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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.

Turkey delays decision on ministers accused of corruption

Ankara - A Turkish parliamentary commission on Monday unexpectedly delayed until January a decision on whether four former Turkish cabinet ministers will stand trial on accusations of corruption that rocked the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pope's scathing attack on Vatican plagued by ills

- Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican's bureaucracy on Monday, saying some within the Church lusted for power and suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" in comments likely to outrage his adversaries.

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.
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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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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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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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Tweet from Arvind Kejriwal on corrupt police.
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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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Protesters hold Tunisian national flags and posters while demonstrating against corrupt Tunisian government.
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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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Tens of thousands of protesters in Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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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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Former Governor Bob McDonnell at press conference outside federal courtroom in Richmond, Virginia Jan. 6, 2015.
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Fallen Regime: After the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia.
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