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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee