A municipal council was dissolved by Italy's Interior Ministry in April over its links to organised crime.

Discussions over a new model of local government for Ukraine should be completed before an EU summit in November, according to deputy prime minister Oleksandr Vikul.

Local government is critical to the development and industrialisation of South Africa, minister of trade and industry Dr Rob Davies has said.

Spain's government is offering 518 municipalities in financial difficulty the chance to take a bailout in return for tough austerity measures.

Local government corruption and weak law enforcement fuel forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that contribute to hazardous smog in Malaysia and Singapore, Greenpeace has said.

A council has uncovered an "endemic fraud" that led to it paying 20m naira (£81,000) a month to "ghost" primary school teachers.

A 29-year-old independent has become Japan's youngest serving mayor - and the second youngest in the country's history - after winning an election in the city of Minokamo.

A woman is suing a local authority in Yongzhou, China, after it sent her to a labour camp for "re-education".

Police in Denmark have arrested a 15-year-old boy as part of an investigation into a cyber attack that shut down the website of the country's local government association.

Staff levels at Mayo County Council are heading towards "critical levels", raising concerns over health and safety, and leading to calls to lift an embargo on public sector recruitment.

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