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Europe’s tax evaders scurry after governments buy secret Swiss bank account information

Europe’s tax evaders scurry after governments buy secret Swiss bank account information
BY JULIO GODOY
IPS NEWS AGENCY

BERLIN — New cases of tax evasion in several European countries are showing the limits of the informal agreements reached between the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and tax havens such as Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

The cases surfaced in January when anonymous former clerks at Swiss private banks offered the German ministry of finance copies of CDs containing data on German citizens who maintain secret bank accounts in Switzerland, and who use them to evade taxes.

Early February the German government announced that it would buy the CDs, for some two million Euros (2.7 million US dollars). The data contained in the CDs would allow the German fiscal authorities to legally pursue the evaders and collect more than 400 million Euros (543 million dollars) in additional taxes.

 

Radical terror group of Muslim women uncovered

Radical terror group of Muslim women uncovered
BY JIM KOURI, CPP

A special women's unit within the banned radical group Muslim Brotherhood is operating in Egypt and possibly other Arab nations, according to a counterterrorism report obtained by the...

Carnival has become a celebration of freedom for women and gays in Brazil

Carnival has become a celebration of freedom for women and gays in Brazil
BY MARIO OSAVA
IPS NEWS AGENCY

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fátima Oliveira, one of Brazil's few black women doctors, always goes to "the best carnival," in Sabará, a city of 130,000 people in the state of Minas Ge...

Children of sex workers get a helping hand in India

Children of sex workers get a helping hand in India
BY MANIPADMA JENA
IPS NEWS AGENCY

KOLKATA, INDIA — "May I come in, Miss?" asks seven-year-old Ajmiri Khatun, her face beaming with her radiant smile. Her teacher, Pujo Roy, gladly welcomes her into the ...

N.J. medical volunteers heading to Uganda to treat orphans

N.J. medical volunteers heading to Uganda to treat orphans

Organization seeks to raise awareness of crisis

Over 1,000 children in Africa will feel much better next month when their adopted grandmother Sylvia Allen, founder of Sylvia's Children, returns to thei...

Iceland could have a European Union future

Iceland could have a European Union future
BY LOWANA VEAL
IPS NEWS AGENCY

REYKJAVIK — Views within Iceland towards membership of the European Union (EU) are mixed. Though Iceland has officially decided to apply for EU membership this does not me...

Evidence contradicts perceived relationship between Taliban and Osama bin Laden

Evidence contradicts perceived relationship between Taliban and Osama bin Laden
BY GARETH PORTER
IPS NEWS AGENCY

WASHINGTON — Evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime led by Mullah Mo...

NASA Space Shuttle secrets stolen for China

NASA Space Shuttle secrets stolen for China
BY JIM KOURI, CPP

An aerospace engineer was sentenced Tuesday to close to 16 years in federal prison for his conviction on charges of economic espionage and acting as an agent of the People's Republic ...

Attacks targeting teachers and students worldwide on the rise, says UNESCO report

Attacks targeting teachers and students worldwide on the rise, says UNESCO report
BY SUE WILLIAMS

The number of politically and ideologically motivated attacks on teachers, students and school buildings is rising, says the report "Education Under Attack 2010", launched by UNESCO on ...

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