Corruption scandals cast a shadow over Portugal’s early general election and may favor populists

LISBON, Portugal — The official two-week campaign period before Portugal’s early general election began on Sunday, with the country’s two moderate mainstream parties once again expected to collect the most votes but with the expected rise of a populist party potentially adding momentum to Europe’s drift to the right. The center-left Socialist Party and center-right … Read more

Jury returns verdict in Wayne LaPierre, NRA corruption civil case

A Manhattan jury has returned a verdict in a civil case accusing the NRA and its longtime head Wayne LaPierre of corruption. The lawsuit, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James in 2020, named LaPierre and the gun rights organization, along with other NRA leaders John Frazer and Wilson “Woody” Phillips. Attorneys for the … Read more

Thousands of Albania’s opposition supporters hold an anti-government protest against corruption

TIRANA, Albania — Thousands of supporters of Albania’s opposition held an anti-government protest Tuesday accusing the Cabinet of corruption. Protesters threw stones and flares at police officers. Some pulled down an iron fence around the main government building in the capital, Tirana. The protest, which ended peacefully, also marked 33 years since the toppling of … Read more

Who are other Russian dissidents besides the late Alexei Navalny?

The sudden death of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable antagonist has left an open wound in Russia’s political opposition. Alexei Navalny, 47, was the Kremlin’s best-known critic at home and abroad. Before he died in a penal colony Friday, the anti-corruption crusader, protest organizer and politician with an arch sense of humor became the … Read more

Thousands at anti-government rally in Croatia allege high-level corruption and demand an election

ZAGREB, Croatia — Thousands of people rallied in Croatia’s capital on Saturday, accusing the ruling center-right party of corruption and demanding that this year’s parliamentary election be held as soon as possible. The gathering in Zagreb was organized by 11 center and left-leaning opposition parties, with political tensions in the European Union member nation rising. … Read more

Slovak president challenges the government’s move to eliminate the special anti-graft prosecutor

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia’s president said Friday that she will challenge at the Constitutional Court an amendment to the country’s penal code that eliminates the office of the special prosecutor dealing with major crimes and corruption. President Zuzana Caputova said she was also asking Slovakia’s top court to freeze the legislation, which was approved by … Read more

Imprisoned former Pakistani premier Khan appeals 3 recent convictions

ISLAMABAD — The legal team of Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appealed his recent convictions and sentences in three controversial legal cases, a defense lawyer said. Khan was sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison on charges of corruption, revealing official secrets and marriage law violations in three separate … Read more

Putin hints at swapping Wall Street Journal reporter for Russian prisoner

U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was detained in Russia on spying charges, is escorted out of the Lefortovsky Court building in Moscow on Jan. 26, 2024. Alexander Nemenov | Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin said “an agreement can be reached” over the release of detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, signaling … Read more

Biden disputes special counsel report, says memory ‘fine’

President Joe Biden on Thursday evening strongly disputed new claims by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Hur that he “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials” as a private citizen, and that he had exhibited poor memory during an interview about that material. “My memory has not gotten worse,” Biden told reporters in a nationally … Read more

Populist Slovak lawmakers back a new law that abolishes an anti-graft prosecutor

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Lawmakers for the new coalition government of populist Prime Minister Robert Fico voted Thursday to amend the penal code and eliminate the office of the special prosecutor that deals with major crime and corruption. The legislation faced sharp criticism at home and abroad. Thousands of Slovaks repeatedly took to the streets in … Read more