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Exclusive: Fearing foreclosure crisis, U.S. watchdog cracks down on mortgage servicers

FILE PHOTO: A “Price Reduced” sign is displayed on a home for sale in northern Virginia suburb of Vienna, outside Washington, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo April 19, 2021 By Koh Gui Qing, Katanga Johnson and Chris Prentice NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer watchdog is scrutinizing mortgage servicers’ compliance with pandemic relief […]

Pompeo Violated Ethics Rules While Secretary of State: Watchdog

Mike Pompeo, while secretary of state, improperly asked a political appointee to carry out personal tasks, a watchdog said in a report published Friday. Pompeo and his wife, Susan, made over 100 requests to employees in the State Department’s Office of the Secretary, including the unnamed appointee, for work of a personal nature, such as […]

U.S. markets watchdog revives effort to overhaul board fight votes

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission logo adorns an office door at the SEC headquarters in Washington, United States, June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo April 16, 2021 By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. markets regulator announced on Friday it was soliciting fresh feedback on a stalled rule writing project that […]

As U.S. watchdog steps up scrutiny, Grab deal signals blank-check party peak

FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York, U.S., February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo April 15, 2021 (Corrects title of SEC official in paragraph 12) By Katanga Johnson and Joshua Franklin WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) -While the blank-check deals market reached new heights this week with […]

Watchdog Says Capitol Police Need ‘Culture Change’ for Better Threat Response

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) internal watchdog will testify before lawmakers Thursday about the shortcomings of the law enforcement response to the Jan. 6 Capital breach, with a prepared statement indicating he will broadly recommend a “culture change” of moving USCP away from a police department towards a “protective agency” better poised to prevent and […]

Senate OKs Tough Former Regulator as Market Watchdog Chief

WASHINGTON—The Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s choice of Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, signaling an emphasis on investor protection for the Wall Street watchdog agency after a deregulatory stretch during the Trump administration. The vote Wednesday was 53-45, mostly along party lines in the narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate, to confirm Gensler, […]

Syrian air force may have dropped chlorine bomb on town in rebel area in 2018: chemical arms watchdog

FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is pictured in The Hague, Netherlands, October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo April 12, 2021 By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The global chemical weapons watchdog has “reasonable grounds to believe” that Syria’s air force dropped a chlorine bomb […]

EU watchdog proposes strengthening money market defences

FILE PHOTO: George Washington is seen with printed medical masks on the one Dollar near Euro banknotes in this illustration taken, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration March 26, 2021 By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union’s securities watchdog has proposed reforms to bolster the resilience of the bloc’s 1.44 trillion euro ($1.70 trillion) […]

Watchdog Group Sues for Records on Death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

A watchdog group filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia of Friday seeking records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act on the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Conservative pro-transparency group Judicial Watch sued the district after its Office of the Chief Medical Examiner failed to produce records the group requested on Feb. 16. […]

Don’t rely on social media stock tips, EU watchdog warns retail investors

FILE PHOTO: A trader works at the Frankfurt stock exchange, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Frankfurt, Germany, December 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski February 17, 2021 By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – Retail investors should avoid using unverified information from social media to buy and sell stocks, the European Union’s markets watchdog said on […]