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Subsidies to the rich cost us much more than benefit fraud

Michael Voudouri, one of Britain's most wanted tax fugitives, has been arrested in Cyprus

‘He cost taxpayers £10m’: tax fugitive Michael Voudouri arrested in Cyprus

One of Britain's most wanted tax fugitives has been arrested in Cyprus.

Japan's homeless drafted in to help with Fukushima nuclear clear-up

Japan’s homeless are being recruited to clean up at the now defunct radioactive Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Prosecutors say they seized 144,336 bitcoins from Ulbricht's computers

Bitcoin millionaire: US entrepreneur in drug website case wants his $30m in virtual currency back from police

An Internet entrepreneur accused of being behind an online marketplace for illegal drugs has asked the US government to return more than $30 million (£18 million) in bitcoin seized from his computers.

High unemployment has provoked protests across France

Vive la black market! One in three French people say they have earned undeclared income this year

Anne Penketh reports on resourceful ways to dodge VAT

Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency that has gained popularity worldwide

96,000 Bitcoins stolen from the users of shady online bazaar, Sheep Marketplace

In the last week, the equivalent of more than £60m has been drained from accounts

PricewaterhouseCoopers loses £18 million Unilever contract to rival KPMG

Unilever has announced plans to ditch PricewaterhouseCoopers after 27 years and is set to move its  £18 million a year audit to rival KPMG.

Bungling would-be-hitmen foiled after accidentally ringing victim by sitting on phone

Larry Barnett was in the process of plotting the murder of James Macom when he accidentally dialled his phone while talking to a hit man

Surgeons perform a live donor kidney transplant

Britons 'sold illegal kidneys for Sri Lanka surgery'

Newspaper investigation alleges patients awaiting kidney transplants are being offered illegal organs which are transplanted at a hospital in Sri Lanka

Tighter trade finance rules could hit exports, say banks

New rules on trade finance could seriously hit the ability of small and medium-sized firms in the UK to export, the British Bankers Association has warned.

Under threat: the pangolin is the only mammal with reptilian scales

The plight of the pangolin: One of the planet's most extraordinary and intelligent animals is being hunted to extinction

It is an enigmatic and highly intelligent animal known as a "mischievous escape artist". However, the luck of the pangolin has finally run out, say conservationists. This extraordinary creature is being slaughtered on an industrial scale and faces being eaten to extinction.

£35bn in tax not collected

Figure is £1 billion higher than in the previous period

Grand theft gourd: 600 pumpkins stolen from New York farm

Thieves make off with £2,600

Far-right anger: Golden Dawn protest outside Athens police headquarters yesterday

Sunrise arrests for Golden Dawn: Greek police detain Neo-Nazi MP Nikos Michaloliakos and 16 others

The leader of Greece's third most popular political party was led away in handcuffs yesterday, as counterterror police launched a series of raids against the hierarchy of an extreme-right group whose popularity has been fuelled by the financial crisis.

Cigarette ban for prisons will go up in smoke

This move has little to recommend it, and lots that could go wrong

Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico lines up tax reform with leftist lean: President Enrique Peña Nieto raises income tax but not VAT in latest shake-up

Plan aims to broaden the abysmally low tax base and root out corruption in public spending

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable