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Busted: Spanish soldiers and cops in huge drug ring

Three soldiers, one Civil Guard officer and a policeman have been arrested in connection with a highly sophisticated cocaine and hash smuggling ring busted on Tuesday in different parts of mainland Spain.

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith

The European Union is not (anymore) guided by politicians with a grasp of history, a sober assessment of global reality, or simple common sense connected with the long term interests of what they are guiding. If any more evidence was needed, it has certainly been supplied by the sanctions they have agreed on last week aimed at punishing Russia.

Italian prosecutors push to confirm 'Rubygate' ruling against Berlusconi

Italian prosecutors on Friday asked an appeals court to confirm a seven-year prison sentence against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with an underage prostitute and for abuse of power while he was in office.

From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace

Just weeks ago, the head of Spanish Wi-Fi firm Let's Gowex was being hailed as a business visionary. Now he's facing court after it emerged he cooked the company books. Meet the disgraced founder of Let's Gowex Jenaro García.

Jailed Italians MPs will continue to get paid

Jailed Italian politicians will continue to receive their salary after a request by the Five Star Movement (M5S) to have a former Democratic Party MP’s salary frozen was rejected.

EU Association Agreement with Ukraine Is a Gift to Kleptocrats

The agreement, by worsening economic conditions of Ukraine, will guarantee unending violence in the east, according to economist Michael Hudson.

EU Association Agreement with Ukraine Is a Gift to Kleptocrats

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in corruption case

The French judiciary took the unprecedented step yesterday morning of arresting former president Nicolas Sarkozy and placing him in 48-hour investigative detention in Nanterre police headquarters, near Paris.

People pressure starts to pay off over Ireland's oil and gas giveaway

If ever a story shows that persistent pressure by concerned people can yield results then the Irish gas and oil story is one that has just hit the hundredth monkey.

Spanish EU bank boss quits amid scandal

The vice president of the European Investment Bank, Magdalena Alvarez, announced her resignation from the post Wednesday even as she protested her innocence of suspected corruption in Spain.

US ready meals meant for Ukraine's military go on Internet sale

American packed meals that were sent as military-technical assistance to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine are being sold on the Internet, instead of being given away to the military. Ukrainian authorities initiated an investigation in connection with the incidents, as was stated by the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Tymchuk on his page on Facebook.

‘The disgraced oligarch’: WikiLeaks cables reveal changing US views on Poroshenko

The US was among the first states to congratulate Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko. Yet real US opinions of the new president are more complicated, as revealed by WikiLeaks cables which refer to the billionaire as a “disgraced oligarch.”

Israel ex-PM Olmert gets 6 years jail for bribery

A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday sentenced Israeli ex-premier Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for accepting bribes linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, media reports said.

Son of US VP Joe Biden appointed to board of major Ukrainian gas company

Hunter Biden, son of US VP Joe Biden, is joining the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer. The group has prospects in eastern Ukraine where civil war is threatened following the coup in Kiev.

Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade busted for speeding, running red lights

The Mayor of Chicago had some tough questions to answer after the city vehicles that take him around were caught breaking traffic laws.

Yingluck faces impeachment, ban from politics

Thailand’s anti-graft commission yesterday found ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence in overseeing a widely criticised rice subsidy programme, a day after a court forced her from office.

Survey finds state corruption rife in Saudi Arabia

A survey has disclosed that state officials' corruption is “endemic” in Saudi Arabia and remains a major problem in the oil-rich kingdom.

Shocking Allegations Show Harry Reid, Chinese Company Behind Nevada Ranch Standoff

The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists.

Trust fund child-abusing pervert dodges jail

A Delaware man convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter only faced probation after a state Superior Court judge ruled he "will not fare well" in prison.

Let them eat cake: Italian politicians 'wasted €2m' on fine wine and caviar

Sixty-four politicians from the regional council of Lombardy, one of Italy’s wealthiest regions, have been accused of squandering almost €2.14 million worth of public funds on everything from premium wine and caviar to jars of Nutella and placing bets.

Top EU bank chief linked to €30m scandal

The vice president of the European Investment Bank is at the heart of a Spanish probe into the misuse of millions of euros of public funds that has rocked Spain's main opposition Socialists.

Child porn scandal: German Minister quits over leak

The first minister of Germany's new cabinet resigned on Friday. Hans-Peter Friedrich came under fire when it emerged he passed on information to a party chief about an MP suspected of possessing naked photos of children.

Italy’s Berlusconi back on trial

A new trial was due to start in Naples on Tuesday against Italy's scandal-prone former premier Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of bribing an opposition lawmaker to switch over to his side eight years ago.

Brazilian corruption case banker arrested in Italy

The former marketing head of the Banco do Brasil, Henrique Pizzolato, ensnared in a huge corruption scandal, has been arrested in Italy, Brazilian police said on Wednesday.

EU report: Corruption widespread in the bloc

The first ever European Commission report on corruption has exposed fraud, bribery and graft on what it describes as a 'breathtaking' scale. The headline figure is an astonishing $160 billion. That's the cost to the European economy every year.

EU report: Corruption widespread in the bloc

War declared between Grillo's M5S and the speaker of the Italian Parliament?

In the aftermath of the parliamentary brawl over the manner in which the IMU-BankItalia legislation was forced through the house, it appears that all-out war has broken out between Speaker of the Italian Parliament, Laura Boldrini and Beppe Grillo's Movimento Cinque Stelle.

Brawl in Italian parliament as controversial law railroaded through

In a move that drew the ire of legislators from Beppe Grillo's Movimento Cinque Stelle party, a law to create a new ownership structure for the Bank of Italy was coupled together with a provision that freed householders from having to pay the second installment of the household tax and railroaded through parliament. Opposition politicians have claimed that the change to the ownership structure is tantamount to a €7bn bailout of the shareholding banks, all of it taxpayer funded.

China's elite linked to offshore tax havens

Close family members of China’s political elite, including the brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping, have been exposed as operating companies in offshore tax havens, according to leaked financial documents obtained as part of a major international investigation.

Spanish police clash with protesters in Madrid

Violent clashes have broken out between police and demonstrators after thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of the capital Madrid to protest against a controversial construction project.

'Spain must step up war on corruption': EU

Spain needs to ramp up its fight against corruption by introducing key reforms aimed at greater transparency, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption group said in a new report released on Wednesday.

Barclays traders to face U.K. Libor questioning

Several former Barclays Plc (BARC) traders suspected of involvement in Libor manipulation were ordered to report to U.K. fraud prosecutors for interviews, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

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