International

Politicians, celebrities deny offshore abuse

BERLIN, April 6, (AP): The president of Ukraine became the latest prominent politician to deny wrongdoing Wednesday after his name was linked to secretive offshore accounts arranged by a Panama law firm. The revelations have raised suspicion that such offshore entities were set up to avoid taxes, but Petro Poroshenko …

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Skepticism remains over Pakistan’s ability to end militant violence – Tackling ‘terror’ is political minefield

ISLAMABAD, April 6, (AP): Tackling extremism is a political minefield in Pakistan, where politicians openly consort with leaders of banned militant groups and sympathy exists within the security forces and civil administration for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of religion. As a result, many remain skeptical of the …

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Six held for attack on tourists in India

JAIPUR, India, April 6, (AFP): Six people, including a minor, were arrested Tuesday for attacking a group of tourists in western Rajasthan state, police said. A British and an American man plus two women from Spain and Turkey were attacked with stones by a gang when they tried to resist …

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DAESH CLAIMS KILLING OF SAUDI OFFICER – Hint London, Rome, Berlin targets

CAIRO, April 5, (Agencies): The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets. “If it was Paris yesterday, and today Brussels, Allah knows where it will be tomorrow. Maybe it will …

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47 Indian police get life

A special court in India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison for killing a group of Sikh pilgrims in 1991 whom they had claimed were militants, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The officers were convicted of shooting dead the pilgrims to try and earn promotions in Uttar Pradesh state …

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‘Tax dodge big global problem’ – Icelandic PM resigns

WASHINGTON, April 5, (Agencies): US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the revelations that powerful international politicians and businessmen have hidden money in shell companies shows tax avoidance is a global issue. He said wealthy individuals and corporations are “gaming they system” by making use of tax code loopholes that …

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Bangladesh ‘bank hackers’ possibly Chinese : Sen

MANILA, April 5, (RTRS): Chinese hackers were possibly behind one of the world’s biggest cyber heists, the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank, a senator in the Philippines said on Tuesday, while a Manila bank manager involved in the case said she was a pawn of senior …

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Panama Papers leak reveals financial secrets

LOS ANGELES, April 4, (RTRS): It sounds like a storyline straight out of “Mr Robot.” The Internet was abuzz Monday with the revelations from a massive document leak that sheds light on the offshore financial activities of world leaders, celebrities, athletes and other public figures. The International Consortium of Investigative …

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Dhaka busts militant den after deadly blast

DHAKA, April 4, (AFP): Bangladesh police said Monday they had seized a large quantity of explosives from a suspected Islamist militant hideout where two people were killed making grenades. Police recovered 20 grenades and a large quantity of the explosive gel used to make them as well as four pistols …

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Syrian army presses ahead with ‘offensive’ against IS – Airstrike kills senior Qaeda member

BEIRUT, Apirl 4, (AP): Syrian troops and allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against Islamic State militants in central Syria on Monday, clashing with the extremists around the town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government forces. The push into Qaryatain took place under the cover …

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