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Juventus ‘ultras’ leaders arrested over alleged ticketing racket

Twelve leaders of hardcore Juventus “ultra” football fan groups have been arrested on suspicion of criminal association, money laundering, violence and aggravated extortion in connection with ticket sales. The suspects allegedly threatened to sing racist chants during matches if the Italian Serie A champions’ ticketing officials did not hand… Read More

San Marino seizes $19m from Congo dictator who spent $100,000 on crocodile shoes

The tiny republic of San Marino has confiscated €19 million (£17 million) stashed in its banks by one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. The money was allegedly deposited by Denis Sassou Nguesso, the president of the Republic of Congo, the former French colony also known as Congo-Brazzaville. The seizure of the… Read More

Iran’s Zarif leaves G7 talks, unclear if progress made to ease tensions

Iran’s foreign minister made a flying visit for talks with host France at the G7 summit on Sunday, as Paris ramped up efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington, a dramatic diplomatic move that the White House said had surprised them. European leaders have struggled to tamp down the… Read More
12th August 2019
Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden institution. The statutes, approved in a papal document released by the Vatican on Saturday, cap more than six years of changes… Read More
2nd August 2019
ING Group NV wins hundreds of thousands of new customers every quarter but that’s still not enough to overcome the effects of lower interest rates and increased costs to tackle money laundering. The Amsterdam-based lender added almost a million primary clients in the last 12 months to reach 12.9… Read More
31st July 2019
Swiss bank UBS (UBSG.S) has reached a provisional deal with Italian prosecutors to pay 3 million euros ($3.3 million) to settle a money-laundering investigation, two sources said, in a move to end one of its biggest legal headaches in Europe. The bank has been grappling with two separate… Read More
25th July 2019
On Italian television, Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos steps up to the ball and delivers his trademark free kick. It’s not a rerun of his long, curving 1997 Tournoi de France masterpiece — it’s a commercial for an online sports gambling company, Planetwin365, which has become a household name… Read More
23rd July 2019
Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of financial misconduct related to the construction of two dams, an unprecedented detention of a sitting minister for corruption in a country notorious for graft. The charges against Rotich stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds… Read More
19th July 2019
AP — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before “serious regulatory and systemic concerns” are addressed. France, which this year chairs the G-7 gatherings on topics… Read More
15th July 2019
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into possible international corruption following media reports that the ruling League party sought millions of euros via a secret Russian oil deal, two sources said on Thursday. League leader Matteo Salvini, who serves as both deputy prime minister and interior minister in the government,… Read More
10th July 2019
With other parts of its business facing hefty cuts, Deutsche Bank wants to expand its European operations handling the assets of rich clients and take market share from rivals after staunching the outflow of assets. Hiring new client relationship managers and perhaps making acquisitions in a few years’ time can… Read More
24th June 2019
By Anna Sergi, University of Essex Football could be considered Italy’s most popular sport, with world-class teams worth billions attracting a dedicated following across the country. But more than that, football shapes the nation’s collective identity, bringing people from the smallest village to the… Read More
18th June 2019
A long-running criminal probe into diamond sales by Italian banks has uncovered what prosecutors say is further evidence of corruption by officials at UniCredit, Italy’s largest lender, and smaller rival Banco BPM. The allegations, some previously unreported, are laid out in documents used by prosecutors when they sought a magistrate’s… Read More