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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.

Grieving relatives and crime victims are among millions of people forced to pay premium rates to ring government helplines, a parliamentary committee reported

Cheating students 'more likely to want a job in Government'

It’s what anti-establishment campaigners have long suspected: the Government is a magnet for corruption.

Yona Metzger faces accusations of bribery, money laundering and income tax violations

Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger charged with money laundering

A former Chief Rabbi has been arrested in Israel following a fraud inquiry.

The body of missing Russian tycoon Leonid Rozhetskin has been found. But is he really dead?

The multimillionaire vanished five years ago. Was he the victim of a KGB hit... or did he fake his own death and escape to the US?

The design for the first 2022 World Cup stadium, Al Wakrah, has been released, with many commenting on its resemblance to a vagina

The Accidental Vagina Stadium: Design for Qatar’s first 2022 World Cup purpose-built stadium released

As the design for the first of a series of new stadiums built for the Qatar hosted tournament is released, talk has moved on from the heat...

Comedian Russell Brand is determined to spark a

Russell Brand calls David Cameron a 'filthy, dirty, posh w***er'

The comedian lashed out at the prime minster on Alan Carr's chat show

Pope Francis

Pope Francis corruption fury: Tie them to a rock and throw them in the sea

Impassioned sermon condemned corruption from those who donated to the church but stole from the state

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Tristram Hunt throws the (EngLit) book at Michael Gove

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an ambitious minister possessed of a large department tampers with the legacy of the country’s most celebrated woman novelist at his peril. A point not lost on the new shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, who today challenged Michael Gove to confirm that pupils studying only English Language will be “excluded from studying great works of English literature”.

Students protesting in Sofia have demanded the resignation of the Socialist-backed government

Students invoke spirit of ’68 in fight to rid Bulgaria of corruption

Protesters blockading Sofia University tell how nepotism is crippling their government

Avigdor Lieberman at the Western Wall in Jerusalem after being acquitted of fraud and breach of trust charges

Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption charges by Israeli court and free to rejoin government

An Israeli court has cleared the hard-right politician Avigdor Lieberman of corruption charges, paving the way for him to resume the post of Foreign Minister and to re-emerge in a strengthened position as a potential successor to the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Russell Brand removes his Guy Fawkes mask while on a protest in London organised by Hacktivist group Anonymous

Russell Brand joins thousands to protest for Anonymous Million Mask March

But the comedian was not so keen to keep his presence anonymous

Protesters demonstrate as part of the Bonfire of Austerity protest outside the Houses of Parliament

Scuffles near Buckingham Palace as protesters join Million Mask March

Event mirrored by similar gatherings in more than 400 cities worldwide including Dublin, Washington and Melbourne

Defence contractor bought US Navy secrets with prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, prosecutors say

'Larger-than-life' Malaysian company boss known as Fat Leonard is alleged to have worked with the commander of the Navy to move vessels around 'like chess pieces'

Postcard from... Beijing

Pope Francis wants to tackle endemic corruption at the Vatican

Pope signals start of new war on Vatican corruption

Special audience with whistleblower seen as signalling bold crackdown on cronyism and graft in the Holy See

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