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Tax haven buyers set off property alarm in England and Wales

At least £122bn of property in England and Wales is held through companies in offshore tax havens where ownership is difficult to trace, a Financial …

Corruption

Call for greater transparency in prime London property deals

Transparency

Call for greater transparency in prime London property deals

Anti-corruption campaigners Global Witness have called for more transparency about UK property ownership after reviewing alleged links between a …

Corruption

UK government outsourcing raises questions over pay

The total amount of government work outsourced to the private sector has doubled to £88bn since the coalition won power in 2010 with a mandate to cut …

Budget Deficit

Two fined over Sipp investment scandal

Two directors of a failed advice firm have been fined and banned from senior positions after the company advised thousands of customers to move £112m …

Finance

Mortgage lending down 9 per cent

Mortgage lending fell by 9 per cent in February, highlighting a cooling picture in the UK housing market.<p>Estimates from the Council of Mortgage …

Canadian Real Estate

Property prices boosted by Crossrail connection

The price of residential property within 15 minutes’ walk of Crossrail stations in London has outperformed those houses in the wider area by an …

Housing

White House hits at Netanyahu’s ‘divisive rhetoric’

The US has criticised the “divisive rhetoric” used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the closing stages of his election campaign, underlining the deep …

Israel

Yemen fighting escalates leaving six dead

Yemen descended further towards civil war on Thursday as fighting escalated in the strategic port city of Aden and an unidentified warplane struck a …

Middle East

Libya: A divided land

This time it was the guards from an Austrian-run gas facility in Libya’s Saharan southwest. They were shown beheaded in a series of images posted to …

Middle East

‘Metro’ vs ‘retro’: Election widens social divisions in Israel

Gabriel Tamir and his brother-in-law Yuval Brayer are discussing the rightwing Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise victory this week, over …

Israel

Germans’ unhealthy obsession with a Greek ‘Stinkefinger’

The big Greek crisis question consuming Germany this week was not about debt or financial restructuring — but the left middle finger of Yanis …

Europe

Greek bailout summit ends in disarray

Greece’s prime minister and fellow eurozone leaders emerged from a meeting early on Friday morning touting a breakthrough agreement to unlock …

Europe

David Cameron pulls Muslim Brotherhood report

David Cameron has made an eleventh-hour intervention to postpone the publication of a controversial report into the Muslim Brotherhood in an attempt …

Muslim Brotherhood

Netanyahu rejects Palestinian state ahead of knife-edge election

Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he would not allow a Palestinian state to be established if he were re-elected, definitively rejecting the …

Israel

Egypt sacks interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim ahead of conference

Egypt’s interior minister was sacked in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday and replaced with a longtime member of the country’s shadowy domestic …

Human Rights

Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold

The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold, marking the sixth anniversary of ultra-loose monetary policy.<p>In March 2009, the BoE’s Monetary …

Interest Rates

UK living standards set to bounce back to pre-recession levels

Living standards in Britain will finally return to pre-recession levels this year as workers benefit from improvements in the labour market and …

Economics

EU mortgage rules liable to baffle borrowers

Borrowers are liable to be left “completely confused” by European regulation on mortgages that will force lenders to display more than one annual …

Finance

Key lessons for UK election campaign

Britain’s general election is two months away and Conservatives and Labour are deadlocked in the polls. The public may not have engaged with the …

United Kingdom

Isis video shows militants destroying artefacts in Iraq

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis on Thursday released a video that appears to show the destruction of dozens of …

Archaeology

Labour to raid pension tax relief to pay for student fees cut

Ed Miliband has set out his plan to cut university tuition fees by a third to £6,000 by reducing tax relief on pensions, but his announcement has …

Pensions

China markets jump after rate cut

Chinese markets jumped on opening Monday morning after the weekend cut in interest rates — the second in three months — in a bid to help prop up the …

Economics

Investors slash exposure to the euro

Fears over a potential plunge in the euro have led to a record number of Asian, US and UK investors hedging out their exposure to the single …

Investing

Maersk warns of slowdown in global trade

The chief executive of the world's largest container-shipping group has warned that global trade growth could slow this year in spite of low oil …

Globalization

No country for young men — UK generation gap widens

Britain’s young adults, who for much of the 20th century enjoyed living standards well above average, have been displaced by the rise of the …

Economics

UK puts 3,000 extremists on ‘Jihadi John’ watchlist

British counter-terrorism officials are monitoring 3,000 extremists in the UK who they fear could commit acts of domestic terror or become future …

Terrorism

UK to get new rules on police press surveillance

New instructions are to be issued to police requiring them to seek authorisation from a judge before they can gain access to a journalist’s phone …

Surveillance