Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot

Vatican official, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, arrested in corruption plot

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

Red tape forces Barclays to stop UK Somali workers sending cash home

Worldwide pressure is growing on governments to find a solution to the withdrawal of banking to money service companies, which is hitting hard-pressed communities in Somalia.

Serious cases of tax evasion 'have plunged in two years'

Fears over the current level of tax evasion and its effect on the economy are overblown, the UK law firm Pinsent Masons has claimed, as new analysis shows the number of serious cases being investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has plummeted over the last two years.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, on The Andrew Marr show

George Osborne finalises deals with Cabinet ministers on budgets that will cut £11.5bn from spending

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

UK Uncut activists protesting against Starbucks's tax arrangements

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

A tourist wearing the mask looks at the Forbidden City, Beijing

Death penalty threat for polluters in China

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

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (left) and r&b singer Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey? George? President Barack Obama confuses UK Chancellor Osborne for his 'favourite R&B singer' during G8 presentation

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

High-denomination notes vital for cash-only crime business that relies on huge cross-border financial transfers

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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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform