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Australia central bank subsidiary in Hussein link

Sep 30, 2013

Australia central bank subsidiary in Hussein link

The Reserve Bank of Australia on Monday admitted that staffers from a subsidiary had visited Iraq at the height of U.N. sanctions after it was accused of attempting to strike an illegal deal with Saddam Hussein. A joint investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. ...

| Sep 30, 2013

Law may lead to disparities

by Zachary A. Goldfarb

Half a century ago, the creation of Medicare and Medicaid was a triumph of American egalitarianism. Within a decade, the United States went from a country where 1 in 3 people lacked health insurance to a nation where just 1 in 10 went without ...

Sep 30, 2013

China kids know the logos used for smokes

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a U.S. study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among typical 5- and 6-year-olds in various countries. The study in the journal Pediatrics covered six nations — Brazil, India, Nigeria, ...

Scholars shed light on 'Jerusalem of the North'

Sep 30, 2013

Scholars shed light on 'Jerusalem of the North'

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, was once a thriving Jewish cultural hub before Nazi Germany wiped out the “Jerusalem of the North” and killed off most of the country’s Jews. Now individuals and state institutions alike are trying to revive the memory of this Jewish heritage ...

Sep 30, 2013

Fake online reviews face court cases and big fines

by Rob Lever

Fake online product reviews have been around for years, fueled by unscrupulous marketers seeking to boost sales. But a recent crackdown by authorities in New York could be the shock needed for the online sector to clean up its act. The New York state ...

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Sep 30, 2013

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott began a visit to Indonesia on Monday for talks on his tough refugee policies, which have sparked anger in Jakarta, as his government faced criticism over a boat sinking that left dozens dead or missing. Abbott laid a ...

Austria coalition scrapes majority; far right gains

Sep 30, 2013

Austria coalition scrapes majority; far right gains

Austria’s two main political parties looked Monday to have little alternative but to continue their unloved “grand coalition” for another five years after just scraping together a majority in elections. This is unless the conservatives attempt a repeat of their 2000 coalition with the ...

Sep 30, 2013

Slow start expected for system

The White House is downplaying expectations for the first day of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces. In recent weeks, senior administration members have begun predicting that there will be relatively few takers on Tuesday, when tens of millions of Americans will, for the ...

India's plan for 'women-only' spaces welcomed, criticized

Sep 30, 2013

India's plan for 'women-only' spaces welcomed, criticized

In the months since a gruesome gang rape riveted India, a “women-only” culture has been on the rise, with Indians increasingly seeking out women-only buses, cabs, travel groups and hotel floors. One city is preparing to open a women-only park. And in November, the ...