Business / MONEY LAUNDERING
Pressure is rising on ministers to set up a national UK agency to fight money laundering to stem the flow of funds for terrorism.
Police and regulatory sources revealed to Exaro their worries about a patchwork of 27 bodies that currently supervise the reporting by accountants, lawyers and other professions of transactions suspected of fuelling terrorism, human trafficking or organised crime.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Questions over BBC policies on child protection have been quietly removed from the terms of reference for the broadcaster’s inquiry into paedophile Jimmy Savile. Exaro can reveal how the BBC took away this key element from the remit of the review, which is being conducted by Dame Janet Smith.
The BBC instead commissioned an “independent assessment” of its child-protection and whistleblowing policies.
Business / CAR MAKERS
Car makers furthest away from meeting emissions rules due to be in force in 2020 have been lobbying the hardest against tighter regulations.
That is the conclusion of a new report by InfluenceMap, which tracks lobbying over policy on climate change.
International / TURKEY
Military action by Turkey against Kurdish rebel forces in Syria raises the prospect of a direct clash with America. Turkey’s surprise election result last week has ratcheted up tensions between the Nato allies.
America is increasing its support for Kurdish forces in their fight against the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) in northern Syria. Turkey’s military, meanwhile, has started targeting the same Kurds.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Justice Lowell Goddard is set to announce this month that the troubled inquiry into child sex abuse will hold hearings sooner than expected.
One option for initial hearings is to examine the failure to prosecute Sir Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP, on three occasions for sexually abusing boys even though there was enough evidence. The Crown Prosecution Service admitted the errors in 2012.
Company failures fall strongly across UK – especially in London
London and Wales showed large falls in company failures as insolvencies across the UK dropped year on year for the third quarter in a row. The Exaro Insolvency Index reveals a continuing deceleration in the number of insolvencies this year, down on 2014 by 11.5 per cent across the UK. Insolvencies also fell five per cent in the third quarter compared to the second.
Smith review ‘already avoids prejudicing ongoing police cases’
Mystery deepened over the delay at the BBC in the Jimmy Savile inquiry as Exaro established that it takes account of police concerns about “prejudice”. Exaro can reveal that Dame Janet Smith has closely heeded police advice about potential prejudice to their ongoing cases as she carried out and wrote up her review of the BBC’s failure to stop Savile’s sexual abuse.
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Saudi Arabia threatens Russia over bombing campaign in Syria
Fighting in Syria is set to escalate following a dramatic diplomatic breakdown between Saudi Arabia and Russia over the latter’s intervention in the war. A clash between Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, and Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defence minister, effectively ended attempts at co-operation between the two countries over Syria. The Saudis are threatening to supply more weapons – including SAM missiles – to rebel forces.