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China’s CEFC denies links to alleged Africa bribery plot – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

A Chinese energy company has denied it had anything to do with a multimillion dollar bribery scheme that U.S. prosecutors say was organized by two businessmen to secure an edge with African officials on its behalf. In a statement late Tuesday, CEFC China Energy Co. sought to distance itself from the corruption, money laundering and conspiracy charges filed against former Hong Kong home secretary Patrick Ho and Cheik Gadio, a former Senegal foreign minister. CEFC said it “conducts its business activities in strict accordance with the law.” ”Any activities thatRead More

UCLA players quizzed over alleged shoplifting to remain in China: ESPN

(Reuters) – Three UCLA men’s basketball players detained in China over allegations of shoplifting this week will not be on the team’s return flight to the United States on Saturday, ESPN reported. FILE PHOTO: Dec 16, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chino Hills Huskies guard LiAngelo Ball (3) dribbles against the defense of Clark Chargers forward Jalen Hill (21) on the second day of the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman High School. Chino Hills won the game 91-87. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The three students –Read More

Red Sox catching prospect Flores dies of cancer

(Reuters) – Boston Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died on Wednesday due to complications from cancer treatment, the team announced. The Red Sox signed the 17-year-old out of Venezuela last July, giving him a $3.1 million deal as they envisioned him as their future catcher. Flores had been undergoing cancer treatment in recent weeks, though the team did not disclose it. “Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see theRead More

Sharapova loses to Rybarikova in Kremlin Cup return

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova lost 7-6(3) 6-4 to Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday in her first match in Russia since returning from a doping ban this year. The five-time grand slam champion looked tired and committed several unforced errors in the first-round match as she was cheered on by a large crowd cheered who chanted “Masha! Masha!” and loudly clapping her every winner. Sharapova’s first appearance at her home WTA event since 2007 came two days after she won her first WTA title in moreRead More

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. A crowd estimated by local police to number 350,000 waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying “Catalonia is Spain” and “Together we are stronger”. They poured into the city center after politicians on both sides hardened their positions in the country’s worst political crisis for decades. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy saidRead More

Energy secretary asks oil industry to study carbon capture technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday asked an oil industry advisory council to help find ways for oil drillers to exploit technology that captures carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, by injecting the carbon dioxide into the ground to help drill for oil. Perry, whose department has cut funding for research into ways to make carbon capture and utilization technology commercially viable, said he wants to hear from industry how to widely deploy the “exciting” technology. “Integrating technology and deploying CCUS (carbon capture utilization and storageRead More

Trump claims Chinese banks won’t do business with North Korea

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that China has ordered its banks to stop doing business with North Korea — the rogue regime’s principal trading partner. “I’m very proud to tell you that as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks –that’s a massive banking system– to immediately stop doing business with North Korea,” Trump said at the United Nations alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Again, I want to just say and thank President XiRead More

Jake LaMotta, boxing legend and inspiration for ‘Raging Bull,’ dead at 95

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, who inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull,” died on Tuesday. He was 95. LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, confirmed his death to ABC News and said he died from complications of pneumonia. The family is in the planning stages of his memorial and funeral and will celebrate his life in Miami and New York, Baker said. LaMotta was a world middleweight championship in the late 1940s, but was a well-known brawler before winning the title. His six iconic fights against Sugar Ray Robinson spanned almost aRead More

Tito Jackson’s ex-wife Dee Dee Jackson tragically drowns: Part 2 Video

Transcript for Tito Jackson’s ex-wife Dee Dee Jackson tragically drowns: Part 2 Reporter: It’s 3:30 am on that hot August night in los Angeles. At Dee Dee Jackson’s home in the San Fernando valley, a ringing phone wakens the sleeping household. I got a phone call and I was told that my mom had been in an accident and that I need to go to the hospital right away. Reporter: Paramedics had rushed an unresponsive Dee Dee to the hospital after an apparent swimming accident at the home of herRead More

British police make ‘significant arrest’ in London subway terror attack

UPDATES: WHAT WE KNOW NOW 18-year-old man arrested Saturday in connection with terror attack on London tube. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. An apparent bucket-bomb explosion rocked a London subway train Friday morning. The terror attack is the sixth in Britain this year. The blast sent 29 people to the hospital. A manhunt is underway for perpetrators, with no arrests yet. The threat level has been raised to “critical,” meaning an attack is expected imminently. Witnesses described a ball of flames and a loud explosion. Police said theRead More