World Briefs: E-mail scam: 74 arrests, FBI says

This 18th-century Chinese vase sold for $25.5 million at Sotheby's in Paris yesterday.
This 18th-century Chinese vase sold for $25.5 million at Sotheby's in Paris yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

E-mail scam: 74 arrests, FBI says

WASHINGTON • The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced 74 arrests as part of a global law enforcement operation aimed at disrupting international business e-mail compromise schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers.

Of the 74 arrests, 42 were in the United States, the FBI said on Monday.


Netanyahu questioned by police

JERUSALEM • Israeli police yesterday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged dealings with the country's largest telecommunication company, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political future.

Israel Radio said Mr Netanyahu was questioned over allegations that he awarded regulatory favours to Bezeq Telecom Israel in return for favourable coverage of a news site the company's owner controls.


Top dollar for vase found in attic

PARIS • An 18th-century Chinese vase discovered in a shoe box in a French attic sold for €16.2 million (S$25.5 million) at Sotheby's in Paris yesterday - more than 30 times the estimate.

Experts at the auction house said the exquisite porcelain vessel was made for the Qing dynasty's Emperor Qianlong, and had expected it to go for a much more modest €500,000.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe