September 15, 2019

A Kenyan human rights worker and his journalist shadow

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By Adam Muro From CJR I FIRST MET FRANCIS AUMA, a rapid response officer for the Kenyan NGO Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), in February in one of Kenya’s ubiquitous Java House cafés in Nyali, a few kilometers up the beach from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast. He was trailed by a skinny man […]

Doomsday seed vault to get fortified with influx of $13 million

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BY MARK KAUFMAN From Mashable The Svalbard Global Seed Vault — purposely isolated on a remote island some 800 miles from the North Pole — will be upgraded to make the concrete structure more resilient to the whims of weather and climate. The vault is now 10 years old, and the Norway government, which funds […]

Greece: Tax authorities to cross-check assets abroad

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By PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU From ekathimerini.com The Independent Authority for Public Revenue has received detailed information on all the assets – real estate properties, deposits, investments – held by 100,000 Greek taxpayers in 10 other  European Union countries. The initiative concerns data forwarded to Greek tax authorities by their peers in countries such as the United […]

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot

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From BBC Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. Mr Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Mr Hariri accused Iran of sowing “fear and destruction” in several countries, including Lebanon. He was named prime minister […]

Sydney plane plotters ‘planned to blow up an Etihad flight with a bomb hidden inside a BARBIE DOLL’

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By NIC WHITE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA From This Is Money The men accused of trying to blow up an Etihad flight out of Sydney planned to smuggle a bomb on board the jet inside a large Barbie doll, Lebanese officials claim. Lebanon’s interior minister Nouhad Machnouk told Saudi Arabian television that his country’s security […]

Iran building weapons factories in Syria, Lebanon, Israeli media reports

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From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The reports feature satellite images showing a site under construction in northwest Syria near the Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas that purportedly could be used to produce and store the weapons. Israeli Prime […]

Foreigners own 1 million+ acres of Georgia ag land

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By Lois Norder From AJC Georgia is among nine states where foreign interests own more than 1 million acres of land deemed agricultural, according to a recent report by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The roster of foreign owners shows companies or individuals from at least 39 countries own Georgia crop, pasture, timberland or […]

Participation by International Stakeholders in Cayman Islands Insolvencies

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Peter McMaster QC, Partner, and Jeremy Snead, Senior Associate, Appleby (Cayman) Ltd, Cayman Islands Introduction Companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands usually conduct operations and hold assets elsewhere than in the Cayman Islands and Cayman Islands corporate insolvencies therefore commonly have a significant international dimension. Corporate insolvencies are conducted under the supervision of the Financial […]

Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to the international standard of automatic exchange of financial account information to tackle tax evasion and avoidance

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From Offshore Bankers The OECD and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes announced today that Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to share financial account information automatically with other countries.  With these new commitments, 101 jurisdictions around the world have committed to implement information sharing in […]

Three jailed for targeting immigrants in Green Card scam

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By Nelson A. King From Caribbean Life Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on Wednesday that three defendants have been sentenced in connection with a scheme in which they stole more than $8,000 from two victims by falsely promising to help them obtain green cards and other government documents. Thompson said two of the defendants […]