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Ralph Lauren launches 'Friends' capsule collection for show's 25th anniversary

Ralph Lauren launches 'Friends' capsule collection for show's 25th anniversaryRalph Lauren is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit television series "Friends" with an epic new capsule collection. The luxury retailer announced on Wednesday the curated Wear-to-Work line as a nod to one of the main characters, Rachel Green, who worked at Ralph Lauren for several seasons of the show. Pieces from the line are from Polo as well as Lauren by Ralph Lauren and include a polished mix of suits, turtlenecks, trousers, blazers and accessories in addition to classic wool, suede and velvet textures.



UPDATE 1-U.S. charges 58 in Texas with healthcare fraud, illegal opioid distribution

UPDATE 1-U.S. charges 58 in Texas with healthcare fraud, illegal opioid distributionU.S. prosecutors announced charges on Wednesday against 58 people accused of engaging in healthcare fraud schemes that centered on the illegal distribution of more than 6 million opioid pills across Texas. Some 16 medical professionals, including six doctors and seven pharmacists, were charged in the schemes, which featured one pharmacy in Houston that illegally dispensed more than 760,000 pills from March 2018 to September 2019, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski told a news briefing in Dallas. "The data in our possession shines an inescapable light on those dirty doctors, clinic owners, pharmacists and others who may have long believed that they could perpetrate their fraud in the dark, behind closed doors," he said.



Algerian army chief moves to limit protest movement

Algerian army chief moves to limit protest movementAlgeria's powerful army chief has ordered buses and cars bringing protesters into the capital to be stopped and seized, the latest in a series of measures aimed at quelling big weekly demonstrations demanding a purge of the old ruling elite. Official tolerance for the protests which forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika from power in April and have continued since to demand a total overthrow of the ruling elite has been waning for months. While the government has made more concessions to the protesters by detaining and charging numerous senior figures close to Bouteflika with corruption, it has also intensified policing at demonstrations and arresting prominent activists.



Banker tells German court of 'vast network' at center of fraud trial

Banker tells German court of 'vast network' at center of fraud trialA banker at the center of a trading scheme German prosecutors say resulted in hundreds of millions of euros of illegitimate tax rebates told a court the scheme had taken on an "industrial scale" involving a network of banks and other institutions. Martin Shields, a former investment banker, said that a web of banks, investors and brokers had organized the circular trades, making multiple tax reclaims and sharing the profit. "I am not before you to deny my involvement, but to explain it," Shields told the court in Bonn on Wednesday.



Banker tells German court of "vast network" at centre of fraud trial

Banker tells German court of "vast network" at centre of fraud trialA banker at the centre of a trading scheme German prosecutors say resulted in hundreds of millions of euros of illegitimate tax rebates told a court the scheme had taken on an "industrial scale" involving a network of banks and other institutions. Martin Shields, a former investment banker, said that a web of banks, investors and brokers had organised the circular trades, making multiple tax reclaims and sharing the profit. "I am not before you to deny my involvement, but to explain it," Shields told the court in Bonn on Wednesday.





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