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October 10, 2018

Woman faces corruption charges after allegedly spending $21M at Harrods

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A woman is battling corruption charges in London after allegedly racking up $21 million at Harrods department store using 35 credit cards during a decades-long spending spree. Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a jailed banker from Azerbaijan, is being asked to explain her "unexplained wealth" thanks to a new anti-corruption enforcement scheme designed to target organized crime figures and others with foreign government ties. Unexplained Wealth Orders are designed to..
October 10, 2018

US arrests alleged Chinese national for targeting major aviation companies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities have charged a Chinese national for his alleged efforts to steal sensitive technology from major U.S. aerospace firms by recruiting employees at those firms. The Chinese Ministry of State Security operative, Yanjun Xu, has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. "This case is not an isolated incident," the head of the Justice Dep..
October 10, 2018

Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, who compiled controversial dossier, breaks silence to criticize Trump

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging links between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials has broken an 18-month silence to criticize the governance of the U.S. president, though not by name. Writing to Vanity Fair magazine after he was included in their 2018 New Establishment List, Christopher Steele called on the media to "speak unpalatable truths to power" and to hold the government of the United States t..
October 9, 2018

Researchers identify second suspect in nerve agent poisoning as Russian doctor for military intelligence

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The UK-based investigative website Bellingcat has said it has identified the second suspect in the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings as a doctor belonging to Russia’s military intelligence agency the GRU. In a detailed report unveiled at an a press conference in Britain’s parliament on Tuesday, researchers from Bellingcat said that the suspect, originally named by British police under the alias “Alexander Petrov,” was actually Alexander Mishkin, a trained military doc..