‘Death to America’ stands despite nuclear deal: Iran MPs

Tehran (AFP) – A clear majority of Iranian legislators said Monday the Islamic republic will not abandon the slogan of “Death to America” despite its July nuclear accord with world powers.

“The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” 192 members of Iran’s 290-seat parliament said in a statement carried by state news agency IRNA. Continue reading

Banks in Moldova lend $1 billion to mysterious beneficiaries and cripple economy

THE disappearance of more than $1 billion from three Moldavian banks has nearly crippled the tiny former Soviet country’s economy, and its people wants answers.

The huge sum of money accounts for nearly 20 per cent of Moldova’s banking system in terms of assets, and represents an eighth of its entire gross domestic product, according to Reuters.

The case of the missing money only came to light after the Central Bank of Moldova found that three banks had given out loans totalling more than $1 billion. Continue reading