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Tax-cheat cash could aid poor

World hunger could be eradicated if the revenues that developing countries lose through tax dodging were available to them to invest in agricultural development, says a report from charity Christian Aid.

Its report, Who Pays The Price? Hunger: The Hidden Cost of Tax Injustice, says $50bn (€40bn) plus would be raised every year if governments ended tax haven secrecy and curtailed profit-shifting and tax dodging by multinationals in poor countries.

The report is published in the run-up to next month's G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

FLAX PLANT CAN BEAT KILLER BUGS

A plant first used by prehistoric man 30,000 years BC can help fight infections, according to scientists.

Researchers found that fibres from the common flax plant can kill bacteria efficiently when treated with special light-sensitive dyes and exposed to red light.

Academics at the University of Brighton in England said the approach could, for example, reduce contamination on bed linen and patients' clothes from bacteria including MRSA.

ABBA HITS TOP SGT PEPPER

Abba's greatest hits collection has overtaken The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to become the UK's second biggest selling album of all time.

The Swedish band's 1992 Best Of collection has now nudged ahead of The Beatles' 1967 album by nearly 15,000 copies.

Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits album remains the UK's most popular, with 5.9 million sales.

GNOMES BACK AT FLOWER SHOW

It is gnome mean feat – but the strict ban on ornamental figures populating gardens at Chelsea Flower Show has been lifted, for one year only.

Gnomes are set to invade Chelsea as it drops its rule to mark the centenary year and in order to raise money to involve young people in horticulture.

Those taking part include Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, writer Julian Fellowes, comic Rob Brydon and chef Antonio Carluccio.


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