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IRS targets First Caribbean International Bank over tax evasion

A Caribbean bank formerly co-owned by Barclays has been targeted by US tax authorities seeking information on suspected American tax evaders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has filed a “John Doe” summons – a request for information on an unknown number of unnamed people – against US taxpayers with offshore…

Thousands of Romanians protest Chevron fracking

Thousands of Romanians protested on Monday against plans by the US company Chevron to explore for shale gas in eastern Romania. “I have three children and I want them to grow up within a safe environment with clean water. Exploring for shale gas threatens to contaminate ground water,” Alina Secrieru,…

New York City launches bike share service ten months behind schedule

Ten months behind schedule, New York City on Monday launched what aims to be one of the world’s biggest bike share programs, following in the path already taken by Paris, Montreal, London and Barcelona. New Yorkers will now be able to move around on the 6,000 blue “Citi Bikes” distributed…

Scientists warn that mass badger hunt could cause an illegal extermination of the whole population

England’s highly controversial badger culls risk illegally wiping out every badger in the cull zones because the animals’ numbers are so poorly known, according to one of the UK’s leading badger experts. The culls, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, are authorised to begin on 1 June but could prove unworkable…

French Foreign Minister: There are ‘mounting suspicions’ of chemical weapons use in Syria

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday said there were “mounting suspicions” that chemical weapons were being used in Syria. Speaking to journalists after talks with his EU counterparts, Fabius said that “very detailed verification” was necessary however. There were indications of “localised use” of chemical arms, he said. “We…

Daft Punk tops charts with new release

Enigmatic French electro-duo Daft Punk scored their first ever British Number One album as “Random Access Memories” became the fastest-selling album of the year so far, according to the Official Charts Company. The album sold 165,000 copies last week, knocking veteran performer Rod Stewart from the top spot. The dance…

French police trying to determine if stabbing of soldier was Woolwich copycat

French authorities said Monday that anti-terror investigators were making progress in a probe into the stabbing of a French soldier, as he was released from hospital following the brazen knife attack. The attack on Saturday in a busy underground shopping and transport hub echoed the grisly killing of another soldier…

Sen. John McCain makes unannounced visit to Syria to meet with rebel forces

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday, speaking to rebels there about their struggle against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Word of McCain’s stop was first reported by The Daily Beast, but the senator did not comment on his trip. Rebel sources told the…

Marked increase in dangerous ‘double-jaw’ plastic surgery causes spike in severe complications

South Korea’s obsession with plastic surgery is moving on from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a “new life,” while advertisements extolling its cosmetic benefits are…

Vintage typewriters find new life in hands of writers, actors and old repairmen

Ermanno Marzorati has rarely been so busy. He is currently fixing a 1930 Underwood typewriter for Tom Hanks. But there are plenty more ancient writing machines awaiting his tender care. While the modern world taps away in an ever-increasing frenzy online, the Italian senses a new trend, from his calm…

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