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World’s richest woman suggests $2 a day wages for Australian miners

The world’s most wealthy woman is warning that firms are in danger of having to abandon iron-ore mining in Australia if wages are not cut, pointing out that African miners are “willing to work for less than $2 per day.” In a video recently posted on the Sydney Mining Club…

Oxfam: Climate change’s impact on future food prices is underestimated

Climate change’s impact on future food prices is being underestimated, Oxfam warned in a report on Wednesday. The development charity predicts that massive price spikes will be a devastating blow to the world’s poorest people who today spend up to 75% of their income on food, and will also adversely…

One dead after shooting at Quebec premier’s victory speech

MONTREAL — A gunman was arrested after shooting two people, one of them fatally, at the victory speech of Quebec’s Pauline Marois, whose separatist party is projected to win polls in the Canadian province. Another person was seriously wounded in the incident late Tuesday, as Marois was hustled offstage by…

Report: Liberian forests sold off in secret logging contracts

Forty percent of Liberia’s forests have been sold off in secretive and often illegal contracts, Global Witness said Tuesday, just days after the country’s president announced a probe into the issuing of logging permits. An investigation by the London-based natural resource watchdog has shown how, despite efforts to reform the…

Magnificent mosaic floor unmasked in Siena Cathedral

Magnificent Renaissance mosaics covering the sweeping marble floor in Siena cathedral have been unveiled to give visitors a rare glimpse of scenes it took local artists 500 years to create. The inlaid panels, usually covered to protect them from the thousands of visitors who flock to the Tuscan city each…

Algeria’s new PM takes office after 4 month delay

Algeria’s new Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal took office on Tuesday promising to push ahead with reforms four months after parliamentary elections, as key ministers kept their posts in his new cabinet. Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia and Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi all kept their jobs in…

U.S. auto sales jump 20 percent in August

U.S. auto sales jumped 20 percent in August to the best performance in three years even as higher gas prices drove a shift towards smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles, industry data showed Tuesday. The results will be welcome news for President Barack Obama, who is touting his rescue of…

Canadian police criticized after forcing protest plane to land

One of Canada’s largest public sector unions on Tuesday alleged political interference after police ordered a small plane towing a banner reading “Stephen Harper hates us” to land. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told public broadcaster CBC the weekend flight over Ottawa strayed into restricted airspace, so the pilot was…

Julian Assange backers could lose $540,000 in bail money

Celebrity backers of Julian Assange have lost £200,000 in bail money they put up for the WikiLeaks founder, it has been confirmed. At a hearing at Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday, district judge Howard Riddle adjourned a further hearing until October to decide whether nine other backers should also lose…

U.S. ‘troubled’ as Bahrain upholds activists’ sentences

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it was “deeply troubled” after a Bahrain appeals court upheld jail terms against 13 leading activists over charges of plotting to overthrow the Gulf monarchy. The US urged Bahrain “to abide by its commitment to respect detainees’ right to due process and to…

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