel Macedo resigned Sunday, three days after top officials were detained in a corruption probe linked to "golden visas" for wealthy foreign investors.

Hungary PM dismisses U.S. corruption claims

Budapest - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed Friday corruption claims cited by Washington as the reason for U.S. entry bans on six senior Hungarian officials that have soured already frayed bilateral ties.

Fifa World Cup investigator comes out against 'erroneous' summary

Fifa was thisclose to tidying up claims of shady bid practices on the parts of cities competing for the privilege of hosting the next two World Cups, only to have its lead investigator call the report "erroneous" just hours later.
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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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Protesters hold Tunisian national flags and posters while demonstrating against corrupt Tunisian government.
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