Man in a mask

Scammers used a silicone mask to impersonate France's former Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and fleece wealthy victims of €80 million ($138m). Le Drian, now minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, is an important but relatively obscure political figure. The scammers would pose as a member of Le Drian's inner circle and convince businessmen to have a conversation with the esteemed "minister" — first by phone, then via Skype. The fake minister was seated far from the camera, in a poorly lit room, to make it harder for victims to realise he was just a

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Strange coincidences

Has John Key changed the flag without telling us?