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Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in an alleged money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank

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Chancellor also confirmed plans to use fines on bankers to help support the welfare of troops and veterans

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Starbucks pays corporation tax, promising the Exchequer £20m over two years

The company has now paid corporation tax for the first time in nearly five years

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Death penalty threat for polluters in China

The death penalty is usually imposed for corruption and other economic crimes

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The US President called him by the wrong name three times - before realising his mistake and apologising

Former police sergeant among six convicted over £5.7m escort agency scam

Six people have been convicted for their part in a £5.7 million fraud after a court heard they conned members of the public in an online escort agency scam.

Police seek extra powers over criminals who flee country to avoid paying back ill-gotten gains

Police are seeking greater powers to pursue wealthy criminals across Europe who skip the country to avoid jail without paying back millions of pounds of criminal assets.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Goodbye, the money-launderer's choice: €200 note to be taken out of UK circulation

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Thomas Jackson: Judge who tried to split up Microsoft

Thomas Penfield Jackson, who died of cancer on 16 June at the age of 76, was a federal judge in Washington who presided over a Microsoft antitrust case and ordered the software giant to be split up. He also presided over the the drug possession trial of the former Mayor of Washington, Marion Barry.

What will the G8 achieve on tax? Less than they promise, but a good deal better than nothing

Transparency on who owns publicly registered companies would be a start

Prime Minister David Cameron warned not to exclude poor countries from G8 plan for tax crackdown

David Cameron has been warned that his plan to crack down on tax avoidance at next week’s G8 summit will benefit the world’s richest nations but could “freeze out” the poorest countries.

Cyber Culture: If Al Capone had a digital money reserve...

The chances are that the recent shutdown of the payment service Liberty Reserve didn't impinge much on your consciousness, unless you have a habit of making no-questions-asked transactions online.

Scales of justice: the Ministry of Justice is pushing through a £220 million annual cut to the criminal legal aid bill

Hundreds of millions from legal aid budget helps banks defend fraud cases

The poorest and most vulnerable people in society are being hit by cuts to the legal system while the government bankrolls the wealthiest, a senior QC said today.

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