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Fast-food ‘wage theft’ protests staged across US

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Low-income fast-food employees and their supporters in the United States held rallies in at least 30 cities on Tuesday against “wage-theft” by McDonalds and other major fast-food restaurants. American fast-food workers, who’ve been pushing for living wages of around $15 an hour since late 2012, are now shifting their attention to the issue of wage... 

Kiev plans to cut pensions 50%

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A participant in a rally in support of Ukraine’s integration with the EU, on Kiev’s Independence Square. The self-proclaimed government in Kiev is reportedly planning to cut pensions by 50 percent as part of unprecedented austerity measures to save Ukraine from default. With an “empty treasury”, reduction of payments might take place in March. According... 

Russian ruble cries as Ukraine sells itself to IMF

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Despite the fact that the weakening of the ruble has been predicted since late 2013, the rapid devaluation of the Russian currency is now associated with political instability in Ukraine. Pravda.Ru asked experts whether the Ukrainian revolution and instability adversely affected the ruble and whether we should fear further deterioration of the situation in... 

GCHQ and NSA intercepted Yahoo users’ private photographs

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British and American surveillance agencies teamed up to develop a system that collected millions of images from the webcams of unsuspecting and innocent internet users, new leaked documents reveal. This “Optic Nerve” program — administered by the UK’s GCHQ with the assistance of the National Security Agency — routinely intercepted and stored those... 

Scots to lose UK pension after autonomy: Gordon Brown

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Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned the Scottish people that a vote for independence from the United Kingdom would mean losing their state pensions. “You are expecting, quite rightly, that you will get a British pension – but if there is independence, the British pension stops, the national insurance... 

Tablet and Smartphone In-App Purchases are a Rip-off

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In recent years a new trend has started to show-up in the gaming community which is affecting everyone… in-app purchases! Games, mostly the ones on mobile platforms such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone these days come disguised as “free” while in fact they are nightmare-impossible to finish without any real money investment in the game. The problem... 

Princess Cristina of Spain charged with tax fraud

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A Spanish court has charged Princess Cristina, the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos, with tax fraud and money laundering amid a lengthy corruption case involving her husband. Judge Jose Castro, an examining magistrate in Palma de Mallorca, announced the decision on Tuesday, saying there was evidence that Cristina had committed crimes. According to Spanish... 

Greek farmers protest controversial property tax

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Greek farmers have taken to the streets of Athens to protest a controversial property tax demanded by the country’s international creditors, Press TV reports. Several hundred farmers marched through the capital on Friday towards the parliament building in Syntagma Square, carrying banners reading “Not one euro for the fields.” The demonstrators threw... 

Why did Putin decide to release Khodorkovsky now?

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Sochi Olympics, a PR stunt, a response to calls within society, or even a mistake: RT spoke with analysts to find out possible reasons behind Putin’s decision to pardon Khodorkovsky – and its likely consequences. In a surprise move, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would sign a pardon for jailed former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.... 

Canada arrests citizen on charges of spying for China

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The Canadian police have arrested a citizen on charges of trying to provide classified information to the Chinese government, officials say. Canadian police arrested Ontario resident Qing Quentin Huang on Saturday, on charges that he was taking steps to pass on classified information to China relating to Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy, the Royal... 

Get Ready to Pay More Online: Supremes Refuse to Hear Internet Tax Case

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In another blow to the Constitution, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging a law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax in states where they have no physical presence. The Supreme Court refusal to hear the case will allow state governments to tax online retailers and turn online retailers into... 

UK middle classes turn to stealing food they can’t afford

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Gourmet cheese and beef joints are among the top stolen items in the UK, a new report has shown. Middle class shoppers have turned to stealing out of need for food, due to the weak economy, with the total cost of retail theft hitting £3.4bn last year. Shoplifting has proved to be the biggest concern for UK retailers, accounting for 36 percent of total losses,... 

Holiday in North Korea

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North Korea, not exactly known as a vacation destination, has opened a water park to improve its seriously dismal image. The Munsu Water Park, located east of the capital of Pyongyang, recently hosted an ostentatious opening. See photos here. Of course, the average citizen will not be able to afford the fun of a water slide. “The standard of living has deteriorated... 

15,000 Greeks to be kicked out of their homes by the government

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Now that Samaras has kept his word to the US Zionists about repressing Golden Dawn in every way, Samaras and his government now proceed to keep their promise to the international money lenders. He is now lifting his axe getting ready to evict 15,000 Greeks who due to circumstances of the crisis cannot meet their mortgage obligations. The finance and development... 

Greek ex-minister gets 20 years in jail

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A court in Greece has sentenced former defense minister, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, to 20 years in prison for money laundering. The court found Tsochatzopoulos and 16 of his co-defendants guilty in a six-million money laundering case that has become emblematic of political corruption in the European country. Akis Tsochatzopoulos, 73, a founding member of the socialist... 
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