Firms overwhelmingly want Abe to delay sales tax hike, poll shows

Nov 13, 2014

Firms overwhelmingly want Abe to delay sales tax hike, poll shows

Companies overwhelmingly want Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay or scrap the consumption tax increase planned for next October, a Reuters poll shows, highlighting concerns the hike could derail a fragile recovery. As expectations grow that Abe will soon announce he is putting off ...

Oct 31, 2014

Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things ...

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

Jun 19, 2014

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security survey reported Wednesday. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in particular helped drag ...

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Jun 8, 2014

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should ...

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

May 30, 2014

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

Researchers have found less gray matter in the brains of men who perused large amounts of sexually explicit material. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if pornography actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors ...

May 13, 2014

'Sea too blue, waiter too tasty': oddest hotel gripes

An overly handsome waiter, a snoring girlfriend and the sea being too dazzlingly colorful are among bizarre complaints lodged by hotel guests, a survey showed Monday. Online travel search company Skyscanner Ltd. asked 400 employees of international hotels for their most memorable customer grumbles ...