Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

May. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country....

FILE - In this April 25, 2020 file photo, demonstrators wearing protective face masks amid concerns over the country's coronavirus outbreak, hang a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during

Israel's Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, is going on trial

May. 23, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After entering the record books last year as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu will once again make history when he becomes the country’s first sitting leader to go on trial. Surrounded by security guards, Netanyahu is set to march into...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court with her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty in a video arraignment scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2020, to charges of trying to secure the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy

May. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery scheme, but a judge has not decided whether...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to charges of trying to secure the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

May. 21, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has agreed to serve five months as part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process, according to court papers filed Thursday. Loughlin, 55, and...

In this Sept. 9, 2019 photo, Yazidi Layla Taloo poses for a portrait in the full-face veil and abaya she wore while enslaved by Islamic State militants, at her home in Sharia, Iraq. Taloo's 2 1/2-year ordeal in captivity underscores how IS members continually ignored the rules the group tried to impose on the slave system.

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 21, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. ‘THEY BEAT ME AND SOLD ME’ Slavery of Yazidi women was strictly mapped out from the earliest days of the formation of the Islamic State militant group, an AP investigation finds. 2. DEADLY CYCLONE RAKES SOUTH ASIA The powerful storm rips through...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Uttam Dhillon speaks to DEA employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va. In less than two years on the job, many field agents complained that Dhillon, a former Los Angeles federal prosecutor, was more of a bureaucrat than a leader, lacked experience and, as an acting administrator who was never confirmed, the full authority to implement meaningful reforms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism

May. 21, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's an agency with a critical mission of keeping American streets safe from narcotics. But in recent years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has needed protection from itself, with several agents charged with corruption and the agency engulfed by scandal. This week came more upheaval...

Court papers show Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will plead guilty in college admissions bribery case

May. 21, 2020 9:17 AM EDT
BOSTON (AP) — Court papers show Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will plead guilty in college admissions bribery case.
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appear for the opening of his criminal trial in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP, File)

Israeli court orders Netanyahu to appear at trial's opening

May. 20, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court Wednesday ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appear for the opening of his criminal trial in Jerusalem, setting the stage for a dramatic scene on Sunday. Netanyahu will enter the Jerusalem District Court surrounded by a phalanx of security as he becomes the...

Mother gets time served for $400K college admissions bribe

May. 18, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

A woman who was locked up for five months in a Spanish prison after her arrest in the college admissions bribery scheme won’t spend any more time behind bars, a judge ruled Monday. Xiaoning Sui, 49, of Surrey, British Columbia, was sentenced to time served after admitting to paying $400,000 to get her son...

FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, Riza Aziz, stepson of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak, walks into a court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against

Malaysia drops charge against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

May. 15, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against “The Wolf of Wall Street” film producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move slammed by Human Rights Watch on Friday as a “triumph for impunity and corruption." Former...