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The anonymous source behind the leak of the Panama Papers has spoken for the first time, offering to help law authorities make prosecutions in return for immunity. In a 1,800-word statement, "John Doe" reveals he has never worked for a spy agency or a government. He starts the statement by citing "income equality" as a motive. The Panama Papers...

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An appeals court judge in Brazil has lifted a suspension on messaging service WhatsApp, which was blocked on Monday affecting millions of users. Judge Ricardo Mucio Santana de Abreu Lima ordered phone operators to restore the service immediately. The original suspension was ordered because WhatsApp's owner Facebook failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation. The service...

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A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours, the latest suspension to hit the hugely popular application. The judge, Marcel Montalvao, issued the order because WhatsApp owner Facebook failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation. WhatsApp was temporarily shut down in December for similar reasons. The service is widely used...

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. They told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better information about...

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Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep on Sunday when their clocks moved forward to save power, as the country grapples with a deep economic crisis. The time change was ordered by President Nicolas Maduro as part of a package of measures to cope with a severe electricity shortage. The government already ordered rolling blackouts and...

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It was only a year and a half ago that 54.5 million Brazilians went to the polls to re-elect Dilma Rousseff in one of the world's largest democratic elections. She defeated a centre-right coalition of parties by a narrow margin and earned a mandate to carry on the legacy of the centre-left Workers' Party, which has been ruling Brazil...

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Police in Panama have raided the headquarters of the law firm at the centre of a massive data leak. Prosecutors said the operation had been carried out at the offices of Mossack Fonseca in Panama City "without incident or interference". The leaked "Panama Papers" have shown how some wealthy people use offshore firms to evade tax and avoid...

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Authorities in El Salvador have raided the offices of the Panama law firm at the centre of a massive data leak, the attorney general's office says. Documents and computer equipment were seized from the Mossack Fonseca office, officials said on Twitter. The attorney general's office said the Mossack Fonseca sign had been removed a day earlier and quoted an...

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A partner at Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the centre of a huge leak of confidential financial data, says it was the victim of a hack. Ramon Fonseca said the leak was not an "inside job" - the company had been hacked by servers based abroad. It had filed a complaint with the Panamanian attorney general's office....

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A huge leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, has thrown new light on how the rich and powerful hide their wealth. It has also brought renewed attention on Panama itself, one of the world's best-known tax havens. But what makes Panama different from other low or no-tax jurisdictions and how did it become this...

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