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Island tax haven firms own 23,000 UK properties

A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country. They are owned by 11,700 firms registered in the overseas territory. The finding emerged from BBC analysis conducted of Land Registry data on overseas property ownership. The research found there are around 97,000 properties in England and Wales held by overseas firms, as of January…

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Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope and accelerometer – to detect intruders tampering with someone’s possessions. It is open source, meaning its code can be inspected. It is designed to be used on a “second” smartphone that can be left with the possessions a user wishes to monitor. The app was created as a joint venture between The Guardian Project and Freedom of the…

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Little House on the Prairie: Still a haven for young fans

It’s 150 years since the birth of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder – but do her tales about the farming family still appeal to young girls in our technology-driven age? “Does he have Pa’s fiddle? Does he have Pa’s Fiddle?” Violinist David Scrivener hears this question every autumn from fans of the books when he walks out of Rocky Ridge Farm on the annual Wilder Day, held in the author’s memory. Many families have gathered at the Missouri farmhouse where Ingalls Wilder wrote her eight Little…

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'I will beat Joshua in his safe haven of Britain' – Wilder

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he will beat Anthony Joshua in his “safe haven” of Great Britain. Wilder, 32, defended his belt against Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, a week after Joshua retained the WBA and IBF crowns against Carlos Takam in Cardiff. “Packing out stadiums looks good but the money and Mecca of boxing is in America,” Wilder told BBC Sport. “But if you want to stay at home like a little girl, this king has no problem travelling to knock out the champion.” In an interview with BBC…

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Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed

A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance. BBC Panorama is part of nearly 100 media groups investigating the papers. As with last year’s Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by…

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From bakery to soul food haven after sunset

If you’ve ever been in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, in the evenings, you might have witnessed this daily metamorphosis – as the sun goes down, friendly neighbourhood bakery Huckleberry turns into a rather different kettle of American comfort fare. Golden lightbulb filaments glow, sending shadows climbing across the textured wooden walls, and smooth R&B oozes from the speakers as Huckleberry After Dark wakes up. This is a world of super-sized hot dogs and booze-laced milkshakes, fluffy sourdough-based pizzas and large, chunky burgers – all cheeky in name and large in…

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