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Germany 'pays millions'
for Panama Papers
Germany has paid millions of euros for
the so-called Panama Papers revealing
offshore tax evasion, reports say.
The Federal Crime Office (BKA) said it
would put the multi-million-file invento-
ry into electronic form to allow for detailed
It did not confirm the sum, but govern-
ment sources told German media 5m euros
(US$5.7m) had been paid.
The documents leaked last year exposed
rich and powerful people, who had used tax
havens to hide their wealth.
The leaks put heads of state, businessmen
and celebrities under pressure, with some
resigning over the revelations.
Some of the approximately 11.5m docu-
ments from Panamanian law firm Mossack
Fonseca were leaked initially to Germany's
Süddeutsche Zeitung and then to other news
organisations in co-operation with the Inter-
national Consortium of Investigative Jour-
Süddeutsche said it had refused to pass
on the documents to protect its sources and
reported that a team of federal police and
prosecutors had travelled to Panama City
last week to meet local officials. Police said
that reviewing the data was likely to take
While paying large sums for unlawfully ob-
tained data has been ruled legal by Germany's
constitutional court, it remains controversial.
When Denmark paid a smaller sum to buy
data allegedly implicating up to 600 Danish
citizens last September, opposition parties
attacked the decision as "deeply reprehen-
The Panama Papers leak was the biggest
in history. Some of the documents have been
published by various media organisations but
many remain unpublished.
Sweden to hold 'man-free' music festival
Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is
organising a "man-free" music festival
in her home country in response to rape
and sexual assault claims at festivals.
She suggested the idea after reports of a
number of sexual offences at Sweden's big-
gest music festival Bravalla, which has now
been cancelled for next year.
"What do you think about putting togeth-
er a really cool festival where only non-men
are welcome?" she tweeted.
She said it would take place "until all men
have learned how to behave."
A day after her initial tweet, she confirmed
plans for the event to go ahead, saying:
"Sweden's first man-free rock festival will
see the light next summer.
"In the coming days I'll bring together a
solid group of talented organisers and project
leaders to form the festival organisers, then
you'll hear from everyone again when it's
time to move forward."
Knyckare, who is also a radio host, de-
nied that banning men from her festival
She told Sweden's Aftonbladet: "Since
it seems to be OK to discriminate against
women all the time, maybe it's OK to shut
out men for three days? I would not exactly
call it an abuse not to come to the festival."
Cuba love hotels to
The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana,
say they are restoring a network of hotels where
rooms are rented by the hour to lovers.
State-run "posadas," or love motels, disappeared
during Cuba's economic crisis in the 1990s, when
they became hurricane shelters.
Private householders filled the gap in the market,
but at exorbitant prices.
Officials say the posadas will be cheaper and will
help end the practice of love-making in Havana's
State housing officials at the Provincial Housing
Company of Havana say the new network of five
posadas will be highly lucrative and will help peo-
ple struggling with Havana's overcrowded and scarce
Many families in Havana have to share apartments.
DiThe officials said they hoped the new chain would
provide cheaper options for love-making in the city.
Couples making love are a common sight in Ha-
vana's parks, on the beach and on the famed Malecon
face of ancient
Scientists in Peru
have managed to re-
construct the face of
a powerful ancient fe-
male leader using 3D
The woman, known as
the Lady of Cao, belonged
to the Moche culture in
northern Peru and died
1,700 years ago.
Her preserved remains
were found in 2006 at a
mud-brick ruined pyr-
amid known Huaca Cao
Viejo, near Trujillo.
Scientists were able
to replicate her face af-
ter analysing her skull
structure and remains.
The Lady of Cao was buried with a crown, and gold
and copper items.
The grave also contained a number of weapons, in-
cluding two massive war clubs and 23 spear throwers.
A modern autopsy revealed she had been in her 20s
when she died, probably of childbirth or pregnancy
Her feet, legs and face were tattooed with magic
symbols of serpents and spiders.
The richness of her burial site suggests she might
have been a priestess or even a political ruler.
The discovery challenged the belief that only men
held high positions in ancient Moche society.
Peru's minister of Culture, Salvador del Solar,
said"We are privileged to announce this strange com-
bination of the future and the past: technology has
allowed us to see the face of a political and religious
leader from a culture from the past." (BBC)
The Lady of Cao could
have been a priestess or
a political ruler. AP PHOTO
North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un reacts with
technicians of the DPRK
Academy of Defence
Science after the test-
launch of the
North Korea said its
missile (ICBM) can carry
a large nuclear warhead,
triggering a call by
Washington for global
action to hold it
weapons. AP PHOTO
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