May 23, 2015

Eiffel Tower closes as staff strike over pickpockets

A strike closed the Eiffel Tower for most of Friday as staff demanded more help to deal with pickpockets operating around the Paris landmark, tower officials and unions said. “There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an ...

Romanian robbers dressed to kill, trained to steal: investigators

Apr 25, 2015

Romanian robbers dressed to kill, trained to steal: investigators

Prosecutors detained 14 people Friday who are suspected of belonging to a network of well-dressed robbers who were trained to steal luxury items in Romania and the European Union. The alleged leader was among those detained and prosecutors have asked for their arrest. “They ...

Stolen radioactive material recovered in Mexico

Apr 23, 2015

Stolen radioactive material recovered in Mexico

A small container of radioactive material that was stolen last week in southeastern Mexico was found Wednesday abandoned under a pedestrian bridge, resolving the fourth such theft since 2013. The April 13 theft of the toolbox-sized container carrying the Iridium-192 capsule in Cardenas, Tabasco ...

Apr 5, 2015

Cleaners accused of sweeping up elderly sisters' fortune

Two cleaners who worked for a pair of elderly sisters have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of euros the women kept in cash in their home near Lyon in central France, a judicial source said Saturday. The cleaners, men ages 41 and ...

Mar 11, 2015

Mugging of reporter is caught on camera in South Africa

Two men, one armed with a gun, were caught on camera late Tuesday mugging a South African journalist as he prepared for a live television report on Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s hospital treatment. The video, which was posted on the Internet, shows the men ...

Mar 1, 2015

Eight convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris

Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday. Lawyer Philippe Stepniewski said sentences ranged from nine ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

A former U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there. Mozaffar Khazaee entered his plea to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act in federal ...

Feb 15, 2015

Over 100 banks hit by sophisticated cyberattack: report

A sophisticated global cyberattack struck more than 100 banks in 30 countries stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, The New York Times reported Saturday. Citing a soon to be released report from computer security company Kaspersky Lab, the newspaper said the attack involved malicious ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.S., China to discuss repatriation of Chinese fugitives

Senior U.S. officials will meet in August with their Chinese counterparts to discuss the possibility of repatriating Chinese officials who have fled to America with billions of dollars of allegedly stolen government assets, according to a State Department official. The issue is a thorny ...

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

| Feb 13, 2015

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

by Daniel Estrin

At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay. But the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to ...

Feb 12, 2015

Smartphone kill switches credited with stifling theft

Kill switches that render stolen smartphones useless were credited on Wednesday with stifling robberies and thefts in London, New York City and San Francisco. In London, the number of reports of smartphones being stolen from people dropped 40 percent last year, after kill switches ...

Obama urges Xi to help end conflicts over cybersecurity

Feb 11, 2015

Obama urges Xi to help end conflicts over cybersecurity

President Barack Obama in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for “swift work” to narrow the countries’ differences over cybersecurity issues, the White House said. The world’s two biggest economies have been trying to ease tensions amid mutual accusations ...