China shuts down 28,000 illegal websites in national crackdown

Fifteen million illegal publications and websites were confiscated and closed down, with another 28,000 illegal sites were shut down in China. The campaign against online pornography will continue through 2016.

South Africa President Zuma’s estranged wife denies plot to kill him

South Africa’s First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has denied involvement in any plot to poison her polygamy practicing husband, President Jacob Zuma.

Israel ex-PM Ehud Olmert given prison sentence

A court in Jerusalem has sentenced the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to eight months in prison for fraud and breach of trust.

British PM Cameron defends record on tax evasion

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his Government's record on tackling tax evasion, after senior politicians and HM Revenue & Customs were accused of failing to act over claims that HSBC helped clients dodge payments totalling millions of pounds.

The Hidden Money Buying Up New York Real Estate

There's an influx of global cash fueling New York City’s high-end real estate boom anonymously through shell companies and the U.S. government has allowed the real estate industry to turn a blind eye to the source of money used to buy luxury properties.

‘We crossed the line’ after 9/11 attacks, US admits to UN anti-torture body

The United States admitted today to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had "crossed the line" after the September 11 attacks but asserts that it has cleaned up its record.

UK and US fine Lloyds group £218m for manipulating the Libor rate

Lloyds Banking Group has been fined £218m for “serious misconduct” over some key interest rates set in London. The group manipulated the London interbank offered rate (Libor) for yen and sterling and tried to rig the rate for yen, sterling and the US dollar, said the US legal order.

Egypt Court allows Mubarak-Era Figures Back in Politics

An Egyptian court overturned an earlier court ruling barring former members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) from contesting presidential or parliamentary polls.

UN envoy confirms $65 billion looted from Iraq during US Invasion

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Nikolai Mladenov said the money looted from Iraq Invasion between 2001 and 2010 exceeded 65 billion dollars, referring to the conclusion of the latest study made by the International Monetary Fund.

US soldier convicted of Iraq rape, murders found hanged in prison

A former US Army soldier sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing of her parents and sister, was found hanged in his prison cell.

Former US congressman Reynolds arrested for porn in Zimbabwe

Once a Rhodes Scholar, former US Rep Melvin Jay Reynolds (Democrat) has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.

China’s Premier Li Signs Regulation on State Secrecy Law

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed an enforcement regulation on the state secrecy law in an effort to boost government transparency.