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Former Barclays bosses hid 322 million pounds in Qatar fees in 2008, court told

Four former Barclays (BARC.L) executives conspired to commit fraud by hiding 322 million pounds of payments to Qatar in return for cash injections in 2008, a prosecutor alleged at the opening of one of London’s most high-profile criminal trials. Former chief executive John Varley and three former directors are the… Read More

Europe’s patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes towards Trump

In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message… Read More

Germany bans Iranian airline from its airspace after U.S. pressure

Germany has revoked the licence of an Iranian airline because it has been transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, the foreign ministry said on Monday, after heavy U.S. pressure on Berlin to act. The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011,… Read More
17th January 2019
A British man has been jailed for allegedly sending funds to his brother who travelled to Syria in order to help establish an Islamic state. Sheffield-based Abdurahman Kaabar admitted sending money to his brother but denied knowing or suspecting it might be used to fund terrorism. Instead, he claimed… Read More
16th January 2019
The United States is not looking to grant more waivers for Iranian oil imports after the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. special representative for Iran said on Saturday, underlining Washington’s push to choke off Tehran’s income. “We are not looking to grant any waivers or exemptions to the import… Read More
14th January 2019
AP — The head of Iran’s nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal. Restarting enrichment at that level… Read More
10th January 2019
Iran said on Wednesday that it would reciprocate after the European Union added two Iranian individuals and an Iranian intelligence unit to the bloc’s terrorist list. EU ministers agreed on Tuesday to add the names to the list and freeze their assets, effective from Wednesday, as the Netherlands accused Iran… Read More
9th January 2019
The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centres on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered… Read More
9th January 2019
The European Union on Tuesday froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its staff, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe. The move, although in part symbolic since one… Read More
7th January 2019
Iran’s central bank has proposed slashing four zeros from the rial, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, after the currency plunged in a year marked by an economic crisis fuelled by U.S. sanctions. “A bill to remove four zeros from the national currency was presented to the government by… Read More
7th January 2019
A powerful Iranian council approved an anti-money laundering bill on Saturday, state media reported, a major step towards reforms that would bring Iran into line with global norms and could facilitate foreign trade in the face of U.S sanctions. Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial… Read More
7th January 2019
The most senior bankers to face criminal charges in Britain over conduct during the financial crisis will appear before a London jury next week in a trial that will test the mettle of the Serious Fraud Office. Former Barclays (BARC.L) CEO John Varley and three one-time colleagues stand charged over… Read More
27th December 2018
Fresh misconduct allegations brought by Tokyo prosecutors against ousted Nissan (7201.T) Chairman Carlos Ghosn centre on the use of company funds to pay a Saudi businessman who is believed to have helped him out of financial difficulties, two company sources with knowledge of the matter said. Prosecutors arrested Ghosn for… Read More