Local government in New South Wales needs "far-reaching reform" to make councils fit-for-purpose, according to a new report.

There are no homosexuals in Sochi, the city's mayor claimed ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Anatoly Pakhomov was nevertheless magnanimously prepared to welcome gays to the Games, as long as they "don't impose their habits on others".

Cities and counties in Kansas could be stripped of their powers to regulate the sale of firearms and ammunition under a bill before a House panel.

Local authorities cannot keep "crying" to the Government for decentralisation when many officials show more interest in getting rich than dealing with the problems of the people they are supposed to serve, Namibia's local government minister has s

Councils in the state of Victoria have been criticised for allowing councillors to dish out millions of dollars in discretionary funds without proper oversight, with a watchdog warning that it leaves local government at risk of fraud or corruption

An Australian surveillance company found "dozens" of bugs in local government and business offices throughout Australia and Asia between 2005 and 2011, it has been claimed.

A group of Californian counties and cities are suing more than 20 financial institutions, including Barclays, UBS, the Bank of America, JPMorgan and Citigroup, over the alleged manipulation of the Libor interest rate benchmark.

Local authorities in Ireland are to offer part-time work to the long-term unemployed under a new Government initiative.

Local government officials who get involved in corruption can expect no help from president Alexander Lukashenko.

Australian councils were left furious after spending millions of dollars campaigning for the constitutional recognition of local government only to see the referendum shelved by the decision to call a federal election on 7 September.

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