+ Brazil’s next big corruption scandal is unfolding along white-sand beaches just south of Rio de Janeiro, where state-run Eletrobras’s nuclear power plant sits in a beautiful bay favored by the country’s elite. Five of the construction companies whose executives “have been jailed on allegations they bribed officials at [oil and gas giant] Petrobras” also won contracts to build the $4.4 billion nuclear plant, reports Bloomberg.
+ Hermes is investigating the suppliers of the crocodile skins used in its iconic Birkin bags after actress Jane Birkin expressed concern about how the animals are slaughtered. Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted online gruesome videos of the animals being skinned at sites in Texas and Zimbabwe that allegedly supply the luxury goods company.
+ The chief minister of the Indian state of Goa twice took bribes between 2010 and 2011 from officials at Louis Berger, the American consulting firm, as part of the company’s effort to be awarded lucrative contracts to work on a water project. In a statement, the company said: “We conducted an internal investigation,cooperated with the US Department of Justice investigation and addressed, in an honest and transparent way the problems caused by rogue former managers James McClung and Richard Hirsh.”
+ The incredible story of the small Swiss company that helped US and British intelligence agencies spy during the Cold War by informing them about worldwide developments in encryption.