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Italian Court Rejects Berlusconi Bid to Halt Sex Trial

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Italian court in Milan has rejected a request by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to suspend his sex scandal trial. Lawyers for Berlusconi argued that his role as leader of a center-right coalition standing in next month’s general election would be an impediment to the proceedings. Prosecutors have accused the defense of trying to […]

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Study Finds Most Pakistani Lawmakers Fail to Pay Taxes

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani investigative journalism group says less than a third of the country’s lawmakers filed income taxes in 2011, bringing into focus longstanding complaints about high-level tax evasion ahead of elections set for next year. The Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan said most of the country’s 446 lawmakers and about two-thirds of the government’s […]

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South Korean Prosecutors Probe Purchase of Presidential Retirement Home

Posted November 12th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean media say prosecutors have raided the offices of the Presidential Security Service, searching for evidence of wrong-doing in the purchase of a retirement home for President Lee Myung-bak. Yonhap reports that investigators are looking Monday for evidence of alleged irregularities in the purchase of a plot of land on the southern edge of […]

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Former US Football Coach Gets Decades in Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. college football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of sexually abusing young boys. The sentence, handed down by a judge in Pennsylvania Tuesday, means the 68-year-old retired Pennsylvania State University assistant coach will likely spend the rest of his […]

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Germany Charges Suspected Russian Spies with Espionage

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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German prosecutors say they have indicted two people suspected of spying for Russia on Germany, the European Union, and NATO. Federal prosecutors announced this week that the pair, known only as Andreas and Heidrun A., have been charged with espionage. The couple is alleged to have spent more than 20 years in Germany, communicating with […]

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China Charges Ex-Police Chief Who Revealed Bo Xilai Scandal

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say a former police chief who revealed details of a major Communist Party scandal has been charged with attempted defection, abuse of power, and taking bribes. The official Xinhua news agency says prosecutors in the central city of Chengdu filed the charges against Wang Lijun after interrogating him and hearing the opinion […]

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China Charges Ex-Police Chief Who Revealed Bo Xilai Scandal

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say a former police chief who revealed details of a major Communist Party scandal has been charged with attempted defection, abuse of power and taking bribes. State media reported the charges against Wang Lijun on Wednesday without providing further details. Wang was serving as the public security chief of the central city […]

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Audit: India Lost Billions in Awarding of Coal Mining Contracts

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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India’s national auditor says the government has lost billions of dollars by awarding mining contracts to private companies without competitive bidding, in the latest scandal to hit the country’s ruling coalition. The report released Friday by India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) estimated that private companies that were allocated coal blocks have seen more than […]

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Pope’s Butler to Stand Trial for Theft

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vatican judge has ordered Pope Benedict’s former butler to stand trial on charges of aggravated theft for allegedly leaking secret documents to Italian journalists. The prosecutor said Monday Paolo Gabriele, acted out of a desire to combat “evil and corruption everywhere in the Church” and wanted to help root it out “because the pope […]

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Chinese State Media Quiet as Gu Kailai Trial Begins

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s most sensational criminal trial in recent memory got underway Thursday, as the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai appeared before a court charged with the murder of a British businessman. But you would not know it from looking at the communist country’s state-controlled media. Despite the opening of the trial, which has major implications […]

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