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Pakistan big fish continues to escape tax net
Sunday, March 8, 2015

ISLAMABAD -- March 8, 2015: Pakistan has begun chasing wealthy tax-dodgers who enjoy lives of extravagance and luxury, but revenue officials face huge challenges in trying to force the very richest -- and most influential -- to pay up. ...

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Lessons learnt as MH370 hunt marks one year
Friday, March 6, 2015

SYDNEY -- March 6, 2015: The hunt for Flight MH370 has failed to turn up any debris, but its unprecedented scale in one of the world's remotest locations has provided valuable lessons for future search and rescue missions.
 
The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with mourning families and friends of the 239 people on board still waiting to hear what happened 12 months later....

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Australia suggests MH370 search could be scaled back
Thursday, March 5, 2015

SYDNEY -- March 5, 2015: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today suggested the search for missing Flight MH370 may be scaled back, while expressing hope the jet would be found a year after it vanished.
 
The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 last year with 239 people on board. No trace has been found despite a massive surface and underwater hunt....

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Chilean leader's popularity hit by son's scandal
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SANTIAGO -- March 4, 2015: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's popularity has plunged to the lowest level of her current administration, a poll found yesterday after a scandal erupted over a loan to her son's family. Bachelet's approval rating fell five points in February to 39 per cent, said polling firm Adimark, adding that 52 per cent of Chileans now say they disapprove of her....

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Death row Aussies arrive on Indonesian execution island
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CILACAP -- March 4, 2015: Two Australian drug smugglers were transferred today to an Indonesian island where they will be executed, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was revolted by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug smuggling gang,...

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New Yorkers spend nearly 60% of income on rent
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK -- March 4, 2015: Rent will gobble up nearly 60 per cent of New Yorkers' income in 2015 with the median cost of an apartment to rise to $2,700 a month, a real-estate website said.
 
Rent prices in the city grew at nearly twice the pace of income between 2000 and 2013, estimated StreetEasy, meaning that rent has taken up an increasingly larger share of New Yorkers' incomes....

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Containers yes but no MH370 debris so far
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SYDNEY -- March 3, 2015: The intensive underwater hunt for missing plane MH370 has so far turned up just a few shipping containers -- and no sign of the jet, the head of the Australian agency leading the search said today. The plane vanished a year ago Sunday carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is believed to have gone down in one of the deepest and most remote areas of ocean far off the Western Australia coast....

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Sweden eyes fingerprinting to stop passport fraud
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

STOCKHOLM -- March 3, 2015: Sweden needs to beef up its border security to stop passport fraud, a government inquiry argued yesterday as the country grapples with unprecedented levels of immigration.
 
The inquiry proposed fingerprint scans for all nationalities entering Sweden from outside the passport-free Schengen Area in a move that pre-empts the European Union, which has yet to make such screenings mandatory....

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Spanish PM his back at Greece's Tsipras
Sunday, March 1, 2015

MADRID -- March 1, 2015: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today called on his Greek counterpart to get serious about his country's debt-wracked economy, after Alexis Tsipras accused other eurozone partners of undermining its negotiations with Brussels. Rajoy was reacting to comments by Tsipras yesterday, who said that during talks that landed Greece a...

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Mugabe admits land reform blunder
Friday, February 27, 2015

HARARE -- February 27, 2015: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has admitted he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland seized from whites under his controversial land reforms.
 
"I think the farms we gave to people are too large. They can't manage them," Mugabe said in an interview with the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation late yesterday to mark his 91st birthday on February 21....

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