French ex-PM Fillon and wife guilty in ‘fake jobs’ scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The couple wore anti-virus masks in court on Monday Ex-French Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife Penelope have been found guilty over a "fake jobs" scandal.He was accused of paying his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for work she allegedly never did when employed as his assistant.The scandal torpedoed Fillon's 2017 bid to become...

Cherry blossoms prompt full-blown scandal for Japan’s PM

Tokyo (AFP) - It might be the most Japanese of political scandals: a furore over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's guest list at a party to mark the annual cherry blossom season.As scandals go, it has plenty of juicy elements -- alleged mafia guests, disappearing evidence, even gaffes by Abe, who appeared to lay blame for shredded documents on a disabled worker.It's the latest headache for Japan's...

Royal family no stranger to art of playing politics as it tries to cope with Prince Andrew sex scandal

There has been an almighty power struggle going on all week in the United Kingdom — with the Duke of York sex scandal continuing to dominate the headlines.As the driving force behind her second — and some say favourite — son stepping back from public duties for the “foreseeable future”, the Queen’s decisive action in a face-to-face meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday serves as...