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By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing to stop bribery and secret deals, an opinion poll by Transparency International showed on Tuesday. South Africa was ranked the continent's most corrupt nation by respondents, followed by Ghana and Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa said in October the ruling party was losing membership before key local elections next year over perceptions it was "soft on corruption" and amid criticism and public marches led by opposition parties, unions and ordinary citizens.
NEW YORK/SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that default "looms large" and that starting on Tuesday, the commonwealth would "claw back revenues" pledged to certain bonds issued in order to maintain public services. The commonwealth has been speculated to default on all or part of its $355 million notes issued by the U.S. territory's Government Development Bank, due Dec. 1. "The imminence of a default when presented with the alternative between paying creditors and providing essential government services looms large," Garcia Padilla told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.