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Momentum grows for a digital watchdog to regulate tech giants
With Big Tech accused of everything from decimating industries to abusing privacy, calls are growing for the creation of a federal regulator.
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Saudi businessman tests US jurisdiction over 1MDB-linked asset
LOS ANGELES (Sept 11): Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been working for three years to recover assets around the world that were allegedly acquired with billions of dollars stolen from Malaysi...
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Saudi businessman tests US jurisdiction over 1MDB-linked asset
LOS ANGELES: Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been working for three years to recover assets around the world that were allegedly acquired with billions of dollars...
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Google target of new US antitrust probe by state attorneys general
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 4 ― More than 30 US state attorneys general are readying an investigation into Alphabet Inc's Google for potential antitrust violations, a source knowledgeable about the probe sa...
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YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least US$150mil: report
Google will pay US$150mil to US$200mil to settle a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over how it treats information from children on its YouTube video...
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World Briefs: Vivian visiting Kedah and Penang this week
Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will visit Kedah and Penang this week, as part of Singapore's efforts to deepen its overall engagement with Malaysia.
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Malaysian pleads guilty to placing camera in plane bathroom
HOUSTON (AP): A passenger who put a camera in an aeroplane bathroom on a California-to-Texas flight has pleaded guilty and could be deported.
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Malaysian pleads guilty to placing camera in plane bathroom
HOUSTON (AP) - A passenger who put a camera in an aeroplane bathroom on a California-to-Texas flight has pleaded guilty and could be deported.
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U.S. House panel chairman says Mueller court action imminent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he will go to court on Friday to seek access to grand jury evidence compiled by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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Big Tech antitrust review: tough policy or publicity stunt?
The antitrust review of Big Tech announced by US regulators could signal a tough new stand on competition policy, but it may just be a political publicity stunt.
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What Google, Facebook could face in US antitrust probe
NEW YORK: The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether big technology companies are engaged in anticompetitive behaviour, addressing a rising tide of criticism they have become too powerful to the detriment of consumers
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US stocks flat on earnings deluge, tech crackdown
NEW YORK, July 24 — Wall Street stocks were little changed today as markets largely shrugged off disappointing results from Caterpillar and Boeing and a US antitrust probe into technology giants.
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KLCI edges up 0.15% as Petronas-linked stocks lift
KUALA LUMPUR (July 24): The FBM KLCI nudged up in early trade this morning, trackin regional markets, lifted by gains including at Petronas-linked counters.
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Asia Stocks to Gain on Earnings, Trade Optimism
(July 24): Asian shares looked set for gains after signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks though technology stocks will be in focus after U.S. antitrust moves in the sector.
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Huawei's US research arm slashes more than 70% of workforce
SANTA CLARA, Calif.: China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said it is slashing more than 600 jobs at its Futurewei Technologies research arm in the United States after being placed on a trade blacklist by the U.S. government.
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Huawei's US research arm, Futurewei Technologies, sends workers packing
SANTA CLARA (California), July 23 ― Futurewei Technologies Inc, the US research arm of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, began laying off workers yesterday, according to employees including one wh...
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Trump calls for inquiry into Google's work with China
US President Donald Trump said on July 16 his administration would investigate whether Alphabet Inc's Google supports the Chinese government, following accusations that a company official refuted hours later at a Senate hearing.
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Tech giants brace for Washington showdown in echo of Bill Gates
US technology giants are headed for their biggest antitrust showdown with Congress in 20 years as lawmakers and regulators demand to know whether companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc use their dominance to squelch innovation.
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Latest returned 1MDB loot includes 'King Kong' poster, Basquiat artwork
LOS ANGELES (BLOOMBERG) - A vintage French "King Kong" poster, a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing, and several luxury watches are among the latest haul of returned treasures that were allegedly bought wit...
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Latest returned 1MDB haul includes 'King Kong' poster, Basquiat artwork
LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg): A vintage French "King Kong" poster, a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing, and several luxury watches are among the latest haul of returned treasures that were allegedly bought with money stolen from the Malaysian 1MDB state fund.
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Latest Returned 1MDB Loot Includes ‘King Kong’ Poster, Basquiat
(July 16): A vintage French “King Kong” poster, a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing, and several luxury watches are among the latest haul of returned treasures that were allegedly bought with money sto...
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Facebook US$5bil US privacy settlement approved by FTC
US officials approved a record US$5bil (RM20.53bil) privacy settlement with Facebook Inc to resolve the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, people said, prompting an immediate outcry from lawmakers and privacy advocates who said it didn’t go far enough.
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Deutsche Bank faces US Department of Justice probe over 1MDB
New York: The US Department of Justice is investigating Deutsche Bank AG as part of a broadened probe of Malaysia’s scandal-plagued 1MDB investment fund, according to a source.
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Big Tech executives due on Capitol Hill next week for antitrust hearing
Executives from Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet's Google will testify before a US House of Representatives congressional committee next week in a hearing to discuss the tremendous market power wielded by online platforms.
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US retailers eager to lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and Google
A leading US retail group, whose members include Walmart Inc, is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google are harming competition.
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1MDB-linked US$51m Manhattan penthouse to be put on sale
LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg): A US$51mil (RM211mil) penthouse in Manhattan’s Walker Tower, allegedly bought with money siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), will be put on the market.
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1MDB-linked US$51m Manhattan penthouse to be put on sale
LOS ANGELES (June 26): A US$51 million penthouse in Manhattan’s Walker Tower, allegedly bought with money siphoned from Malaysia’s 1MDB state fund, will be put on the market.
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Huawei’s US research arm builds separate identity
SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 — The US-based research arm of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd — Futurewei Technologies Inc — has moved to separate its operations from its corporate parent since the...
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Will Umno behave ethically like DiCaprio in 1MDB probe? PKR Youth asks
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — PKR Youth today questioned if Umno had the same integrity as celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Miranda Kerr who returned gifts that were allegedly bought with 1Malaysia Devel...
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Microsoft’s missteps offer antitrust lessons for tech’s big four
Of the five biggest tech companies in the US, Microsoft is the only one that isn't currently in the crosshairs of US antitrust authorities.
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US antitrust chief says past enforcement could presage new probe of current digital giants
WASHINGTON, June 12 — The top US antitrust enforcer said yesterday that studying enforcement actions against Standard Oil and AT&T decades ago can help lay the groundwork for looking at possible ant...
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US House starts its tech antitrust probe with a focus on free press
A congressional panel conducting a broad antitrust investigation into the nation’s biggest technology companies is starting with scrutiny over how companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc have devastated the news industry.
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Bursa rally comes to a brief halt
REVIEW: The FBM KLCI’s 50-point rally over the final week of May put the index on a better technical footing, halting a downtrend that returned the index to 2016 lows.
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Don’t declare war on big tech: opinion
Across the US federal government, the knives are officially out for big technology companies. Avoiding a bloodbath should be a priority.
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Insys agrees to pay US$225mil to settle US opioid-sales probes
NEW YORK: Insys Therapeutics Inc, grappling with the prospect of bankruptcy after its founder was convicted on racketeering charges, agreed to pay US$225mil to settle US claims that the drug maker illegally sold opioid-based painkillers.
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Google’s enemies sharpen complaints as DOJ opens antitrust probe
The looming US antitrust investigation of Google is galvanising as many as a dozen companies to gather their longstanding complaints about the Alphabet Inc unit and consider bringing them to the Justice Department as the probe gets underway, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Silicon Valley pressured as Washington turns up antitrust heat
Technology giants are girding for sweeping investigations into their business practices as top US antitrust officials and lawmakers carved out a battle plan targeting Silicon Valley’s best-known names, sending shares tumbling and raising the prospect of a drawn-out fight with the government.
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US regulators divide scrutiny of Amazon and Google: report
US antitrust regulators have divided oversight of Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google, putting Amazon under the watch of the Federal Trade Commission and Google under the Justice Department.
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NGOs: M'sia must not regress on female genital mutilation after US setback
PETALING JAYA: The US government's reluctance to defend the ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) is a "slippery slope" that Malaysia should avoid, say two women non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
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1MDB’s Jho Low, rapper Pras Michel indicted over Obama donation
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Fugees Rapper Pras Michel and Financier Charged in Illegal Scheme to Raise Money for Obama
Advertisement Supported by By Liam Stack One of the founding members of the hip-hop group the Fugees and a fugitive Malaysian financier have been charged with conspiring to violate federal campaign fi...
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Jho Low slapped with another charge in US
NEW YORK: US prosecutors brought additional charges against Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, accused of looting the 1MDB wealth fund, for campaign-finance violations related to President Barack Obama’s 201...
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Facebook breakup call from co-founder easier said than done
Facebook Inc critics who want the social-media giant broken up gained an unexpected ally in one of the company’s co-founders – but antitrust enforcers face long odds in taking that approach to rein in its dominance.
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What would it take for US regulators to break up Facebook?
Facebook Inc co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg's former college roommate Chris Hughes urged US regulators to break up the social media company in a New York Times opinion piece on May 9.
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Chinese ‘hacker’ who obtained details of 78 million people is charged in US with ‘one of the worst data breaches in history’
Wang Fujie has been charged along with another unnamed individual with hacking the computer systems of four companies including US-based health insurer Anthem. The data stolen included the personally identifiable information of 78 million people.
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Ex-Fugees rapper poised to be charged in case tied to 1MDB probe
NEW YORK (May 10): Federal prosecutors are expected to charge former rap star Pras Michel as soon as Friday with campaign-finance violations related to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election camp...
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US House panel accuses AG of contempt, Trump invokes executive privilege
A Democratic-led House panel on Wednesday approved a measure to hold US Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report on Russian election...
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US to return $200m in 1MDB cash to Malaysia
The US is to return close to $200m (£152.4m) to Malaysia in funds recovered from asset seizures tied to scandal-hit state fund 1MDB. US authorities have so far transferred $57m tied to a Hollywood fi...
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US returns more than RM800m in recovered 1MDB funds
KUALA LUMPUR (May 7): The United States has initiated the process to return some US$196 million (RM812.9 million) to Malaysia, representing the first instalment of funds recovered from asset seizures ...
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Jho Low's empty US$39 million Los Angeles mansion to be sold
(May 4) US prosecutors and representatives of fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho want to sell a US$39 million mansion in Los Angeles he bought in 2012 with money allegedly stolen from the state...
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Jho Low’s RM162 mil LA mansion to be put up for sale
LOS ANGELES: US prosecutors and representatives of fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho want to sell a US$39 million (RM162 million) mansion in Los Angeles he bought in 2012 with money allegedly ...
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Malaysia among countries that leased Trump World Tower apartments
WASHINGTON: Malaysia along with seven other countries were given permission by the US State Deparment to rent luxury condominiums in New York’s Trump World Tower in 2017 without approval from Congre...
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M’sian and 6 other gov’t leases at Trump World Tower stir concerns
The US State Department allowed at least seven foreign governments, including Malaysia, to rent luxury condominiums in New York’s Trump World Tower in 2017 without approval from Congress, according ...
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M'sian and other Govt leases at Trump World Tower stir more emoluments concerns
WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department allowed at least seven foreign governments to rent luxury condominiums in New York's Trump World Tower in 2017 without approval from Congress, according to documents and people familiar with the leases, a potential violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause
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Jho Low's mother to return US$1.7 million diamond jewellery to US
PETALING JAYA (BLOOMBERG, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A set of diamond jewellery worth US$1.7 million (S$2.3 million) that fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low allegedly bought with money stolen f...
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Defying Congress, US attorney general to skip Mueller hearing
Defying the US Congress, Attorney General William Barr will not attend today's House Judiciary Committee hearing on his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report, said p...
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DoJ seeks Goldman Sachs guilty plea in 1MDB settlement
United States' Department of Justice staff have made an internal recommendation that Goldman Sachs Group Inc plead guilty as part of any potential settlement over its role in a corruption scandal invo...
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US charges Chinese engineer with stealing GE technology
WASHINGTON, April 24 — US authorities yesterday charged a Chinese engineer and his partner with “economic espionage” for allegedly stealing technology from General Electric, the Justice Departme...
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Top Democrats leave open the option of Trump impeachment
Top congressional Democrats yesterday left the door open to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed...
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Democrats make bid for Russia probe evidence, Trump approval drops
Congressional Democrats on Friday took legal action to get hold of all of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as the probe’s f...
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Republicans block US Senate Democrats' move on making Mueller report public
US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mue...
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Wall Street critic Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook, Google
NEW YORK, March 8 — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed yesterday to break up Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if elected US president to promote competition in the tech sector.
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Democrats target who's who of Trump insiders but not Ivanka, others
Some of US President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, including his daughter Ivanka, were missing from a list of people that Democratic lawmakers sought documents from on Monday for a corruption inv...
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Huawei units plead not guilty to US trade secret theft
WASHINGTON, March 1 — Huawei Device Co Ltd and Huawei Device USA Inc pleaded not guilty to US fraud, trade secrets conspiracy and other charges, and a trial date was set for March 2020, the Justice ...
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Trump says could include Huawei and ZTE in trade deal
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 ― US President Donald trump said yesterday he may or may not include Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp in the trade deal being negotiated betwe...
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Fed permanently bars former JPMorgan banker over China hiring scandal
WASHINGTON, Feb 22 — The US Federal Reserve said yesterday it was barring former JPMorgan Chase & Co Managing Director Timothy Fletcher from the industry for life over his role in a China hiring pro...
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Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a vi...
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Malaysia fines Deloitte for breaches linked to 1MDB
KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) - Malaysia's securities regulator on Wednesday (Jan 30) said they had fined Deloitte for committing four breaches related to a 2.4 billion ringgit (S$789.7 million) s...
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Ex-Fugees member Pras fights US forfeiture complaint over 1MDB
WASHINGTON (AP): A rapper and founding member of the 1990s hip-hop group The Fugees is fighting the US government over a multimillion-dollar forfeiture complaint.
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US charges Huawei with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions
The United States yesterday announced criminal charges against China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, escalating a fight with the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, and coming days befor...
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Goldman Sachs CEO apologises to Malaysia over 1MDB
NEW YORK (Jan 17): The head of Goldman Sachs on Wednesday apologised to Malaysia for a Goldman partner's role in the 1MDB scandal even as he defended the firm as a whole.
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Now, Goldman paints former star banker as promiscuous Muslim convert, ‘master con man’
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has used “scorched-earth tactics” to smear its former top investment banker, Tim Leissner, in an attempt to minimise its role in the 1Malays...
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Goldman Sachs CEO apologises to Malaysia over 1MDB
NEW YORK: The head of Goldman Sachs on Wednesday (Jan 16) apologised to Malaysia for a Goldman partner's role in the 1MDB scandal even as he defended the firm as a whole.
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Malaysia’s Leader, Dogged by a Billion-Dollar Scandal, Proves Untouchable
Supported by By Richard C. Paddock KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The conspirators were confident.
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Heng on the Malaysian Embezzlement Case
Supported by Heng According to a Justice Department complaint, people close to Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, diverted more than $3 billion from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund — calle...
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Goldman Sachs could be liable for US$5b in 1MDB scandal — report
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 11): Goldman Sachs may be on the hook for as much as US$5 billion (about RM20.48 billion) for its role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) bribery scandal — twice the previous ...
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Goldman Sachs could be liable for US$5b in 1MDB scandal — report
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 11): Goldman Sachs may be on the hook for as much as US$5 billion (about RM20.48 billion) for its role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) bribery scandal — twice the previous ...
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From Goldman’s 1MDB Scandal to Bitcoin, Here’s a Look Ahead at 2019
Supported by White Collar Watch By Peter J. Henning Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them.
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Leonardo DiCaprio testifies in 1MDB probe
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 5): Citing people familiar with the case, The Washington Post reports that Leonardo DiCaprio secretly testified as part of the Justice Department’s expansive investigation into t...
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Leonardo DiCaprio testifies in US as part of 1MDB probe
WASHINGTON • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio made a secret appearance before a District of Columbia grand jury in recent months to testify as part of the Justice Department's expansive investigation into a ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio testifies in 1MDB probe
Citing people familiar with the case, The Washington Post reports that Leornardo Dicaprio secretly testified as part of the Justice Department’s expansive investigation into the 1Malaysia Developm...
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Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio testifies before US grand jury as part of 1MDB probe
WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio made a secret appearance before a District of Columbia grand jury in recent months to testify as part of the Justice Department's expansive inves...
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