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Malawi’s ‘Cashgate’ takes corruption to a whole new level

NAIROBI — Malawi is in the throes of its biggest-ever corruption scandal, dubbed “Cashgate” by the local press. Corrupt officials are accused of stealing government funds, building luxury homes with money intended to improve the lives of some of Africa’s poorest people. So what’s it all about and why does it matter? 

Philippines: A rich young woman’s Instagram exploits stoke mass outrage

BANGKOK — Before her family was blamed for epic corruption, 23-year-old Jeane Napoles was virtually unknown outside Philippine high society. Her Instagram account documented glitzy shopping sprees and run-ins with two of the world’s most-famous Justins: Bieber and Timberlake. She gushed about her “Porschey.” Now, her mother has surrendered herself to authorities. And the Philippines is roiling over allegations that their family grew extremely rich from one of the biggest embezzlement schemes in the nation’s history.

Czech Republic: Sex, spies and bribery

BRUSSELS — Once dubbed the Mr. Clean of Czech politics, Prime Minister Petr Necas tendered his resignation Monday, his career cut short by the dramatic arrest of his closest aide, who is caught up in allegations of sex, spies and corruption.

Masked police detain top Czech officials for corruption

BRUSSELS — The Czech Republic is facing a political crisis after anti-corruption police arrest senior official during raids on the prime minister's office and other government departments .

Is Russia Too Corrupt for International Business?

Transparency International, an organization that measures perceptions of corruption worldwide, ranked Russia 133 out of 176 countries on its Corruption Perception Index in 2012 (in joint position with countries including Iran and Kazakhstan). The country also ranked poorly on the World Bank's Doing Business Survey; when "ease of doing business" was considered, it came 112 out of 185 countries.

Japan's yakuza gang wars

KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Visibly nervous, the chairman of a local construction company asks that we lower our voices at the lunch table, and that his name is withheld from publication. People are listening, he says, and this neighborhood is the territory of one particularly violent faction of "yakuza," the powerful criminal underworld of Japan.

The CIA has paid tens of millions of dollars to the Afghan president's office over the last decade

The CIA has been dropping off hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in cash at the offices of Afghan President Hamid Karzai every month or so since January 2003, current and former advisers to Karzai told Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times. And instead of translating into influence for the Agency, American officials told the Times, the tens of millions of dollars in "ghost money" has undermined U.S. strategy by fueling corruption and empowering warlords.

The most corrupt countries 2012 (PHOTOS)

Some 70 percent of the world is seen as more corrupt than good, according to the new 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index.

Inside Montreal’s mafia wars

TORONTO — It's been over 30 years since Canada's last mob war, but a string of murders in recent times shows that things are heating up again.

South African court allows Jacob Zuma corruption case review

JOHANNESBURG — A South African court ruled today that President Jacob Zuma's corruption case can be reviewed.
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