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While your regular newsletter editor is off sunning herself on the beach (a well-deserved break for Amy), it’s my pleasure to provide you with the latest news from ICIJ.

We’ve got more from Mauritius Leaks: the story of a luxury hotel chain’s tax affairs, an explainer on tax treaties and a wrap of news from our media partners around the world. Plus, the latest link to our Implant Files investigation – a global recall of Allergan’s textured breast implants. Read on!

LUXURY SANS TAX

For well-heeled tourists, the Six Senses Spa at Oman’s Al Bustan Palace provides an opulent respite from scorching summer days. Less happy with the spa experience? Oman’s Secretariat General for Taxation. Mauritius Leaks documents have helped us open a window onto the $171 billion luxury hotel industry, whose tax practices have been under scrutiny for years.

IMPACT AND BACKLASH

“The world isn’t a playground and our country was bound to attract criticism sooner or later,” wrote the editor of L’Express, our media partner in Mauritius. Sure enough, the small island nation is facing fresh scrutiny in the wake of our Mauritius Leaks investigation - particularly on its tax treaties (more on those just below). We bring you the latest news from our partners around the world.

TAX TREATIES EXPLAINED

Even with years of tax haven research under our belts, the ins and outs of double taxation agreements, or tax treaties, can still challenge the best of us. So we asked an expert to explain what tax treaties are, how they work, and why they’re so important (and controversial enough to be the backbone of our Mauritius Leaks investigation!).

BREAST IMPLANT RECALL

Medical device manufacturer Allergan will recall its Biocell textured breast implants worldwide after U.S. health authorities requested that it remove them from the market due to their association with a rare cancer of the immune system. This is the most sweeping recognition to date of the serious health risks associated with breast implants, many of which were revealed in our Implant Files investigation in November.

That’s all for this week. Your regular newsletter program will resume with a well-tanned Amy next week. Until then!

Hamish Boland-Rudder
ICIJ's Online Editor

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