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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Vedanta resumes iron-ore working but founder's problems continue

Indian investigators launch new inquiry into tycoon Anil Agarwal's takeover of 26 per cent stake in Hindustan Zinc in 2002

Chinese officials banned from smoking in public as Beijing moves to curb dirty habits

China is the world's largest manufacturer and consumer of tobacco

A Leopard 2 tank. A Greek defence official is said to have been bribed to order 170 of them

German arms firms in bribery claims over sale of Leopard tanks to Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s insistence that Greece tackle corruption to beat the Euro crisis took an embarrassing turn on Sunday with allegations that German arms manufacturers bribed a top Athens defence official to buy their tanks and submarines for the Greek armed forces.

At least 31 people including three lawyers were arrested in clashes between protesters, who chanted 'Catch the thief', and the police in Istanbul

Anger at corruption scandal prompts Istanbul street violence

Anti-government protesters clashed with police in Istanbul on Friday amid public anger at the corruption scandal gripping the country.

Turkey's Urban Planning and Environment, Minister Erdogan Bayraktar gave his resignation in a live interview

Three Turkey ministers resign over bribery scandal, and one calls for Prime Minster Recep Erdogan to step down

Three Cabinet ministers resigned today, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption scandal in one of the worst political crises of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 10-year premiership.

Rebollo in 1996, when he attended a Mexican/US anti-drugs summit in Mexico City

General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo: Mexican general who became a drugs czar but who was convicted of aiding a powerful narcotics cartel

Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo was a Mexican general who became a drug czar whose career ended in disgrace thanks to his arrest and conviction for aiding a powerful drug cartel. The general, one of the highest-level officials to have been convicted of drug-trafficking in Mexico, was hailed as a seasoned general of “impeccable integrity”.

Rolls-Royce is investigated by the SFO over alleged bribery abroad

Analysts think the company could be in line for a multimillion-pound penalty

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Artificial heart 'just a pump' like real one

Swiss guards have protected the Papal Palace since the 15th century. Now a crack corp including KPMG has been charged with 'cutting through the complexity' of a corrupt Roman Curia

Pope turns to management consultants in bid to reform Vatican

Francis has broken with tradition by drafting in an army of secular experts to transform the Vatican’s management.  But will this radical approach help him achieve his goal of a ‘poor Church for the poor’?

More than 20,000 people have sought refuge at the United Nations mission in Juba

Refugees flock to UN shelters as South Sudan violence spreads

Fighting, sparked by an attempted coup, has spread beyond the capital city despite a curfew and airport closure

Supporters of the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen hold considerable influence in Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (left) Justice and Development Party

Future of Turkish PM, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, threatened by feud with former ally

Premier dismisses police officers after corruption probe orchestrated by exiled preacher, Fethullah Gulen

Chris Christie has been riding high in polls to be the Republicans’ presidential candidate in 2016

Chris Christie engulfed by gridlock scandal: Republican frontrunner accused of closing New Jersey bridge road as retribution against Democrat town mayor

New Jersey governor has claimed no advance knowledge of the incident which saw the closure of two access lanes from Fort Lee

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GlaxoSmithKline to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will stop paying doctors to promote its products, in a first for a major drugs company.

David Cameron and former England footballer Michael Owen visiting Camp Bastion. The PM lauded the 'level of security' established

Afghanistan mission accomplished? Tens of thousands dead. Billions spent. So, is the country really any better off?

The Prime Minister declared mission accomplished  in Afghanistan. Peter Popham analyses the truth in the claim

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter goes to court to ban book of satirical cartoons

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter is never far away from controversy and he has hit the headlines once again after going to court in his native Switzerland to ban the publication of a book of cartoons.

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