Specialist police to tackle graft overseas

Tony Blair promised yesterday to set up a dedicated anti-corruption squad in an effort to signal a government clampdown on bribery by British firms.

The squad, which is expected to consist of 15 specialist police officers, is likely to cost about £1m a year, most of it probably from the budget of the Department for International Development. Hilary Benn, the development secretary, will be the squad's "ministerial champion".


Tackling corruption in Africa

Without progress in governance, all other reforms will have limited impact. That statement was one of the touchstones of the British government's Commission for Africa report that laid the groundwork for the deal on development aid agreed at the Gleneagles G8 summit last July. In other words, progress on trade, aid and debt relief would do little to benefit ordinary people in Africa unless corruption and poor governance are tackled simultaneously.


Vatican wants African talks on arms, corruption

The Vatican wants Catholic bishops in Africa to help promote justice and peace and identify countries "getting profit from the blood of Africans," its most senior African cardinal said on Tuesday.

Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said the Roman Catholic Church also wanted to consider ways to fight corruption in Africa as it begins preparations for a synod or assembly of African bishops due to be held in 2009.


New taskforce to fight international corruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will set up a government-funded police taskforce to tackle international corruption including bribery and money laundering, the government said on Thursday.

The move follows talks last year between leaders of the world's richest nations and their African counterparts on the importance of rooting out corruption to battle poverty and speed development of poorer nations.


Group critical of some anti-corruption efforts

A leading anti-corruption group singled out the governments of Italy, Britain, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands on Monday for failing to take action to prevent companies based in their countries from bribing foreign officials to win business abroad.