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World's most corrupt nations? Afghanistan at No. 2

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Ben Arnoldy/The Christian Science Monitor

(Read caption) Mohammad Yusin Osmani, the Afghan government's anti-corruption czar, stands Nov. 10, 2009 in his Kabul office with his hand on one of his new complaints boxes that he plans to install in public service areas.

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It turns out Afghanistan is not the most corrupt country on earth. That distinction goes to government-free Somalia, according to a new ranking of 180 nations released Tuesday by Transparency International.

But there's unlikely to be cheers in the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is under heavy international pressure to clean up his government. Afghanistan came in second worst, slipping down two ranks from last year:

Most corrupt countries:

 
1. Somalia
 
2. Afghanistan
3. Burma (Myanmar)
4. Sudan
5. Iraq

Close behind are Chad, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Haiti.

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