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Longer lives would lead to better living

By Michael Maiello
December 3, 2013

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration ordered the Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe to stop selling its home testing kits, arguing that the possibility of false positive readings for potentially fatal or debilitating conditions could prompt people to take unnecessary and potentially fatal medical action. The FDA should now work quickly to develop standards so that 23andMe and companies like it can get back to their vital businesses of working to extend the human life span.

Happy Birthday, texting: 21 today

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2013

–Iain Regan is global head of sales, marketing and customer management at Firstsource Solutions. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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Don’t miss the boat on trade facilitation

By Stephen Green and Harold McGraw III
December 3, 2013

Trade ministers open their meeting in Bali Tuesday with the aim of creating a new multilateral trade reform package worth more than $100 billion to the global economy. The deal -- focusing on measures to cut red tape at borders -- would be a welcome shot in the arm for both global trade and for the World Trade Organization itself.

Sterling destined for safe haven status (at least in the short term)

By Guest Contributor
December 2, 2013

–Torben Kaaber is CEO of Saxo Capital Markets UK. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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A shifting global economy brings Australia to a crossroads

By Dan Steinbock
November 29, 2013

Australia is no longer immune to the stagnation in the West. Despite a resilient housing market, Australia’s economy is slowing. With a worsening labor market, consumption is eroding, along with business confidence.

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Iran’s future is now

By Trita Parsi
November 25, 2013

Whether by design or accident, the nuclear deal struck in Geneva this past weekend is about far more than centrifuges, enrichment and breakout times.

Multinational repositories can address nuclear waste stockpile

By Guest Contributor
November 25, 2013

–Behnam Taebi is assistant professor of philosophy, focusing on issues of ethics and nuclear power, at Delft University of Technology.–

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Antitrust enforcement goes global

By John Terzaken
November 22, 2013

As one of the world’s top cops on the antitrust beat, the U.S. has long led the fight to curtail price-fixing, collusion, and other anticompetitive behavior in global commerce. And the Justice Department’s antitrust division has wielded an especially big club of late.

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Can Obama ever close Guantanamo?

By Daphne Eviatar
November 21, 2013

Twelve years ago this month, President George W. Bush issued an order authorizing the U.S. military to detain non-U.S. citizen “international terrorists” indefinitely, and try some of them in military commissions. Within two months, those seized in the “war on terror” following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan were being sent to Guantanamo Bay.

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Kennedy’s assassination, from the eyes of a British newspaperman

By Harold Evans
November 19, 2013

I heard the first uncertain fragment on BBC Radio. I was wearing a dinner jacket, driving in the dark to a press ball in Teesside in the industrial northeast of England. This dinner dance was quite an occasion for me. I was the new boy, early thirties, putting in a first appearance as an editor at a big social event where all the rival purveyors of news hobnobbed with mayors, MPs, police chiefs, bosses of the coal mines, steel mills and shipbuilding yards: in short, all the news sources of the entire northeast we covered.