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Paris Supermaket Attack Hero Lassana Bathily to Get French Citizenship

PARIS — A Muslim immigrant was set to be granted fast-track French citizenship on Tuesday after he hid several Jewish shoppers in a kosher supermarket during a deadly terrorist siege. Lassana Bathily, who was born in Mali, was working at a Hyper Cacher store on January 9 when it was attacked by Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly. Four hostages were killed before police shot Coulibaly dead.

HSBC's private banking arm accused of tax fraud by Belgium

Authorities in Brussels have charged HSBC's private banking arm, which is based in Switzerland, with helping wealthy Belgians to avoid taxes.

Prosecutors allege that hundreds of clients - including diamond dealers in Antwerp - moved money to offshore tax havens with the help of the bank.

They said it resulted in hundreds of millions of euros in lost tax revenue.

In August, HSBC warned that the penalties in relation to such allegations "could be significant".

EU must focus on getting better results from its spending

In its annual report on the EU budget published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warns that the budget system is too focused on just getting funds spent and needs to place more emphasis on achieving results. As independent auditor, the ECA signed off the 2013 accounts of the European Union, but stresses that the management of EU spending is not yet good enough overall - either at EU level or in the Member States.

 

Juncker Commission takes office

Today the Juncker Commission is officially starting its term of office that will run until 31 October 2019.

Spain: 3 more people with Ebola-like symptoms hospitalised

Three more people showing Ebola-like symptoms have been hospitalised in Madrid, bringing the total to six. One of those six is Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who was infected with Ebola.

More than 50 other people are being monitored by Spanish authorities, as anger spreads about how Romero was able to contract the virus.

The nurse told a local broadcaster on Wednesday that she was starting to feel better.

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