graft and conflicts of interest

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, center, leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
July 24, 2020 - 12:20 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tension was thick in the air. After 10 consecutive votes in which another man had garnered more support than Larry Householder's favored candidate to be the next Ohio House speaker, Householder leaned back quietly in his chair, arms confidently propped behind his head. As...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for photos in his office in Beijing. Ren, former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the party announced Friday, July 24, 2020. (Color China Photo via AP)
July 24, 2020 - 4:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the party announced Friday. Ren Zhiqiang, who...
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
July 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A nuclear plant bailout law should remain in place, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday, even as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage and both Democratic and GOP lawmakers called for its repeal. DeWine's...
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
July 22, 2020 - 8:06 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrest of Ohio’s House speaker on federal bribery charges has suddenly thrown a shadow over not just his political future, but that of his party, in a state where Republicans have been preparing to solidify control. Federal prosecutors say Republican Speaker Larry...
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This March 5, 2019 file photo shows Ohio House speaker Larry Householder speaking in Columbus, Ohio. FBI agents were at the farm of Householder on Tuesday morning, hours ahead of a planned announcement of a $60 million bribe investigation by federal prosecutors. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
July 21, 2020 - 8:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful Republican speaker of the Ohio House and four associates were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery case connected to a taxpayer-funded bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Hours after FBI agents raided Speaker Larry Householder’s farm, U.S...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, speaks with Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro is at the court to give his annual presidential address. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Justice Department made public it has charged in several indictments against Maduro and his inner circle, including Moreno, that the leader has effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
July 21, 2020 - 6:26 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration offered a $5 million reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of the head of Venezuela’s high court, accusing the judge of taking bribes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Supreme Tribunal of Justice President Maikel Moreno, a...
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July 21, 2020 - 6:26 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s center-right government on Tuesday survived the fifth no-confidence vote called by the Socialist opposition over its alleged failure to curb widespread graft. The 240-member parliament rejected the motion by 124-102, with 11 abstentions and three 3 lawmakers absent...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting, at the foreign ministry, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)
July 19, 2020 - 8:34 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial will resume in earnest in January, with thrice-weekly evidentiary hearings set to begin then, a Jerusalem court decided Sunday. It was not immediately clear if Netanyahu would be required to be present at each hearing,...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2020 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks on his cellphone from his desk during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday July 17, 2020. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)
July 17, 2020 - 7:24 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois,...
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A security officer talks on his mobile phone at the sentencing hearing of the two police officers, Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir Mahulette who are accused of attacking Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan, at North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta,Indonesia Thursday, July 16, 2020. At the hearing that was held virtually as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, the court sentenced Mahulette to two years and Bugis to 18 months in prison for attacking Baswedan with acid in 2017 that badly damaged his eyes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
July 16, 2020 - 8:57 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced two elite police officers to 18 months and two years in prison for attacking a senior anti-corruption investigator with acid, in a verdict slammed by rights groups and anti-graft activists. Novel Baswedan, a leading investigator at...
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