British journalist given police protection

British investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown, who is facing an arrest warrant in Malaysia over her reports on alleged high-level corruption, has been given police protection in London after being followed and photographed in Hyde Park. – The Independent

British oil company investigated for corruption in Somalia

An oil company chaired by a former leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative party is being investigated for alleged corruption in Somalia, claims the company slammed as “defamatory”. Soma Oil and Gas, a private company chaired by Lord Michael Howard, on Monday denied paying more than half a billion dollars to government officials to protect an oil exploration deal signed in 2013. – France24

How education can help tackle corruption in Africa

Corruption touches our lives every day. It happens across the private sector as well as the public service in the realms of housing, education, health and agriculture. Its influence reaches dangerously further, too: it directly threatens sustainable development. – WEF Agenda

No country for dirty money: behind Britain’s populist promise on corruption

BLOG: The contemporary global economy is characterised by high levels of corruption and crime. Economic chicanery and fraud are rife in many business sectors – and the banks that provide the funding which keeps the whole machine running have been so frequently fined and admonished that it has almost become routine. It is no wonder that political leaders understand the electoral value of moves to clean up the grubby workings of capitalism – but do they understand the beast they will unleash? – Tax Justice Network

Anti-corruption courses in African business schools could help end graft

Education could be a valuable weapon in Africa’s fight against corruption. Three business schools – in Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa – already offer anti-graft coursework, and the results are positive. –

Former Russian minister in Swiss money-laundering probe

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office has opened a money-laundering investigation against Russia’s former Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexei Bazhanov. He is accused by Russia of having embezzled state funds, part of which allegedly ended up in Swiss banks. –

Brazil prosecutors say Petrobras scheme moved $2.1 billion in bribes

Brazilian investigators believe 6.19 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in bribes were moved in a corruption scheme involving state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol said on Thursday. – Reuters

Mexico is transit for 90% of cocaine; corruption hinders war on drugs

About 90% of the cocaine consumed in the United States enters through Mexico, according to the US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released on Friday. Authors of the report commended Mexico for unprecedented cooperation with the United States in the battle against drug-traffickers. High levels of violence, though, may be part of the cost of the progress, the report said. – El Paso Times

How China’s corruption crackdown put an end to extravagant parties

The Chinese government’s anti-corruption campaign hit luxury shops hard as the gifting expensive items for company executives dwindled — but spare a thought for the country’s corporate caterers. – Business Insider

Corruption: SA’s Big Business must find its voice

On a daily basis a growing number of organisations are endorsing the Call to Action from the Unite Against Corruption alliance. But so far South African businesses are visible by their invisibility. – Daily Maverick