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Time magazine named AFP's Bulent Kilic as its Best Wire Photographer for 2014 on Monday for his powerful images from the Syrian border, Ukraine and his native Turkey. He is the third Agence France-Presse photographer to win the Time laurel for excellence in news wire images, established in 2010. Kilic, 35, "systematically found himself at the heart of the news," not least when he captured the moment when Islamic State fighters came under air attack near the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane, Time said. "His striking, vivid and memorable images have captured the attention of photo editors across the planet," added Olivier Laurent, editor of Time's LightBox photo blog.
French industrial giant Alstom will plead guilty and pay a record $772.3 million penalty in a wide-ranging foreign bribery case, the US Justice Department announced Monday. Alstom admitted to bribing officials to win power and transportation projects from state-owned entities around the world, including the Bahamas, Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. In total, Alstom paid more than $75 million in bribes to secure $4 billion in projects around the world with a profit of approximately $300 million, US prosecutors said. "Alstom's corruption scheme was sustained over more than a decade and across several continents," said Deputy Attorney General James Cole.