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10 Apr

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS

www.newscentralasia.com/

China

english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html

China & Hong Kong

www.scmp.com/news

France

www.france24.com/en/france/

Israel

www.haaretz.com/

Norway

www.newsinenglish.no/category/news/

Palestine

english.pnn.ps/

Russia

english.pravda.ru/

Ukraine

www.ukrainianjournal.com/

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The story of Luis Gongora, shot dead by police this week, reflects city’s twin crises and raises alarming questions about the official and witness accounts of the shooting

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Luis Gongora’s blue tent on Shotwell Street in the Mission district. Gongora was killing by San Francisco police on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian

The morning after a homeless man in San Francisco was shot and killed by police, someone else had moved into his tent. “I can’t say nothing,” the new occupant said before moving into the small blue and grey tent on the sidewalk. “It’s done.”

The death of a homeless man on a busy California street is not uncommon. Neither, in a country in which 1,134 people died at the hands of law enforcement last year, are fatal police shootings.

Yet the story of how 45-year-old Luis Gongora was killed this week, pieced together from friends and neighbors – both those who sleep in tents and others who have roofs over their heads – raises alarming questions.

San Francisco police have released few details in a public relations campaign that appears intended to justify, before the completion of any investigation, the decision by two officers to shoot seven bullets from their .40-caliber service pistols.

Many locals in the Mission district of the city knew Gongora merely as a friendly Latino man who was always kicking a soccer ball against a wall.

One person who knew him a little better was the homeless man who, less than 24 hours after Gongora’s shooting, was occupying his tent………..

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Unprecedented release of prime minister’s personal tax details reveal 2011 payments to help him avoid inheritance duties

Observer policy editor

David Cameron says will take the blame for the way Downing Street handled revelations about his interest in his late father’s offshore investment fund, saying: ‘I know I should have handled this better’. Addressing the Conservative party spring forum on Saturday, Cameron also says he will publish details of his tax return

The prime minister took the unprecedented decision to release his personal tax records on Saturday, as growing anger over revelations in the Panama Papers threatened to derail his premiership.

But the extraordinary move seems set to plunge David Cameron into further controversy, as it emerged that his mother transferred two separate payments of £100,000 to his accounts in 2011, allowing the family estate to avoid a potential £80,000 worth of inheritance tax.

Four years after first promising to open his financial affairs to public view, Downing Street published a document detailing Cameron’s income and tax payments from 2009-10 to 2014-15. The move came after an emotional Cameron admitted to the Conservative party’s spring forum that he alone was to blame for the furore caused by his failure to be frank about his profits from an offshore investment fund.

On Monday, Cameron will announce the establishment of a taskforce, led by HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency, to examine the legality of the financial affairs of companies mentioned in the Panama Papers, where documents relating to his father’s offshore fund were discovered by the Guardian and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The taskforce will draw on investigators, compliance specialists and analysts from HMRC, the National Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. There will be new money provided of up to £10m…………

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More than a quarter of a million people have fled in terror as opposition militias plot their return. Without international assistance a humanitarian disaster looms

A child-friendly space in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania.

A child-friendly space in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. Photograph: Griff Tapper/IRC

Thierry wants to talk, but chokes on memories of blows and stabs punctuated by the sound of his father pleading for his life before masked men hacked him to death. He shrinks into himself, cold and small on a damp wooden bench just inside Tanzania. Hell is just a couple of kilometres and a river crossing away, in the country he called home until two hours ago.

“Blood flows everywhere in Burundi, that’s how things are,” said the young farmer, rolling up his trouser legs and a shirt sleeve to show cuts and bruises almost as raw as his anguish. He asked that his name be changed to protect family still inside Burundi. A refugee at 27, he is just one victim of a crisis that has pushed more than a quarter of a million people into exile, and now threatens the tenuous stability of a region with a grim history of genocide. Torture, assault, abduction and murder fill the stories of those who have fled.

“I want to forget everything about Burundi, even our names,” said another young man, who has collapsed at a refugee registration post after carrying his 16-year-old sister, pregnant after rape, across a river to safety. They left behind the grave of another sister, killed last year by a government bullet…………

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Sixth day of demonstrations across France against draft labour reform law leave seven police officers and 17 protesters injured

A protestor kicks a tear gas cannister

A protestor kicks a tear gas cannister as demonstrators clash with anti-riot police during a protest in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrations around France against a draft labour reform law have turned violent, with at least seven police officers injured and 17 people arrested in Paris and Rennes, which saw the worst clashes.

Following changes to soften the bill, the broad-based protest movement has waned from its 31 March peak, when turnout estimates ranged between 390,000 and 1.2 million, suggesting the president, François Hollande, would be able to ride out the storm.

But 120,000 people took part in Saturday’s sixth day of protests around the country, according to the interior ministry.

Police clashed with groups of masked militants hurling projectiles in Paris as well as in Rennes and Nantes. Paris police chief Michel Cadot said his officers encountered 300-400 extremists at the head of the union-organised protest in the capital.

The draft labour law seeks to introduce more working time flexibility and rein in labour tribunal challenges and payouts…………….

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Dubai’s flamingos, wolverines in Scotland and hedgehogs in a Tokyo cafe are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

 

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Opinion

As a senator, I tried to end tax haven abuse, but my efforts were blocked. Public outrage over the Panama Papers means now is the time to try again

Senator Carl Levin questions witnesses during a hearing on the role of bank regulators in the financial crisis in 2010.

Senator Carl Levin questions witnesses during a hearing on the role of bank regulators in the financial crisis in 2010. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The Panama Papers’ 11 million plus documents detail how thousands of clients of one Panama law firm used shell corporations to hide billions of dollars in cash and other assets. The clients allegedly include 140 government officials and 200 Americans. It is suspected that many of the shell corporations hold funds associated with corruption, drug trafficking or tax evasion.

Global revulsion against shell company abuses, offshore tax havens, and the lawyers that promote them has generated new public pressure to tackle these problems. Here are three steps to consider.

Outlaw corporations with hidden owners

The corporate form was invented for the legitimate purposes of limiting personal liability and facilitating business, not hiding ownership. But corporations are now frequently used as a secrecy tool to hide wrongdoing, and it’s time to reverse course.

G20 world leaders have made a start with a joint commitment to increase corporate transparency. The United Kingdom is leading the way, mandating public disclosure of the true owners – the “beneficial owners” – of UK companies. The European Union has followed, directing its members to obtain beneficial ownership information for EU corporations and make it available to persons with a “legitimate interest”, including law enforcement and journalists. Implementing that directive is the next step for the European Union………….

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