John Kerry statement on Syria polarises world leaders

John Kerry statement on Syria polarises world leaders Iran and Russia stand alongside Bashar al-Assad’s regime while the UK, France and Australia follow Washington’s lead.
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Nationwide credit card limit cut turned into an emergency call

It was cut from £12,000 to £600 while I was away in AustraliaI have been a loyal Nationwide credit card customer for more than 15 years, always paying off my £700-£5,000 monthly balance in full. Over the years my credit limit has risen steadily to £12,000. In January, I told Nationwide I was going to […]
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Barnaby Joyce denies Gina Rinehart has contributed to campaign – video

Senator Barnaby Joyce denies Tony Windsor’s allegations that he has received campaign funding from Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, saying he has not received ‘so much as a dollar’ from her. Windsor claims that Joyce would not have to be aware of the donation due to the indirect flow of campaign cash    
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Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running

UK comes 10th in OECD index, behind US and Scandinavian countries but ahead of France and GermanyAustralia is the best place in the world to live and work, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The UK, by contrast, comes 10th in the OECD’s Better Life Index, behind the US, Canada and the Scandinavian […]
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Australia’s boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people | John Pilger

The story of the first Australians is still poverty and humiliation, while their land yields the world’s biggest resources boomEleven miles by ferry from Perth is Western Australia’s “premier tourist destination”. This is Rottnest Island, whose scabrous wild beauty and isolation evoked, for me, Robben Island in South Africa. Empires are never short of devil’s […]
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Wine business Laithwaite’s toasts 18% rise in US revenues

Latest accounts show company now the largest mail-order wine business in North AmericaLaithwaite’s, the world’s largest home delivery wine business, is celebrating an 18% rise in revenues from the United States.Thanks to partnerships with the Wall Street Journal, the Zagat restaurant guide and its Virgin Wines brand, the family-run British business has now also become the […]
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Osram to cut 4,700 jobs after spin-off from Siemens

Lightbulb maker left standing by rivals in switch to LEDsLightbulb maker Osram is to cut 4,700 jobs after it is spun off from the German industrial group Siemens.The cuts, 12% of Osram’s workforce, are planned to take effect by 2014 as the company sells off factories to make £810m in savings by 2015. Most of […]
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Private prison firms look to cash in on Canada asylum crackdown

Advocates urge Canadian government not to go further down the route of privatising immigration detentionDramatic changes to Canada’s immigration laws expected to come into effect in December will mean that asylum seekers face more restrictions and have less time to make a claim. Advocates fear this will lead to more detentions and further opportunities for […]
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