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SWIFT

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications

A cooperative society that provides highly secure message communications between banks. It does not transfer money or any other financial materials, but simply provides information. It also standardizes forms between members so as to reduce costs and operational risk. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT has thousands of members in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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James, from Cambridge, said about 200 wildlife lovers gathered on Wednesday to see the needletail having heard about it through a website for spotters.
They were alerted on Tuesday by the first sighting of a white-throated needletail - a type of swift - in the UK since 1991.
WORLD'S FASTEST The white-throated needletail swift is the world's fastest bird in level flight, reaching speeds of up to 105mph.