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New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

World
A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump's appointees are trying to stifle his agenda.There is fierce speculation over who is responsible - with the vice-president among those to deny any involvement.Mr Trump has described the writer as "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".A spokesman for Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as "false, illogical and gutless". Several other cabinet members and top officials have also denied writing the piece.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the writer as ...
Police seek arrests of officials accused in online comment manipulation

Police seek arrests of officials accused in online comment manipulation

World
SEOUL, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- South Korean police have sought arrest warrants for former high-ranking police officials accused in an online comment-rigging scheme under a previous administration. The Korean National Police Agency said Thursday that it has requested arrest warrants to a court for four ex-police officials, who have been accused of having their personnel make online comments in favor of the former administration of President Lee Myung-bak, according to Yonhap. An investigation found that police officers posted some 40,000 replies, using fake IDs and overseas IP addresses in the illicit scheme. An official ordered some 100 personnel to post replies in news articles or online posts on controversial social issues. The Lee Myung-bak government was under fire over U.S. beef imports wi...
At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

World
A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending vehicles plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 26 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred around midday during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities. At least 30 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Several people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter, Tedeschi added. Construction involving a crane was occurring on the bridge at the time of the collapse, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the span to fail, Italian authorities said. At least 26 people wer...
Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

World
Thai Navy SEALs who were clearing the flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued, barely made it out after the main pump that had been siphoning water out of the cave failed, Thai military sources who were directly involved in the operation told ABC News. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the so...
CBI lens on Infosys staff, I-T officials and fake CA for fraud

CBI lens on Infosys staff, I-T officials and fake CA for fraud

Finance
The CBI is investigating a “revised tax returns” fraud involving several unknown employees of Infosys Technologies, officials from the I-T department and one fake CA from Bengaluru. This scam, benefiting employees of bellwether IT companies, was unearthed by the I-T department in late January According to the FIR, a copy of which is with TOI, some I-T officials and a few staffers of Infosys connived with the fake CA — now disowned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) — and filed 1,010 revised tax returns using forged documents in the names of 250 taxpayers of various private firms, during three assessment years and claimed refunds illegally. Infosys is the vendor for the I-T department to process e-returns. While fake chartered accountant Nagesh Shastri was filin