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Subsidies to the rich cost us much more than benefit fraud

On 5 April, thieves broke into Durham University through a hole in the wall, and took a jade bowl and a porcelain sculpture worth £2m. Four men and one woman have been arrested

The curious case of the vanishing treasures

As yet another museum is raided, Charlie Cooper investigates a black market boom for Chinese art

Headhunters (15)

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

DVD: Justice (15)

Nicolas Cage, after two encouraging comeback turns in Kick-Ass and Bad Lieutenant, returns to dunderheaded action territory.

Before joining the Army Robert Bales was found guilty of a securities fraud at a brokerage firm

Soldier who killed 16 Afghans Robert Bales had debts of $1.5m

The US soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in this month's unprovoked shooting spree was $1.5 million (£950,000), in debt and in danger of losing his home, according to reports yesterday.

Thailand: 200 animals seized from smugglers

More than 200 animals, including kangaroos, flamingos, red pandas and white lions, were seized from a private zoo 60 miles north of Bangkok yesterday.

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street'

Gordon Gekko turns his back on greed for the FBI

The FBI has enlisted an unlikely ally in its fight against insider trading and securities fraud: Gordon Gekko, the villainous executive from 1987 movie Wall Street, who told an audience of potential investors: "Greed, for want of a better word, is good."

Santander’s move may be followed by other banks

Santander fined over limited cover

Santander has been fined £1.5 million for failing to make clear to customers that some of its products had only limited cover under a compensation scheme.

Stephen Foley: A rebellious hedgie who is certainly no hero

US Outlook: John Kinnucan was briefly hailed a hero by the hedge-fund industry, for standing up to the FBI, refusing to turn snitch on his clients and refusing to wear a wire to help the Feds' investigation into insider trading. That was back in 2010, when the investigation was just getting going and a furious Mr Kinnucan went public to reveal the FBI's tactics and damn it as a witch-hunt.

Leading article: From each according to his ability...

Yesterday's not-guilty verdict in the tax evasion case brought against Harry Redknapp was warmly greeted by the football world, and understandably so. Mr Redknapp is the hugely engaging, talented boss of a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, and looks well placed to succeed Fabio Capello at the England helm.

Harry Redknapp's home on the South Coast

A £10m home, a business empire – how bad with money can he be?

Cahal Milmo on the man with 'no business acumen' who has built an enviable lifestyle

Simon English: Despite this result, the FSA is unlikely to catch clever wheeler-dealers

Goal. A nice win for the Financial Services Authority (FSA) yesterday, which nabbed US hedge fund king David Einhorn for a spot of market abuse in the trading of shares in Punch Taverns. Having overheard that the struggling pub group was close to a new fundraising exercise – that's inside information – he moved to dump his stock.

Stanford's $7bn 'Ponzi' trial to open in Texas

Allen Stanford, the one-time billionaire financier, will finally go to court this week accused of running a $7bn Ponzi scheme.

Smuggling networks: Criminal gangs and corrupt officials charge migrants large sums of money to be taken into Egypt. The average cost is usually around $1,500 – the equivalent of nine months’ salary for the average Sudanese and three years’ pay for an Eritrean

Forgotten: The stolen people of the Sinai

Thousands of poor migrants from across Africa are being kidnapped by Bedouin gangs

Jim Moore: Row over currency trading wife could help chip away Swiss banking secrecy

Outlook Philipp Hildebrand is apparently a very good swimmer. Perhaps that's why he feels he can push on against what looks like an overwhelming tide flowing against him. The head of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) is facing calls to resign over currency transactions made by his wife Kashya. She used the proceeds of a property sale to buy dollars, an astute move given that shortly afterwards Mr Hildebrand imposed a cap on the value of the Swiss franc that caused its value to fall sharply against the greenback.

Simon English: BlackBerry's the call for insiders and looters

Outlook Last month a new rule from the Financial Services Authority came into place that has all traders' mobile phone calls tapped (landlines have been for ages).

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