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The Panama Papers: 'Biggest Leak in History' Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Psnsms Papers leakedAn anonymous source, an enormous cache of leaked documents, and a year-long investigative effort by around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organizations in over 80 countries have yielded the Panama Papers, an unprecedented look at how the world's rich and powerful, from political leaders to celebrities to criminals, use tax havens to hide their wealth.

The investigation went live on Sunday afternoon.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote:

Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world. These shell firms enable their owners to cover up their business dealings, no matter how shady.


Hospital Funds Diverted to Villa of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Cardinal sppends hospital funds on private villaIt is hard to imagine two men more different than frugal Pope Francis and the Vatican’s former spendthrift secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The Pope lives in a spartan 750-square-foot apartment inside the Vatican’s modest Santa Marta guesthouse. Cardinal Bertone, meanwhile, is caught up in a spending scandal surrounding lavish renovations for his penthouse apartment nearly 10 times that size.

Bertone—who served in the Vatican’s No. 2 position as secretary of state from 2006 until Francis essentially retired him in 2013—decided to combine two vacant Vatican-owned rooftop apartments for himself and his three service nuns at an estimated cost of around half a million euro, which was discounted by 50 percent, according to official estimates published by the Italian newspaper Il Tempo.


Palmyra: 'Mass grave' in recaptured Syrian city

Palmyra mass graveSyrian troops have found a mass grave containing about 40 bodies in the city of Palmyra following its recapture from the Islamic State (IS) group, state news agency Sana reports.

The grave containing the bodies of men, women and children was uncovered on the north-eastern edge of the city. Some had been beheaded while others had been shot, a military source told AFP.


As SAT was hit by security breaches, College Board went ahead with tests that had leaked

Part One:SAT leakedXingyuan Ding is a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles, one of America’s most exclusive public universities. In applying to schools, the 20-year-old from China took the SAT college entrance exam four times.

He had an advantage on his final try: a booklet compiled by a Shanghai test-preparation school he attended.


Iraq's PM orders probe into oil corruption allegations

Iraqi oil ministerIraq's prime minister has ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against senior oil ministers following an expose into bribe-taking published in international media outlets.

In a statement Saturday, Haider al-Abadi ordered "immediate" action by both the anti-corruption commission and the judiciary following reports published by the Huffington Post and Australia's Fairfax media into large-scale bribe taking by Monaco-based Unaoil company.


Obama: 'Madmen' must not be allowed to get nuclear material

Nuclear SummmitU.S. President Barack Obama urged world leaders on Friday to do more to safeguard vulnerable nuclear facilities to prevent “madmen” from groups like Islamic State from getting their hands on a nuclear weapon or a radioactive “dirty bomb.”

Speaking at a nuclear security summit in Washington, Obama said the world faced a persistent and evolving threat of nuclear terrorism despite progress in reducing such risks. But he insisted: “We cannot be complacent.”


'Sickening' sex abuse alleged in CAR by UN peacekeepers

Sex abusses by UN peacekeepersThe United Nations announced 108 new sexual abuse cases allegedly by international peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR) with the vast majority of victims being children.

A report by a US-based advocacy group said three girls in CAR told UN staff they were tied up and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.


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