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India Parliament Debates ‘Lokpal’ Amid Hazare Hunger Strike

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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India’s parliament begins debate Tuesday on a landmark anti-corruption bill, while veteran Indian activist Anna Hazare has started a fresh public hunger strike to protest the legislation. Despite objections by several opposition parties, India’s Congress-led government vows it has enough support to pass the bill during the three-day extended session of the lower house of […]

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Indian Activist to Fast Against Corruption

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Veteran Indian activist Anna Hazare plans to go ahead with a three-day hunger strike to protest the anti-corruption bill being debated in parliament. The bill would create a nine-member oversight agency tasked with investigating and prosecuting politicians and civil servants suspected of graft. Hazare says it does not go far enough. He says the bill […]

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Indian Activist Threatens Hunger Strike Over Corruption Bill

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Veteran Indian activist Anna Hazare says he is opposed to a landmark anti-corruption bill that is set to be introduced to parliament later this week. India’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the legislation, which would create a nine-member oversight agency tasked with investigating and prosecuting senior politicians and civil servants suspected of graft. The bill is […]

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India’s Cabinet Approves Controversial Anti-Graft Bill

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s Cabinet has approved a landmark anti-corruption bill that was the focus of nationwide demonstrations earlier this year. The Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday approved the bill, which would create a nine-member ombudsman office to investigate and prosecute senior politicians and civil servants suspected of graft. The bill will be introduced […]

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Former French President Chirac Convicted of Corruption

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Former French President Jacques Chirac has been convicted of corruption. A judge found Mr. Chirac guilty of embezzling public funds Thursday but suspended his two-year sentence in the landmark case. He was the first former French head of state to face prosecution in more than fifty years. The 79-year former president, who was not at […]

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Judge to Deliver Verdict in Ex-French President’s Corruption Trial

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Paris judge is expected to deliver a verdict Thursday in the corruption trial of former French President Jacques Chirac. Prosecutors have charged Mr. Chirac with abuse of power and embezzlement while mayor of Paris between 1977 to 1995. Nine others have also been implicated in the case. Mr. Chirac is accused of paying members […]

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Report: Perceived Corruption Rampant in Debt-Hit Eurozone Countries

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An index of global perceptions of corruption indicates a number of eurozone countries suffering debt crises are among the lowest-scoring countries in the European Union, and ranks Bulgaria as the most corrupt EU country. Berlin-based Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index released Thursday ranks Bulgaria at 3.3, on a scale where zero is the most corrupt […]

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Despite Efforts to Curb Graft, China’s Image Still Tarnished By Corruption

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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An index of global perceptions of corruption indicates China is still viewed as corrupt despite efforts to curb official graft. The Berlin-based group Transparency International scored 183 countries on a 10-point scale, with zero being very corrupt and 10 being the least corrupt. China ranked 75th on the corruption index, scoring 3.6 on the ten-point […]

Nigerian President Fires Anti-Corruption Chief

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, who had been criticized for incompetence. A government statement Wednesday said Mr. Jonathan has relieved Farida Waziri of her post as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC. Waziri was replaced with Ibrahim Lamorde, who was previously the EFCC’s […]

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Former Philippine Leader Gloria Arroyo Arrested in Hospital

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has been arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges, the latest in a high-profile case heightened by the former leader’s attempt to leave the country for medical treatment. A Philippine official who served Ms. Arroyo with an arrest warrant Friday said the former leader would be permitted to […]

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