Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Apr 28, 2015

Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden. By the thousands, they’re handing themselves over to abusive smugglers who hold them ...

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Apr 24, 2015

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean. Among the ...

Apr 16, 2015

Global surge reported in people opening first bank accounts

Africans using cellphones, older Chinese, and Indians getting a push from their government have fueled an unprecedented surge of people opening their first bank accounts. The number people with an account — either on mobile phones or at bank branches — jumped by 700 ...

Mar 30, 2015

Japan called biggest Asian project finance sponsor in Africa

Japan has been the biggest Asian project finance sponsor in Africa for the past 10 years, investing about three times as much as China, British law firm Linklaters LLP has said. The amount of Japanese project finance commitments to Africa over the 10 years ...