U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro said today they would begin normalizing relations between the two nations, a deal brokered by Pope Francis and aided by the generational shift in Florida’s Cuban-American community. The action means not simply the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana but the lifting of some of the restrictions that have limited travel and commerce and kept aficionados from legally bringing Cuban cigars to U.S. soil. Only 90 miles from the Florida coast, Cuba has long been a fixation -- some might say obsession -- of American imagination and politics. Beloved by Ernest Hemingway, it underwent a communist revolution, was the locus of perhaps the world’s closest brush with nuclear war, and yet has remained the spiritual home of thousands of refugees who fled the Castro regime and who for decades drove U.S.-Cuban policy. The thaw was wrapped into the release of American aid worker Alan Gross and the exchange of a U.S. spy for three … [Read more...] about Cuba’s half century of isolation to end
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Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating possible insider trading involving billionaire investor Carl Icahn, golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William Walters, a source familiar with the matter said. Federal investigators are looking into whether Mickelson and Walters may have traded illegally on private information provided by Icahn about his investments in public corporations, the source told Reuters, confirming reports on Friday. Icahn, a legendary activist investor, told Reuters that he was unaware of any investigation and said that his firm always followed the law. He acknowledged a business relationship with Walters but said that he did not know Mickelson personally. "I am very proud of my 50-year unblemished record and have never given out insider information," he said. Walters and Mickelson play golf together, the source familiar with the investigation told Reuters. Mickelson said in a statement, "I have done … [Read more...] about Icahn, Mickelson are investigated in US insider trading probe: source
Vietnamese people spend $3.5 million on jewelry annually This information was given at a International Gemmological Conference, held in Hanoi on October 13, the first of this kind in Vietnam. At the event, Do Minh Phu, Chairman and General Director of DOJI Group, said besides being a big jewelry consumption market, Vietnam has high potential as a jewelry exporter. But due to export tariff restrictions, domestic gold is often priced higher than that of the world market, affecting exports. He added that Vietnam's jewelry gold value reached over over USD2 billion in the period between 2009 and 2010. However, recently the value has dropped to below USD50 million per year, with EU, the US and the Middle East being the major importers. Vietnam is home to 12,000 companies that specialise in the production of jewelry, but only a small number of them have large-scale investment with industrial production. General Giap: Expressions of gratitude The family of the late General Vo … [Read more...] about Vietnamese people spend $3.5 million on jewelry annually
Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history. They also disclosed a new security breach against Nasdaq, though they provided few details about the attack. Other companies targeted by the hackers include a Visa Inc licensee, J.C. Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and French retailer Carrefour SA, according to an indictment unveiled in New Jersey. Authorities have been pursuing the hackers for years. Many of the breaches were previously reported, though it appeared the one involving Nasdaq OMX Group Inc was being disclosed for the first time. Prosecutors said they conservatively estimate that the group of five men from Russia and Ukraine helped steal at least 160 million payment card numbers, resulting in losses in excess of $300 million. Authorities in New Jersey charged that each … [Read more...] about U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s temptation must have been to counterpunch after receiving Donald Trump’s advice to concentrate her mind on the Islamist threat to Britain rather than reacting to his retweeting of British far-right anti-Islam videos. “@theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” the U.S. president tweeted to his 40 million-plus followers. “We are doing just fine.” “Two of America’s worst mass shootings (Las Vegas concert/ Texas church) have happened on your watch,” she might have tweeted back. “Shouldn’t POTUS focus on gun laws?” She didn’t do that, of course. Her actual response was brusque. “It is wrong for the president to have done this,” she concluded – a comment within the bounds of diplomatic protocol. What one frank friend might say to another. The question which arises … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets destroy US-UK special relationship?