Aug 22, 2014

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an ...

Aug 19, 2014

Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Jaycee Chan, 32, was detained last Thursday together with the ...

FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

Aug 16, 2014

FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

FedEx Corp. faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company’s drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement. The latest indictment, filed in court on Friday, said FedEx accepted payment from several ...

Islamic State using Mosul Dam to help fund caliphate

Aug 12, 2014

Islamic State using Mosul Dam to help fund caliphate

Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. Arriving in their Toyota pickup trucks, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and wearing a patchwork of military uniforms, robes and turbans, jubilant militants from ...

Aug 7, 2014

Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon

An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona’s Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet. Appealing to members ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

Aug 5, 2014

China urged to reveal payments for Africa's natural resources

China should publicly disclose what it pays African governments for extracting oil, gas and minerals as a way to level the playing field for companies worldwide and help countries get a fair deal for their natural resource wealth, billionaire investor George Soros said on ...

Aug 4, 2014

Big U.S. banks shedding star financiers and traders

Crippled by lawsuits linked to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, American banks are grappling with an exodus of their best bankers and traders, lured by the huge salaries of little-regulated hedge funds. Michael Cavanagh, 48, was the favorite to succeed Jamie Dimon at the head ...