Jan 11, 2016

Spanish Princess Cristina in court as fraud case begins

Spanish princess Cristina de Borbon has arrived in court as proceedings in a landmark fraud trial that became a lightning rod for anger at institutional corruption get under way. Cristina, the sister of Spain’s King Felipe VI, arrived at a court in Palma de ...

French financial prosecutor opens inquiry into Le Pen's wealth

Jan 8, 2016

French financial prosecutor opens inquiry into Le Pen's wealth

The French financial prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday it has launched a preliminary investigation into far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen on suspicions that they misrepresented their wealth. A French body in charge of transparency in public life lodged ...

Jan 4, 2016

China Communist Party reinforces ban on superstitions

China’s ruling Communist Party has tightened its ban on members believing in “feudal superstitions,” state media said, as part of new regulations on discipline. President Xi Jinping, whose power derives from his position as the ruling party’s general secretary, has been tightening his control ...

Dec 16, 2015

China military says a plague of corruption persists in ranks

The “pathogen” of corruption persists within China’s armed forces, the top Chinese military newspaper said on Wednesday, indicating that President Xi Jinping will sustain his sweeping crackdown on graft in the ranks into next year. Xi has made his fight against military corruption a ...

Dec 15, 2015

Vatican praised for efforts to combat money-laundering

Vatican prosecutors have launched 13 new investigations into suspected money-laundering this year, and currently have frozen some €11 million ($12.1 million) as part of beefed-up measures to prevent illicit activity at the Vatican’s scandal-marred bank, according to a report released Tuesday. The Council of ...

Dec 15, 2015

Delhi chief minister accuses 'psycho' Modi after raid

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused his archrival Narendra Modi of waging a political vendetta, branding the Indian premier a “psychopath” after federal investigators raided his administration’s headquarters. The firebrand chief minister, who founded and leads the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi party, is ...

Dec 14, 2015

Wife of ex-Politburo member Bo Xilai gets reduced life term

A Beijing court has commuted the death sentence for the wife of fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai to life in prison, winding down one of the biggest scandals to rock China’s political elite in recent years. Gu Kailai has been serving a suspended death ...

Disappearances highlight Chinese ruling party's detention system

Dec 12, 2015

Disappearances highlight Chinese ruling party's detention system

The baffling disappearance of Chinese executives in recent weeks has drawn attention to the ruling Communist Party’s practice of holding people incommunicado either as targets of investigations themselves or to help with probes of others. The most recent example came Thursday, when Caixin magazine ...