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Gov't may re-designate KDB, IBK as public organizations: sources

SEJONG, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- The government is considering redesignating Korea Development Bank (KDB), KDB Financial Group Inc. and the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) as public organizations after they failed to privatize themselves as previously promised, industry sources said Monday. In January 2012, the three financial companies were taken off the public organization list under which they were subject to regular and tight supervision by the government. They were delisted on the condition that they would privatize themselves.

KDB's unsold low-quality corporate bonds top 1.24 tln won

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- The amount of unsold low-quality corporate bonds held by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) topped 1.24 trillion won (US$1.17 billion) this year, stoking worries that such debts have been crippling the bank's financial health, data showed Monday. The figure accounts for nearly 40 percent of the 3.19 trillion won worth of corporate bonds rated below "A+" that were solely or jointly bought by KDB, according to the data by Samsung Securities Co.

Luxury group Kering, conservationists agree python deal

French luxury group Kering, owner of leathercraft brands such as Gucci, has joined forces with two international trade and conservation bodies to try to protect pythons, they said Friday. In a joint statement, Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said the goal was "improved sustainability" for python-skin exports from Southeast Asia. Snakeskin is a raw material for leather fashion goods, much in demand from an increasingly globalised middle class.

Eiffel Tower briefly evacuated after telephone threat

The Eiffel Tower, France's top tourist draw, was briefly evacuated on Sunday and the area ringed by security forces. Police said the action followed a threat delivered by telephone but did not elaborate. The famous monument was evacuated shortly before 4:00 pm (1800 GMT) and reopened about an hour and a half later. Evacuations have been staged regularly at the Paris landmark, usually after bomb threats. There have been two such incidents this year, on March 30 and August 9. On June 18 the monument was closed for two hours after a man threatened to commit suicide.

Eiffel Tower evacuated after threatening phone call

PARIS (Reuters) - The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Sunday afternoon following a threatening phone call, a police official told Reuters. The 324-metre-high (1,062-foot) iron tower was evacuated around 3 p.m. (9.00 a.m. ET) and had not reopened to tourists by 5.30 p.m. The sector around it was fully cleared, the police official said. He could give no further details.

Eiffel Tower evacuated after telephone threat

The Eiffel Tower, France's top tourist draw, was evacuated Sunday and the area ringed by security forces. A police source said the action followed a threat delivered over the telephone but did not give any details. Evacuations have been staged regularly at the Paris landmark, usually after bomb threats. There have been two such incidents this year on March 30 and August 9. On June 18 the monument was closed for two hours after a man threatened to commit suicide. The Eiffel Tower is the world's most visited monument attracting up to 32,000 tourists daily.

Premier says review of wildlife rules to wait until python investigation done

FREDERICTON - The premier of New Brunswick says a review of provincial exotic wildlife regulations won't be launched until after the RCMP complete their investigation into the death of two boys killed by a python last month. David Alward says he is waiting for the police to finish their work before announcing details of the review. A preliminary coroner's report said four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor were asphyxiated after an African rock python escaped its enclosure in an apartment above the Reptile Ocean pet store in Campbellton.

Funeral for two brothers killed by python hears how boys touched people's lives

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Two brothers who were tragically killed by a python while they slept at a friend's home during a sleepover were remembered Saturday for how they touched others during their short lives. Hundreds attended the funeral service for four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Campbellton, N.B., where the boys were remembered for their love of video games, playing outdoors and the differences in their personalities.

Boys killed by python buried in Canada

Two young Canadian brothers who earlier this week were killed by a python that had escaped from its quarters were buried in the same small coffin Saturday. Connor and Noah Barthe, aged six and four respectively, were laid to rest in a service attended by around 100 people. They were found dead on Monday in an apartment above a pet shop in the eastern town of Campbellton, in New Brunswick province. The funeral took place at the town's Saint Thomas Acquinas church.

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb alert

PARIS, France – The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert, a police official told Reuters. The 324-metre-high (1,062-foot) iron tower was evacuated around 2 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET) and had not reopened to tourists by 1600. The police official could give no further details. Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognizable monuments, the Eiffel Tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season.
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