US security firm Blackwater fined $42 million

WASHINGTON  — The troubled US security firm formerly known as Blackwater will pay $42 million in fines to settle thousands of violations of US export control regulations, according to a report by The New York Times on Friday.
The newspaper reported on its website that the Moyock, North Carolina-based company now known as Xe (zee) Services reached a settlement agreement with the US State Department.
The alleged violations included providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers, illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan and making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan, the newspaper said. The State Department requires government approval before the transfer of certain types of military technology or knowledge to other countries.
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