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 ...

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Jan 29, 2015

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Over 2,200 looted artifacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a European crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth ...

Jan 24, 2015

$300,000 in fine wine stolen from famed restaurant is recovered

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of America. But the mystery of who broke into the unmarked wine room at the world-renowned French Laundry eatery and ...