Cracking Qaddafi’s safe

The Central Bank of Libya is holding $184 million of gold and silver coins bearing the face of the late Col. Qaddafi in a 48-year-old British-made vault which they can’t get open. A rival government has the code. Khaled, a safecracker, has been hired to help but...

When is a rock?

The tiny (110 acre) outpost of Itu Aba in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea is claimed by Taiwan to be an island; the Philippines claim it’s a rock. Island status comes with a 200 mile exclusion zone but, if a rock, only 12 miles. Or is it just a...

Brits return crooked loot

Britain is returning to Macau the $44 million ill-gotten gains of Ao Man-long, now serving a 29 year sentence for corruption. He was in charge of approving land sales to property developers in land-starved Macau. Link:...

Destroying Libya

Libyans tell Obama “Thanks for destroying our country.” I’m afraid I agree. He couldn’t have sounded more ridiculous if he tried, and I’m an Obama fan. Not a great Christmas message! Link:...