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Feb 26, 2014

Lawyer tied to Ukraine’s Yanukovich says he’s cooperating with authorities

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reinhard Proksch, an Austrian lawyer with financial dealings linked to leaders in former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s government, said on Wednesday he is eager to cooperate with international authorities to freeze their assets.

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Proksch said he is happy to provide information and has already made contact with the U.S. tax authority, the Internal Revenue Service, and with the Financial Intelligence Unit in Liechtenstein, which investigates money laundering and financial crimes.

Feb 25, 2014

House oversight panel demands documentation on Target breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House of Representatives committee with broad investigative jurisdiction has turned up the heat on Target Corp, demanding that the No. 3 U.S. retailer turn over internal documents and messages describing how and when it learned of a recent massive consumer data breach.

In a letter made available to Reuters, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested that Target turn over all documents or communications generated between November 1 and December 13, in which Target employees or “agents” discuss “any suspicion” that a data breach had occurred.

Feb 24, 2014

Extradition of Mexican drug kingpin could take months or years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It could take months or even years for American and Mexican authorities to work out details of extraditing captured Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman to the United States, U.S. officials said on Monday.

First of all, the Mexican and U.S. governments will have to conduct delicate negotiations, involving the U.S. State Department and law enforcement agencies, over whether and how an extradition should proceed, the officials said.

Feb 23, 2014

U.S. to seek extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Guzman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors plan to seek the extradition of Mexico’s most wanted man, drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, to face trial in the United States after he was captured in Mexico.

Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, said on Sunday his office would request Guzman’s extradition to face a variety of charges.

Feb 22, 2014

Mexican drug kingpin Guzman captured in Mexico

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, has been captured, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Saturday, announcing a major victory for the government in a long, brutal drugs war.

Guzman, known as “El Chapo” (Shorty) in Spanish, runs Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa Cartel and over the past decade emerged as one of the world’s most powerful organized crime bosses.

Feb 22, 2014

Mexican drug kingpin Guzman captured in Mexico: sources

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, has been captured in Mexico by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials, sources said on Saturday, in what would mark a major coup in a grisly fight against drug gangs.

A U.S. government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Guzman had been captured, without elaborating. A Mexican security source confirmed the capture, saying it took place in Mazatlan, a seaside resort in Guzman’s northwestern home state of Sinaloa.

Feb 20, 2014

Latest shoe bomb threat linked to al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest warning to airlines about shoe-bomb threats is a product of heightened U.S. concern about al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate, whose leaders include a technically-savvy bombmaker, U.S. security sources said on Thursday.

U.S. Homeland Security authorities on Wednesday issued a new warning about shoe bombs to airlines which fly from overseas to the United States out of concern that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a Saudi believed to have been behind failed plots to attack airliners with explosives hidden in shoes or clothing, may have come up with new bomb design innovations to evade airport security measures, the sources said.

Feb 19, 2014

U.S. issues warning about shoe bombs on airplanes bound for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities issued a warning on Wednesday to airlines flying to the United States to watch out for militants who may have hidden bombs in their shoes, U.S. government sources said.

The warning came from the Department of Homeland Security, the sources said, and it is consistent with concerns security agencies have about militants trying to smuggle explosives onto airplanes in shoes, cosmetics or liquids.

Feb 19, 2014

For Ukraine rivals, no let up in Washington lobbying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three prominent Washington, D.C. lobbying outfits, representing rival political factions in Ukraine, continued lobbying for their Ukrainian clients through the last quarter of 2013, the most recent reports filed recently with Congress show.

Two of the companies, the Washington-based Podesta Group Inc and the Mercury public relations firm, have been registered with Congress for the last two years as lobbyists for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a Brussels group whose financial backing is obscure.

Feb 13, 2014

NSA memo confirms Snowden scammed passwords from colleagues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A National Security Agency civilian employee resigned last month after telling the FBI he had inadvertently let former contractor Edward Snowden use his password to access information he was not authorized to see, according to a NSA memo sent to Congress.

The NSA told the Senate Judiciary Committee in the memo that two other workers affiliated with the NSA, including an active duty military member and an unidentified contractor, had also been “implicated” in the matter.