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Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Skopeia - Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU membership.

Ex-PM Olmert found guilty in corruption case: Israel media

Jerusalem - A Jerusalem court found former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption Monday over allegations that he received envelopes of cash from a US businessman, Israeli media reported.

Ukraine arrests officials on live TV, sacks powerful oligarch

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday dramatically arrested two top officials on graft charges at a televised cabinet meeting hours after the president sacked a powerful oligarch as regional governor.

Spain ruling party ran secret slush fund: judge

Madrid - A judge found Monday that Spain's ruling party ran a secret slush fund for 18 years, reviving a corruption scandal that has embarrassed the government ahead of a general election.

Senegal ex-president's son Karim Wade jailed for graft

Dakar - Karim Wade, the high-flying son of former Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade bidding to follow his father to the top office, was sentenced Monday to six years in prison in a deeply divisive graft case.

Rolex scandal minister rejects blame for Italy kickbacks

Rome - An Italian minister caught up in the country's biggest corruption scandal in two decades resigned Friday, admitting he had to take political responsibility for the rigging of public works tenders that cost taxpayers billions.

Lengthy prison terms after Cuba cracks egg corruption case

Havana - A court in Cuba has condemned several government officials to prison terms of between five and 15 years for stealing and selling millions of eggs on the black market, state-run media reported on Friday.

A Rolex too far: Italian minister quits in corruption scandal

Rome - Italy's transport and infrastructure minister announced his resignation on Thursday after days of revelations implicating him in a corruption scandal involving his department, his son and a 10,000-euro Rolex watch.

Thai former PM Yingluck to face trial over rice scheme

Bangkok - Thailand's former premier Yingluck Shinawatra was Thursday ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence over a bungled rice subsidy scheme, in a case that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Italy kickbacks scandal deepens as wiretaps embarrass minister

Rome - A kickbacks scandal threatening to destabilise the Italian government deepened on Wednesday as a minister resisted demands he quit over claims he used his influence to get his son a job, then lied about it.

Brazil's scandal-hit Rousseff unveils anti-graft plan

Bras - Brazil's Dilma Rousseff tried to get ahead of the storm of scandal bearing down on her presidency Wednesday, unveiling a raft of anti-corruption measures she hopes will appease her critics.

Rolex revelations rock Renzi government in Italy

Rome - An Italian minister was left fighting for survival on Tuesday after it emerged his son had been given a Rolex watch by a businessman arrested in a kickbacks scandal that has rocked the centre-left government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

UK police investigated for paedophile ring cover-up claims

London - Allegations that London's police force covered up the involvement of British politicians and police officers in a paedophile ring are to be investigated by an official watchdog.

Brazil's Rousseff pledges talks after mass protests

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged Monday to hold talks with her growing number of critics and said her embattled government needed to show humility, a day after massive protests erupted across the country.

Row breaks out over Brazil demo numbers

S - A row erupted Monday over rival turnout figures for massive protests against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and her government.

Brazil police make new arrests in Petrobras scandal

Brasilia - Brazilian police launched a new round of arrests Monday in the corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, a day after massive nationwide demonstrations against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

Anti-Rousseff protests draw 1.5 million across Brazil

S - About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against leftist President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

Brazil president warns on violence as new demos loom

Brasilia - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff warned she would not tolerate violence as the continent-sized Latin American country, convulsed by a graft scandal involving dozens of politicians, prepared for a new spate of protests.

Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court authorized the investigation of dozens of politicians, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras.

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.
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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 wea...
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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Mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum is under arrest.  Appelbaum is accused of corruption and fraud i...
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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April 26  2013: In Sarajevo  members of the special police are shown arresting President of Bosnia s...
April 26, 2013: In Sarajevo, members of the special police are shown arresting President of Bosnia's autonomous Muslim-Croat federation Zivko Budimir (R) under allegations that he took bribes in exchange for pardons for criminals.
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Fallen Regime: After the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia.
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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
© Reuters / Jonathan Bachman
Customers and cooks inside a kebab shop watch as a riot police officer fires plastic paintball gun p...
Customers and cooks inside a kebab shop watch as a riot police officer fires plastic paintball gun pellets to disperse demonstrators. Protesters are demanding Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan resign over a high-level corruption scandal
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Protesters hold Tunisian national flags and posters while demonstrating against corrupt Tunisian gov...
Protesters hold Tunisian national flags and posters while demonstrating against corrupt Tunisian government.
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Tweet from Arvind Kejriwal on corrupt police.
Tweet from Arvind Kejriwal on corrupt police.
Gian-Franco Kasper  a Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee said that corruption appea...
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 Governor Bob McDonnell at press conference outside federal courtroom in Richmond, Virginia Jan. 6, 2015.
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Tens of thousands of protesters in Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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