Nation/world briefs

  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 7:46 PM


Immigration minister resigns

The British immigration minister has resigned after revealing that his house cleaner of six years was living in the country illegally. Apologizing for the “embarrassment,” Mark Harper stepped down Saturday after submitting a resignation letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. Harper, who had been leading a crackdown on illegal immigration in Britain, was an important part of a “go home” campaign, which included posters pasted on vans across the country encouraging illegal immigrants to leave the country.

Barclay’s bank reports data breach

Barclays, Britain’s second-largest bank by assets, has spoken with regulators, customers and British authorities about what appears to be a criminal leak of customer account information. A Barclays probe into the leak suggests the data is from 2008 or earlier and is linked to a financial planning unit that was shut in 2011, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement. As many as 27,000 customer files containing personal and financial information were taken, the Mail on Sunday reported Sunday, citing an unidentified whistleblower.


Factory owners surrender to police

A husband and wife whose factory in Bangladesh was consumed by fire in 2012, a disaster that killed 112 employees, surrendered to the police in Dhaka, the capital. In December, the police filed charges of culpable homicide against the owner of the Tazreen factory, Delowar Hossain; his wife, Mahmuda Akther, and 11 associates, including the factory’s manager and an engineer.


Tokyo elects ruling-party governor

Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by Japan’s ruling party, won Tokyo’s gubernatorial election, defeating two candidates who had promised to end nuclear power. Masuzoe, 65, with his supporters shouting “Banzai,” promised to make Tokyo “the No. 1 city in the world.” The ballot was widely seen as a test for Japan’s public opinion on atomic power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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AOL reverses benefits change

Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, did an about-face, reversing an unpopular change in the media company’s employee benefits program and apologizing for publicly singling out two families’ health care issues as a cause of those changes. AOL had switched its matching payments to one lump sum at year-end instead of throughout the year. The change would have disadvantaged AOL employees, especially those who left the company before Dec. 31.


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