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Google, Amazon and Starbucks facing British inquiry over tax evasion

Campaigners, MPs and Taxpayers’ Alliance agree large companies are exploiting loopholes in international tax regimes.  Google, Amazon and Starbucks will face aggressive and detailed questioning by MPs on Monday over their decision to base their European businesses outside the UK to avoid paying full UK tax. Responding to a growing…

Israel army confirms tank shell strikes in Syria

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops fired tank shells into Syria on Monday in retaliation for a mortar round that struck near an army post in the Golan Heights, scoring “direct hits” on the source of the fire, the army said. “A short while ago, a mortar shell hit an open area…

Australia sets up national child sex abuse inquiry

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday announced a national inquiry into institutional responses to child sex abuse after a series of scandals involving paedophile priests. Gillard made the announcement following claims by a senior policeman that the Catholic Church in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales destroyed evidence and…

Newly united Syria opposition bids for recognition

The leader of Syria’s newly united opposition headed to Arab League headquarters in Cairo to push for diplomatic recognition on Monday, buoyed by the hard-won unity deal among the disparate factions. Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, 52, a moderate Muslim cleric who quit Syria three months ago, was to be accompanied on…

China not ‘serious’ in Tibet immolations probe: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama said Monday that China is more interested in criticising him than finding the reason behind a spate of Tibetan self-immolations threatening to mar the Communist Party’s leadership change. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters in Japan that Beijing is not looking “seriously” at the protests taking…

Myanmar struggles to reach quake victims

Myanmar rescuers struggled Monday to bring help to outlying villages hit by an earthquake that aid agencies say has killed at least 13 and caused a bridge and mine to collapse. A series of powerful aftershocks rattled nerves after Sunday’s 6.8-magnitude quake, which sent terrified people running from their homes…

Top world economies ‘to struggle until 2014′

Leading world economies will struggle with weak growth until 2014 at least mainly because of strains in the European and US economies, credit agency Moody’s warned on Monday, cutting its outlook for next year. But growth in emerging economies is also likely to slow down, Moody’s said in an update…

Dozen feared dead in Myanmar earthquake

An earthquake that hit central Myanmar has left multiple people dead, reported Reuters. At least 12 may have died in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, the Associated Press reported. The epicenter struck 37 miles north of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. President Obama will be the first U.S. leader to visit…

Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in terror

Thousands of Kurds have fled Syrian army attacks on the strategic town of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, running for their lives after their homes were shelled and the corpses of fighters left strewn on the streets. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, grandparents, women and children…

Obama to Palestinian leader: U.S. opposes U.N. membership

US President Barack Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader’s spokesman said. “There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama,” Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. “Obama expressed the opposition of…

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