World Briefs: Data theft: US may impose sanctions

Data theft: US may impose sanctions

WASHINGTON • The White House is considering sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from hacking of US trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination on whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks.


Nearly 80 'killed by Boko Haram gunmen'

KANO (Nigeria) • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's north-east Borno state at the weekend, residents and a vigilante said yesterday.

Vigilante Babakura Kolo said 68 people were killed in the attack on Banu village late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages in the state on Saturday and Sunday. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Doubts cast over Nazi gold train discovery

WARSAW • A regional governor in Poland said yesterday he had serious doubts about the alleged discovery of a Nazi gold train days after a deputy culture minister revealed he was "more than 99 per cent sure" one had been found.

"There is no more proof for this alleged discovery than for other claims made over the years," Mr Tomasz Smolarz, governor of the south-western region of Lower Silesia, told reporters. Two anonymous fortune hunters claim they have pinpointed the Nazi-era loot. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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