French President Francois Hollande’s government won its first confidence vote even as the resignation of Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac increased the political challenge of revamping Europe’s No. 2 economy.
Kuwait’s top court threw out a request by the government to change voting laws, in a victory for opposition campaigners who are demanding that the ruling family hand more powers to elected politicians.
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
Keeping former President Nicolas Sarkozy in style costs the French taxpayer more than 2 million euros ($2.6 million) annually as his successor drags citizens through an unprecedented shrinking of the state budget.
At a sprawling complex in the Saudi desert, 90 miles southeast of Riyadh, dozens of black and white Holstein cows amble from their sandy surroundings into air- conditioned milking halls. Inside, they take their places on a motorized, rotating corral and are milked by machines while munching on shredded alfalfa and being misted with water.