1st June 2020
North Korean and Chinese citizens are operating a multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme to help fund the North’s nuclear weapons program, the Justice Department said in an indictment unsealed on Thursday. The case underscores the Trump administration’s inability to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program through diplomacy. The department charged 28… Read More
29th May 2020
Lebanon’s parliament Thursday adopted a law to lift banking secrecy for public officials including over corruption or funding “terrorism”, a lawmaker said, after months of protests in the crisis-hit country. But the final text did not allow judges to independently order a disclosure, in a last-minute change that an activist… Read More
28th May 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate Iran’s civil nuclear activities, a core provision of the 2015 international nuclear agreement. Tehran has “continued its nuclear brinkmanship by expanding proliferation sensitive activities,” Mr. Pompeo said Wednesday in a statement announcing his decision. The Trump… Read More
28th May 2020
Ship owners and insurers say it may be impossible for the maritime industry to fully comply with the Trump administration’s new guidelines on how to avoid sanctions penalties related to Iran, North Korea and Syria, raising the risk of disruptions in a sector already struggling with the fallout of the… Read More
27th May 2020
The hashish was packed in milk cartons, a total of four tons of the stuff, carefully packed in 19,000 individual Tetra Paks. Customs officials discovered the cargo in mid-April on a ship in the Egyptian port of Said. It had come from Syria, and it was presumably bound for Libya,… Read More
26th May 2020
The 20 private military contractors (PMCs) who were evacuated from war-torn Libya aboard two Malta-leased RHIBs and to Valletta, were aviation experts getting ready to operate assault helicopters, MaltaToday has learnt. A full list of names in this newspaper’s possession clearly shows the men who arrived at the Valletta seaport on the Manta-1 rigid… Read More
25th May 2020
Papua New Guinea police have arrested former prime minister Peter O’Neill over the alleged purchase of generators from Israel without parliamentary approval. O’Neill was arrested on Saturday at the main airport of Port Moresby, PNG’s capital, after returning from Australia, and brought in for questioning, assistant crimes commissioner Hodges… Read More
24th May 2020
If you have been dreaming of getting away from the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you can — provided you have some cash in hand. For the starting sum of $150,000, you can buy your citizenship of the pristine Caribbean islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. With their pure… Read More
21st May 2020
The United States continues to turn the screws on Iran with its “maximum pressure” campaign, announcing another round of sanctions on Wednesday – this time targeting Iran’s interior minister as well as senior law enforcement officials, over allegations of grave human rights violations. The US Treasury is accusing Iranian Interior… Read More
20th May 2020
The U.S. imposed sanctions on a Chinese logistics company that it says acted as a sales representative for blacklisted Iranian airline Mahan Air. The sanctions on Shanghai Saint Logistics Ltd., which has offices in Shanghai and Beijing, are part of ongoing efforts by Washington to shut down an airline… Read More