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Denounced as 'broken' years ago, CBP discipline system still not fixed

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.... Read more»

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Appeals court upholds Renzi racketeering conviction

The federal circuit court rejected claims by Renzi and associate James Sandlin that the evidence against them was insufficient. Renzi was convicted in 2013 of shifting money from his insurance firm to his campaign and trying to engineer a land deal in exchange for supporting legislation.... Read more»1

Peru dethrones Colombia as cocaine king

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives.... Read more»

Brazilian president unveils series of reforms in attempt to end protests

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is attempting to put an end to days of nationwide protests against government corruption and poor public transportation, healthcare and education. ... Read more»

Investigating leading GOP money man Sheldon Adelson

In just a few years, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands created a gambling empire in Macau, China, that made him one of the world's richest men. Now, top Republican donor's business methods are under scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.... Read more»

Who controls Mexico's prisons?

Mexico's prison problems stem primarily from a lack of control. Corruption is rife among guards and wardens, who have been implicated in abetting mass escapes and allowing mafias to charge inmates fees for simple comforts such as sleeping on bunks.... Read more»

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, deep corruption persists in the country, and can easily undermine the success of U.S. development efforts there. A report expressed concern about continuing thefts of fuel and cash, the shortcomings of local security forces, bribery of local and U.S. officials, and contractors that fail to deliver.... Read more»

Mexico election campaigns kick off

The 2012 presidential election in Mexico promises to bring change, especially with the opposition PRI entering the race as the prohibitive favorite.... Read more»

State Integrity Investigation

Study: Corruption risk huge for state governments

The tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics. Officials make lofty promises when it comes to ethics in government. But these efforts often fall short of providing any real transparency or legitimate hope of rooting out corruption. ... Read more»1

State Integrity Investigation

Arizona gets D+ on corruption risk report card

Arizona, like most states, tends to initiate reforms after scandals. The state may need more good government laws: Arizona landed 27th with a grade of D+ and a numerical score of 68 in rankings by the State Integrity Investigation.... Read more»

Tunisia commemorates 1-year anniversary of revolt

Thousands of Tunisians celebrated the one-year anniversary of their uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in peaceful demonstrations.... Read more»

Drug war spills over into Honduras

At a time when Honduras urgently needs a functional law enforcement presence capable of lowering the country’s staggering homicide rate — the highest in the world in 2010, according to a new U.N. report — its police force has hit a low point.... Read more»1

Noriega to be extradited from France to Panama

A French court has granted a request to return former dictator Manuel Noriega to his native Panama, where he is wanted for crimes committed during six years of military rule between 1983 and 1989.... Read more»

Mubarak denies charges as trial begins in Cairo

Hosni Mubarak arrived in Cairo to go on trial Wednesday for serious charges of corruption and killing protesters.... Read more»

Comic: China

Uncle Wen ain't stoopid!

China, which has been touting its high speed train technology as the equal of Japanese, German and French competitors, saw its first major accident this month.... Read more»

Comic: Afghanistan

He was our drug dealer: Ahmed Wali Karzai, 1961-2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's half brother, was assassinated by his head of security on July 12, 2011.... Read more»

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