Corruption

Rescue teams work amid the ruins of Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in Mexico City on Sept. 20. (Jose Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)T

The Earthquake to Come in Mexico

With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on Nov. 14 in Riyadh. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption

Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.

People take part in a rally supporting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Nov. 5. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election

Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits  at a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

Meet the Next Generation of Saudi Rulers

Mohammed bin Salman knows he can't rule alone — which is why he's been quietly cultivating a group of young princes to serve his agenda.

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn speaks at the Global Gaming Expo 2014 at The Venetian Las Vegas on September 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Chinese Have Cracked the Code for Communicating With Trump

Stephen Wynn, who has financial interests in China, seems to be doing Beijing’s bidding.

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Chen Miner attends the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor

Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.

Marked ballot papers sit in piles at the Twalemishe school polling station in Kamalondo district of Lubumbashi on November 29, 2011.   Monitors reported widespread fraud in Democratic Republic of Congo elections and presidential rivals demanded an annulment as votes were counted Tuesday in polling marred by deadly violence. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

How Ballots Are Being Used to Delay the Congolese Election

Elections cost too much, the government says. But the years-long delay is more likely a power grab.

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course, Turnberry, with his children Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

U.S. Losing Legitimacy as Corruption Fighter, Experts Say

Once a shining beacon, the United States now offers an excuse for behaving badly.

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06:  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (L) exits federal court on the first day of his trial on corruption charges on September 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez is accused of accepting bribes in regard to his relationship with campaign donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Senator’s Corruption Trial Reveals State Department Favors

Menendez stands accused of using his oversight role to guarantee visas and business transactions for friend.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25:  Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani reacts to a standing ovation at the conclusion of his address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ghani told members of Congress his country owed the United States a 'profound debt' for the more than 2,300 U.S. soldiers who have died to 'advance the cause of freedom'.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In Afghanistan, Reform Can’t Come Fast Enough

The Ghani government is embarking on an ambitious plan to combat corruption and incompetence. It’s going to need America’s help.

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Netanyahu’s Inner Circle Is Fleeing Like Rats on the Titanic

Faced with mounting scandal, the Israeli prime minister is lashing out at "fake news" and alleging a witch hunt. But can the Trump defense save him?

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters as she arrives to deliver a victory speech on a stage in the centre of Seoul on December 19, 2012.   South Korea elected its first female president on December 19, handing a slim but historic victory to conservative ruling party candidate Park Geun-Hye, daughter of the country's former military ruler.  AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean Spy Agency Admits to Meddling in 2012 Election

The presidency may never have been meant for Park Geun-hye after all.

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