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INDIA

Anti-corruption protests disrupt parliament

NEW DELHI | Thousands of opposition activists marched on the Indian parliament on Tuesday demanding the resignation of a prominent ruling Congress politician over corruption, the latest move to pressure the beleaguered government to act.

A series of high-profile scandals has eroded trust and stymied policymaking in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s administration in recent months.

The opposition also staged a protest inside parliament forcing its closure at a time when it is slated to introduce reform legislation including one on easier land acquisitions.

BRAZIL

Police arrest 33 at Tourism Ministry

BRASILIA | Police arrested 33 people at Brazil’s Tourism Ministry on allegations of corruption Tuesday and sought at least five more officials.

Among those arrested was the ministry’s No. 2 official, Frederico Silva da Costa.

Paulo de Tarso Teixeira, director of Brazil’s federal police, said the alleged corruption involved a $1.85 million scheme of paying the Sao Paulo-based Ibrasi institute to train 1,900 people in tourism.

Instead of being used for training, the money was kicked back to officials at the Tourism Ministry, Ibrasi and other companies, Mr. Teixeira said.

A series of corruption scandals has hit the young government of President Dilma Rousseff.

AUSTRIA

Stogie-chomping Arnie riles anti-smoking activists

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