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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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EU investigates hacked diplomatic communications

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is investigating a cyber hack of its diplomatic communications, allegedly by Chinese hackers, that revealed EU concern about U.S. Donald Trump, Russia and Iran, the bloc said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouette of mobile device user is seen next to a screen projection of binary code are seen in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “The Council Secretariat is aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue,” the body that represents EU governments…

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Irish regulator investigates Facebook over private photo glitch

(Reuters) – An Irish regulator said on Friday it was investigating Facebook Inc (FB.O) following the company’s disclosure that a bug may have exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users, the latest in a series of Facebook privacy glitches. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the lead regulator of Facebook in the European Union, said it was investigating to determine whether the company had complied with strict new EU privacy rules in its response to a number of breaches, including the one that exposed photos. Facebook said in…

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Met Police scooter crash video released as IOPC investigates

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Met said drivers aim to end pursuits before riders or members of the public are injured The Met Police has published footage of officers knocking suspected criminals off scooters, at the same time as the watchdog is investigating some crashes. Videos released by the force show police cars being driven into riders. The Met says it has cut scooter crime by 36% this year. However, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it is investigating three cases involving “tactical contact”…

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French competition watchdog investigates IT services sector

PARIS (Reuters) – Several French IT companies have been searched on suspicion of anti-competitive practices, the country’s competition watchdog said on Friday. The regulator did not name any of the companies that were targeted but said they were active in the fields of IT services, consulting, engineering and software. “At this point, these searches obviously do not prejudge the guilt of the companies and organizations that are concerned by these suspected practices…”, the regulator said. France has a number of large IT and consulting groups, including Alten, Altran, Assystem, Atos,…

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Army investigates Tommy Robinson photo with soldiers

Image copyright PA The Army is investigating after far-right activist Tommy Robinson posted a photo of himself surrounded by a group of young soldiers. The former English Defence League leader also put a video of the scene on Facebook, in which the men could be heard cheering and shouting his name. The Army said it was aware of the posts and “investigating the circumstances”. A spokeswoman said: “Far-right ideology is completely at odds with the values and ethos of the armed forces.” She added: “The armed forces have robust measures…

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Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey investigates missing journalist

Image copyright EPA Image caption Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since lunchtime on Tuesday Turkish prosecutors have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist. Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since Tuesday, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish sources quoted by Reuters and the Washington Post say they believe he has been killed inside the consulate. They did not give any evidence for the claim, nor suggest how he was killed. Saudi…

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Amazon investigates staff bribery claims

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon is investigating claims that its employees accepted bribes in exchange for leaking confidential sales data. Independent sellers were also allowed to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts for payments of between $80 (£61; €69) and $2,000, according to allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal said the practice was particularly “pronounced in China”. Amazon said it had “zero tolerance” for abuse of its systems and that it was conducting a “through investigation”. “We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone…

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Chinese hotel group investigates possible leak of millions of guests’ data

Image copyright Stanislav Krasilnikov Image caption Huazhu Hotels Group operates the Mercure brand in China A Chinese hotel group is investigating the possible leak of millions of customers’ records, which appear to be for sale on the internet. An advert is offering the 140 gigabyte data trove in exchange for Bitcoin on a dark web forum. Security experts believe the firm’s database may have been accidentally uploaded to the internet. Huazhu Hotels told the BBC in a statement that it “called the police without any delay”. Shanghai Police is investigating…

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UK investigates WW2 shipwreck looting claims

Image copyright PA Image caption Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was “very concerned” to hear the claims The UK will investigate allegations that British World War Two wrecks in Asia have been targeted by scavengers, the defence secretary says. Gavin Williamson said he was “very concerned” to hear claims that four shipwrecks off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts had been looted. The Mail on Sunday said HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza were targeted for their metal. They are thought to be the graves…

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