February 2017

Wilbur Ross is likely to be confirmed as Donald Trump’s secretary of commerce on Monday despite unanswered questions about his ownership of a Cyprus bank that caters to wealthy Russians. Ross, a wealthy business turnaround artist, has not responded to a Feb. 16 letter from six Democratic senators asking him to explain his relationship with […]

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The Nationalist Party will be instructing the people to disregard and disobey the new media law as it is being proposed by the government, a law that aims to control the internet and freedom of speech, leader Simon Busuttil said today. Speaking in Birkirkara, Dr Busuttil said that the Opposition will be battling against the […]

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Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is becoming “a serious threat to democracy” after his “unprecedented” attacks on the police force and the police commissioner, the home affairs ministry said today. The ministry’s remarks were made after Busuttil earlier called on police… read more at: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/74813/police_chief_home_affairs_minister_must_resign__busuttil

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LONDON/NEW DELHI: Global banking giant HSBC has disclosed being probed by tax authorities in India and several other countries, including against its Swiss and Dubai units, for allegedly abetting tax evasion of four Indians and their families. Besides, the bank has been approached by the regulatory and law enforcement agencies of various countries for information […]

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Hyderabad: The Panama Papers are back here to haunt city industrialists. Following directions issued by the Centre, the Enforcement Directorate has begun a probe into 11 companies named in the Panama Papers, the global media investigation into alleged tax evasions which has brought 415 Indians under the scanner of investigating agencies. Sources said that the […]

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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he would wait for the conclusions of the European Parliament’s PANA Committee investigation into the Panama Papers scandal and not comment on statements made by individual members of the committee.  He also said… read more at: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/74764/muscat_decision_to_investigate_panama_papers_lies_with_police_commissioner

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Revelations of tax-evasion and money-laundering networks on a global scale in the so-called Panama Papers helped make the world appear more corrupt last year, according to graft watchdog Transparency International. The Berlin-based organization said there were more falling scores than rising ones on its 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index, published on Wednesday. A lower score means […]

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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he would wait for the conclusions of the European Parliament’s PANA Committee investigation into the Panama Papers scandal and not comment on statements made by individual members of the committee.  He also said… read more at: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/74764/muscat_decision_to_investigate_panama_papers_lies_with_police_commissioner

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Panama City (AFP) – Thousands marched in Panama on Thursday to protest a scandal over huge bribes paid by a Brazilian company in exchange for public contracts. “No more governments of thieves and the corrupt,” read some placards as the crowd moved through the center of the capital to the Congress building. “The goal of […]

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Jump to: Results table | Regional analysis | Resources Let’s get straight to the point: No country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fall below the midpoint of our scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very […]

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1.Why was a new offshore provision introduced by this year’s Finance Bill? Increased sharing of information intended to curb international tax evasion has been introduced under Common Reporting Standards. This means that Revenue now have several new sources of information regarding Irish residents non-Irish assets. During the last year, the names of over 340,000 Irish […]

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Britain may want out of the exclusive club that is the European Union, and far-right politicians in France and the Netherlands are hoping their countries will soon follow. Even some top Trump administration officials say they have little use for the 28-nation bloc. But here in Iceland, some powerful voices in the […]

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These are the leading stories in today’s local newspapers.  The Times of Malta leads with news that no meningitis B vaccines are available locally, with the shortage likely to persist for some time as the manufacturer fulfils other, prior orders first. In a secondary story, Education Ministry officials reassure parents that there is nothing to […]

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