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Blatter, Valcke hire top US lawyers for corruption probe

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and its secretary general Jerome Valcke have both hired high-powered US lawyers to represent them as a corruption probe roils soccer’s global governing body. – EWN

Blazer’s plea deal over Fifa corruption revealed

US prosecutors have made public their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, revealing that the former Fifa executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt. – Al Jazeera

Tiger caged

The highest-ranking official accused of corruption under Communist rule is jailed for life. – The Economist

The 4 pillars of corruption, and how to topple them

The single greatest factor in determining the legitimacy of leaders, governments and institutions (whether public, private or non-profit) is probably the amount of confidence citizens have in them. –WEF Agenda

Journalist burned alive after criticising local politician

An Indian politician and five policemen have been charged with murder after a journalist was burned to death days after writing Facebook posts critical of the minister involved. – Daily Mail UK

Intimidation, corruption, evictions – Zimbabwe’s hawkers struggle for survival

The income of street vendors has been affected for years by police intimidation and corruption, and the recent decision to declare them illegal has only made their work harder. – TimesLive

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina faces corruption investigation

Guatemala’s President will be investigated in a corruption probe and could be stripped of immunity that protects him from prosecution. – CNN

Romania parliament rejects calls to lift PM’s immunity

Romania’s parliament has voted to keep the immunity of the prime minister, who is a suspect in a corruption probe. Lawmakers voted 231-120 against anti-corruption prosecutors’ request to prosecute Victor Ponta. – Al Jazeera

Pipes to nowhere: Colombia village dying of thirst as corruption stalls dam project

The Ranchería River has run dry after three years of intense drought, decades of overuse and a lifetime of public corruption in the province of La Guajira, one of Colombia’s poorest and most forgotten regions. – Guardian

Four jailed over Edinburgh City Council bribes

Four men who admitted corruption charges over Edinburgh council building repairs have been jailed. Council workers Charles Owenson (62) and James Costello (44) helped award contracts to Edinburgh Action Building Contracts Ltd (ABC Ltd). – BBC UK