Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Michel Platini Is Detained in France Over Qatar World Cup Vote

PARIS — Investigators in France detained Michel Platini, the former European soccer federation president, on Tuesday to question him about the awarding of the 2022 men’s World Cup to Qatar, a decision made almost a decade ago that continues to roil the sport. Platini, 63, met with prosecutors in Paris to discuss the circumstances of […]

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Sudan’s Deposed Dictator Makes First Appearance Since Ouster

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan’s deposed dictator, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was taken from a prison in the capital Khartoum to face corruption charges on Sunday in his first public appearance since he was ousted from power in April. Appearing in a white robe and turban, as he did for much of his 30 years in power, […]

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Bribes and Backdoor Deals Help Foreign Firms Sell to China’s Hospitals

BEIJING — A trip to the sauna. A golf club membership. Luxury watches. Neatly packed bricks of red Chinese bills worth $220,000. The bribes lined the pockets of health care officials across China. Their purpose: to get public hospitals to buy millions of dollars’ worth of sophisticated medical equipment made by foreign companies like General […]

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Russian Police Arrest Hundreds at Protest, Including Navalny, After Reporter’s Release

MOSCOW — The Moscow police arrested about 400 people, including the country’s main opposition leader, during a street protest on Wednesday against abusive police tactics. At an event where the outcome, mass arrests, seemed only to confirm the protesters’ complaints, riot police dragged demonstrators from the crowd seemingly at random and arrested news photographers and […]

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An Overloaded Ferry Flipped and Drowned Hundreds of Schoolchildren. Could It Happen Again?

Searching for passengers from the Sewol on April 16, 2014.CreditThe Dong-a Ilbo, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The ferry being salvaged in 2017.CreditChoi Young-su/Yonhap, via Associated Press When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times is going back to the scene […]

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For China’s Leading Investigative Reporter, Enough Is Enough

BEIJING — Late at night, a senior police officer guided Liu Wanyong, then a budding investigative journalist, through the inner sanctum of one of the scariest domains in China, the Ministry of Public Security. The rooms were empty. Mr. Liu was directed to a locked filing cabinet. The officer pulled out a dossier, laid the […]

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Protesters Fill Prague Square Again, in New Struggle for Country’s Soul

PRAGUE — In the square in the heart of Prague, where crowds gathered three decades ago in their bid to wrest freedom from Communist rule and where independence was proclaimed seven decades before that, protest songs rang out again on Tuesday night. Tens of thousands of men, women and children, coming from across the Czech […]

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Is This the End for Netanyahu?

TEL AVIV — “He’s a magician! He’s a magician!” It was nearly 2 a.m. on April 10, and supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had packed a sporting arena in Tel Aviv, were cheering his apparent election victory. Facing a stiff challenge from a former military chief and the prospect of criminal indictment on […]

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‘Balkan Spring’ Turns to Summer, and Hopes for Change Dim

TIVAT, Montenegro — Several dozen protesters had gathered on the promenade of the coastal town of Tivat, wedged between Montenegro’s rugged mountains and a sparkling Adriatic Sea. Behind them, as if in cue, a superyacht was pulling into port. “They want to turn this place into the next Monte Carlo,” a local journalist and activist, […]

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Authorities Subpoena Information on Andrew Gillum’s 2018 Campaign

Federal authorities in Florida have issued an expansive subpoena seeking information related to Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, and the campaign for governor he narrowly lost last year, as well as some of his associates. In a statement on Thursday night, Mr. Gillum’s lawyer, Barry Richard, acknowledged the subpoena but denied that Mr. Gillum […]

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Britain Is Targeting ‘Dirty Money’ with Unexplained Wealth Orders

LONDON — The wife of an Azerbaijani banker dropped 30,000 pounds on chocolate in one purchase, amassed £3.5 million of designer French jewelry, and spent more than £150,000 on perfume. And that was just at one store. The extravagant spending by the woman, Zamira Hajiyeva, at the luxury British department store Harrods — which amounted […]

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Mexico Charges Former Oil Official With Bribery in Anticorruption Drive

MEXICO CITY — The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has launched its first major anticorruption prosecution, delivering on a central campaign promise by taking aim at corruption inside the ailing state-owned oil company. Bribery and tax fraud charges have been filed against Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former head of the state-run […]

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Ex-Official Levels New Corruption Accusations at Afghan Government

KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Afghan official has accused President Ashraf Ghani’s administration of engaging in widespread corruption, including the exchange of sexual favors for government posts, adding to a string of recent setbacks for the government. The accusations, leveled by Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former senior adviser to the president, during a TV interview […]

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