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Singer Shakira accused of fraud

MADRID: Spain’s public prosecutor has filed an accusation of tax fraud against Colombian singer Shakira, the prosecutor’s spokesman said. The prosecutor alleges she avoided more than 14.5 million euros ($16.34 million) in payments over a three-year period in which she lived in the north-eastern region of Catalonia, Europa Press reported. It is the latest case of a high-profile figure being accused of avoiding paying tax in Spain, following investigations into footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Shakira’s…

Prosecutors to file fraud complaint against Shakira: report

MADRID: Spanish prosecutors are poised to file a court complaint against Shakira for allegedly evading 14.5 million euros ($16.5 million) in taxes, which the superstar singer's defence lawyers deny, a report said Friday. The El Pais daily said prosecutors had notified the award-winning Colombian singer's lawyers that after investigating the case they would not drop it, which means they will file a complaint in court in the coming days for alleged tax fraud. A spokesman for Spain's prosecution office would only tell AFP…

Colombia must invest in education to have peace: Shakira

BARRANQUILLA: Colombians must invest more in education if there is to be peace, pop star Shakira said on Friday, during a visit to her home country to close her El Dorado tour and break ground at two schools to be built by her charitable foundation. The singer attended two ceremonies in Cartagena and her hometown of Barranquilla at the sites of the future schools, signing her autograph in the cement cornerstones. “When some children don’t receive the same education as those who live in better conditions we can’t talk…

Shakira sings at ‘magical’ cedars of Lebanon, land of her ancestors

BCHARRE: Shakira performed at the ancient cedars of Lebanon on Friday in a mountaintop concert in the land of her ancestors. The Colombian singer-songwriter delighted a crowd of thousands gathered under the stars in northern Lebanon, where she said she was proud to be singing in the land of her grandparents. “Lubnaaan! It’s amazing to be in this magical setting, it’s surreal, thank you so much for having me tonight,” she said after her opening songs, using the Arabic word for Lebanon. “This means so much to me to be…

Shakira pays 20 mn euros to Spain taxman: report

MADRID: Superstar Shakira has handed over more than 20 million euros ($24.6 million) to tax authorities in Spain, a report said Tuesday, as she was accused of not paying taxes despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014. Catalan daily El Periodico reported that the Colombian award-winning singer had paid the money "to settle part of the debt claimed by Spain's tax authorities", corresponding to what she allegedly owes for 2011. The fiscal authorities filed an official complaint to prosecutors in Barcelona accusing…

Shakira cancels first week of concerts of her world tour

Pop star Shakira was forced to cancel the first swathe of concerts of her world tour on Friday because of a problem with her vocal cords, the tour's promoters said. The Colombian singer postponed two concerts this weekend in Paris and a Belgian date on Sunday as well as a concert in Amsterdam on Tuesday "on the orders of her doctor", they said. The cancellations come after the "Hips Don't Lie" star called off the opening concert of the "El Dorado World Tour" in Cologne on Wednesday, telling fans that all…

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

ROSARIO: Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America's celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi's spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario. Shakira and friends  Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi's teammate Gerard Pique are expected among the 260 guests. They will join…

Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA:  Soccer superstar Lionel Messi's Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America's wedding of the decade. Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi's Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend. Media such as local Rosario newspaper La Capital also expect other current and former Barcelona stars such as Luis Suarez, Neymar, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez to be among the…

Shakira joins Colombian stars supporting FARC peace deal

BOGOTA: Some of Colombia's most famous artists, athletes and writers, from singer Shakira to soccer star Falcao, are lending their support to the peace accord with Marxist rebels that aims to end a half-century of war. Shakira, along with Juanes and Carlos Vives - two Colombian musicians popular across the Spanish-speaking world - sang stirring messages of reconciliation, forgiveness and love after President Juan Manuel Santos signed the peace pact Monday with the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),…