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One of the social media company’s backers has made an apparently sudden exit of his own from his native Switzerland for St Kitts in the Caribbean

Fletcher return allows Levein to make light of the pressure

Craig Levein is not weighed down by the pressure he will be under as Scotland host the Czech Republic at Hampden Park this afternoon. Scotland must win, and win again against Lithuania on Tuesday if they are to finish second in Group I and enter the qualification play-offs.

Levein has a new approach for Czechs

Sir Alex Ferguson has been on the phone and there is a pile of nine DVDs of Czech Republic matches to watch. "I go from being here most of the time," says Craig Levein of his workload as he holds his hand low, palm down. "Then all of a sudden it's up here." He smiles as he raises his arm, but the impression is still of a serious, often intense manager; he reflects, in his tone and his mood, the gravity of the events Scotland are about to face.

Osborne's targeting of overseas tax havens 'appalling deal for UK'

Panama and the British Virgin Islands will be the Chancellor George Osborne's next targets as he extends his crackdown on tax havens used by rich Britons to salt their assets away.

Leading article: The Chancellor's missed opportunity

Political pragmatists will say that George Osborne has done a good deal in getting Swiss banks to levy what is effectively a tax on secret accounts held by British citizens. It should net the Treasury around £5bn. But the truth is this is a dubious deal that allows tax dodgers to pay less than they would in UK taxes, go unpunished for the crime of tax evasion and keep their identities from the taxman.

France the fear as England wait for Ronaldo to deliver their World Cup fate

Forty-five years ago today, on a sunny afternoon in north London, West Germany were overcome 4-2 at Wembley.

EU aid to Arab nations may be linked to reforms

Britain is pressing the European Union to threaten to halt aid to countries in the Arab world who do not live up to their promises on democracy, human rights and economic reform.

Match-fixing mastermind sent to prison for five years

A German court yesterday convicted three men of fraud for their part in the most serious match-fixing scandal to hit European football. A World Cup qualifier and a Champions League qualifier were among more than 20 games fixed by Ante Sapina, a Croat who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

To let, for £40,000 a night: Small country adjoining Austria. (May contain Liechtensteiners)

It's an attractive Alpine retreat, offering excellent skiing, a fairy-tale castle and a compact 62 square miles to explore. And now, the entire country of Liechtenstein is yours to hire (allegedly) for just £40,000 a night.

Leading article: Country for hire

One might have assumed that renting an entire country would be the most extortionate of transactions. But the Principality of Liechtenstein is allegedly available for a remarkably reasonable £40,000 a night.

River cruises: Gently down the stream

Forget ocean voyages where all you see is the sea. River cruises offer an up-close view of the world's most impressive sights

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The empire set up by Ingvar Kamprad is accused of siphoning billions into a tax haven

Tax haven talks could raise £10bn for Treasury

Britain is entering into talks with three tax havens which could help raise £10 billion for the Treasury by 2015, it was revealed today.

Levein focused on beating Faroes

Scotland manager Craig Levein has stressed that beating the Faroe Islands is his main aim next week despite naming an experimental squad for the Pittodrie friendly.

Swiss account holders could face interest tax charges

UK taxpayers with Swiss bank accounts could soon be forced to pay tax on the interest they earn on savings held there, it emerged today.

Stuart Pearce offers grounds for optimism

England's long-term future looks good as Under-21 Euro stars reach finals and clamour for senior service.
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