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Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.


IMF: World economy slowest growth since financial crisis

The International Monetary Fund says the world economy this year will grow at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis.

IMF: World economy slowest growth since financial crisis. Credit: PA

It is because a big economic slowdown in China and other emerging countries is counterbalancing strengthening recovery in richer nations, the FT (£) reports.

This year will be the fifth year running that average growth in emerging economies has declined, the IMF predicted in its twice-yearly world economic outlook.


US commander: Air strike on hospital in Kunduz was a mistake

General John Campbell Credit: AP

The top US commander in Afghanistan says the recent air strike on a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was a mistake.

General John Campbell told the US Senate armed services committee that it was a US decision to conduct the air strike and that the hospital was "mistakenly struck".

Gen Campbell's evidence came three days after the air strike on the medical clinic killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more.

The clinic was operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders.

Gen Campbell said on Monday that the air strike was requested by Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire.

NHS England boss: rethink needed on immigration plans

Simon Stevens, CEO for NHS England Credit: PA

The chief executive of NHS England has warned that government plans to limit immigration need a "rethink" as current plans could harm staffing levels in the health service.

Simon Stevens has called for the government to "join up the dots" on immigration policy and the NHS.

At the Institute of Directors annual convention Mr Stevens said:

My responsibility is to point out that at time when the need for nurses is growing, when publicly funded UK nurse training places will take several years to expand, and when agency staff costs are driving hospital overspends right now, we need to better ‘join up the dots’ on immigration policy and the NHS.

Most nurses I speak to struggle to understand why our immigration rules define ballet dancers as a shortage occupation - but not nursing.

And most hospitals tell me that the idea that we would seriously consider deporting some of our most experienced and committed nurses solely because they’re not earning £35,000 clearly needs a rethink.

– Simon Stevens, NHS England

Operation Yewtree detectives arrest 79-year-old man

The man is the 19th person arrested under the Yewtree investigation. Credit: PA

Operation Yewtree detectives have arrested a 79-year-old man on suspicion of sexual offences, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday.

The man, from Essex, was taken into custody in the local area by officers working on the investigation into historic sex crimes, launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Police said the man fell under the strand of the investigation labelled "others".

"He was taken into custody locally and subsequently bailed to return pending further inquiries, next due on a date in early December," a Metropolitan Police Service spokesman said.

He is the 19th person arrested under the Yewtree investigation.

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