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Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed
A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen's private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump's commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm i...
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Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot. Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia that he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. He accused Iran of sowing "fear and destruction" in several countries, including Lebanon. Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. The Hariri family is close to Saudi Arabia, Ir...
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Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader
Spain's high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week. It also gave them three days to pay a deposit of 6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities. The summons comes after Spain's chief prosecutor on Monday said he would press charges including rebellion. Mr Puigdemont is in Belgium with several...
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Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office Barnaby Joyce: Australia deputy PM disqualified from office
Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled. The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July. Australia's constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected. Mr Joyce's exit puts pressure on the gov...
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to deal with North Korea threat Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to deal with North Korea threat
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to "deal firmly" with North Korea after exit polls suggested he won a clear victory in Sunday's election. Mr Abe had called an early election for an increased mandate to deal with "crises" facing Japan, including the threat from Pyongyang. Local media report Mr Abe's ruling coalition has retained its two-thirds majority in parliament. This p...
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Man arrested after knife attack in Munich. Man arrested after knife attack in Munich.
German police have arrested a man in Munich after four people were lightly injured by a knife attacker. Police said the suspect lashed out at five men and one woman around Rosenheimer Platz in the east of the city, but missed two of his targets. A police spokeswoman said the detained man strongly resembled descriptions given by witnesses at the scene. The suspect is said to have started a...
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Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push. Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push.
Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region's autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, he signed an independence declaration but then suspended it, asking for dialogue. Reports suggest he will press ahead on independence if Madrid moves to take direct control...
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China's Communist Party congress begins in Beijing China's Communist Party congress begins in Beijing
China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Chinese president Xi Jinping has been addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for about three hours now. The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term. Mr Xi, who became the leader ...
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Somalia attack: Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast. Somalia attack: Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast.
At least 276 people have died in a massive bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. A Turkish military plane has arrived with medical aid. It will then evacuate about 40 of the injured to Turkey for medical treatment. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. One of the victims was a medical student who...
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Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops
Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban. Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while in captivity. They were rescued after a US tip-off during an operation near the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said. US President Dona...
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