‘The more information that’s out there the less likely you will see scandals in the future,’ said John Devitt, chief executive of TI Ireland, which produced the report. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Kerry and Westmeath have been named the worst-performing local authorities in a study measuring councils’ efforts to curb potential corruption. The 2(...)

Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger of Teamwork.com, last year’s winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Monday Results: Analog Devices, Campbell Soup. Indicators: US housing market index (Nov). Meetings: Dublin Chamber Future of Cruise Tourism in (...)

A polling officer explains the ballot paper to a voter at the Ntebogang Community Junior School polling station in Kanye, in Botswana. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has been declared the winner of the African country’s general election, overcoming an opposition coalition backed(...)

In a country where politicians are mostly respected, Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy would never have been viable. File photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The best line in Steven Spielberg’s otherwise inert biopic of Abraham Lincoln comes from one of the president’s dodgy middlemen. His job is to induce (...)

An Injured protester walks towards Tahrir Square to join anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP

Iraq is on a hair trigger. The removal from his post a week ago of widely popular counter-terrorism commander Lt Gen Abdel Wahhab al-Saadi has explode(...)

Madagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina speaks to the press as Madagascans vote in the country’s parliamentary elections on Monday.  Photograph: Rijasolo/AFP/Getty Images

African island nation Madagascar held parliamentary elections on Monday, despite many of the country’s politicians being embroiled in a major corrupti(...)

A rally takes place in Prague demanding the resignation of Czech prime minister Andrej Babis. Photograph: Michal Cizek / AFP

Czech president Milos Zeman has appointed a new justice minister despite street protests over fears that he and scandal-hit premier Andrej Babis could(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: there are claims he has  failed to tackle graft and governs through backroom deals with cronies. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s reform record is under fresh scrutiny a month before he seeks re-election, after his country’s top court quashe(...)

A Venezuelan woman prays on a soccer field on the outskirts of Cúcuta, on the Colombian side of the Venezuelan border. Photograph: Edgard Garrido

Once you pass the army base in Agua Blanca on the highway north out of Cúcuta the roadside stalls quickly appear. Consisting of stacks of jerry cans (...)

Iraqi protesters wave a national flag outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in Basra, after the hospitalisation of 30,000 people who had drunk polluted water. Photograph:  Haidar Mohammed Ali

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on caretaker Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to step down in the wake of protests that killed 12 in (...)

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