Former Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Ling Jihua, seen here in 2013, was found guilty of accepting bribes and allowing his wife and son to benefit from corruption. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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1 Address, 2,000 Companies, And The Ease Of Doing Business In The U.K.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) toasts with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on the first day of the state visit in October 2015. Elizabeth said on camera that Chinese officials had been "very rude" during the official visit. Dominic Lipinski/AP hide caption

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Spain's Playground For The Wealthy Becomes Corruption Scandal Epicenter

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center) and Maria Alyokhina (left) leave a police station near Sochi on Feb. 18, 2014. They'd been arrested earlier in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics and walked free after being questioned about an alleged theft from a hotel. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Did Corruption In Nigeria Hamper Its Fight Against Boko Haram?

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Every member of the board for the Museum of Political Corruption received this "kickback" button in their information folders at a recent meeting. Jessica Bloustein Marshall for NPR hide caption

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New Yorkers May Soon Be Able To Buy Kickbacks ... As Souvenirs

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George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force (left) and Chris Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's Department talk during a news conference at the police station on Sept. 2 in Fox Lake, Ill. Michael Schmidt/AP hide caption

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Angelica Rivera, the wife of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, has been embroiled in controversy over the purchase of a luxury home. Thomas Samson/AP hide caption

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Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady Angélica Rivera

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