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  1. Business - Economy - US ECONOMY

    IMF cuts US growth forecast to 2pc

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 09:36am by AFP

    ... that increasing the minimum wage from the current federal government standard of US$7.25 an hour "would help raise incomes for millions of working poor". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1534514/imf-cuts-us-growth-forecast-2pc
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Hundreds more infectious germ samples found at lab near Washington

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... 1946 and 1964 when standards for work with and storage of biological specimens were very different from those used today," the FDA said. "All of the items labelled as infectious ... to these agents." The statement was released four hours after the chief of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, finished his testimony at a House hearing, in which he admitted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555635/hundreds-more-infectious-germ-samples-found-lab-near-washington
  3. News - World - OBITUARY

    Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate, dies aged 83

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 05:03am by AFP

    ... as a directing genius with a "sparkling wit and a brilliant mind". "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre- an astonishing canon ranging from The Graduate, Working Girl, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," among many other works. "He was a true visionary, winning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1644977/mike-nichols-director-graduate-dies-aged-83
  4. News - World - MEXICO

    Mexico's first lady to sell mansion after controversy over China rail tender

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 05:30am by AFP

    ... that have put my honour in doubt, I want to make it clear before all Mexicans that I have nothing to hide, that I have worked all my life and that thanks to that I am an independent woman," ... hours after a visibly irate Pena Nieto said his wife would publicly clear up the "falsehoods" in the report by journalist Carmen Aristegui. Rivera said she was selling the house- which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1644080/mexicos-first-lady-sell-mansion-after-controversy-over-china-rail-tender
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Chinese guest worker says he's a slave in Japan under exploitive scheme

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 10:01pm by AFP

    ... and a new set of skills that would give him greater chance of getting work at home. "My Japanese colleagues would always say 'baka' to me," said En, who spoke on condition that his full name was not revealed. "I am exhausted physically and mentally." His problem is not the bullying by Japanese colleagues, nor the two-hour each-way commute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1644760/chinese-guest-worker-says-hes-slave-japan-under-exploitive-scheme
  6. News - World

    Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves G20 summit early, citing need for sleep

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 05:17am by AFP

    ... need nine hours to fly from here to Vladivostok and another nine hours from Vladivostok to Moscow," he said. "Then we need to get home and return to work on Monday. There's a need to sleep at least four to five hours," he said. But sceptics were not convinced, suggesting Putin was offended by the icy reception from Western leaders in Brisbane. "After all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1641487/russian-president-vladimir-putin-leaves-g20-summit-early-citing-need
  7. News - Asia - INDIA

    Indian doctors slash suspected thief to death in Calcutta hospital

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 11:14pm by AFP

    ... to a pillar and carried out the attack, before leaving him to die. "Some of them even slashed him on his private parts," De said, adding that labourers working nearby alerted police. ... will not tolerate such kinds of inhumane behaviour. We have ordered an inquiry into the incident. The committee was asked to submit the report in 24 hours," she said. Two people have been detained ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1642457/indian-doctors-slash-suspected-thief-death-calcutta-hospital
  8. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Top US general Martin Dempsey tells troops in Iraq momentum is turning

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 06:31pm by AFP

    ... was visiting Iraq for the first time since President Barack Obama responded to Islamic State advances this summer by ordering troops back into a country they left in 2011. Hours earlier, an Iraqi army ... of midgets running around with a really radical ideology". Dempsey repeatedly made the point that military force could not root out Islamic State unless Iraq's government manages to work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1640681/top-us-general-arrives-iraq-military-campaign-against-islamic-state
  9. News - Asia - INDIA

    India plans to cash in on global demand for ancient remedies

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 05:14am by AFP

    ... billion today," former health minister Harsh Vardhan told a conference on Ayurveda in New Delhi. "India's share in this is negligible because quality standards are not maintained ... of illness through, for example, prescribing herbs in conjunction with yoga or massage. Critics say that Ayurvedic remedies have no proven curative properties for disease, and instead work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1641545/india-plans-cash-global-demand-ancient-remedies
  10. News - World - SPACE

    Its batteries drained, comet probe Philae breaks link and 'falls asleep'

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 07:25pm by AFP

    ... of Rosetta. The European Space Agency said its robot lab had entered "idle mode", with all instruments and most systems shut down after three days of non-stop work, taking pictures ... is the highlight in a more than decade-long mission. Philae landed on Wednesday after a nail-biting seven-hour, 20km descent from Rosetta, which had travelled more than a decade and 6.5 billion kilometres ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1640701/its-batteries-drained-comet-probe-philae-breaks-link-and-falls-asleep

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