December 27, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Thursday that he expects to sign a measure banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans, an act intended as retaliation for an anti-corruption law signed by President Obama this month. "There are probably many places in the world where the standard of living is higher than here," Putin said in televised remarks during a Kremlin meeting. "So what? Shall we send all our children there? Maybe we should all move there too, shouldn't we?"
December 19, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russia's parliament took a first step Wednesday toward banning the adoption of Russian children by American parents, a move intended as retaliation for an anti-corruption law recently passed by Congress. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted 399 to 17 in favor of a bill that included the ban and also would annul an adoption agreement between the two countries that Russia ratified in July. The measure still has to be approved by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin, who has sent mixed signals about his support.
November 28, 2012 |
BEIJING - Zhu Ruifeng fancies himself a Chinese version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen journalist who is plying his trade online. In 2006, he started the People's Supervision website, which breaks stories about official corruption in China. He has had a couple of scoops - one about the widespread use of expired vaccines and others about crooked party apparatchiks - but nothing that's gotten the reaction of a sexually explicit 36-second video released last week. The video shows a paunchy Communist Party official in flagrante delicto with an 18-year-old woman in Chongqing.
October 31, 2012 |
ROME - The Italian Parliament on Wednesday approved anti-corruption legislation aimed at addressing a series of scandals involving graft, extravagant misuse of public funds and rampant cronyism that have outraged the economically distressed nation. The new regulations call for stiffer prison sentences for public officials found guilty of bribe-taking, abuse of office or influence peddling. They also add the crime of corruption between private parties, as well as protective measures for whistle-blowers.
October 25, 2012 |
Discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has hired a global chief compliance officer and streamlined its ethics and compliance department as it faces continued scrutiny over alleged bribery in its Mexico subsidiary. In a company-wide memo on Wednesday, Chief Executive Mike Duke said starting Dec. 1, the retailer's legal, investigations, ethics and compliance sections will be combined into one group that reports to Wal-Mart general counsel Jeff Gearhart, Reuters reports. The world's largest retailer also appointed Jay Jorgensen, a lawyer who once clerked for a Supreme Court justice, to the newly created position of global chief compliance officer.
October 15, 2012 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - The euphemisms for bribery in Kenya are as quaint and unthreatening as an honest policeman's smile: "something small," "facilitate," "do the necessary," "tea money. " All those something smalls, however, add up to something large, according to Anthony Ragui, a Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner whose website, ipaidabribe.or.ke, tracks self-reported bribes in Kenya. Since going online in December, the site has reported respondents shelling out more than half a million dollars, mainly to police and other government officials.