Spanish Political Scandal – News that the leading Spanish political party, the Popular Party, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, has become implicated in a financial corruption scandal, was released in the Spanish newspaper El Pais Thursday, writes the New York Times. The newspaper published excerpts showing payouts, said to have come from “donations,” to leading party members above their official salaries. The internal accounts show that Rajoy received sums averaging $34,000 a year between 1997 and 2008. However, the Prime Minister declined to comment on the reports findings until internal and external audits into the party’s finances have been completed. The scandal comes in the wake of news that Spain’s unemployment rate has hit a record high of 26%.

New Delhi, New Pollution — Air pollution levels in New Delhi surpassed those in Beijing on Thursday, according to the New York Times. The level of tiny particulates known…

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