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When the most powerful anti-corruption body in a country as big and as corrupt as India tells banks to shape up and go back on dodgy deals to ensure recovery, the results may turn out to be shocking.

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The rising tensions between North Korea and the USA are reaching a desperately disturbing yet ridiculously comical level. Here is a false conversation between the Supreme Leader of each of those countries.

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In Mumbai, a special money laundering court is the venue for the laying of charges against Vijay Mallya and 8 co-defendants. Mallya is described in Indian media as a "fugitive" because he left India for the UK where he lives in considerable luxury although he had divested himself of many assets including, reports suggest, at least some of his interest in the Force India Formula One team. The Court seems to agree..

The appeal in Abdul Ghani bin Tahir -v- the Public Prosecutor of Singapore resulted in the upholding of the conviction but a reduction of 50% in the sentence. The case draws together principles that have been developed in a number of jurisdictions and should be regarded as a leading case across all jurisdictions. Even more interesting, it involves a chartered accountant and glaring failures in any form of financial crime risk management system.

A post on LinkedIn recently * says "In the line of duty as a Compliance, I always said to my friend and subordinate; "Never ever say can not until the regulation really declare can not"."

Is this a safe policy?

British companies are replacing English with American: today, the 4th July, just a year after declaring Independence from the EU, it's time Britain declared independence over the USA's adulteration of English.

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We'll ignore, in this list, the fact that Americans don't know that "billion" means "million to the power two" and so on, here, we list just five examples of where their terminology is just so far from the truth that it's fundamentally misleading. It's not hyperbole, that would imply it is being used for effect, it's just plain wrong.

The perception of car theft is that it is, mostly, someone stealing a car to get home after the trains have stopped running or as a getaway car for another offence. It may be that a car is stolen and used by the thief, or someone else, to run around town with the number plates being replaced from time to time to match those of a similar make and model which is legally taxed and insured, so in effect duplicating the identity of a similar car. But there are other offences and they are a lot more lucrative and, surprisingly, performed in a far more sophisticated way.

The US government's CERT division of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement that explains the risks and problems associated with the Petya ransomware virus and details of it.

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California's Attorney-General Xavier Becerra is rightly pleased with himself. The United States Supreme Court was set to hear an appeal from the San Diego District Court in the case of Peruta v. California relating to the carrying of firearms in public, in particular concealed weapons. But seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices found that there were no grounds for appeal and dismissed it. The two who dissented included POTUS Trump's appointment, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. The decision is unlikely to be the final word as Peruta and others claim their case is a constitutional matter and they almost never seem to go away, even if they are catatonic for a while.

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There are two principles in the soft conversion of societies to various forms of centralised control, be that control from the left or right of politics, from vested interests or religion.

The first is the manipulation of language: using terms in ways that are inaccurate and, even, the direct opposite of what they truly mean.

The second is to give individual members of society the illusion that they have status, even a degree of control when in fact what they have is responsibility without authority.

Welcome to the worrying world of today's Compliance and Financial...

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UK consumer borrowing spurts as consumers treat plastic like cash in their pocket. And the Bank of England fears banks may not be holding enough in reserve to cover losses when the inevitable defaults start to grow. But there is also a change in the psychology of card users.

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Simon Spence wants to be the next Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales. Not only does he stand on a platform of disparaging solicitors, he does it in such a way that he felt the need to clarify his comments. Surely an accomplished advocate should be expected to be clear the first time, to say what he means and to mean what he says? Then the next question is how can someone who fails those basic tests, with a failure he himself demonstrates by his attempts at correction, can be trusted in a position of high-office within a major professional body?

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