Wednesday, 13. June 2012

Mexican drug cartel 'laundered money through US horse breeding'

Oklahoma ranch and New Mexico racing track raided as federal agents claim Zetas gang bought horses with drug money

US federal agents have raided a sprawling ranch in Oklahoma and a prominent horse track in New Mexico, alleging the brother of a high-ranking official in a Mexican drug cartel used a horse-breeding operation to launder money.

An indictment unsealed on Tuesday accused Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up a horse operation that his younger brother operated from a ranch near Lexington, Oklahoma. Millions of dollars are said to have gone through the operation, which bought, trained, bred and raced quarter horses – a popular US breed – throughout the south-west United States, including the Ruidoso Downs track in New Mexico.

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Double Standards: EU Commissioner De Gucht Is 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'; EU Citizens Are 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent'

The Belgian EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht is the driving force behind ACTA, and is apparently really keen to combat crimes like counterfeiting and piracy. It also seems he has a slight problem with the tax authorities:

Belgium’s Tax Inspection Service has accused European Commissioner Karel De Gucht of tax fraud. The service says that Mr De Gucht and his wife failed to declare the profit that they made on the sale of shares of the Vista group on which tax was due.  

"Politician accused of tax fraud" is hardly news; but what is more interesting is the European Commission's reaction. Here's what it said according to the Dutch language version of the story on the site quoted above:

The Commission adds to this that De Gucht "not guilty until proven to the contrary."</p>

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Weltbank-Bericht - Europa wird ein unkalkulierbares Risiko

Die Börsen spielen verrückt, die Zinsen für Staatsanleihen steigen: Nach Ansicht von Weltbank-Experten wird Europa für die Weltwirtschaft ein unkalkulierbares Risiko. Eine weitere globale Krise sei denkbar, sagt ein Ökonom der Organisation.

Europa ist für die Weltwirtschaft ein unkalkulierbares Risiko, so die Weltbank. Das Auf und Ab in der europäischen Schuldenkrise werde nach Ansicht von Experten der Organisation zu einer Belastung für die globale Wirtschaft. Kursverluste an den Börsen und steigende Zinsen für Staatsanleihen machten dies deutlich, heißt es in der neuen Weltbank-Konjunkturprognose. Sollte sich die Situation in Europa deutlich verschlechtern, würden weder reiche noch aufstrebende Länder verschont bleiben.

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China reports on human rights in the United States

Editor's note: The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a report titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" on Friday. Following is the full text:

The State Department of the United States released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 on May 24, 2012. As in previous years, the reports are full of over-critical remarks on the human rights situation in nearly 200 countries and regions as well as distortions and accusations concerning the human rights cause in China. However, the United States turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and kept silent about it. The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011 is hereby prepared to reveal the true human rights situation of the United States to people across the world and urge the United States to face up to its own doings.

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Eurozone crisis live: Focus shifts to Italy ahead of bond auctions

Pressure is building on eurozone's third-largest economy

• German finance minister says "Italy is not in danger"
• Today's agenda

8.37am: Echoing Schäuble's comments that Italy is not in danger, the chief economist of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has also warned against a panic.

Pier Carlo Padoan said in an interview with Italian daily Il Messaggero:

There are no changes to the country's economic fundamentals that can justify an attack on Italy. Among OECD countries, Italy is one of the closest to a stabilisation of its debt. If there wasn't the contagion factor, steps taken so far towards recovery would be the right ones.  

8.31am: Italy is not in danger, Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has declared in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa. He says that Italy won't be the next "contaminated" country. "For Italy, no danger if it follows the path of Mountains," the headline reads. The question is, is he saying that because Germany doesn't want to bail out Italy as well?

Calling on Italian readers to provide a translation of the rest...

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Austrian minister says Italy too may need bailout

Raising the stakes in Europe's debt crisis, Austria's finance minister said Italy may need a financial rescue because of its high borrowing costs, drawing a sharp denial on Tuesday from the Italian prime minister.

Maria Fekter's assessment of the euro zone's third largest economy stoked investors' fears that Europe is far from ending 2-1/2 years of turmoil - a feeling reinforced by Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager, who said the euro zone was "still far from stable".

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Energieriesen fordern 15 Milliarden Schadensersatz

Der Atomausstieg zieht einen gewaltigen Rechtsstreit nach sich: Deutschlands Energiekonzerne fühlen sich enteignet - und fordern eine Entschädigung von der Bundesregierung. Laut einem Zeitungsbericht geht es um 15 Milliarden Euro.

Auf die Bundesregierung kommt ein gewaltiger Rechtsstreit zu: Die Energiekonzerne wollen nach Angaben der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung" ("FAZ") rund 15 Milliarden Euro Schadensersatz für den Atomausstieg einklagen.

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lol - MySQL 1 Liner Hack Gives Root Access Without Password

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Nach gefilmtem Schäferstündchen: Debatte über Wildkameras

Sind auf Aufnahmen einer Kamera Menschen erkennbar - wie jüngst ein Politiker beim Sex -, ist das Gerät anzumelden - theoretisch

Beim Schäferstündchen im Wald hat ein Kärntner Kommunalpolitiker nicht nur die Aufnahmefunktion einer Wildkamera ausgelöst. Durch Bekanntwerden der Geschichte - wenn auch ohne Namensnennung oder Veröffentlichung der Bilder-, ist eine Debatte über das Aufstellen dieser Geräte und über damit verbundene Datenschutzfragen entbrannt.

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Romanian gang attempt to rob moving truck

In a scene reminiscent of Hollywood movie The Fast and The Furious, a gang of thieves are caught attempting to break into a moving truck on a motorway in Romania.

Police from Romania's Department for Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) filmed the gang as they attempted to rob a lorry while it was speeding along a motorway at night.

Positioning their car just inches behind the moving truck, two gang members climb out of the sunroof. One manoeuvres himself onto the bonnet as the other holds onto his legs.

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