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Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

12.23.2009

corruption news

1. Malaysia govt under fire

KUALA LUMPUR - THE Malaysian government faced a storm of criticism on Wednesday over allegations of official corruption after the theft of two US-made fighter jet engines worth US$29 million.

News reports this week said the stolen Northrop F-5E jet engines had been sold on the black market by military officers to a South American company. They had been taken from a military airbase, apparently last year....'The government should declare it has failed in the fight against corruption. The country is heading in the direction of a failed state like Zimbabwe,' prominent opposition lawmaker Tian Chua told AFP. 'The theft could not have happened without the sanction of top officials.'

read more @ straits times



2. fugitive Swede arrested for $11M bank heist in Denmark


MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration together with agents of the Philippine Center for Transnational Crimes have arrested a Swede wanted by authorities in Denmark for an $11-million bank heist.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, the bureau’s Interpol Unit chief Floro Balato Jr. identified the Swede as 37-year-old Lukas Hasselgren. The suspect was nabbed on Dec. 8 outside his condominium at the Adriatico Place Tower II, along M. Adriatico Street, Ermita, Manila.

Libanan ordered the deportation of the fugitive to Sweden, and then to Denmark to stand trial for his crime.

Citing a report from the Swedish Embassy, Libanan said Hasselgren is suspected of robbing a security cash center in Denmark of more than 60 million Danish crowns (about $11 million or about P538 million) on Aug. 8, 2008.

The Swedish and Danish police have been hunting down Hasselgren since then.


read more @ global nation


3. FBI probes cyber-attack

NEW YORK - THE US Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer hacking that targeted Citigroup Inc and resulted in the theft of tens of millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, but the financial institution denied its systems had been breached.

'There has been no breach and there have been no associated losses,' Citigroup said in a statement. 'Occasionally, as with virtually all financial institutions, there are instances of fraud or breaches of third-party systems that result in our taking actions to protect our customers and Citi,' the bank added.

The cyber attack, believed to be linked to a Russian gang, was aimed at Citigroup's Citibank subsidiary, the paper reported, citing unnamed government officials. It also said the hackers may have gained access to the bank's systems through third parties.

The attack on Citibank is believed to have taken place over the summer and was detected at that time, but investigators suspect it could have taken place up to a year earlier, the paper said. Two other entities, including a US government agency, were also attacked by hackers, the paper said, citing people familiar with the Citibank incident.

read more @ straits times



4. head of Russian Interpol: Russian mafia abroad is a myth


Moscow, December 23 (Interfax-AVN) - There is no organized Russian criminal community abroad, said Timur Lakhonin, the head of the Russian National Central Bureau of Interpol.

"The notion of mafia implies connections with political and government structures. I believe there is no Russian mafia abroad in this sense," Lakhonin said at a press conference at the Interfax main office on Dec. 22.

"Certainly, there is crime involving our former compatriots abroad," but there is no data suggesting that an organized structure of criminal groups comprising former Russians exists abroad, Lakhonin said.

"Statistically, this looks like this: for instance, Russians accounted for less than 1% of crimes in Germany, most often not in an organized form," he said.

source: kyiv post

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