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Leaked files implicate over 6,000 Israelis in massive bank scandal

Israelis in HSBC scandalBanking giant HSBC faced damaging claims Monday that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes after a “SwissLeaks” cache of secret files emerged online. Among their clients are over 6,200 Israelis, with holdings totaling some $10 billion.

The documents published over the weekend claim the bank helped clients in more than 200 countries evade taxes on accounts containing $119 billion.


Netanyahu May Change Speech to Congress

NetanyahuIsraeli officials are considering amending the format of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned address to the U.S. Congress next month to try to calm some of the partisan furore the Iran-focused speech has already provoked.

Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress about Iran's nuclear programme on March 3, just two weeks before an Israeli parliamentary election, following an invitation from John Boehner, Republican speaker of the house.


African countries order Israeli-made armored vehicles

RAM MK3Two unidentified countries in Africa ordered more light armored vehicles for their military forces from Israel Aerospace Industries.

IAI, which did not report the value of the two separate contracts, said nearly 100 RAM MK3 vehicles would be delivered.

Deliveries have begun, it said, and will continue throughout the year.


HSBC bank 'helped clients dodge millions in tax'

HSBCBritain's biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned.

Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC's private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007.

They show bankers helped clients evade tax and offered deals to help tax dodgers stay ahead of the law.


Iran's Khamenei says could accept fair nuclear compromise

Iran's KhameniIran's supreme leader said on Sunday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of President Hassan Rouhani's decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.

As his foreign minister met counterparties in the talks at a conference in Munich, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he "firmly" backed a fair nuclear deal.


Officials: 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

25 dead Egypt soccer matchA riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of protests pitting the country's hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.


Druze IDF soldier beaten in nightclub ‘for speaking Arabic’

Druze soldier beaten for speaking arabicA Druze IDF soldier was beaten over the weekend in a nightclub in northern Israel, apparently after the assailants heard the young man speaking in Arabic.

Razzi Houseysa, 19, a soldier in the Golani Brigade from the Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel, said he was out with friends overnight Thursday-Friday in Kibbutz Yagur southeast of Haifa when he was attacked by a group of Jewish men.

“Razzi was on leave from the army, he was out with a friend who is also an IDF soldier when the two noticed a group of guys eyeing them in the club,” Amer Houseysa, Razzi’s cousin, told The Times of Israel.


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