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Spying claims are latest twist in Germany's Wirecard thriller

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:55 PM

(UPDATED) Wirecard's former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek reportedly had access to highly confidential information, with reports pointing to his links to secret services

South Korea court slashes ex-president's jail term by 10 years

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

She now faces a total of 22 years behind bars and she would be in her late 80s by the time her sentence is up

PARK GEUN-HYE. In this file photo, South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye (C) arrives for questioning on her arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on March 30, 2017. File photo by Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

Germany makes new arrest in Wirecard collapse

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:40 PM

German prosecutors say the managing director of Wirecard's Dubai-based subsidiary Cardsystems Middle East FZ-LLC was arrested on suspicion of serious fraud

Germany vows to beef up finance watchdog after Wirecard drama

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'We need far-reaching reforms,' says German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

Wirecard administrator eyes piece-by-piece sell-off

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Many investors from all over the world have already signaled interest in buying the core business or independent business areas,' says lawyer Michael Jaffe, designated as Wirecard administrator

Critics' ire turns on auditor EY after Wirecard collapse

Jun 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

EY, which had been checking Wirecard's books since 2009, now faces legal challenges of its own

Wirecard to continue operating despite filing for insolvency

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'The management board is of the opinion that continuation is in the best interests of the creditors,' says scandal-hit German firm Wirecard

Brussels probes German regulator over Wirecard scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The European Securities and Markets Authority will examine whether Germany's regulatory responses to early signs that Wirecard was in trouble 'were adequate to protect investor confidence in EU securities markets'

BI records show ex-Wirecard COO in PH on June 23 but no CCTV footage of arrival

Jun 26, 2020 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Philippine authorities have yet to determine if this was due to a technical glitch or if the records were deliberately tampered to set investigators on the wrong course

SCANDAL. German payments provider Wirecard is embroiled in what is called the largest fraud case in recent history.


Key dates in Germany's Wirecard fraud scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Here are the key developments that led to Wirecard's demise

5 things to know about the Wirecard scandal

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Here are the key facts about the scandal involving German payments provider Wirecard, which has reached the Philippines

Accused of 'elaborate fraud,' Wirecard files for insolvency

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Wirecard saga continues with the German payments provider facing 'impending insolvency and overindebtedness'

Ex-Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek may be in Philippines

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The DOJ finds 'something curious' in immigration records. The NBI and AMLC are investigating other individuals possibly involved in one of the largest fraud cases in recent history.


Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial nears end

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Najib Razak's lawyers argue the 66-year-old is ignorant of the transactions into his accounts from a former unit of 1MDB, SRC International, and is a victim of others who masterminded the fraud

FIRST 1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

South Korea prosecutors demand 35-year jail term for ex-leader Park

May 20, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, is being retried in the High Court on the bribery, abuse of power and spy agency charges

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

U.S. returns $300 million of 1MDB money to Malaysia

Apr 15, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'The amount of money stolen from the people of Malaysia is staggering, and we have been relentless in recovering assets that always should have been used for their benefit,' says US Attorney Nick Hanna

GUILTY. File photo of Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low taken on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP

USA Gymnastics sex assault deal pays some only $82,550 – reports

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Sexual assault victims of former US team doctor Larry Nassar will receive amounts ranging from $1.25 million to a minimum of $82,550

LIFE IN PRISON. Larry Nassar has received multiple sentences for more than 100 years for sexual assaults. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP


Prince Andrew defers navy promotion in wake of Epstein scandal

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Prince Andrew was set to become an admiral for his 60th birthday on February 19, but a palace spokeswoman says he will push back the promotion until he can resume full royal duties

PRINCE ANDREW. Britain's Prince Andrew is to defer an honorary Navy promotion having stepped back from frontline royal duties over his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the Buckingham Palace says. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM 'sought Abu Dhabi royal's help over scandal'

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:32 PM

A 2016 recording reveals that Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak urged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to help fabricate a loan agreement for Hollywood producer Riza Aziz

HELP. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan after his welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya on March 12, 2013. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial to proceed

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:50 AM

High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali rules the case is strong enough to go forward and Najib should enter his defense

1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Fugitive Malaysian 1MDB financier offered asylum – spokesperson

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, who has been charged over the scandal in the US and Malaysia, are a mystery but his representatives now say he has been offered asylum, without naming a country

1MDB SAGA. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Facebook to settle UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Facebook agrees to pay the £500,000 fine 'but has made no admission of liability in relation to' the monetary penalty notice of the UK Information Commissioner's Office

FACEBOOK'S FINE. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2019 in Nantes, shows the logo of the US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Actress Felicity Huffman released from prison two days early

Oct 26, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Guilty for paying a bribe to help her daughter gain admission to college, Felicity Huffman is released from prison after serving 11 days of a 14-day sentence

Japan trade minister resigns over donation scandal

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:15 AM

'I bear responsibility in having appointed him. I deeply apologize to the Japanese people,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after accepting the resignation of the official accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts

Japan's Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara speaks to the media at the parliament in Tokyo on October 25, 2019. - Sugawara has submitted his resignation after being accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on October 25, 2019. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Actress Felicity Huffman begins prison term

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:53 AM

The 'Desperate Housewives' star is serving her prison term at the Federal Correctional Institution in San Francisco

Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Trump lashes out at rising impeachment storm

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The US president resorts to coarse language in his broadsides against the investigation and his adversaries conducting it

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine scandal docs

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'The White House's flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,' says the chairmen of House committees on intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, a member of the Secret Service stands guard outside the White House on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Actress Felicity Huffman gets two weeks jail in U.S. college admissions scandal

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:37 AM

After pleading guilty, Huffman is sentenced to two weeks in prison, a $30,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service

Malaysian prosecutors wrap up first case against Najib

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:07 PM

With the prosecution now finished, a judge will hear arguments from both sides in October and rule on November 11 whether the case is strong enough to continue

1MDB. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Former Audi boss joins ex-VW chief in dock over 'dieselgate'

Jul 31, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Rupert Stadler and 3 others are charged with fraud over the 'dieselgate' emissions cheating scandal

The CEO of the German carmaker Audi AG, Rupert Stadler attends the annual press conference at the headquarters in Ingolstadt, on March 15, 2018. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hollywood producer Riza Aziz arrested in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'The Wolf of Wall Street' producer Riza Aziz was arrested on the suspicion of money laundering

Nissan shareholders approve post-Ghosn governance overhaul

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa assures shareholders he will protect the independence of Nissan, part of a three-way alliance with Renault and Japan's Mitsubishi Motors

Manila court orders release of Wellmed owner

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is the constitutional right of our client to post bail and be released accordingly, without any conditions,' says Bryan Sy's lawyer Rowell Ilagan

Wellmed owner Brian Christopher Sy been escort by the NBI personnel to Manila RTC at NBI Headquarters in Manila on 11 June 2019. NBI was ordered by Manila RTC to summon the Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Brian Sy. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

May 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The 'Desperate Housewives' actress pleads guilty to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT college entrance exam score

Actress Felicity Huffman is escorted by Police into court where she is expected to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud before Judge Talwani at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ex-Goldman banker pleads not guilty on 1MDB charges in U.S. court

May 07, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Malaysian Ng Chong Hwa, a former managing director at the bank charged in both Malaysia and America over the 1MDB fraud, is extradited to the US, Malaysian attorney-general Tommy Thomas says

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to U.S.

May 02, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A spokesman for Jho Low says he is 'pleased to learn that the United States Department of Justice and all the relevant parties are working to amicably resolve these matters'

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Peru's Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'I've seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,' the late ex-president writes in a note to his six children

MOURNING. Supporters of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia attend his wake as the coffin with the remains arrive to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter's in Lima, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides / AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Najib Razak earlier denies 7 charges related to the theft of 42 million ringgit ($10.2 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. Photo by AFP

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on 1960s sexual revolution

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The pope emeritus, who retired in 2013, blames the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally with the fight for an 'all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms'

ROME - APRIL 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepping down from his Popemobile after a procession into Easter Sunday Mass, in a crowded St Peter's Square, Vatican City - 24th April 2011 - Image

Lori Loughlin faces new charge in U.S. college bribery scandal

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The 'Full House' actress, aside from a bribery charge, is now facing a second charge, which will increase her likelihood of serving prison time

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The 'Desperate Housewives' actress pleads guilty to paying $15,000 to get her daughter into a prestigious university

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appear in court in U.S. college admissions bribery case

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:55 AM

The two actresses appear before a Boston court in connection with the massive college admission scam

Pope Francis promises 'healing' of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests

Worshippers reach out to Pope Francis (C) as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating a mass, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 31, 2019.  Fadel SENNA / AFP

Yale expels student implicated in admissions scam

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Some 50 people are indicted so far in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges

YALE UNIVERSITY. Students walk through Yale University on the day of the Senate hearing with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for filming and sharing sex videos

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The K-pop singer is arrested after apologizing for filming and distributing illicit sex videos without his partners' consent

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP