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Novartis to pay $336 million in U.S. settlements on bribes

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:15 AM

US Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski says Novartis subsidiaries 'profited from bribes...and they falsified their books and records to conceal those bribes'

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. judge stalls effort to drop case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

May 13, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'The parallels and the contrasts between the Watergate affair and the present situation now before this Court are striking,' says a group dubbing itself the 'Watergate Prosecutors'

STALLED. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York in 2016. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

U.S. announces $49-million settlement in Malaysia 1MDB scandal

May 07, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The US Justice Department says it has now returned or helped Malaysia recover nearly $1.1 billion in funds and assets

SCANDAL. File photo of a project site of the 1MDB. Photo by

Trump insists he can intervene in criminal cases

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:08 PM

President Donald Trump has been accused by opponents in Congress of trying to strip away the Justice Department's independence to benefit himself and his allies

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the Economic Club of New York at the New York Hilton Midtown November 12, 2019, in New York, New York. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Chinese scientist pleads guilty to technology theft

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The market value of the next-generation battery technology the Chinese national was accused of stealing was more than $1 billion, the US Justice Department says

HONGJIN TAN. Photo from his LinkedIn page

Key takeaways from Mueller testimony to Congress

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Here are the main takeaways so far from the marathon hearings before 2 Democratic-controlled House committees by former US special counsel Robert Mueller

TENTATIVE. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act

May 24, 2019 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) WikiLeaks denounces the charges as 'an unprecedented attack on the global free press' and an 'extraterritorial application of US law'

NEW CHARGES. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. File photo by Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP

Huawei charm offensive runs into buzzsaw of U.S. charges

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Huawei's uphill climb follows US allegations of brazen criminality at the company's highest levels

U.S. charges Huawei in technology theft, sanctions violations

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) The US Justice Department unveils 13 charges against Meng Wanzhou and 3 affiliates related to violating US sanctions on Iran

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

U.S. in criminal probe of China's Huawei – report

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Anonymous sources say that US Justice Department is looking into allegations that Huawei stole trade secrets from US business partners including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump gov’t backs lawsuit vs Harvard for ‘anti-Asian admissions policy’

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:03 AM

In a stinging criticism of the Ivy League school, the U.S. justice department accuses Harvard of manipulating the racial makeup of incoming classes

Graduation at Harvard in May 2018. Photo by Melvyn Calderon

U.S. Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica – report

May 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The probe appears to focus on Cambridge Analytica's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

China's Huawei under U.S. probe for Iran sanctions violations – report

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Huawei is under tough scrutiny in the United States, where government national security officials say that its alleged close links to the Chinese government make it a security risk

CEO of shuttered sex classifieds site Backpage pleads guilty

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Backpage – accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world, with its classifieds used to promote paid-for sex with minors and victims of human trafficking – is abruptly shut down by US authorities on April 6

U.S. Justice Dept's no. 3 official resigns

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here,' says Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand

BRAND RESIGNS. This file photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand during a summit to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. agencies investigate Apple over iPhone slowdown

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Authorities are looking into whether Apple investors were misled about the performance of iPhones

IPHONE SNAFU. iPhone 7s or older are affected by the forced slowdown from the early 2017 iOS update. Photo from Apple

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Two men, so in love with each other, could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would wind up before the US Supreme Court five years later and spark a national debate about fundamental rights

PH to start extradition process for alleged New York plotter

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the Philippine government will act on the request of US authorities for the extradition of suspect Russell Salic

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists,' says Filipino suspect in NY plot

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The US Justice Department says Filipino doctor Russel Salic told others involved in the foiled New York terror plot that terror laws in the Philippines are 'not strict' compared to laws in countries like Australia and the UK

U.S. looking into whether Uber bribed foreign officials

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The company confirms that the US Justice Department is currently investigating them

CONTROVERSY MAGNET. Just as the disruptive transport company clears a hurdle, another one seems to appear almost instantaneously. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Trump ends policy protecting undocumented immigrant families

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly does not say whether the government has plans to replace DAPA or the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents

DAPA. The Department of Homeland Security says it is rescinding the 2014 policy known as DAPA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Trump file photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP. Protesters file photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP.

Trump administration appeals block of revised travel ban

Mar 18, 2017 - 9:27 AM

US President Donald Trump has said a travel ban is needed to preserve US national security and keep out extremists

LET THEM IN. Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 5, 2017

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Sunday

Indonesian firm removed founders after allegations of bribery with Standard Chartered

Sep 29, 2016 - 12:54 AM

Standard Chartered which controls the MAXpower Group is being investigated by the US Department of Justice over claims the Indonesian company had paid kickbacks to secure contracts

NET LOSS. A man walks past the Standard Chartered PLC headquarters building in Hong Kong, China, August 5, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

FBI won't disclose iPhone hack details to Apple

Apr 28, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The federal law enforcement agency explains it does not have the technical details from the unidentified third party

epa05171660 (FILE) The logo of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington DC, USA, 22 December 2014. Apple chief executive Tim Cook refused the judge's order in an open letter posted on the company's website 16 February 2016 shortly after Judge Sheri Pym ordered the company to help the FBI access data they believe is stored on the phone. The December 2 attack in San Bernardino was carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at a holiday party at the county office where Farook worked. Fourteen people were killed. Police killed Farook and Malik later that same day in a shoot-out. The FBI wants Apple to help it hack into Farook's iPhone by building a new version of the iOS software that would circumvent security features and install the software on the iPhone, which was recovered during the investigation. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Pfizer to pay $785M for overcharging US gov't on drugs

Apr 28, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The settlement stems from allegations that Wyeth a unit of Pfizer reported fraudulent prices for two forms of Protonix

epa05038488 (FILE) A file image dated 26 June 2006 showing a woman walking past a sign in front of the world headquarters building of Pfizer Inc. in New York, USA. New York-based Pfizer Inc. and Dublin, Ireland-based Allergan plc on 23 November 2015 announced that the two companies have entered a 160 billion USD merger agreement, creating world's largest pharmaceutical company. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US opens criminal probe linked to Panama Papers revelations – ICIJ

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:11 PM

The letter gives no information on the subject of the investigation and is not a subpoena that would force the ICIJ to turn over any of the 11 5 million confidential documents leaked from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca

LEAK CENTRAL. Photo shows the building where the office of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is located in Panama City, Panama, April 3, 2016. File photo by Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Apple denies handing source code over to China

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The tech giant s general counsel Bruce Sewell tells lawmakers that Apple refused to turn over software instructions to the Chinese government

Bruce Sewell, General Counsel of Apple, is sworn-in prior to testifying on data encryption policies between the tech industry and law enforcement during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

ISIS leader Baghdadi will 'taste justice' – US official

Apr 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Just like we found his mentor [Abu Musab] al Zarqawi and killed him Just like we found the grand master of terrorism Osama bin Laden we killed him We are going to find Baghdadi and he will taste justice

JUSTICE. An undated file image of a frame from video released by the Islamic State purportedly shows the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giving a speech in an unknown location. Handout photo from Islamic State Video/EPA

Apple says FBI out to 'rewrite history' in iPhone case

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:00 PM

The tech giant says the founders of the United States would be appalled by the actions of the Justice Department and FBI

epa05177560 A man holds a sign outside the FBI headquarters as people expressed support for Apple's decision to fight an effort by the FBI to compel the company to create a so-called 'backdoor' into Apple devices, outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, 23 February 2016. Gatherings to show support for Apple were planned for 23 February across more than 20 US states and several countries. Apple is fighting a court order that the FBI claims would help a terrorism investigation in San Bernardino, California. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

FBI, Apple clash in Congress on encryption

Mar 02, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The FBI insists it is only doing its job while Apple maintains it is after the safety of iPhone users

epa05189614 Senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc Bruce Sewell testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 01 March 2016. A US federal judge last week ordered Apple to help the FBI crack the encryption on the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the 02 December shooting spree, an order which Apple chief executive Tim Cook has refused in an open letter published on Apple's website. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Olympus to pay $646M for bribing hospitals, doctors

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Kickbacks between 2006 and 2011 helped Olympus get more than 600M in sales says US authorities

epa03850313 (FILE) A file picture dated 09 February 2012 shows the Olympus Corp.'s logo at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan. On 04 September 2013, Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said it was charging Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus and its British subsidiary Gyrus Group over false accounting. The move comes as a result of investigations into an allegd 1.7-billion US dollar accounting scandal, for which Olympus has already been prosecuted in Japan and which was one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country's history. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Apple ready for encryption 'conversation' – lawyer

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The American people deserve an honest conversation about the FBI s iPhone request says Apple s lawyer

epa05177774 People rally in front of an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, USA, 23 February 2016. The protest is to show support for Apple Inc., on its refusal to to help the FBI to gain encryption 'backdoor' access to information on the iPhone that belong to one of the two people who killed 14 people in the San Bernadino terror atack. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Apple-FBI case has wide implications

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Lack of privacy can be a matter of life and death or imprisonment says USMobile s Jon Hanour

epa05177563 A man holds up an iPhone with a 'No Entry' graphic as part of a rally in front of an Apple Store in support of the company's privacy policy, in New York, New York, USA, 23 February 2016. Apple is currently in a legal dispute with the FBI, which has requested that Apple unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Google boss backs Apple in encryption battle with FBI

Feb 25, 2016 - 2:45 PM

When you create backdoors it leads to very very bad consequences which always end up harming users

epa05078811 Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a Vietnamese startup community in Hanoi, Vietnam, 22 December 2015. Around 200 people attended the event. EPA/MINH HOANG

CIA chief Brennan supports FBI in Apple encryption case

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The FBI clearly has a legitimate basis to try to understand what is on [that] phone says Brennan

epa04660981 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaks during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA, 13 March 2015. Brennan spoke about the security threats facing the United States and how the CIA is responding. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Apple fight on iPhone access extends to other cases

Feb 24, 2016 - 3:25 PM

This backs the tech giant s argument that the California case is about more than one iPhone

epa05177559 People hold signs outside the FBI headquarters to express support for Apple's decision to fight an effort by the FBI to compel the company to create a so-called 'backdoor' into Apple devices, outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, 23 February 2016. Gatherings to show support for Apple were planned for 23 February across more than 20 US states and several countries. Apple is fighting a court order that the FBI claims would help a terrorism investigation in San Bernardino, California. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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Police actions inflamed Ferguson tensions – official report

Sep 04, 2015 - 8:24 AM

In a damning report nearly 200 pages long the US Justice Department condemns city county and state police for inconsistent inappropriate and overly reactive strategies in dealing with the protests that erupted in Ferguson Missouri

POLICE. Officers from the St. Louis County Police, wearing riot gear, guard the perimeter of the scene of an officer-involved shooting on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, August 10, 2015. File Photo by Sid Hastings/EPA

US seeks to seize Napoles assets worth $12.5M

Jul 15, 2015 - 7:59 AM

UPDATED The Justice Department will not allow the United States to become a playground for the corrupt or a place to hide and invest stolen riches says Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a statement

POSH LIVING. Online records show Jeane Napoles is the listed owner of a luxury apartment in the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Photo from Ritz-Carlton website

US Justice Department to investigate Baltimore police

May 08, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake asks for an investigation that would look into whether the city s police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops searches or arrests that violated residents legal rights

ARRESTS. Police arrest people during curfew time when protesters were pepper sprayed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 02 May 2015. Photo by John Taggart/EPA

US warns agents not to consort with prostitutes

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:09 PM

A memo from the US Justice Department warns government staff not to hire sex workers even if deployed in countries or regions where such behavior is legal or tolerated

Holder to unveil new limits on US racial profiling

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:50 PM

US Attorney General Eric Holder says profiling by law enforcement is profoundly misguided and ineffective wasting state resources and undermining public trust

SEEKING JUSTICE. US Attorney General Eric Holder responds to a question from the news media on the Justice Department’s efforts in Ferguson, Missouri during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, USA 04 September 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

US confirms antitrust probe of Comcast-Time Warner deal

Mar 07, 2014 - 8:17 AM

The 45 2 billion tie up will unite the largest US cable companies which also are among the largest broadband Internet providers

TRIUMPH. Comcast conquers the nation's fourth largest cable operator, Charter Communications and its biggest shareholder, Liberty Media Corp.

Panasonic, Sanyo fined $56-M for price fixing

Jul 19, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Panasonic and Sanyo plead guilty to price fixing involving and agree to pay 56 M in fines

US wants cooperation of countries where Snowden may go

Jun 23, 2013 - 10:04 PM

The US Justice Department will cooperate with countries where former NSA computer technician Edward Snowden may travel

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Colombians fight to keep Simpsons-inspired beer

Aug 22, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Homer Simpson beer fans will not give up the fight to keep their DuH beer

DUFF OR DUH? DOESN'T matter. For Homer and the Ballesteros brothers, this beer is simply delicious. Screen grab from YouTube (Angie Garay)