Political corruption

Delegates wait for the delayed start of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
December 16, 2017 - 9:44 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local): 4:45 p.m. South Africa's scandal-prone president says "we must attend to enormous challenges facing our movement" as the ruling party meets to replace him as leader. President Jacob Zuma is addressing the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017 file photo South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a selfie at the end of the ANC's policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the African National Congress meets this weekend to choose a successor to scandal-ridden President Jacob Zuma, the race between his deputy and ex-wife, Dlamini-Zuma threatens to split Nelson Mandela's legacy. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe. File)
December 16, 2017 - 3:02 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The race to lead South Africa's scandal-weakened ruling party, and likely the country, has put the future of the African National Congress in question. The rift between the top candidates is so pronounced that some observers warn the party of Nelson Mandela could split in two...
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A congressman paces the empty congressional chamber while on his phone as he waits the start of a vote on whether to initiate impeachment proceeding against the country's president, in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Opponents demanded President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski resign over revelations of decade-old payments from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company, at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
December 15, 2017 - 10:43 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Lawmakers in Peru launched proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal. Congress voted...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017 file photo, Jeff Hoover looks up to the cheers from the gallery following his swearing in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover, the former House Speaker, denied sexual harassment but said he did send inappropriate but consensual text messages. It's unclear what the other three Republican lawmakers involved in the settlement are accused of doing. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
December 15, 2017 - 6:30 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition to Republican rule. Kentucky's GOP House...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, state Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, talks with another legislator during a break in the opening session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau, Alaska. Staff for Westlake, who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior, hand-delivered his resignation letter to the House speaker's office on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
December 15, 2017 - 6:29 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior announced Friday that he will resign. Staff for state Rep. Dean Westlake hand-delivered his resignation letter to the House speaker's office. The letter came three days after Westlake rejected calls...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Quantico, Va. “The President of the United States has your back 100 percent,” Trump told graduates, saying law enforcement officers need to be supported. “I will fight for you and I will never, ever, let you down.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm
QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the...
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December 15, 2017 - 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it had opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment. A former campaign aide said Kihuen, a freshman congressman, propositioned her for dates and sex despite her repeated rejections during his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam. Kuczynski is in hot water over decade-old payments he received as a consultant to a Brazilian construction firm at the center of Latin America’s biggest-ever graft scandal. (Jorge Silva/Pool photo via AP)
December 15, 2017 - 1:10 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. In a televised address to the nation...
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In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., left, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., update reporters on the status of their inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump's campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign...
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In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., left, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., update reporters on the status of their inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 5:50 p.m. White House lawyer Ty Cobb says special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has finished interviews with current and former White House officials. Cobb says...
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