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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.
The first big political casualty of the Panama Papers.
Iceland's Prime Minister resigns after allegations he concealed
millions of dollars worth of investments in an offshore company.
In other revelations from the Panama papers,
Fifa's new president Gianni Infantino signed off on a contract
with two businessmen who have since been accused of bribery
Wooing voters in Wisconsin - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are under
pressure, as opinion polls say they're both trailing their rivals
in the latest US presidential primary.
Also coming up, as part of the US Marine force in Afghanistan, Lucca
served hundreds of missions before being injured.
Now Britain is bestowing her with one of its highest honours.
It's being seen as the first big political casualty of the leak
of millions of documents from a Panamanian law firm about
The fallout from the huge data leak from the company Mossack Fonseca has
Now Iceland's Prime Minister has been forced to resign
after documents appear to reveal he and his wife concealed millions
of dollars worth of investments in an offshore company.
Our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins has the latest.
The Prime Minister of Iceland is the first major casualty
of the massive Panama Papers leaks which have shone a powerful
spotlight on the secret world of offshore finance.
Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson was accused of concealing millions
He insists he has done nothing wrong.
But huge crowds in front of the Icelandic parliament
disagreed, some estimates say one tenth of the population took
This is where the global scandal originated.
A Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.
11 million documents held here are passed to a German
newspaper which shared them with over 100 media organisations,
They show how the company helped clients launder money,
Mossack Fonseca says it has never been charged
When the Prime Minister sat down for a series of interviews,
he was challenged about allegations that he was involved
Now, he has walked from high office and tonight the journalist who got
the interview told the BBC he is stunned and said
the crisis goes far wider in Iceland.
The population of Iceland is around 330,000.
So far we have found around 800 offshore companies
I think we are setting another world record here!
Tonight, the Icelandic president rejected the calls
for a snap election, saying he needs to consult
Mr Gunnlaugsson might be going, but the government of Iceland
is in turmoil as the fallout from the Panama Papers spreads.
Let's cross now to Reykjavik to talk to the journalist you saw in that
report, Johannes Kristjansson, who directly confronted
the Prime Minister over his family's connection with
we saw a dramatic interview. Are you surprised how quickly this is moving
now? Yes, the till you the truth, bash back to tell you the truth, I
have only been thinking about working on this story for ten months
with other media partners. I was just doing my work. I didn't think
so much about the consequences. This story is huge, and the fact that the
Prime Minister walked out of the interview, it made the story they go
because of that. -- bigger because of that. He didn't know that you are
going to ask about that. Did he deny everything or did he say there was
no trust? What exactly did he say when he was walking out? He didn't
deny all of it. But he didn't tell us much. He said he had to go
through some files to remember, and he got angry and he walked out of
the interview. We invited him for another interview, to talk about
this company. We did it not once, not twice, but three or four times.
So he had in the world to explain. -- he had all the time in the world.
What precisely has the Prime Minister done wrong? Has he done
anything illegal? It is not about illegal. It is about the ethical
standard of the most powerful man in Iceland. It is not about the legal
aspect of the story. People here in Iceland are thinking about the moral
and ethical. Because he stands to benefit from the banking system
because of his investment. Can you explain that? He and his wife owned
the company together until the last day of December 2009, when he sold
his 60% to his wife for $1. And when he was negotiating with the
president of the S manic banks -- the Icelandic banks, so, he was on
both sides, or the negotiating table.
The new Fifa Presidential Award and is the latest name to come out of
the Panama papers. He
signed off on a contract with two
businessmen who have since been
accused of bribery. It was meant to be a new start
heralding a new era for Fifa. Everyone in the world will applaud
us and we will applaud all of you with what we will do with Fifa in
future. At just five weeks since Gianni Infantino's election, it is
the past that threatens to cast an early shadow over his new rain. The
Panama Papers have already implicated world leaders. Now the
most powerful man input all has been dragged into the scandal. Among
millions of leaked documents is this 2006 contract, a deal signed off by
Gianni Infantino when he was a director at Uefa with an offshore
company might want to stop it paid ?60 million for three rights of
broadcast rights in Ecuador, then sold it on to a TV company for
almost three times the price. Cross Trading was own by these two men.
They were invited by US prosecutors last year as part of an FBI- let
corruption investigation. The authorities allege that as the
owners of Cross Trading, they paid millions of dollars in bribes over
several years to South American football officials to secure TV
rights to regional soccer tournaments. In a statement Uefa Mac
said... According to Fifa, this is a matter
for Uefa. But the problem facing Gianni Infantino as he settles into
light in syrup is that it turns out, initially, Uefa then I is doing
business with any of those individuals indicted last year when
asked by a German newspaper. But the Panama Papers reveal that denial to
be false. It is more damaging revelations for Fifa and Uefa. And
again it begs the question, how many more transactions are there like
this that we don't know about? What sort of checks to be ball in
football do about the countries with which they have transactions and who
audits those deals after they have been completed? Uefa says that it
will cooperate with the FBI if asked to do so, and there is no suggestion
that Gianni Infantino or TeleAmazonas is guilty of any
wrongdoing, but the step was to be another setback for Fifa.
With me now is our Sports News Correspondent, Richard Conway.
How common is it for middlemen to act as brokers for TV rights? It is
not uncommon for this to happen, but in this instance, what the Panama
Papers have revealed as the details behind this. What we know from
partners and sources are the numbers involved. We know that Cross
Trading, this company, as Dan Rowan explained in his report, paid
$111,000 for these rights but then sold them on an Ecuadorian TV
company for triple that price. So they made a lot of money. And the
Ecuadorian TV company feel as if they were effectively done out of
this money because they were acting as the middleman on this. So it
doesn't uncommon, but as you said before, there was no allegation of
wrongdoing on the part of Gianni Infantino. But on that point, you
said that he has done nothing wrong. But it is embarrassing for him. When
this was put to Uefa last year, about, have you had any dealings
with any of the people or companies involved in the big US corruption
probe that we saw last year, with dawn raids, people indicted in May
2015, they came back on two occasions and said no, we have had
no dealings with them. Now, they have said that there were dealings
but it was an open and competitive process that happened and this was
one of many thousands of deals done over Champions League rights. Will
the ethics committee get involved now, or what is the procedure? It'll
be interesting see how this develops. One very senior source at
Fifa said that in the interest of transparency this matter should be
seen by the ethics committee because if there is nothing to hide, then
there is no problem and it can be examined and dealt with fairly
quickly. Where is Fifa in terms of the restructuring that means today
please? It is five months since Gianni Infantino was elected as Fifa
president. He was introduced as a break from the old regime. He
introduced a package of reforms. This Congress in Mexico in a few
weeks is about consolidating those reforms and looking to the future.
They wanted to restore trust within three years. That was their aim.
Thousands of migrants being held in camps in Greece
That could slow the rate of returns to Turkey under
The European Asylum Office says more than 60 of its officers will arrive
on the island of Lesbos tomorrow to begin "admissibility
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford is in Lesbos.
This is the main detention camp here on Lesbos for migrants arriving
here now and we've just come up here to find a big group of men
mainly behind the main fence here who have been protesting.
Some of their signs and say, "If you deport us, we die".
Others are just saying, "Freedom".
They've been shouting as well, "Freedom",
We understand that most the people here taking part in this
process are Pakistanis, although I have seen
I've spoken to a volunteer who's been working in the migrant camps
here on Lesbos who says that she knows many of these men
and she says they do have legitimate claims for asylum.
The problem is, they are worried those claims will not be considered
and that they may be deported on the next ferries
They've just darted shouting "freedom" again.
This is the a peaceful protest for now, the right
For the moment, it seems fairly calm.
This is about people trying to express their fear and worries.
Apart from these Pakistanis and Afghans, there are also a lot
of people from Syria in this camp, people who have applied for asylum
and who expect those applications to be considered.
The problem is that that seems to be a very slow process.
It seems that there aren't at this point enough officials,
enough asylum experts, to consider those claims fully.
We are expecting many experts, many assistants, to come
from the EU to help with that process, but for the moment
Of course, not just this crowd here, but everybody inside this camp
is very concerned about one thing - they say they don't want to be
sent back to Turkey, they want to stay here in Europe.
The Swiss government has criticised a decision by a school to exempt
male Muslim students from shaking hands with female teachers.
Two students argued that Islam limits physical contact
The Justice Minister says shaking hands is part of Swiss culture.
Americans in the state of Wisconsin are heading to the polls today
in the latest round of the US Presidential Election primary race.
The most recent opinion polls for the Republicans put
He says he could easily win the Republican nomination
if the third candidate, John Kasich, drops out.
For the Democrats, Bernie Sanders currently has a small lead
There was high turnout from early hours
Wisconsin plays an important role with both of the presidential
On the Republican side, Donald Trump was stumping hard for votes
But he's behind in the polls and if he loses here,
winning the nomination will become a tougher battle.
He even brought his wife out to try and sweeten his message,
hoping to recover from a week of missteps that played
70% of women now give him a thumbs down.
Something he dismisses, along with any other evidence
I think that I'm going to do very well with women.
We just had a big meeting, many women at the meeting,
and they liked me best because they say I'm best
with the military, best with the borders, best
for security and I'd said, I'm going to be best
for women's health issues, much better than Hillary,
Donald Trump's main rival, the Texan Senator Ted Cruz,
sees a chance to make up for lost ground.
He can't beat the front runner by winning this state alone,
but it would give him crucial momentum, especially
as the party's heavyweights also want to sink Trump's chances.
I don't care what he says any more, I don't care what he tweets,
what I'm focused on is how do we solve the real
America has real challenges, and these are serious times.
This is not the time for a circus sideshow.
On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders is also
looking to keep up momentum after a string of recent victories.
Wisconsin looks good for him, but he did need to wind big and keep
winning big to catch up with Hillary Clinton.
That looks almost impossible, but Mr Sanders's strong showings
and ferocious fundraising are making life tough for her.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
Groups campaigning for a change to the abortion law
in Northern Ireland have criticised the prosecution of a woman
who bought drugs online to induce a miscarriage.
Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is only allowed
in Northern Ireland if a woman's life is at risk or there
is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
The woman was given a suspended prison sentence.
Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces have agreed on an immediate
ceasefire after nearly four days of fighting in the disputed
Ethnic Armenians have controlled the mountainous enclave
The conflict, which ended in 1994, flared up again on Saturday.
South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has survived an opposition
The motion was tabled after the country's highest court
ruled he had violated the constitution by refusing
to repay some of the millions of dollars of public funds
The International Criminal Court has thrown out charges
against Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, over
post-election violence, but stopped short of acquitting him.
It leaves the way open for a possible future prosecution.
Both men denied charges of crimes against humanity in connection
with the deaths of more than 1,000 people in violence
Our correspondent in The Hague, Anna Holligan,
It's been a busy three years since the Kenyan deputy president,
William Ruto, and his coaccused, the radio presenter Joshua
They have both denied three charges of crimes against humanity,
murder, forcible deportation and persecution.
The violence erupted in late 2007, following a disputed election.
And soon, what began as political riots quickly turned
The Kenyan opposition leader accused the then-president
More than 1,300 people were murdered.
Approximately 600,000 were left homeless, too afraid
It was Kenya's worst wave of violence since independence.
Mr Ruto's defence team argued the charges against him
The ICC prosecutor withdrew similar charges against the president
in 2014 in connection with the same post-election violence.
This case has led to a high-profile campaign
against the ICC amongst some African nations,
who accuse the court of demonstrating bias
A criminal gang has been jailed for stealing rhino horn and Chinese
antiques worth almost ?60 million from museums around the UK.
The 14 men were said to have caused significant cultural loss
to Britain, and the value of what they stole
dwarfs the robbery last year in Hatton Garden.
Our correspondent Robert Hall has more.
They were dubbed "the Rathkeale Rovers", after the Irish town where
Six of the key players were family. John and Richard O'Brien,
their uncle Daniel O'Brien and their brother-in-law
Their targets were collections of high-value Chinese artefacts and,
Some of these people were experts in their own rights.
They would often attend antique fairs and auction houses,
so they have a really clear understanding of what's desirable,
what's selling and what's high-value.
Some of them were experts and they knew they could sell the items with
This series of crimes took place over four months and involved more
The men at the top, the planners, didn't take part in the actual
break-ins, so mobile phone tracking was crucial in establishing links
with other gang members and putting callers in the right place,
Two gang members who snatched a Ming dynasty vase at Durham's
Oriental Museum were tackled before they could escape.
In Norwich, another raid verging on incompetent
when four of the gang tried to steal a rhino head
during opening hours, but it
One member of staff kicked the man. Another grabbed their head and run
off with it. Ramon Fonseca a month later,
the gang spotted a rhino horn cup in Sussex but when the latest
recruit strolled through the door, they look went for the wrong cup
and they were grabbed by staff. Foiled again, they returned
to Durham Oriental Museum, checking out the galleries
and smashing their way in. They hid ?2 million worth of Chinese
artefacts in a hedge but one burglar forgot where he put them
and they were recovered. The gang were now desperate
for success and a new plan took them to the Fitzwilliam
Museum in Cambridge. On a spring day in 2012,
three gang members They took a particular interest
in the Oriental galleries. Just before half past seven
the following evening, In just a couple of minutes,
the burglars grabbed 18 objects with a market value of ?40 million
which have not been seen since. It is a betrayal of trust. These
objects belong to the public. And their theft by a series of selfish
individuals has changed that. They are no longer on display.
A criminal network that's thought to have operated across Europe
has been closed down, but the treasures that
belong to all of us have yet to be recovered.
A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb in
Afghanistan has been honoured at a ceremony in London. Lucca, a
12-year-old German shepherd, was employed by the US military. But on
Sangita Myska reports. front leg when a bomb went off.
Her hand were tied the medal round. It is the highest honour that a
military animal can achieve in combat and it is well-deserved. It
is on measures like this in a rock in 2006 that Lucca work to keep
hundreds of Allied troops say. Sent outside of army patrols, she
searched for and discovered IEDs, arms discovered cache
and even insurgents. it is a bond that the soldier who
trained Lucca says is unbreakable. We treat them just like Marines. And
our job is to properly employed a dog and just look out when we are on
patrol. It is a true team effort. Was during the last day of
everlasting mission in Afghanistan when she tripped and IED. The mashed
but -- the massive explosion severed leg and she suffered terrible wounds
to her chest. She was finally retired and return to the handler.
He says that it is her that he owes his life. In my worst moments in, I
lost one of my fellow dog teams in a clean-up operation south of Baghdad.
Lucca has been described as a symbol of hope and inspiration. The saw
Jaws whose lives she saved would certainly agree. Asch Magbi
soldiers. The primers rob Iceland has resigned
after allegations that he concealed millions of dollars worth of
investments in an offshore Company. Revelations also about the new Fifa
president Gianni Infantino, he signed off on a contract with two
businessmen who have since been accused of bribery. There is no
suggestion that Gianni Infantino has done anything wrong.
For now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
Some sunshine and some water made for a fairly