WikiLeaks promises to reveal Swiss banking secrets
Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, right, with Wikileaks founder Julian Assage after a press conference.
January 17th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

WikiLeaks promises to reveal Swiss banking secrets

A Swiss whistle-blower Monday handed over what he said were secret Swiss banking records to WikiLeaks, the website dedicated to revealing secrets.

Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed two discs to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a news conference in London.

WikiLeaks could release the secret Swiss banking records in "a matter of weeks" if it can process them quickly enough, Assange said.

Elmer said he would not reveal the names in the records and said he was unable to say how many people were involved.

He said about 2,000 clients' records were included, but that because of the way trusts and corporations are set up, he could not determine how many individuals were involved.

Elmer describes himself as an activist/reformer/banker.

"I think, as a banker, I do have the right to stand up if something is wrong," he said Monday, explaining why he was giving the documents to the website.

Elmer is due to go on trial Wednesday in Switzerland for violating the country's banking secrecy regulations.

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New Tunisian government could be announced Monday
Demonstrators clash with police in Tunisia Monday.
January 17th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

New Tunisian government could be announced Monday

A new Tunisian government could be announced Monday, one day after the country's army clashed with armed gangs and remnants of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's personal guard.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Friday after ruling the country for 23 years. His ouster followed weeks of protest over what Tunisians said were poor living conditions, high unemployment, government corruption and repression.

Public protests continued Monday, as about two thousand people packed into a major road in Tunis. As the demonstrators tried to work their way toward the headquarters of the ruling party, police opened fire with tear gas.

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Tea Party leader shocked by threat from Arizona survivor
January 17th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Tea Party leader shocked by threat from Arizona survivor

Tensions are high in Tucson, Arizona, Monday after the shooting rampage at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' event January 8. This past weekend, at a televised town hall event hosted by ABC's Christiane Amanpour, a survivor of the shooting, James Eric Fuller, attempted to photograph Tucson Tea Party organizer Trent Humphries. Fuller was heard shouting, "You are dead" when Humphries began to speak.

Fuller is undergoing mental health evaluations. Humphries spoke with American Morning's Kiran Chetry about what may have provoked the exchange and why he has decided to press charges.


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Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline
January 17th, 2011
02:07 AM ET

Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline

The Trans Alaska pipeline is expected to return to full service this week after a leak near Prudhoe Bay brought the flow of oil to a stop this month, a company spokeswoman said.

"We are in the final stages of the bypass line," said Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokeswoman Megan Egan.

The 800-mile line was shut down January 8 when a leak was found during an inspection of a pump house. The pipeline was then reopened from January 11-15 to flush remaining oil from the line.

When the pumping resumes, the flow will start at about 500,000 barrels of oil a day - about three-quarters of normal flow - and then move to its full capacity, Egan said.

The pipeline's daily average output is about 642,000 barrels, according to the company website.

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