Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas is to formally resign over a graft and spying scandal involving his chief of staff. The case has thrown the political future of the recession-hit EU state into uncertainty.
After taking over from a conservative government forced out of office after a corruption scandal, the socialist administration has lost its first minister. Culture minister Maxim Herta resigned over a tax fine.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops who offered to step down after an abuse scandal. Among them is Bishop Juan Barros, whom victims have accused of witnessing sex crimes against them.
Andrej Babis is to be named the Czech Republic's prime minister for a second time. The magnate's struggle to form a governing coalition is emblematic of the contradictions inherent to populist, dealmaking politics.
The chief executive of Brazil's troubled oil company Petrobras has stepped down following a devastating truckers' strike over high fuel prices. He feared the firm might "lose its hard-won autonomy."
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