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Culture Clash: When Violence Against Women Is Accepted, Lawful And Expected

Last New Year's Eve it was reported that 2000 men sexually assaulted 1200 women in Cologne, Germany. Immediately, politicians and pundits jumped to make the connection between the rash of violence against women and the influx of refugees. And each time another incident takes place, the battle …

Military coup under way in Turkey as President Erdoğan tries to assert control

Government says only a faction attempted coup and president is still in charge<p>Live updates: President says ‘we will overcome this’<p>An attempted coup was under way in Turkey on Friday night, despite the country’s elected president claiming that his government remained in power and calling for his …

South Asia

Brexit Backlash: Dow Closes Down More Than 600 Points

Economy<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 600 points on Friday as markets around the world reacted to a vote by citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.<p>The Dow fell as much as 538.27 points and the S&P 500 dropped as much as 58.49 points in the first minutes of …

The best European cities for solo travelers

While monuments should dictate your itinerary in Europe, it's really how you take in the sights that will make your trip. And with the sheer amount of things to see and do, traveling in Europe, especially with a big group, can get overwhelming. That's why it's one of the best continents to visit …

Orlando shooter’s wife facing intense scrutiny from the FBI

By Adam Goldman ,<p>Adam Goldman<p>Reporter who covered terrorism and national security<p>Bio<p>Mark Berman and<p>Mark Berman<p>National news reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Matt Zapotosky<p>Matt Zapotosky<p>National security reporter covering the Justice Department<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The 30-year-old wife of the gunman who opened …

Human Rights

U.S.-backed forces open major front in Syria war

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters opened a major new front in Syria’s war, launching an offensive to drive Islamic State out of a swathe of northern Syria it uses as a logistics base and appearing to make swift initial battlefield advances.<p>Fighters of the Syria …

Gaza sewage crisis, festering in conflict, poisons coast

SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone.<p>The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, …

Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government.<p>The city of Aleppo is at the center of a military …

Panama Papers: Act now. Don't wait for another crisis | Thomas Piketty

Financial secrecy represents a huge threat to the fragile global system, and we won’t solve the problem by politely asking tax havens to stop behaving badly<p>The question of tax havens and financial opacity has been headline news for years now. Unfortunately, in this area there is a huge gap between …

Spy powers bill could spell the end of Panama Papers-style whistleblowing

New state surveillance powers could put an end to whistleblowing and make investigative journalism more difficult, campaigners have warned.<p>Scotland’s branch of international writers’ group PEN, and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have spoken out in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, which …

Panama Papers: From Supreme Victory to Dragon Stream and Ultra Time – fancy names of offshore companies

They sound like names out of a sci-fi movie but "Dragon Stream", "Galaxy Nights" and "Starflights" have made headlines in recent days in the …

FCA orders banks to probe links to Panama Papers

The FCA has written to banks to ask for information on any links they have to the law firm named in the Panama Papers leaks and its offshore clients.<p>The City regulator has ordered around 20 banks to carry out internal investigations into any possible links to law firm Mossack Fonseca and the …

Panama Papers: A History of Tax Evasion from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution to 19th-Century New Jersey

The “Panama Papers” didn’t come out of nowhere. Ever since ancient Rome imposed tax burdens on the wealthy, the wealthy have been trying to squirrel assets away from the reach of local law. The more than 11 million emails, corporate records and financial spreadsheets leaked this week are a reminder …

New Jersey

British banks forced to disclose links to Panama Papers firm

Big British banks have been given just over a week to disclose their links with the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal.<p>The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday it has asked 20 banks and other financial firms to disclose their dealings with Mossack Fonseca, after reports …

The Panama Papers: what's been revealed so far?

The unprecedented leak of 11.5m files is causing upheaval across the globe. Here is what has been revealed by the Guardian<p>The leak of 11.5m files from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca continues to create upheaval around the world. The documents were leaked to the German daily Süddeutsche …

Corruption

Iceland's prime minister has resigned over secret investments revealed in the Panama Papers

Iceland's prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, has reportedly resigned over revelations contained in the Panama Papers that he and his wife hid millions of dollars worth of investments in an offshore shell company.<p>Iceland's minister of fisheries and agriculture, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, …

Panama Papers show how Syria and North Korea 'evaded sanctions'

The leaked Panama Papers show that the firm at the centre of the affair had clients who were subject to international sanctions.<p>The Syrian government under President al-Assad was reportedly able to get round the sanctions and finance its war machine thanks to smokescreen companies based in the …

This is much worse than the Panama Papers: How America became a world leader in tax avoidance

<b>(CURAphotography via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>No Americans have been implicated in the stunning document trove detailing widespread global corruption — yet<p>David Dayen<p>April 5, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>Often when I’m sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on one of L.A.’s many freeways, my mind drifts to wondering if …

The Panama Papers reveal the corrupt roots of global extremism

In the aftermath of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) release of the so-called Panama Papers—a massive leaked database of documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca—it’s become public knowledge how many powerful people, including world leaders, have kept, …

Panama Papers

The First Boats Carrying Migrants Deported From Greece Have Arrived in Turkey

Three boats carrying about 200 mostly Pakistani migrants deported from Greece arrived in the Turkish port of Dikili on Monday. The migrants are the …

Euro zone lender sees end of Greek reforms review by end April, early May

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - International lenders may finish their review of Greek reforms, needed to unblock further credit to Athens and start debt relief negotiations by the end of April or early May, the head of the euro zone bailout fund, Klaus Regling, said on Tuesday.<p>Protesters wave Greek and EU …

CIA-Backed Syrian Rebels Fighting Pentagon-Backed Syrian Rebels

But Pentagon-backed rebels and CIA-backed rebels in Syria have increasingly found themselves fighting each other, as the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> reports, …

A researcher explains the sad truth: we know how to stop gun violence. But we don't do it.

Every day in America, about 31 people are killed in gun homicides. It's a grisly death toll — one that no other developed nation has to deal with.<p>The political response to this violence has focused on gun control. But while the research shows gun control is truly effective, federal legislation …

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

“There’s a teacher right now in urban America who’s going to teach for exactly two years and he’s going to leave believing that these young people …

Young Women Are Getting Abducted Off the Streets of Mexico’s Second Largest City | VICE News

When 19-year-old Denisse Velasco left school earlier this month in Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, she walked as she always does to a bus stop on Avenida Americas. It was 11am on March 7, and there was no one else around when a taxi pulled up beside her.<p>"Get in, they sent me for you," …

Does Tammy Duckworth really want to accept 200,000 refugees from Syria?

By Glenn Kessler<p>Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>“Tammy Duckworth wants to accept 20 times more refugees than the president — 200,000.”</i><p><b>— Voiceover in new Mark Kirk ad, which is followed by video of Duckworth saying, “I signed on for 200,000 refugees.”</b><p>Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) is one of the …

Refugees

The Neoconservative Case for Negotiating With Iran

A former senior official under George W. Bush argues that Tehran is crucial to stabilizing an out-of-control Middle East.<p>As someone who has negotiated with Iran over the years perhaps more than any other U.S. diplomat, I disagree with those who argue that talks with Iran are akin to capitulation. I …

Syrian Regime Forces Have Ended the Islamic State's Reign of Terror in Palmyra | VICE News

Syrian troops surged into Palmyra on Sunday morning, dealing a blow to the Islamic State (IS) after a 10-month reign of terror in the ancient desert city.<p>"The armed forces and groups of the popular defense committees have fully taken control of Palmyra," an unnamed Syrian military official said on …