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Seriously, why do we still use cash? | Jenny Colgan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 10:24:07 AM
....More than 50,000 people in Sweden now live more than 20km from their nearest cashpoint. They’re aiming for a cashless society to cut down on the black market economy and money laundering, which makes perfect sense. ...
How a father's tragedy moved the Teamsters to fight an opioid distributor image
.... Nor can these attack efforts be disentangled from the labour contract dispute the Teamsters have been engaged in at one of our company’s facilities,” it said. In a letter to Hall in November, the company said that accusations in lawsuits that it “flooded” the market with prescription opioids and that drugs are diverted to the black market are false because McKesson was delivering orders to licensed pharmacies. ...
Criminal gang arrested for selling Apple users' private data in China image
.... The sale of personal information is common in China, which implemented a controversial new cybersecurity law aimed at protecting the country’s networks and private user information on 1 June. In December, an investigation by the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper exposed a black market for private data gathered from police and government databases. ...
Nomura admits part in Goldman Venezuelan bond deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 08:32:58 AM
Operation Car Wash: The biggest corruption scandal ever? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 04:30:45 AM
.... It would also expose a culture of systemic graft in Brazilian politics, and provoke a backlash from the establishment fierce enough to bring down one government and leave another on the brink of collapse. Launched in March 2014, the operation had initially focused on agents known as doleiros (black market money dealers), who used small businesses, such as petrol stations and car washes, to launder the profits of crime. ...
From smugglers to supermarkets: the 'informal economy' touches us all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:13:18 AM
.... But because today, the margins are everywhere. We group people like Ahmed into the “informal economy”, the black markets that aren’t registered and hence don’t show up in many statistics – that are surely too small to make much of a difference. ...
Prospect of £1.7bn fine looms large over PM's talks with EU leaders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 10:30:19 PM
....7bn fine imposed on the UK by the EU’s fraud watchdog is expected to cast a shadow over Theresa May’s summit with European leaders on Thursday. The prime minister’s spokesman rejected accusations on Wednesday from Olaf (Office Européen de Lutte Antifraude) that Britain is liable for allowing criminal gangs to flood black markets in the continent with illegal Chinese goods. ...
Venezuela postpones bank note ban after chaos and cash shortages image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 01:20:51 AM
....”. The 100-bolivar bills, officially out of use since Thursday and worth just 4 US cents at the black market currency rate, can now be used until 2 January, Maduro said. ...
Venezuelans rush to ditch 100-bolivar bills after president's sudden ban image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:08:50 PM
....Displaying images of huge piles of confiscated bills, officials say criminals have tried to sabotage Venezuela’s economy – at the behest of the US Treasury – by siphoning out bolivars to warehouses in Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Venezuela closed its border with Colombia on Monday, where the government said 117 people had been arrested and 104m bolivars – $27,000 at the black market rate – confiscated. ...
Venezuela pulls 100-bolivar note from circulation to 'beat mafia' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 11:11:46 AM
....President Nicolás Maduro said on Sunday that the 100-bolivar note, which is currently worth only two US cents (1. 6p) on the black market, will be withdrawn on Wednesday. ...
Venezuela pulls highest-value banknote 'to strike against mafia' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 02:33:45 AM
....In a surprise announcement, Mr Maduro said on Sunday that the 100-bolivar note, worth about 2 US cents (£0. 015) on the black market, would be taken out of circulation on Wednesday. ...
Venezuela issues new banknotes after inflation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 05:37:33 PM
....Currently the largest note is 100 bolivars and worth about two US cents. Over the past month, the currency has tumbled by 60% against the dollar on the black market. ...
Venezuela to issue new bolivar banknotes after dramatic fall in value image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 04:49:40 PM
....Venezuela will introduce six new notes and three new coins from mid-December to help alleviate practical problems in doing business with the world’s most inflationary currency, according to the central bank. Currently, the Opec nation’s largest note is worth just 2 US cents on the black market, meaning cash transactions are extremely cumbersome. ...
The Cambodian farmers paid to protect birds image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 12:14:09 AM
. Rice farmers in Cambodia are battling falling regional rice prices and a black market that's been undercutting them. ...
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India scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes overnight image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 04:06:06 PM
....People will be able to exchange their money at banks between 10 November and 30 December. Mr Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party came into power in 2014 promising to bring billions of dollars of black market money into the country's financial system. ...
The Crusader: Far more bother than hover image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... . The company’s Laura Hodgkinson told Crusader: “Enormous demand has led to a black market which has led to a nightmare for customers and genuine traders like us. ...
Egypt seizes 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids amid shortage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 09:48:52 AM
....This crisis comes as President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government makes unpopular cuts to a costly subsidies programme and attempts to finalise a $12bn (£10bn) International Monetary Fund loan it sees as key to reviving the struggling economy. A dearth of foreign currency and a sudden suspension of oil aid from Saudi Arabia have also led to the value of the Egyptian pound plummeting on the black market. ...
Facebook apologises for baby hedgehog Marketplace ads image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:31:13 AM
....An earlier version of the facility used to be available on Facebook's website. The New York Times was among the first to report the problem, and said some of the adverts "would not have been out of place on the online black market Silk Road", whose operators were arrested in 2013. ...
Five minute guide to the ever-rising threat of fraud: Beware of card sharps image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 25th of September 2016 11:58:00 AM
....Robert Capps, vice-president of business development at NuData Security, says cyber criminals have grown in their sophistication, posing as banks or suppliers and then duping consumers into revealing personal details. He says: “The increase in attacks is down to more fraudsters being willing to commit the crime, more data on the black market, and more vulnerable financial institutions. ...
Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 11:01:04 PM
....Hundreds of thousands of low-income households in Britain are facing a living standards crisis that by 2020 will see them struggling to meet a £100-a-month shortfall between rents and housing benefit payments, according to the Fabian Society. Many private tenants could become homeless if they cannot find the money to meet the shortfall, while others will be forced to turn to food banks or “black market” cash-in-hand jobs to make ends meet, says the leftwing thinktank. ...
Is bitcoin the answer if traditional investments are letting you down? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 06:00:04 AM
.... They say this means its value will only rise over time, with some claiming the price could top $10,000 a coin. Bitcoin first came to the attention of many people after it was used on the online black market site Silk Road, known as a platform for selling illegal drugs. ...

Bill Etheridge: The pro-gay marriage, pro-Muslim schools, Shiraz drinking Ukip leadership candidate – who would bring back death penalty and ban burkas
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.... Alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco. First of all I think by reducing these taxes the boost to the hospitality industry by stopping black market smuggling. ...

Illegal trade of 'designer dogs' highlighted by charity
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 02:43:02 PM
....Thousands of ‘designer’ dogs have been smuggled in ‘appalling conditions, a leading charity has warned, as it launched a giant billboard made up of toy puppies to shine a light on the issue. The Dogs Trust has warned the £100-million black market could grow even more as a result of already over-stretched border controls. ...
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Calls for EU-wide gun law as Munich killer 'buys Glock 9mm on dark web'
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....Attention has also focused on Belgium as a source of illegal guns in Europe. While the country introduced tougher gun laws in 2006, the black market is believed to be flooded with relatively cheap guns left over from looser previous regulations. ...
Bands and fans declare war on online ticket touts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of July 2016 05:59:04 AM
....The campaign launch comes just days before an expected government announcement on what ministers intend to do – or not do – to tackle the problems. “The black market in ticket resales is now widely recognised to have reached an industrial scale, with touts operating anonymously and with impunity on under-regulated secondary ticketing sites,” claim those behind the initiative. ...
England's black market hotspots exposed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 02:07:47 AM
. The trade in fake goods is putting hundreds of jobs at risk, experts have warned, as a BBC investigation shows the extent of the black market in England's biggest cities. ...
Are grey goods the real deal? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of July 2016 06:00:08 AM
....But buyers need to take care, as Buchwald explains: “Both platforms have taken meaningful steps and invested significantly to focus on legitimate sellers selling authentic goods. However, for a potential buyer I would still consider them as virtual marketplaces: there are black market sellers selling counterfeit products, legitimate brands selling legitimate products, and a grey market where you have authentic products sold by unlicensed resellers. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
.... That worries Stergiou. Just as it worries Korkidis who foresees more companies fleeing, massive tax evasion returning and the black market flourishing as people try to survive. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
.... That worries Stergiou. Just as it worries Korkidis who foresees more companies fleeing, massive tax evasion returning and the black market flourishing as people try to survive. ...
€500, the 'Bin Laden' of banknotes, could be axed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 07:30:09 AM
. The European Central Bank is set to decide on Wednesday the fate of the €500 banknote, which many people associate with money laundering, the black market and terrorist financing. ...
Would a rent cap work for tenants facing £1,000-a-month rises? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 2nd of May 2016 06:00:16 AM
....12%. However, the system has experienced pressures, with a shortage of properties creating a thriving rental property black market. ...
HMRC hails huge cut in UK tobacco fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of March 2016 08:05:20 PM
....Among those arrested was an employee of the Ugandan high commission, who was sentenced to six years in prison. The official had abused diplomatic privileges by purchasing large quantities of hand-rolling tobacco from duty free and then selling it on the black market without paying tax or duty. ...
Brazil's women reluctantly return to domestic work image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of March 2016 12:09:24 AM
....As a result, Fernando Souza, owner of the Prendas Domesticas job agency, says, there is huge growth in the number of informal domestic workers, who get lower wages and are not collecting their social security payments. This growth in black market jobs is a trend for all workers in Brazil, not just maids. ...
Tougher laws hit medical marijuana industry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of February 2016 12:32:01 AM
.... . "The goal [of legalisation] is to break the black market so we need reasonable regulation and taxation," says Mr Irwin. ...
Questor share tip: Diageo feels the pain of China slowdown image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 28th of January 2016 07:19:04 PM
.... However, all this is largely academic when the Venezuelan currency has collapsed from 50 bolivars to the US dollar to 200 in the past year. The black market rate is closer to 900 bolivars to the US dollar. ...
Nasdaq makes first share trade using blockchain technology image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 31st of December 2015 11:36:16 AM
.... . While Bitcoin has oscillated wildly since its foundation in 2009, and its association with the online black market Silk Road has reinforced its reputation as the ungoverned frontier of the web, the way the currency transfers value between users has caught the attention of the world’s biggest firms, which are racing to find new applications for it. ...
Argentina's peso dives as controls end image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of December 2015 03:48:30 PM
....5 pesos to the dollar. That is the rate at which the currency has been trading on the black market. ...
Argentina to relax forex controls image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of December 2015 08:06:31 PM
....The central bank's currency reserves have been depleted after the previous leader, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, used them to prop up the peso. With reserves running low and many Argentines turning to the black market to get dollars, Mr Macri promised to change that policy as soon as he took office. ...
Federal Trade Commission cracks down on 'bully' debt collectors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of November 2015 09:30:59 PM
.... The caller’s employer, ChexSystems, was subsequently barred from collecting debts by the regulator. One of the less-discussed factors behind what the FTC and the attorney general’s office characterized as “a nationwide problem” has been the growing amount of consumer information available in huge troves through digital black markets that criminals can either use to make large purchases on other people’s lines of credit, or to work as debt collectors themselves, Madigan said. ...
The ultra-paranoiac's guide: nine steps to become impervious to cyberattackers image
.... . While the details of one credit card is worth just 50p on the black market, your “full profile” could be sold for around £300, depending on the depth and quality of the information, according to experts. ...
Six things firms should do to improve cybersecurity image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of October 2015 12:10:08 AM
....Google and McAfee estimate there are 2,000 cyber-attacks every day around the world, costing the global economy about £300bn ($460bn) a year. Yet more than two thirds of firms say they feel inadequately protected against increasingly sophisticated hackers looking to extort money through blackmail or steal data to sell on the black market. ...
US agent jailed for Bitcoin theft image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of October 2015 07:34:25 PM
.... . Agent, Carl Force was part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into the black market website Silk Road. ...
Oil nations feel the strain of  Opec’s continuing price war image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 18th of October 2015 02:01:07 PM
.... . Falling oil prices have seen black market boom in Caracas  Photo: Meridith Kohut. ...
Tobacco tax should be raised, say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of October 2015 12:54:35 AM
.... . Forest, an organisation that describes itself as the friend of the smoker, said higher taxes would lead to more people buying tobacco abroad or on the black market. ...
Afterlife: how hip replacements can end up in jet engines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of October 2015 01:29:00 PM
.... There is a risk of infection due to improper decontamination and a higher chance of implant failure. A review paper in the International Journal of Oral Health Sciences, points to instances of implants disposed in the open air being found by garbage pickers and sold on the black market. ...
Tanzania's hidden treasure image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 26th of September 2015 01:26:28 AM
....It seems the government is trying to clamp down on the illegal trade in tanzanite stones. Experts suggest that the black market has distorted the price. ...
Bathtub booze and knock-off whisky: inside China's fake alcohol industry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of September 2015 03:09:56 PM
....”. Stone-Banks is sure that the cause of the collapse was fake alcohol, the black market supplying it having exploded in China in the past decade alongside the expansion of the bar industry there. ...
Half of UK cash is 'hidden or overseas' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of September 2015 02:15:36 PM
. At least half of all UK banknotes in circulation are held overseas or used in the black market, a Bank of England report suggests. ...
Founder of Bitcoin exchange MtGox charged with embezzlement image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 11th of September 2015 02:49:36 PM
.... . Bitcoin's reputation was also damaged when US authorities seized funds as part of an investigation into the online black market Silk Road. ...
How Apple is preparing for the end of the iPhone affair image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 5th of September 2015 06:00:31 AM
.... Apple has weathered this: solid demand among China’s middle classes for iPhones led to a 68pc rise in sales during the period in the face of the downturn. Such is Apple’s cachet within China, when regulatory approvals delayed the iPhone 6’s release imported units commanded more than twice their face value on the black market. ...
Carphone Warehouse hackers 'used traffic bombardment smokescreen' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 10th of August 2015 06:00:47 PM
.... . Hackers who steal personal data often sell it in bulk on digital black markets to other criminals who seek to use it to commit fraud. ...
Greeks lose their love of cash as crisis spurs surge in debit cards image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of August 2015 03:01:52 PM
.... In a country where cash is king and undeclared transactions still make up about a quarter of the economy, about one million debit cards have been issued by banks since the government closed lenders for three weeks and imposed controls on euro bills. Emergency measures that some officials warned might spur the black market are showing signs of doing the opposite. ...
Is your digital double a thief? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of August 2015 11:18:53 PM
....A fullz profile might include your:. The more complete the profile the higher the price it can fetch on the black market. ...
Executive arrested over disappearance of $390 million in Bitcoins image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 1st of August 2015 03:46:20 AM
.... . During the trial of the man accused of masterminding the network, a witness said investigators once suspected Karpeles of running the online black market - a claim he firmly denied. ...
China completely lifts 14-year ban on games consoles image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Sunday 26th of July 2015 10:46:53 PM
....Chinese gamers have previously been limited to PC and mobile games, and the gaming scene in the country is very different to the rest of the world - with many consoles being much more basic than newer machines produced by Microsoft and Sony. The sale of western consoles on the black market was not unheard of, but the lifting of the ban will bring their sale to the right side of the law. ...
John Timpson: the Greek crisis will never be solved by Brussels image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 19th of July 2015 08:53:48 PM
.... It is easy to find some damning statistics. Unemployment in Greece is around 25pc, the black market is reckoned to be at least 25pc of GDP and tax evasion is so prevalent the government is owed around £65bn in unpaid tax. ...
Greece debt crisis: 3 possible scenarios for the nation's future image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 6th of July 2015 06:36:48 PM
.... These IOUs would say they have a value of one euro each. But they would be exchanged on the black market at perhaps half the value of a euro, signalling a massive devaluation. ...
Shelter warns blunt rent cap could harm tenants image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of July 2015 10:12:02 AM
....A survey of landlords carried out for the report found 31% claiming they would sell all or some of their properties immediately if rents were frozen, meaning less choice for those in the private rented sector. Researchers also warned of a serious risk that a blunt cap on rents would encourage the growth of a black market not subject to rent regulation. ...
Shop frontiers: the rise of cross-border buying around the world image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of July 2015 05:00:09 AM
.... Across the border, and just outside the EU, a pack is as little as 57p. Smugglers, taking advantage of the price difference, go back and forth across the border and though Romania has tried to crack down on the trade it does not seem to have made much difference: the black market for cigarettes accounted for 15. ...
We must fight the return of the slum landlord | Mary Dejevsky image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of June 2015 09:39:37 AM
.... Newham has pioneered a scheme to register landlords and lettings, which is raising standards and at least attempting to set a benchmark of what is acceptable in the UK today. Its detractors will argue that licensing has the effect of driving such dubious business even deeper underground, and forcing some tenants even further into the black market. ...
Nigeria tightens grip on forex image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of June 2015 03:44:51 PM
....The naira, which was trading at 198. 50 to the dollar on the interbank market, was reported to be trading close to 220 on the black market in the commercial capital, Lagos, on Wednesday. ...
Levy on tobacco industry would put UK’s public services at risk | Letter from Giles Roca, Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association image
....80% of the cost of tobacco in the UK is tax, the highest of any European country. Simply imposing another tax would push up prices and push more smokers into the black market, losing the exchequer tens of millions over the course of the next parliament. ...
Silk Road founder: 'it ruined my life and destroyed my future' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 29th of May 2015 11:13:45 AM
.... . The online black market was shut down in October 2013, when authorities seized the website and arrested Ulbricht at a San Francisco website. ...
Fight to save the Greek pension takes centre stage in Brussels and Athens image
....In the almost four months since it assumed power, prime minister Alexis Tsipras’ leftist-led coalition has doggedly stuck to its guns. Further reform will not, it says, fix the system’s underlying problems of record joblessness and a black market economy that produces a vast pool of undeclared labour. ...
Countries with the most and least tax on beer and wine image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 15th of May 2015 03:45:45 PM
...." . Critics also say excessive tax risks more unsafe, cut-price alcohol being sold on the black market. ...
What are the biggest risks to our supply of nuts? - live chat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 03:05:04 PM
....In February, eight thieves made off with seven tonnes of pine nuts – worth £300,000 – from a factory in Vado Ligure, near Genova in Italy. With poor weather and a parasite blighting pine trees in the Mediterranean, wholesale prices rose to €47 per kg and a black market for the nuts developed. ...
The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of April 2015 09:02:33 PM
....7 million cars scrapped every year simply fall off the official radar, unregistered, untaxed. The paper trail vanishes into a black hole, or rather a black market. ...
Price controls and scarcity force Venezuelans to turn to the black market for milk and toilet paper image
....Rodríguez sells each of her products for around 100 bolívares. At the black market currency exchange rate, that’s just 30 pence or so. ...
PayPal pays £5.2m over allegations it allowed a black market for weapons of mass destruction going to Iran, Libya and North Korea image
....2 million ($7. 7 million) settlement over alleged sanctions violations including allegations that it processed payments for a man involved in the black market for nuclear weapons technology. ...
High fashion in couture offensive as 10,000 Ferragamo fakes are seized image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 20th of March 2015 01:22:09 AM
....Salvatore Ferragamo has joined other fashion giants in pledging to thwart the sale of knock-off  designer clothes and accessories, after more than 10,000 counterfeit versions of its products were seized last year. The Italian handbags and shoes specialist yesterday said it would step up its fight against the black market following the discovery of around 90,000 fake Ferragamo products advertised on online auctions in 2014. ...
$1,000: the black market rate for someone else's used gym clothes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of March 2015 05:00:06 AM
.... . Lululemon, the Canadian sportswear brand that turned yoga leggings into a fashion item to be worn outside the gym and is credited with the popularisation of “athleisure”, has an active black market that sees some of its products sell second hand for a markup of up to 1,000pc. ...
Ross Ulbricht: Silk Road creator convicted on drugs charges image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of February 2015 09:25:16 PM
....But this trial was always about far more than one individual or even a website. The Silk Road, a site once seen as the poster-child for truly anonymous black market e-commerce, has been destroyed and its mastermind punished. ...
Top business books to read in 2015 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 15th of January 2015 06:00:34 AM
.... Release date: June 26, 2015 . What can we learn from pirates, slum dwellers, computer hackers and inner-city gang members? This book questions whether black market economies have something to teach the traditional economy about ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and human resilience. ...
North Koreans rush to buy The Interview bootleg DVDs, as government cracks down on film image
....North Koreans are rushing to buy The Interview on bootleg DVDs, defying the North Korean government to see the film that mocks the country’s leader. North Koreans are paying as much as £30 for copies of the film, around ten times as much as South Korean TV shows usually cost on the country’s black market, according to Free North Korea Radio, an online radio network made by defectors from North Korea. ...

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