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The Latest: At UK summit, Kerry says corruption a 'pandemic'

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire as he arrives for the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed by Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire as he arrives for the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, speaks during a panel discussion at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. David Cameron has gathered leaders, civil-society groups and representatives of banks and financial institutions at Thursday's conference with the goal of producing a strong global declaration against financial wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

    Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, speaks during a panel discussion at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. David Cameron has gathered leaders, civil-society groups and representatives of banks and financial institutions at Thursday's conference with the goal of producing a strong global declaration against financial wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the international meeting on corruption being held in London (all times local):

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says corruption is a global "pandemic" and as big a threat to nation states as terrorism.

Kerry has told an international anti-corruption summit in London that as the United States' top diplomat, "I've been shocked by the degree to which I have found corruption pandemic in the world today."

He says that "corruption writ large is as much of an enemy, because it destroys nation states, as some of the extremists we're fighting."

British Prime Minister David Cameron has gathered leaders, civil-society groups and representatives of banks and financial institutions at Thursday's conference with the goal of producing a strong global declaration against financial wrongdoing.