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December 18, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- After eight attempts over five decades, the lower house of the Indian Parliament passed an anti-corruption bill Wednesday, paving the way for an independent ombudsman with the authority to prosecute bureaucrats and politicians. The vote follows the bill's passage in the upper house on Tuesday. The measure, which enjoyed rare support from both the government and the opposition, now goes to the president for his signature, considered a formality. India has suffered a rash of scandals in the telecommunications, coal, real estate, sports management and defense industries under the Congress Party-led government, allegedly involving billions of dollars.
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December 18, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- After eight attempts over five decades, the lower house of the Indian Parliament passed an anti-corruption bill Wednesday, paving the way for an independent ombudsman with the authority to prosecute bureaucrats and politicians. The vote follows the bill's passage in the upper house on Tuesday. The measure, which enjoyed rare support from both the government and the opposition, now goes to the president for his signature, considered a formality. India has suffered a rash of scandals in the telecommunications, coal, real estate, sports management and defense industries under the Congress Party-led government, allegedly involving billions of dollars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2008 | Joel Rubin
A City Council committee Thursday debated a proposed anti-corruption policy that would require several hundred narcotics and anti-gang police officers to disclose personal financial information. The Public Safety Committee heard more than two hours of testimony from city, police and police union officials, as well as Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. Siding with union leaders who oppose the plan, Cooley warned that if the policy is implemented, it could harm police work as officers have threatened to leave the drug and anti-gang units rather than agree to the disclosures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A corruption-tackling prosecutor has been selected to head a new agency that will scrutinize the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with the power to conduct investigations inside troubled jails and elsewhere. After months of searching, the Board of Supervisors offered the job Tuesday to Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman, a supervisor in the district attorney's public corruption division who has been among the lead prosecutors in the trial of Bell city officials, according to county sources familiar with the decision.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2009 | By David G. Savage
The nation's most potent law against public corruption is in danger of being scaled back or struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a ban on "honest services fraud," often used to prosecute public officials who accept money, free tickets, or jobs for relatives when bribery cannot be proved. Patrick M. Collins, formerly a top anti-corruption prosecutor for U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald in Chicago, said that in his region, "every major public corruption case in the last 10 years relied heavily on an 'honest services' charge."
NEWS
August 16, 1988 | Associated Press
The Mississippi Legislature today overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at doing away with a century-old county purchasing system the FBI found was rife with corruption. The House passed the bill 111 to 7 and the Senate 50 to 0. It now goes to Gov. Ray Mabus, who had hailed the measure as "a tremendous victory against corruption and for effective government."
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Laura King
Seeking to smooth over a key point of contention in advance of President Hamid Karzai's inauguration this week, senior Afghan officials Monday unveiled what they described as tough new anti-corruption measures. With the Afghan leader poised to be sworn in Thursday for a second five-year term, the West has been putting pressure on Karzai to institute swift reforms or face a loss of international support. Recent days have seen criticism from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, both of whom suggested that future aid to Karzai's government could be tied to his efforts against corruption.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The scene captured by a hidden FBI camera in Suite 604 of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau has become one of the most famous in a state well-versed since the gold rush days in what happens when money, ambition and alcohol intersect. Victor Kohring, then a state legislator, showed up for a meeting with Bill Allen and Rick Smith, then the president and vice president, respectively, of Veco Corp., a large oil services company. Kohring tells the executives a hard-luck story involving a $17,000 credit card bill.
OPINION
September 25, 2011 | By Sarah Chayes
The remarkable public confrontation between the Gandhi-like ascetic Anna Hazare and the government of India — which came to a triumphant end last month with a glass of orange juice and a government promise to create a strong, independent anti-corruption agency — is the latest manifestation of a worldwide explosion of outrage at what historians may someday come to deem humanity's latest form of tyranny: the capture of states by criminal syndicates....
WORLD
October 15, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
May 12, 2013 | By Don Lee
SHANGHAI - China is investigating a senior economic policymaker for alleged "serious disciplinary violations" - the highest-ranking central government official to be targeted in the new Chinese president's anti-corruption crackdown. The investigation of Liu Tienan, a deputy director of the powerful National Development and Reform Commission, was reported Sunday by the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, according to China's official news agency. Although the commission provided no details, the terse statement came five months after accusations were made by a prominent Chinese investigative journalist that Liu had misrepresented his academic credentials and colluded with a private business for personal gain.
WORLD
January 15, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Tahirul Qadri, the fiery Islamic cleric leading a large antigovernment protest in the heart of the capital, was in the middle of a speech denouncing President Asif Ali Zardari's administration when an aide interrupted him with news. The Supreme Court, Qadri was told, had just ordered the arrest of Zardari's prime minister on corruption charges. As he relayed the news to the crowd Tuesday, legions of Pakistanis filling a plaza about 500 yards from the parliament exploded in a yelp of joy. Many danced in the streets.
WORLD
December 27, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
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?"
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
November 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
October 31, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2009 | Richard Marosi
A former Air Force sergeant from Arizona has pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion conspiracy related to his role in the largest border corruption case in recent years, according to federal authorities. Rommel I. Schroer was the last of 57 defendants to plead guilty in the wide-ranging sting operation that targeted U.S. law enforcement officers and military personnel in southern Arizona. The defendants -- many of them police officers or members of the Army or Arizona National Guard -- believed they were teaming with drug traffickers but were actually working for a fake drug cartel created by a federal anti-corruption task force, according to court documents.
WORLD
November 30, 2009 | By Paul Richter
As they prepare to roll out a new Afghanistan policy to a skeptical U.S. audience, Obama administration officials are starting to replace their grim public assessments of the battered country with praise for the skills and idealism of its officials and its progress in important areas. The message is aimed in part, officials say, at trying to build domestic support for a troop increase that President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday. Obama's decision comes at a time when most Americans have turned against the mission, and some Democratic leaders in Congress have concluded that it is hopeless.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By Shan Li
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.
WORLD
October 15, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
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.
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