graft and conflicts of interest

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, July 13, 2007, Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Riga, Latvia. Prosecutors in Latvia announced Thursday June 28, 2018, that they are charging Rimsevics, who is also on the board of the European Central Bank, with the criminal offense of taking a bribe. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov, FILE)
June 29, 2018 - 10:44 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latvian member of the European Central Bank's top policymaking board wanted 500,000 euros ($580,000) and a paid fishing vacation to eastern Russia as a bribe from a local banker, prosecutors said Friday. Ilmars Rimsevics, head of the Baltic country's central bank, was...
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Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at Finance Ministry in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, June 29, 2018. Lim said the government will sell much of the huge stash of jewelry and luxury goods, including diamond necklaces, tiaras and designer handbags, seized in a money-laundering probe of former leader Najib Razak. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
June 29, 2018 - 3:38 am
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government will sell much of the huge stash of jewelry and luxury goods, including diamond necklaces, tiaras and designer handbags that were seized in a money-laundering probe of former leader Najib Razak, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told The Associated Press...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, July 13, 2007, Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Riga, Latvia. Prosecutors in Latvia announced Thursday June 28, 2018, that they are charging Rimsevics, who is also on the board of the European Central Bank, with the criminal offense of taking a bribe. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov, FILE)
June 28, 2018 - 11:56 am
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Latvian official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking board will be prosecuted for bribery in a scandal that has highlighted the EU country's problems with corruption and money laundering. The Latvian prosecutor-general's move on Thursday follows four months of...
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Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, right, shakes hands with newly appointed National Bank Gov. Nor Shamsiah Mohamad Yunus during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, June 22, 2018. Lim said that the king has consented to Nor Shamsiah's appointment to head Bank Negara Malaysia from July 1 for a five-year term. (AP Photo)
June 22, 2018 - 5:39 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has named Nor Shamsiah Mohamad Yunus, an experienced former central bank official, as the new central bank governor. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that the king has consented to Nor Shamsiah's appointment to head Bank Negara Malaysia from July 1...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO GRIFFEN INSTEAD OF GRIFFIN - FILE - In this June 9, 2017 photo, Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen speaks at a news conference on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, June 21, 2018, cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing Griffen's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first licenses for businesses to grow the drug. Griffen ruled in March that the state's process for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
June 21, 2018 - 4:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first licenses for businesses to grow the drug. Pulaski County Judge Wendell...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, the The Exchange 106 rises from the Tun Razak Exchange, TRX, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia says it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in the region even though $747 million from the venture has been misappropriated by a state fund linked to the former premier. (AP Photo/Yeen Ling Chong, File)
June 21, 2018 - 5:45 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Thursday it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in Southeast Asia, even though 3 billion ringgit ($747 million) from the venture has been misappropriated by the 1MDB state fund linked to former premier Najib Razak. Finance Minister...
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June 18, 2018 - 5:23 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian lawmakers approved revised criminal justice statutes Monday that critics called a setback for prosecuting corruption, votes that took place hours after an American diplomat urged Romania to keep fighting official corruption to prevent "hostile powers" from...
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June 18, 2018 - 4:39 am
MADRID (AP) — The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Spanish prison authorities said Monday. An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division said Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison...
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June 15, 2018 - 3:53 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's former chief insurance regulator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes over 12 years in exchange for helping people obtain loans, promotions and other favors, a state news agency reported. Xiang Junbo was the highest-ranking figure in Chinese finance to be ensnared in an anti-...
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June 07, 2018 - 11:30 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court says the president has no option but to fire the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor, who's been praised for her efforts to root out high-level graft but has angered some politicians. The constitutional court published a 133-page report Thursday...
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