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German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video

German hostage abducted in PH appears in video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Malaysians stranded in North Korea return home – BBC News

Nine Malaysians who were prevented from leaving North Korea have arrived home, after the two countries struck a deal to end a diplomatic row. The quarrel, over last month's killing of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur, had resulted in both countries banning each other's citizens from leaving. Malaysia has also allowed North Koreans to leave and released Mr Kim's body. There is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang was responsible for orchestrating Mr Kim's murder. Mr Kim was the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The late Kim Jong-il's eldest son is thought to have fled North Korea after being passed over for the leadership. The nine Malaysian nationals were met by their relatives and a large media contingent at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Friday. Those who have returned include the country's counsellor to North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, embassy staff, and their families. The counsellor said that when Pyongyang told them they could not leave North Korea, &'8220;we were very concerned especially since we had committed no wrong&'8221;. But he added they were &'8220;not particularly harassed&'8221; by North Korean authorities. &'8220;We were given the assurance that life could go on as normal,&'8221; he said. They were flown home in a business jet plane piloted by members of the Malaysian air force. Following Mr Kim's killing on 13 February, North Korean officials demanded that the body be handed to them immediately without an autopsy. Pyongyang reacted angrily when Malaysia refused their requests. Malaysian authorities said they had the right to conduct an autopsy as he had been killed on Malaysian soil, and said they would only release the body to Mr Kim's family. This prompted a war of words where North Korea's ambassador Kang Chol accused Malaysia of colluding with &'8220;hostile forces&'8221;, allegations which Kuala Lumpur dubbed as &'8220;delusions, lies and half-truths&'8221;. Kang Chol was expelled and the Malaysian ambassador to North Korea was also recalled. Pyongyang then said it would ban all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving until the &'8220;situation was resolved&'8221;, which Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak called an &'8220;abhorrent act&'8221; that effectively held his citizens hostage. Kuala Lumpur enacted a tit-for-tat exit ban on North Koreans. Malaysian officials have not hesitated in branding the return of their citizens as a triumph of diplomatic deal-making. On Friday morning Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told reporters: &'8220;There can be no substitute for diplomacy, for level-headedness in dealing with such situations, and this has served Malaysia well in this instance.&'8221; But the exact circumstances of how the deal was struck remain unclear. Correspondents say that Malaysia appears to have acceded to North Korea's wishes to get the Malaysians released. Mr Najib had said earlier that, after challenging negotiations, all North Koreans would be allowed to leave Malaysia &'' which probably includes North Korean suspects in the murder who are wanted by Malaysian police. Japanese news agency Kyodo said two men resembling two of the suspects were seen on a Beijing-bound flight transporting Mr Kim's body on Friday. The suspects are Hyon Kwang Song, the second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Kim Uk Il, an employee of North Korea's state airline Air Koryo. The two men were previously reported to have holed up in the embassy and refused to take part in investigations. Mr Kim's body was released to North Korea and flown to Beijing, where North Korean officials are expected to receive it. &'160; Malaysia had previously said they would not release the body until a request came from family members. On Thursday, Mr Najib said a formal request had been received from the family, but did not give further details. It is not known who exactly requested for the body. Mr Kim's own family previously lived in Macau but they are now thought to be in hiding. His son Kim Han-sol appeared in a video earlier this month confirming he was with his mother and sister at an unspecified location. It was with barely disguised relief that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the deal with North Korea to release Kim Jong-nam's body, after what he described as &'8220;sensitive&'8221; negotiations posing many challenges. Dealing with a regime that, in Malaysia's view, was holding its citizens hostage and had carried out a lethal chemical weapons attack inside its main international gateway was a delicate task. Malaysia appears to have given North Korea what it wanted &'' the body and the North Korean suspects sought by the Malaysian police &'' in order to get its nine citizens back safely. To that end, North Korea has refused to recognise that the body was that of its supreme leader's half-brother, or to cooperate in clarifying the role of its agents in the attack. But by permitting a letter from an as-yet unnamed family member in North Korea to be forwarded to Malaysia, authorising the body's release, there is at least tacit acknowledgement from Pyongyang that the body is indeed Kim Jong-nam &'' something the Malaysian authorities say they have already confirmed through DNA samples obtained from his relatives outside North Korea. But with all the North Korean suspects in the attack now apparently out of Malaysia it is not clear how the investigation can move forward. The two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, who smeared the nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face are in custody facing murder charges, but we do not know how [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Reunited

President Rodrigo Duterte watches as eight year-old Rexon Romoc is hugged by his mother Nora at the Malacañan Palace on February 28, 2017. Rexon was abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf on August 5, 2016 and was released on February 27, 2017, a day after the bandit group beheaded German hostage Juergen Gustav Kantner. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf releases video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Philippine militants release video of German s beheading

MANILA — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage, releases video of grisly murder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video

AFP to confirm authenticity of German hostage video.....»»

Category: gossipSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Video shows German hostage alive

Video shows German hostage alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

AFP obtains ‘proof of life’ of German hostage

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A 70-year-old German that the Abu Sayyaf had snatched appears to be alive after the military got hold of a photograph of him ta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

Al-Qaida-linked Mali extremists release hostage video

DAKAR — An al-Qaida-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages, a group that monitors jihadist communications says,.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2017

UAE president appears in video over 3 years after stroke

DUBAI — The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan......»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2017

In new video, abducted Marawi priest asks to stop military offensives - ABS-CBN News

In new video, abducted Marawi priest asks to stop military offensives - ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 30th, 2017

Bishop: Maute burned Marawi cathedral, abducted priest

MANILA, Philippines — A group inspired by the so-called Islamic State took hostage of a priest, church staff and churchgoers after burning the cathedral in M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

Ivanka Trump is making her White House job official – CNN News

Ivanka Trump is changing course and will become a government employee in the coming days, a White House official told CNN Wednesday. President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will be an unpaid employee working in the West Wing. &'8220;I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,&'8221; Ivanka Trump said in a statement. &'8220;Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.&'8221; A source with knowledge of the decision told CNN's Gloria Borger the decision was made after the &'8220;unease&'8221; expressed by people about the nature of her voluntary role, and ethics advocates Norm Eisen and Fred Wertheimer had sent White House counsel Don McGhan a letter last Friday. Now, Ivanka Trump will be an &'8220;adviser&'8221; to the President, and will file her own Form 278, which means she is legally bound by the ethics rules. An unsigned statement from the White House said: &'8220;We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the President.&'8221; Trump's attorney, Jamie S. Gorelick, said: &'8220;Ivanka's decision reflects both her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view. She will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.&'8221; Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and a top Trump aide, is also serving the White House as an unpaid government employee. News of Trump's new title was first reported by The New York Times. A White House official confirmed last week that, after a few months settling into Washington, Trump was officially moving into a West Wing office and would obtain top-secret security clearance. She will also receive government-provided communications devices, per the official. Ivanka Trump's elevation has prompted critics to note the potential violation of the nepotism law, passed in 1967, that says no public official &'8212; from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency &'8212; may hire or promote a relative. But the law states that any appointee found to have violated the law is &'8220;not entitled to pay&'8221; by the federal government, which appears to offer the opportunity for Trump and Kushner to forgo paychecks while still serving the administration. When Kushner officially joined Trump's team in January, the Justice Department concluded that his post as senior adviser was not in violation of federal anti-nepotism laws. &'8220;In choosing his personal staff, the President enjoys an unusual degree of freedom, which Congress found suitable to the demands of his office,&'8221; wrote Daniel Koffsky, deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel, which serves as interpreter of federal law for the White House. Koffsky reasoned in January that the anti-nepotism law covers only appointments in an &'8220;executive&'8221; agency and that the White House Office is not an executive agency within the law. He cited a separate law that gives the President broad powers to hire his staff. That law authorizes the President to appoint &'8220;employees in the White House office without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the government service.&'8221; Ivanka Trump took a formal leave of absence from her eponymous apparel and accessories brand, as well as the Trump Organization, in January. She has long been a key trusted adviser to her father, through her young adulthood to her time as executive vice president of real estate development and acquisition at the Trump Organization, and, ultimately, to his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump will continue in that capacity, serving as the President's &'8220;eyes and ears,&'8221; per Gorelick. &'8220;She will not be his only source of input and insight, obviously, but she may be able to provide insights into the concerns of people whom he might not meet as President,&'8221; Gorelick told CNN via email last week. In the first several weeks of the administration, she's already been on hand for key happenings, including roundtable discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Florida school visit with her father and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an Oval Office bill signing encouraging women in STEM, a visit to the National African American Museum of History and Culture and West Wing meetings on human trafficking and manufacturing, among others. She took an even higher profile this week, making formal remarks at an event encouraging women in STEM at Smithsonian's Air and Space museum on Tuesday. The broadening of Trump's role in her father's administration is unprecedented by any modern member of a first family. President George W. Bush, who worked on his father's campaign, is the most recent parallel to Ivanka Trump, said Kate Andersen Brower, author of &'8220;First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies&'8221; and a CNN contributor. &'8220;But even he wasn't sitting in on high-level policy meetings when his father was in the White House. It definitely complicates matters when someone who can't be fired &'8212; aka a family member &'8212; is this involved in an administration,&'8221; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2017

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach appears in Massari's 'So Long' music video

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach appears in Massari's 'So Long' music video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam – The Guardian

The German bank that loaned $300m (£260m) to Donald Trump played a prominent role in a money laundering scandal run by Russian criminals with ties to the Kremlin, the Guardian can reveal. Deutsche Bank is one of dozens of western financial institutions that processed at least $20bn – and possibly more – in money of “criminal origin” from Russia. The scheme, dubbed “the Global Laundromat”, ran from 2010 to 2014. Law enforcement agencies are investigating how a group of politically well-connected Russians were able to use UK-registered companies to launder billions of dollars in cash. The companies made fictitious loans to each other, underwritten by Russian businesses. The companies would default on these “debts”. Judges in Moldova then made court rulings enforcing judgments against the firms. This allowed Russian bank accounts to transfer huge sums to Moldova legally. From there, the money went to accounts in Latvia with Trasta Komercbanka. Deutsche, Germany’s biggest lender, acted as a “correspondent bank” for Trasta until 2015. This meant Deutsche provided dollar-denominated services to Trasta’s non-resident Russian clients. This service was used to move money from Latvia to banks across the world. During this period many Wall Street banks got out of Latvia, citing concerns that the small Baltic country had become a centre for international money laundering, especially from neighbouring Russia. In 2013, and under US regulatory pressure, JP Morgan Chase ceased providing dollar clearing services to the country. From 2014, only two western lenders were willing to accept international dollar transfers from Latvian banks. They were Deutsche and Germany’s Commerzbank. Deutsche eventually withdrew correspondent services to Trasta Bank in September 2015. Six months later, Latvian regulators shut down the bank. They cited repeated violations, and said the bank had failed to deal with its money laundering risk. Latvia’s deputy finance minister, Maija Treija, said the money sent via Trasta was “either stolen or with criminal origin”. The defunct bank was being used as vehicle to get money out of the ex-Soviet Union and “into the EU financial system”, she added. Deutsche said it had significantly strengthened its systems and controls. It said that by the end of this year it will have hired more than 1,000 new staff in its compliance and anti-financial crime unit since 2015. It added: “The bank has comprehensively reviewed its client onboarding and know-your-client processes and where necessary is exiting higher risk client relationships and markets.” Commerzbank said it could not comment on its relationships with other banks. It said it put a high value on compliance. It said that suspicious transactions picked up during routine monitoring were reported to the authorities. Deutche Bank ended its relationship with Trasta soon after Latvia’s regulator issued a warning, it is understood. In August 2015, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission stopped all transactions above €100,000. Deutsche severed its relationship with the other key Laundromat bank &'' Moldova’s Moldindconbank – in 2012. Ties with Russia are a matter of acute sensitivity for Deutsche. In February, it emerged that Deutsche had secretly reviewed multiple loans made to President Trump by its private wealth division to see if there was a connection to Russia. Trump owes Deutsche about $300m. Deutsche refused to comment on its internal review. Sources say the bank discovered no evidence of any Moscow link. That covers other members of the US president’s family who are also Deutsche clients. They include Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and Kushner’s mother, Seryl Stadtmauer. In January, the UK and US imposed record $630m fines on Deutsche for its role in another money laundering scam run out of its Moscow office. The bank failed to prevent $10bn of Russian money being laundered in a complex “mirror trades” operation. The wealthy Russians that used the scheme have not been identified. Deutsche’s Private Bank – the division that lends to Trump – appears in the Global Laundromat scheme. Sources suggest that many of its clients are rich Russians, typically with personal assets of $50m-plus. According to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche processed more than $24m of Laundromat cash in 209 transactions. Records obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from anonymous sources show how the money was spent. Much of it vanished into opaque offshore companies. Some of it went on luxury items including diamonds, leather jackets, and home-cinema equipment. One of Deutsche’s high net worth customers blew €500,000 at Mahlberg, a German jewellery firm. The payment in January 2013 was made by Seabon Limited, a Laundromat company registered in Tooley Street, London. More than $9bn was funnelled via Seabon, records show. Almost €1m went to a Munich electronics firm, Rohde &'38; Schwarz, which produces surveillance technology for security services and police. Often, the explanation for high-volume payments was fake. The money spent on watches was marked down on the bank wire transfer as a payment for “computer equipment”. Another $500,000 payment was made to a London fur broker, Gideon Bartfeld. Bartfeld said the money had arrived from Deutsche Bank New York, before being sent on to the Bank of New York Mellon, which paid the invoice. Trasta – the bank that first sent the money to Deutsche – did not appear in any paperwork, he added. Bartfeld said the payment came via two “highly reputable and respected” global banks. He said: “Consequently, we received this payment in full confidence [as they] were satisfied that the payment met their [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

Military to bring remains of German hostage to Manila

JOLO, Philippines - The military is scheduled to transport the remains of beheaded German captive Juergen Gustav Kantner on Tuesday, security official said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 7th, 2017

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu - Philippine Star

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Remains of German hostage recovered in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines  – Government troops recovered the remains of the Abu Sayyaf group’s German hostage late Saturday, almost a week after he was be.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military

Body of beheaded German hostage found – military.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017