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Cayman Islands Removed From EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Despite its status as one of the world’s most secretive and low tax jurisdictions, the European Council announced on Tuesday that it has delisted the Cayman Islands from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes – informally known as its tax haven blacklist.  

Maduro Gets Closer to Venezuela’s Gold in the UK

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s chances to get hold of US$1.95 billion in gold stored in the Bank of England rose on Monday when a U.K. appeals court overturned a previous High Court ruling that stated the U.K. had recognized Maduro’s rival as the country’s president.

Journalists Call for Probe into Russian Colleague’s Self-Immolation

International journalist associations have joined Monday’s appeal of the Russian Union of Journalists, RUJ, for Russian authorities to investigate the the death of the editor-in-chief of an independent Russian news site who set herself on fire in front of a government building.

British Virgin Islands Plans to Make Company Ownership Transparent

Investigative journalists and civil society groups are encouraged by the news that the government of the British Virgin Islands, BVI, – one of the world’s most notorious financial secrecy jurisdictions – plans to make company ownership publicly accessible information.