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Forget Windows 11, Microsoft launches blockbuster update to Word, Outlook and Excel users

Forget Windows 11, Microsoft launches blockbuster update to Word, Outlook and Excel users

MICROSOFT has unveiled all-new versions of its popular Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams apps as part of the new Office 2021 software bundles on Windows and macOS, which arrive alongside the feverishly-anticipated Windows 11 today. Here’s what you need to know.Forget Windows 11, Microsoft launches blockbuster update to Word, Outlook and Excel users

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Queen’s estate launches review after Pandora papers reveal £67m link to Azerbaijan ruler

Queen's estate launches review after Pandora papers reveal £67m link to Azerbaijan ruler

Details of the alleged purchase were contained in the Pandora papers, which were released this evening. They alleged that the family and associates of the Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev, have traded close to £400m of UK property over the past 15 years through a network of offshore companies.

Clients reportedly include the Queen’s crown estate which allegedly paid £66.5m in August 2018 for 56-60 Conduit Street.

The eight-storey office and retailing property in London’s exclusive Mayfair district was bought from a British Virgin Islands-based company called Hiniz Trade & Investment, it has been claimed.

Hiniz had acquired the building for £35.5m in 2009, according to papers released by The Guardian and BBC. 

It said that the Pandora papers showed how ownership of the company was passed from the president’s daughter, Arzu Aliyeva, to her grandfather Arif Pashayev, who then placed the company into a trust in 2015.

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The leaked files do not show the source of the funds originally injected into Hiniz, it was reported.

But it allegedly revealed disclosure of the company’s shareholders – and how it switched between members of Azerbaijan’s first family – could raise questions about whether the transaction should be investigated on money-laundering concerns.

Dylan Kennedy, a former UK law enforcement officer and director of the financial due diligence company Intelpool, told the paper: “The onward sale of any property that had originally been purchased with potentially dirty funds completes the money laundering cycle, by providing a fresh paper trail that effectively legitimises the proceeds.

“In this case, if the source of funds is shown to be questionable, the sale of a property to the crown estate is the pinnacle of legitimisation.”

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The crown estate said it had been “provided with details of the ultimate beneficial owner of Hiniz Trade and Investment Limited, but no other ownership details”.

A spokesperson for the estate, which manages £15bn of property assets, said: “Before our purchase of [the building] we conducted checks including those required by UK law.

“At the time we did not establish any reason why the transaction should not proceed. Given the potential concerns raised, we are looking into the matter.”

Mr Aliyev has ruled Azerbaijan since 2003 – when he succeeded his father.

The country has frequently been accused of human rights abuses, rigged elections and systemic corruption.

A 2015 European parliament resolution called on “EU authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the corruption allegations against President Aliyev and members of his family”, following a series of stories by Azerbaijani investigative journalists accusing the first family of personally benefiting from state contracts and business deals.

And in 2017, the human rights campaign group Freedom House also criticised the country for “widespread and pervasive” corruption in a report.

“As long as the ruling elites continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the public purse, government anti-corruption measures will have limited impact,” it said.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Palace for comment.

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Dubois launches pro career on BOXXER bill

Caroline Dubois launches her pro boxing career on a bill topped by Richard Riakporhe’s world cruiserweight title eliminator on November 20, live on Sky Sports.

BOXXER has announced it will return to the SSE Arena Wembley with another action-packed fight card, featuring Olympic medallists, a WBC Silver world title eliminator, a British championship fight and a host of rising stars on a breakout night for a new generation of British boxing stars.

Having concluded her amateur career by winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the sensational Dubois will take her first step into the professional ranks and begin her journey to becoming the next global superstar in women’s boxing.

Caroline Dubois
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Caroline Dubois is one of the most exciting talents in British boxing

Riakporhe who returned from a prolonged injury layoff to defeat Krzysztof Twardowski, now takes a step closer to his world title dream.

The former British Cruiserweight Champion will face Olanrewaju Durodola in a WBC Silver cruiserweight eliminator and, if successful, will fight for a major world title in 2022.

Richard Riakporhe
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Richard Riakporhe floored Krzysztof Twardowski in a points win

Hosea Burton, the former British light-heavyweight champion, will have a chance to regain his former title in a long-awaited clash with Dan Azeez.

The two British talents have been on an inevitable collision course for some time and the vacant British light-heavyweight championship now raises the stakes for this fan-pleasing clash.

The card also hosts the return of newly-crowned IBF International welterweight champion Florian Marku to the BOXXER ring following the signing of a new deal.

The heavy-handed fan favourite will lay his belt on the line in what promises to be another of his trademark explosive encounters.

Florian Marku
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Florian Marku defends his IBF international welterweight title

Two of the hottest prospects in British boxing open the card, with Hassan Azim turning over from amateur to join his brother Adam in the professional ranks.

A member of Team GB and bronze medal winner at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, silver medallist at the European Youth Championships and six-time national champion, red-hot Azim is one of the best prospects to turn over in recent years

Adam Azim turned professional last year following an outstanding amateur career which encompassed ten national titles, a European championship and the #1 spot in the youth amateur welterweight rankings. He now trains with Shane McGuigan who tips him as a future unified world title champion.

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Alton Towers launches Trick o Treat Town Scarefest for Halloween – how to book tickets

Alton Towers launches Trick o Treat Town Scarefest for Halloween - how to book tickets

ALTON TOWERS has just announced that its big Halloween event is back for this October and the theme park is launching Trick o Treat Town. Filled with new attractions and exciting experiences, be sure to book tickets for the ultimate family celebration.Alton Towers launches Trick o Treat Town Scarefest for Halloween - how to book tickets

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