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China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

Baroness Thatcher’s £12m Belgravia house to go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

A kiss goodbye: Sir Richard Branson is off to the Caribbean – but not for tax reasons

Entrepreneur insists he can raise money for charity just as well from his private island

Charities watchdog under fire over tax avoidance scandal ‘failed to stop abuse of system’

Commission’s failure  to stop abuse of system by Cup Trust branded ‘unacceptable’ by MPs

Jersey tells Brazil politician's firms to repay fraud cash

A fraud case considered vital as part of Brazil's drive to clear up corruption ahead of hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics two years later has been resolved in Jersey.

Leading article: Stamping down on tax dodgers

The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is fond of dismissing George Osborne as an "out of touch" public school toff whose primary interest is feathering the nests of the wealthy. But the Chancellor is a cannier politician than his opponents give credit for. It seems likely now that he will indeed cut the top rate of income tax from 50p on Wednesday; given the opportunity to scotch that incendiary rumour, yesterday he failed to do so. But just as anger mounts over what Labour, not to mention many Liberal Democrats, fear will be a Budget for the rich, he announces an intention to come down "like a ton of bricks" on tycoons avoiding stamp duty.

Zimbabwe: Blood diamonds 'could be used for election violence'

Mining officials loyal to President Robert Mugabe are stashing profits from diamond fields amid fears the money could fund political violence ahead of proposed elections, it was claimed yesterday.

Milan Mandaric tried and acquitted in separate tax trial it is revealed

Milan Mandaric was tried and acquitted of another tax fiddling charge at Portsmouth, it can be revealed today.

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12 Travel Resolutions For 2012 - 1-6

Wherever you go this year, make sure you get the best from your holiday. Chris Leadbeater has dozens of ideas

Letters: Don't give in to the banks

You report that David Cameron and George Osborne are sympathetic to the (entirely predictable) calls by the banks for reform to be delayed for several years ("Osborne and Cable at war over bank reform", 31 August).

Letters:

Paul Vallely: There is no moral case for tax havens

They are the epitome of unfairness and injustice, leaving ordinary citizens to foot the bill for multinational corporations

Kate Winslet flees Necker fire

A lightning strike has been blamed for a fire that ripped through the luxurious Caribbean home of Sir Richard Branson, forcing his guest, the actress Kate Winslet, to rush for safety along with the entrepreneur's 90-year-old mother.

Winslet and children escape Branson house fire

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and her children managed to escape unhurt today after a middle-of-the-night fire ripped through Sir Richard Branson's luxury home in the Caribbean.

Police seize cocaine worth £300m from luxury yacht

A luxury yacht has been impounded at Southampton docks after more than a ton of cocaine was found hidden "ingeniously" within its bowels in the largest Class-A drugs bust in Britain.

Fifa demand answers from those linked to Mohamed Bin Hammam

FIFA have given all 25 Caribbean associations 48 hours to provide statements about the events at the meeting in Trinidad which led to Mohamed Bin Hammam being banned for life for bribery.

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