CHINA must rein in soaring local government debt and introduce reforms to improve transparency, a leading government economist has warned.

PUERTO RICO has filed a debt restructuring petition that could lead to the biggest ever local government bankruptcy in US history.

CHINA will act to correct “irregular behavior” in local government fundraising as Beijing attempts to rein in financial risk and potential threats to economic stability.

Anti-establishment candidate Virginia Raggi has swept to victory in Rome's mayoral race, becoming the first woman to take charge of the Italian capital.

The chief executive of Longford County Council in Ireland contravened ethics legislation when he failed to properly disclose his interest in a property he owned that was subject to a grant application by the council, according to a damning report

Greece's government has issued an emergency decree ordering municipal authorities to turn their reserves over to the central bank for use as short-term financing, sparking anger among local government leaders.

Canada's Supreme Court has ruled that a Quebec council cannot open its meetings with a prayer, saying the state must remain neutral in issues of religion and belief.

Details about the resignation of the chief executive of Marion Council, Adelaide, including whether he received a payout, will be kept secret for the rest of his working life following a vote by councillors.

"I'm asking people to stop their nonsense right now," Boston mayor Marty Walsh said on 16 February. "These are adults jumping out windows. It's a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself."

The mayor of Paris has said she will sue Fox News over claims that part of the city are "no go" areas for non-Muslims.