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Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights May Have Been Exposed to MeaslesThe virus is highly contagious



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Newly exposed payments to Trump confidant Cohen add depth to case

Newly exposed payments to Trump confidant Cohen add depth to caseRachel Maddow reports on a set of payments to Donald Trump confidant Michael Cohen exposed in an online posting by Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, from corporations like AT.



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Photo Showing Parkland Survivor Emma Gonzalez Ripping Up Constitution Exposed as Hoax

Photo Showing Parkland Survivor Emma Gonzalez Ripping Up Constitution Exposed as HoaxAs it turns out, the image widely shared by the alt-right is fake news.



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The Latest: Exposed officer released from Salisbury hospital

The Latest: Exposed officer released from Salisbury hospitalMOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):



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Missing Nigerian girls town exposed by security gap: parents

Missing Nigerian girls town exposed by security gap: parentsA town in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram is believed to have kidnapped scores of schoolgirls was vulnerable to attack because of a lack of security, residents said on Friday. Terrified pupils fled the school in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday night when heavily armed fighters stormed the town in a convoy of pickup trucks. Nigeria’s government has been unable to confirm the number of missing girls, which has revived memories of the mass abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok in April 2014.



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US border patrol exposed kicking over water bottles left for migrants

US border patrol exposed kicking over water bottles left for migrantsUS border patrol agents are routinely sabotaging water supplies left for migrants in the Arizona desert, condemning them to death, humanitarian groups have said. Travellers attempting to cross into the US from Mexico regularly die of dehydration, as well as exposure to extreme heat or cold, so aid groups leave water bottles and emergency stocks such as blankets at points throughout the Sonoran desert. A video released by the groups showed border patrol agents kicking over water bottles and pouring away their contents.



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Donald Trump chats to Vladimir Putin for third time in six weeks, as internal battles over Russia policy are exposed

Donald Trump chats to Vladimir Putin for third time in six weeks, as internal battles over Russia policy are exposedDonald Trump has conversed with Vladimir Putin for the third time in six weeks as the confusion at the heart of his administration over Russian policy was revealed in a report. The US president said the call was primarily about getting Russia’s co-operation on North Korea but added that Mr Putin made some “very nice” comments about his time in office.  It came as The Washington Post published a 7,000-word expose on the internal battles over Mr Trump’s Russia policy in the last year.  The paper reported that Mr Trump’s refusal to endorse the intelligence agencies' view that Russia hacked the election had undermined attempts to retaliate.  It said that some officials downplay information about Russia in intelligence briefings with the president for fear of triggering his ire.  Some aides have even adopted a “don’t walk that last 5 ½ feet” position, meaning do not enter the Oval Office amid fears Mr Trump could “erupt” or “overrule” decisions, it was reported.  Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr Trump again dubbed claims  he colluded with the Russians a “hoax” and said he wanted to “get back to running the country”.  The president also declined to rule out pardoning Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser charged with lying to the FBI over his conversations with the Russian ambassador.  Mr Trump called Mr Putin, the Russian prime minister, on Thursday to thank him for “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance” at a press conference.  It is the latest in a string of recent chats, including meeting in Asia in early November and discussing Syria in a lengthy call later that month.  Mr Trump’s first year in office has been overshadowed by questions about his campaign’s links to Russia, which are being looked into as part of an investigation into the country’s election meddling.  Since taking office, Mr Trump has made a series of contrasting comments about whether he believes the Russians were involved in disrupting last year’s election – as America's intelligence agencies have concluded.  In a lengthy piece based on interviews with more than 50 current and former US officials, The Washington Post revealed tensions at the very top of the administration over Russia. There has been no cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or how to hit back since Mr Trump took office, the paper reported, despite the seriousness of the accusations.  The targeting of the election was estimated to have cost the Russians just $ 500,000 (£375,000), according to estimates quoted in the report.  One unnamed source told the paper that if you mention Russian interference in Mr Trump’s daily intelligence briefing it goes “off the rails”. There has also been a battle over whether to return to Russian compounds in America that the US government seized as a punishment under Barack Obama.  Mr Trump’s supporters note that he has signed legislation bringing in new sanctions on Moscow and closed three Russian diplomatic facilities as proof he has not gone easy on the country.  Asked about his call to Mr Putin, Mr Trump said on Friday: “We would love to have his help on North Korea.  China is helping. Russia is not helping."  Asked if he would pardon Mr Flynn, Mr Trump said: "I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens.”



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Twitter Responds Perfectly After Marvel Editor-In-Chief Exposed For Posing As Asian

Twitter Responds Perfectly After Marvel Editor-In-Chief Exposed For Posing As AsianAfter news broke that Marvel’s new editor-in-chief, C.B. Cebulski, had posed as a Japanese comic book writer for a year, Twitter decided to use its powers for good.



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Trump Junior Exposed for Wikileaks Contacts

Trump Junior Exposed for Wikileaks ContactsRachel Maddow reports on yet another new revelation of contact between the Trump campaign and Russia and its operatives, this time between Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks…



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Lewis Hamilton and Mrs Brown's Boys actors latest to be exposed by Paradise Papers leaks

Lewis Hamilton and Mrs Brown's Boys actors latest to be exposed by Paradise Papers leaksThe Labour Party were accused of hypocrisyin their response to the Paradise Papers leaks as it emerged that they rent their headquarters from an offshore trust.  In the second day of revelations, which come predominately from a hack of law firm Appleby, the rich and famous faced further questions over their complex financial dealings.  Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One champion and one of the world's richest sportsmen, was accused of avoiding European taxes through a leasing businesses from which he rented his private jet back to himself. And three stars of the hit BBC sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys were revealed to have diverted more than £2million into an offshore tax-avoidance scheme.   The offshore investments of the Queen's private estate were revealed in the Paradise Papers  Credit: AFP British lawyer James O’Toole – who described himself in emails as a "tax alchemist” – set up structures designed to help the wealthy hide their money, including a loophole for paying public school fees whilst operating within the law. Apple, the world's most profitable firm, was also accused of shopping around for a tax haven and moving their offshore cash reserve to the Channel Island of Jersey when controversial practices in Ireland were cracked down upon in 2013.  The company insisted it remained the world's largest taxpayer with £26bn in corporation tax over the past three years and the move had not reduced their payments in any country. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, both condemned what they described as "massive tax avoidance" exposed in the leak.  Mr Corbyn even suggested that the Queen should apologise and be investigated for allowing her advisers at the Duchy of Lancaster to put around £10m in offshore investments.  Jeremy Corbyn says the Queen should apologise for her offshore investments 01:34 He said  “Anyone that is putting money into tax havens in order to avoid taxation in Britain, and obviously investigations have to take place, should do two things – not just apologise for it but also recognise what it does to our society. “If a very wealthy person wants to avoid taxation in Britain, and therefore put money into a tax haven somewhere, who loses? Schools, hospitals, housing, all those public services lose and the rest of the population has to pay to cover up the deficit created by that." Mr McDonnell echoed his sentiments when he called for a full public inquiry into the leaks, and went further saying that he would introduce a "withholding tax".  He continued: "There are a lot of these companies that have contracts with our Government so we are paying them money and that money is then going into tax havens. I would like to end those companies who are engaged in tax avoidance having public contracts." Paradise Papers | Who is involved? It later emerged that the lease on Labour's eight-floor headquarters, thought to be worth nearly one million pounds a year, is paid by the party to The West End of London Property Trust (WELPUT), a fund registered in Jersey. Schroders, the Jersey based company who manage the Trust, said tax is paid on the rent before it is put into trust and when their investors take profits they have to pay tax on it in their home country. It has previously been revealed that Mr McDonnell received an income of £14,421 from his Westminster City Council pension which is also invested in a Guernsey trust.  Jacob Rees-Mogg said that Labour had fundamentally misunderstood offshore trusts, in which he invests, as tax on the income was paid when the money was brought back into the UK.  "They are in the awful position of being both hypocritical and not very bright," he said.  "It is classic socialism, a case of do as I say and not as I do." A Labour spokesperson said the party received "no benefit as a result of the financial arrangements of the building owner" and added: "We remain committed to changing the current tax environment and to tackling tax avoidance.”  In brief | What is a tax haven? In a second day of revelations Hamilton was said to have been refunded £3.3m in VAT when he imported his £16.5m red Bombardier aircraft into England from Canada in 2013 through the Isle of Man.  The jet was bought by his British Virgin Islands company, it was then leased to an Isle of Man company set up by Appleby who then leased it to a UK jet chartering company, who then leased it to Mr Hamilton and his team.  There is no suggestion that Hamilton was directly involved in creating the scheme used for his jet and he told the BBC that he asked a tax barrister to check it and was told it was lawful.   The Isle of Man government has reviewed its schemes and found no evidence of wrongdoing but has nonetheless asked the Treasury to investigate.  Patrick Houlihan and Martin and Fiona Delany were also implicated in offshore schemes as it emerged that they  put their fees from a production company owned by Brendan O'Carroll, the creator and star Mrs Brown's Boys and Mrs Delany's father, into companies that they controlled in Mauritius which then repaid them in loans.  The three actors were introduced to the scheme by English accountant Roy Lyness, who first drew headlines in 2012 for running the scheme which helped comedian Jimmy Carr avoid paying more than £3m on his earnings.  The three could not be contacted for comment but Mr Houlihan, who plays Dermot, had seemed confused over the scheme and told the Irish Times that he had not intended to avoid tax but simply control when he got the money and paid the tax on it.  He said he was contacted by the BBC's Panorama about the scheme, adding: "I was surprised and I hung up. Afterwards I had to Google tax avoidance to see what it meant.” The documents are said to show that Mr Lyness inroduced them to tax advice firm Aston Court, which operated legal offshore trusts and companies which helped reduce tax liabilities.  Aston Court was in turn part run by Mr O'Toole, who helped his clients set up offshore cell companies where they lost technical control of their money but signed up as "investment advisers" who could control how money was spent.  Tax havens Mark Faulkner, a banker, and his wife, award winning war photographer Harriet Logan, were caught up in a complicated web of investments, the documents are said to show. In a move that is not illegal, they transferred millions of investments including cash, stocks and shares, a yacht and a portfolio of pictures to companies in Mauritius called Babington PCC.  They then advised on a number of investments including a classic car, a London flat and a wine collection.  They are now reviewing the arrangements and if any tax is required by HMRC it will be paid, their lawyers have said.  “Our clients have now commenced dialogue with HMRC to review the arrangements that their previous advisers had recommended,” the lawyer told the Guardian. Some of Aston Court's clients also required access to money for school fees and therefore the Educational Purpose Trust (EPT) was set up in Mauritius which offered to pay for scholarships for children in need of help.  About | Appleby Most applications came from Aston Court clients whose children were already attending the top private schools and they were then asked to make a “charitable contribution” to the trust, which would be tax deductible and would cover their children's fees.  Mr O'Toole and Aston Court did not respond to request for comments.  Appleby has said in a statement: “There is no evidence of wrongdoing either on the part of ourselves or our clients.”  



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