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In pursuit of transparency

THIS is a tale of two press releases. The first came out on Dec 12 and it was from the Securities Commission (SC). The other was issued a month later by Raytheon Company, a defence and aerospace systems supplier listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


Tesco may join Safeway bid fray

Britain#8217;s biggest supermarket operator Tesco plc stepped from the sidelines yesterday and said it was considering making an offer for Safeway plc, as major rivals circle the group.


Space shuttle blast poses another challenge for Boeing

The I>Columbia/Ispace shuttle disaster will present another challenge for Boeing Co as it struggles through an unprecedented downturn in commercial aviation that has sharply hurt its profitability.


South Korea to probe conglomerates

South Korea#8217;s financial regulators said yesterday they would launch an investigation into Samsung and five other business groups over alleged unfair business practices.


CSFB's Quattrone resigns under fire

FRANK Quattrone, who was one of Wall Street's most celebrated investment bankers in the 1990s but is now facing criminal investigation, resigned under pressure from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) on Tuesday.


S. Korea sees wider accounting probe

South Korean regulators yesterday pressed for an investigation of shipping firm Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd, sending new shockwaves through markets a day after prosecutors arrested 10 executives of conglomerate SK Group in a US$1.2bil accounting scandal.


Global effort to curb money laundering

THREE DAYS before Sept 11, 2001, Mohamed Atta, the man who piloted American Airlines flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York, wired out a total of US$7,860 from two grocery stores in Maryland. On Sept 10, Marwan al-Shehri sent US$5,400 from a Greyhound bus terminal in Boston before he commandeered United Airlines flight 175 the next day, crashing it into the WTC South Tower. In both cases, the recipient of the funds was a terrorist support network based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


YTL seeks more regulated utilities

BRITAIN is key to YTL Power International Bhd#039;s quest to become a global infrastructure player by operating a network of regulated utilities, said its managing director, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.


Dutch retailer Ahold exiting Latin America ops to cut debts

Dutch retailer Ahold NV aims to sell off all its Latin American operations to cut its debt pile after it was hit by an accounting scandal.


Aussie insurance collapse due to culture of mismanagement

A culture of mismanagement and extravagance led to Australia's largest-ever corporate collapse, an independent inquiry said Wednesday in a report urging a thorough criminal investigation into former executives of HIH Ltd insurance company.