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Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document

Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment documentWASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.



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Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $  100 billsSuspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $ 100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency. It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea's KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $ 100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar "supernotes" – named because they are so similar to real banknotes – are now in circulation. While previous "supernotes" were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use. The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The quality of the forgeries has immediately led to suspicion falling on North Korea, which has a track record of forging foreign banknotes in order to earn hard currency for the regime. Pyongyang is also in increasingly dire need of funds as international sanctions imposed due to the regime's ongoing development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles begin to bite. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province Credit:  AFP "It seems that whoever printed these supernotes has the facilities and high level of technology matching that of a government", Lee Ho-jung, a bank spokesman said. "They are made with special ink that changes colour depending on the angle, patterned paper and Intaglio printing that gives texture to the surface of a note". Another bank source told The Hankyoreh newspaper, "To print supernote-level forgeries, you need a minting corporation-level production line in place, which costs hundreds of billions of won. "This makes if difficult for ordinary criminal organisations to produce them". Earlier versions of supernotes have been around for at least 15 years, with US government officials estimating in 2006 that as much as $ 250 million worth of fake $ 100 bills could be in circulation worldwide. Case study | Counterfeit cash in the UK In recent years, Pyongyang appears to have scaled back its forging operation, which is reportedly overseen by the shadowy Division 39, although that may have changed given the pressure that the regime is now under. In the past, North Korea was believed to distribute the bills overseas through criminal groups and by transporting them abroad through the diplomatic pouch to embassies from where they could be slipped into circulation. In December 2011, the Irish High Court dismissed an application from the US to extradite Sean Garland, the alleged chief of staff of the Official Irish Republican Army, in connection with passing fake supernotes. Mr Garland had been observed travelling to Moscow and visiting the North Korean embassy in the company of a number of former KGB officials. Fake notes were later allegedly smuggled into Ireland and the UK and exchanged for pounds or other currencies.



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New conspiracy theorist claims to have proof Apollo moon landing was fake

New conspiracy theorist claims to have proof Apollo moon landing was fakeThe first American walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some people still believe it never happened.



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Net neutrality repeal was decided after 'enormous numbers' of fake people sent messages of support for Trump administration

Net neutrality repeal was decided after 'enormous numbers' of fake people sent messages of support for Trump administrationThe profound and fundamental changes currently being made to the internet are being done partly on the basis of hundreds of thousands of fake people, according to New York’s attorney general. This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would repeal Obama-era protections that guaranteed net neutrality. Campaigners say that the move would allow internet companies to force people to pay for access to specific websites, for instance, or charge a fee if they want to download things at any speed.



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Photographer travels the world snapping incredibly realistic yet completely fake cities

Photographer travels the world snapping incredibly realistic yet completely fake citiesWhile taking a break, this photographer opts to take in a, well, fake world, traveling to photograph cities and buildings that serve as illusions. The photographer, who is based in Tyrol, Austria, came up with the idea for his project in 2015, having initially researched the likes of backdrops, illusions and artificially created urban constructions.



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Bannon: 'You Can't Fake the Trump Agenda'

Bannon: 'You Can't Fake the Trump Agenda'Steve Bannon defended Trump's agenda after Republican losses in Tuesday's election.



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Air Force Academy Says Offensive Graffiti Was Fake, But Racism Is Real

Air Force Academy Says Offensive Graffiti Was Fake, But Racism Is RealThe discovery of racist graffiti that sparked an uproar at the United States Air Force Academy turned out to be a hoax.



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Fake meat, free markets ease North Koreans' hunger

Fake meat, free markets ease North Koreans' hungerThe dish’s name, injogogi, means “man-made meat.” In North Korea for years it was a recipe for survival. Today it is a popular street food, traded alongside other goods and services on informal markets, known as jangmadang. The creation and informal trade of injogogi and other foods offers a window into a barter economy that has kept North Korea afloat despite years of isolation, abuse and sanctions.



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World's priciest whisky bought by Chinese millionaire revealed to be fake

World's priciest whisky bought by Chinese millionaire revealed to be fakeWhen Chinese millionaire, Zhang Wei, splashed out  £7,600 on the world’s most expensive whisky shot in a Swiss bar, he boasted to his fans that it was the same age as his great, great grandmother would have been – 139 years old. Unfortunately for the martial arts fantasy writer, the headlines generated not only admiration, but suspicion by experts who doubted the authenticity of the spirit’s true provenance when they spotted discrepancies in the bottle’s cork and label. An analysis from Scottish experts has now confirmed that Mr Zhang was unwittingly duped into buying a fake dram, and the Waldhaus am See hotel in St Moritz has recently flown its manager, Sandro Bernasconi, to China to reimburse him, reported the BBC. Analysis has shown the whisky was not as advertised Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire The whisky had been poured from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt, and Mr Zhang’s shot is believed to have been the largest sum ever paid for a poured dram of Scotch. Had the bottle been genuine, it would have been worth £227,000. When doubts emerged about its provenance, the hotel sent the whisky to specialists in Dunfermline who carried out carbon dating tests that showed it was probably made between 1970 and 1972. Further lab tests revealed it was probably a blended a Scotch and not a single malt. Mr Bernasconi flew to China to break the bad news to Mr Zhang and to pay him back but he said the author was not angry. “He thanked me very much for the hotel’s honesty,” he told the BBC.



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