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Teenager who joined IS group in Syria to lose UK citizenship

Shamima Begum, a teenager who left London when she was aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has had her British citizenship revoked, according to a letter sent to her family published by ITV News on Tuesday. Begum, who gave birth to a son at the weekend, was discovered… Read More

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

AP — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like “digital gangsters” and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed… Read More

UK concludes it can mitigate risk from Huawei equipment use in 5G: FT

The British government has decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in 5G networks, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The conclusion reached by Britain would “carry great… Read More
15th February 2019
(Convicted launderer: Avinash Kakumanu) Two men have been jailed and another given a suspended sentence for their part in a fraud which saw a London-based 84 year-old man lose over £70,000. Avinash Kakumanu, Dinesh Alavala and Ranjit Nellikondi tricked the victim into believing he was helping the authorities. According to… Read More
15th February 2019
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Some banks that conduct their euro zone business from London have failed to meet regulators’ expectations to move enough staff into other EU countries in time for Brexit, the German bank supervisor Joachim Wuermelling said on Thursday. “Not all SSM banks are currently fully compliant with the… Read More
15th February 2019
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More
14th February 2019
A British banking industry body has urged customers to be wary of romance scams in response to a rise in the number victims. The UK Finance warning comes as new figures show that 4,555 reports of romance fraud were made to UK-based Action Fraud, with victims reporting to have lost… Read More
13th February 2019
Most London-based banks moving to the euro area due to Brexit have made “reasonable progress” in preparing the move, European Central Bank director Sabine Lautenschlaeger said on Wednesday. “We have urged and pushed them (banks) to prepare for all potential outcomes of the political process,” she told an audience in… Read More
12th February 2019
Senior executives could be jailed for several years if they mismanage workers’ pension schemes under new plans announced by the British government. The move follows efforts to toughen the state’s approach against the abuse of pension funds, following high-profile pension scheme failures such as at retailer BHS and construction firm… Read More
8th February 2019
The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has considered up to 140 unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) to date, according to an official. UWOs require individuals to explain how they obtained an asset where it is suspect that their income would be insufficient to obtain it. So far the agency has… Read More
7th February 2019
Fraudulent schemes involving cryptocurrency firms are among the three most commonly reported scams, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which also stated that investments scams resulted in over £197 million of reported losses in 2018. The FCA on Wednesday urged investors to be vigilant to the threat posed by… Read More
7th February 2019
AP — European Council President Donald Tusk took a swipe Wednesday at some Brexit-backers in Britain, wondering aloud what “special place in hell” might be reserved for those who had no idea how to deliver the country’s exit from the European Union. With less than two months to go until… Read More
6th February 2019
Metro Bank said on Monday some customers had been hit by a fraud which targets a weakness in telecom companies’ text messaging systems used to verify bank transactions, and the bank said it was a wider attack on British banks. “Of those customers impacted by this type of fraud, an… Read More