Three hundred UK charities hit by global crackdown on illegal funds

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 300 UK-based charities have had their bank accounts closed in the last two years after being caught up in a global crackdown on illegal money flows, forcing the government to explore how to allow them easier access to the financial system. Thousands more charities have had operations disrupted by delayed payments causing financial losses and risks to ...

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Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as ...

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Four of six Japanese detained in China return to Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Four of six Japanese citizens detained in China since March on suspicion of “illegal activities” have been released, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday. “Four out of six Japanese nationals detained in Shandong Province and Hainan Province in March have returned to Japan,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. China’s foreign ministry said ...

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Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, where Hezbollah has been fighting jihadist militants since last week, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported on its website. The report cited a military news service run by the group. It said the ceasefire in the Juroud Arsal area, which ...

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Inmate flees New York City's Rikers Island, jail placed on lockdown

(Reuters) – An inmate at Rikers Island in New York remained on the loose on Thursday after his escape put the jail on lockdown as officers hunted for him, local news reported. Naquan Hill, 24, a burglary suspect, climbed a fence and fled from a recreation yard on Wednesday when five other inmates appeared to distract two guards, the New ...

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Anthony Scaramucci sent a cryptic tweet about leakers that also seemed to call out Reince Priebus

Anthony Scaramucci. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci sent out a cryptic tweet Wednesday night that seemed to call out White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” Scaramucci’s tweet read. After several political ...

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One dead after Fireball fairground ride sends riders flying through the air

The ride pictured moments before the accident happened A malfunction in an amusement ride at the Ohio State Fair sent riders catapulting through the air Wednesday, killing one and injuring seven, US media reported. Ohio Governor John Kasich ordered all the fair rides shut down after the accident on the Fire Ball ride, a giant pendulum that swings riders in ...

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Invasion of horseflies are leaving people with bites like this

Anna Taylor shared this picture of her husband’s swollen ankle after he was bitten by a horsefly (Picture: Liverpool Echo) A woman has shared pictures of her husbands ankle and the reaction he suffered after being bitten by a horsefly. Anna Taylor, from Merseyside, said that it quickly became swollen and infected leading to a visit at A&E lasting several ...

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