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The level of corruption across the EU was eroding trust in democracy and draining resources from the legal economy

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According to the European Commission, the extent of corruption in Europe is “breathtaking” and it costs the EU economy about 120 billion euros annually. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem is now presenting a full report on the issue. Writing in Sweden’s Goeteborgs-Posten daily, Cecilia Malmstroem said corruption was eroding trust in democracy and draining resources...

Xi Jinping has been confirmed as China’s leader for the next decade

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...ng Committee line-up out on stage in November 2002. Under his administration China has seen a decade of rapid development, overtaking Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. But the development has been uneven, leading to a widening wealth gap, environmental challenges and rumbling social discontent over inequality and corruption. Analysts say there has been division at the very top of...

China’s President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption

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...ned a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption. Addressing more than 2,000 delegates, Hu Jintao said that a failure to tackle the issue “could prove fatal to the party”. China faced unprecedented opportunities and challenges, he said, and the nation should “aim higher and work harder”. His speech kicks off a w...

Jiang Jiemin was suspected of a serious violation of discipline

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China has announced a corruption investigation into Jiang Jiemin, the head of the commission that oversees state-owned companies. The supervision ministry said Jiang Jiemin was suspected of a “serious violation of discipline”. The term is used to refer to corruption by managers of state companies. President Xi Jinping has vowed to eradicate corruption in China, warning that it threate...

Janez Jansa, the two-time prime minister of Slovenia, has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison

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Janez Jansa, the two-time prime minister of Slovenia, has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison. Janez Jansa was accused of soliciting bribes as part of a defense deal. He said the charges were politically motivated and that he would appeal. The former prime minister was forced to quit the office in March amid protests over corruption and recession. Slovenia, often see...

Former Chinese General Gu Junshan has been charged with corruption, misuse of state funds and abuse of power

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...e media report. Gu Junshan, who was deputy logistics chief in China’s army, is the most senior officer to be tried at a military court since 2006, reports said. He was removed from his post in 2012 and has been under investigation since. China’s President Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on corruption at all levels of the Communist Party. “Gu Junshan has been charged on suspicion of...

Indian police have stopped prominent anti-corruption campaigner Baba Ramdev from marching to parliament to stage a protest in Delhi

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...prohibitory laws”. Known as the yoga guru, Baba Ramdev says he is campaigning for the recovery of bribe money allegedly held overseas. He is also demanding stronger anti-corruption laws. He has millions of supporters across India. Baba Ramdev’s daily TV programme is watched by people across the country. Indian police have stopped prominent anti-corruption campaigner Baba Ramdev from marchin...

The "Mensalao" was a scheme that used public funds to pay coalition parties for political support

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...ers and businessmen convicted last year. Ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s former chief of staff was among the first to surrender to the police. The “Mensalao” was a scheme that used public funds to pay coalition parties for political support. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not implicated in the case. The trial is seen as a test of Brazil’s attempts to crack down on c...

Turkish corruption scandal has forced PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reshuffle his cabinet following the resignations of three ministers

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...g that it does not want to get involved in “political arguments”, amid a major political corruption scandal. The crisis has forced PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reshuffle his cabinet following the resignations of three ministers. The ministers’ sons were among dozens of people detained as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe. The scandal has caused Turkey’s lira to fall to...

Bo Xilai will go on trial on August 22 being charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power

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...orruption and abuse of power, according to state media. Bo Xilai, formerly the Communist Party chief of Chongqing, was expelled from the party after a scandal surrounding the murder of a British businessman. His wife Gu Kailai was jailed last August for the killing of Neil Heywood. The Bo Xilai scandal rocked China with claims of corruption at the top of the Communist Party. Bo Xilai has been accu...

Cairo court ruled that Hosni Mubarak should no longer be held over the killings of protesters during the revolution that toppled him

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...ill be re-tried after they successfully appealed against their convictions, with Egypt’s Court of Cassation citing procedural failings. Habib al-Adly will also be re-tried for corruption charges. Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, will also be re-tried for corruption charges, of which they were found not guilty the first time round. Egypt’s former president has been in poor heal...

Rolls-Royce has announced that it is in talks with the Serious Fraud Office over possible bribery and corruption

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Rolls-Royce has announced that it is in talks with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over possible bribery and corruption. “It is too early to predict the outcomes, but these could include the prosecution of individuals and of the company,” Rolls-Royce said. The British aircraft engine manufacturer said it had passed on information about alleged malpractice by intermediaries. It followed...

The changes to Jacob Zuma's Nkandla private home, including a pool and cattle enclosure, cost South African taxpayers about $23 million

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South Africa’s main opposition party, Democratic Alliance, has laid corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma over the use of state money to improve his Nkandla private residence. The move follows a report by South Africa’s top corruption fighter accusing President Jacob Zuma of unethical conduct over the upgrade of Nkandla house. The changes to Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla privat...

Alexei Navalny has been jailed for five years, for embezzlement from a timber firm.

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...emlin and President Vladimir Putin in December 2011. Judge Sergei Blinov said he found the testimony of the main prosecution witness, Vyacheslav Opalev, to be “trustworthy and consistent”. Alexei Navalny insists that Vyacheslav Opalev spoke against him out of revenge, because Navalny had recommended he be fired and his company investigated for corruption. After the verdict, Alexei Nava...

Four anti-corruption activists linked to the New Citizens' Movement have been jailed by Beijing court

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...avy,” Ge Yongxi said. The ruling Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly vowed to crack down on corruption – but the party has also tried critics and anti-corruption activists. Human rights groups said the crackdown on the activists was part of a wider campaign against civil society by the government, despite President Xi Jinping’s high-profile public campaign against corruption....

Ray Nagin, New Orleans ex-mayor, has been charged with 21 federal counts of wire fraud, bribery, filing false tax returns and money laundering

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Ray Nagin, New Orleans ex-mayor, has been charged with 21 federal counts of wire fraud, bribery, filing false tax returns and money laundering. Ray Nagin, 56, mayor from 2002-10, came to national attention when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Beginning in June 2004, Ray Nagin took payments, travel and other gratuities in exchange for city contracts and other favors, prosecutors said. A...

Inaki Urdangarin, King Juan Carlos of Spain's son-in-law, is being questioned by a judge in Mallorca over a growing corruption scandal that has embarrassed the royal family

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Inaki Urdangarin, King Juan Carlos of Spain’s son-in-law, is being questioned by a judge in Mallorca over a growing corruption scandal that has embarrassed the royal family. Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, is suspected of misusing millions of euros in public funds that were given to a charitable foundation he ran. The duke has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime....

Hosni Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa, have been acquitted of charges of embezzlement

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...Mohamed Morsi in 2012, was tried in absentia. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak have been involved in a series of trials since their father’s fall from power. All three men are still facing other corruption charges. Hosni Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa, have been acquitted of charges of embezzlement Ten other defendants were also cleared in Thursday’s verdicts in Cairo. The case examined whethe...

Hundreds of police have been dismissed or reassigned across Turkey since last month's corruption investigation

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About 350 police officers have been sacked in Turkey’s capital Ankara, following a corruption probe targeting people close to the government, reports say. Officials, mostly from outside the city, have been named to replace them. Hundreds of police have been dismissed or reassigned across Turkey since last month’s corruption investigation. Three cabinet ministers resigned after their sons we...

Bo Xilai has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power

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...mmunist Party chief of Chongqing, was expelled from the party after a scandal surrounding the murder of a British businessman. His wife Gu Kailai was jailed in August for the killing of the Briton, Neil Heywood. Bo Xilai was charged by prosecutors on Thursday in Jinan in Shandong province, state media said. The Bo Xilai scandal, which exposed corruption claims and infighting at the top of the Comm...

President Nicolas Maduro has asked parliament to give him special powers to fight corruption and what he called economic sabotage

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...sembly next week. President Nicolas Maduro has asked parliament to give him special powers to fight corruption and what he called economic sabotage In a three-hour speech to the assembly, Nicolas Maduro called it a “matter of life or death” for the country’s socialist revolution. “If corruption keeps expanding and perpetuating its destructive capitalist logic, there will b...

Iraq has decided to cancel a $4.2 billion deal to buy arms from Russia because of concerns about corruption

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...iles – was only signed off in October. Iraq has been rebuilding its armed forces since the end of US-led combat operations against insurgents. Announcing the cancellation of the purchase on Saturday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki told AFP news agency that “when Maliki returned from his trip to Russia, he had some suspicions of corruption, so he decided to review the whole...

Mohammed al-Dahabi, Jordan's former intelligence chief, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for corruption

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...ruption. Mohammed al-Dahabi, who was head of the intelligence service from 2005 to 2008, was accused of embezzling public funds, money laundering and abuse of office. The court in Amman ordered him to repay nearly $30 million to the state. Jordan’s leaders have come under pressure in recent months from street protesters demanding that corruption be tackled. The lengthy sentence for such a hi...

Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and the Spain's King Juan Carlos’ son in law, has arrived at court in Mallorca to face a corruption probe

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...and with complete transparency,” he said, according to Spain’s El Pais newspaper. Scores of anti-monarchy protesters demonstrated noisily nearby as the duke arrived. Some waved signs reading “Inaki owes us money” and “Monarchy Corruption”, the AFP news agency reports. Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and the Spain's King Juan Carlos’ son in law, has arri...

Slovenian vote pits incumbent Danilo Turk against former PM Borut Pahor, who is favored to win by opinion polls

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Slovenians are voting today in a presidential run-off following days of protests over budget cuts and alleged government corruption. The vote pits incumbent Danilo Turk against former PM Borut Pahor, who is favored to win by opinion polls. On Friday, a number of people were injured as protesters clashed with police in the capital Ljubljana. Slovenia is facing one of the deepest recessions among t...