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The corporate clout of the mining industry trumped political ideology in
Canada when members of all political parties helped to narrowly defeat a
bill late last month that would have imposed standards on Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries:

Up to 200,000 Haitians could contract cholera as the outbreak which has
already killed 800 is set to spread across the battered Caribbean nation
of nearly 10 million, the United Nations said:

A Christian woman has been sentenced to hang in Pakistan after being convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed:

Unemployed workers will be barred from claiming benefits for up to three
years if they repeatedly refuse job offers under radical plans to reform the welfare system:

Israel will begin constructing a barrier on its border with Egypt within the next
two weeks. The government has said that the central purpose of this fence is
to keep the growing number of illegal migrants from infiltrating the country:

Six years after it first debuted, the $1,000 frittata at Norma’s in New York’s Le Parker Meridien hotel continues to draw attention. Called the “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata”, the dish is made with six eggs, lobster claws and 10 oz. of Sevruga caviar:

POOR ‘WILL BE PUSHED OUT OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND Bath, Chelmsford, Newbury and Maidstone are among towns that will become “nogo” areas for the poor within 15 years because of the coalition government’s plans to cut housing benefits. The claim, made by the Chartered Institute of Housing, followed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention. He said he was worried by the proposal of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to threaten the long-term unemployed with benefit cuts:

Some 42,389,619 Americans received food stamps in August, a 17% rise from the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which tracks the data. That number is up 58.5% from August 2007, before the recession began. By population, Washington, D.C. had the largest share of residents receiving food stamps: More than a fifth, 21.1%, of
its residents collected assistance in August. Washington was followed by Mississippi, where 20.1% of residents received food stamps, and Tennessee, where 20% tapped into the government nutrition program:

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