Catholic bishops in the Philippines have renewed their attacks on corruption following reports that staff of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now faces a new impeachment bid, have bribed congress representatives, governors and mayors.
A report on arms exports by a key committee of MPs has failed to examine the Government's recent suspension of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into BAE's arms deals with Saudi Arabia, campaigners against the deadly trade have pointed out.
Billions of dollars are flooding out of Africa through ilicit means which have little to do with internal corruption, and which dwarf efforts at development assistance, says leading churches' agency Christian Aid.
Staff and critics of the World Bank have reacted with fury to the news that controversial chief Paul Wolfowitz, accused of corruption, will leave at the end of June 2007 with the official blessing of the Bank's Board.
Kenyan religious leaders are backing demands by civil society groups that those standing in parliamentary elections scheduled for 2007 should commit themselves to salary reductions, accountability and transparency.
General Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, has died in hospital of heart failure, aged 91 - having escaped numerous attempts to charge him for murder, human rights abuses, fraud involving 28 million US dollars, and corruption.