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May 21, 2010
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Tax evasion becomes extreme sport in Greece

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By Dina Kyriakidou

In Greece, hiding a little from the taxman is considered good sport, so the government, struggling with a debt crisis is shaking international markets, is firing every weapon in its arsenal to crack down on rampant tax evasion.

A snapshot of the Greek capital’s northern suburbs, where the Athenian nouveau riche have built big swimming pools as status symbols, revealed about half of them had not been declared to tax authorities.

Oct 1, 2009

UK court orders writ to be served via Twitter

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s High Court ordered its first injunction via Twitter on Thursday, saying the social website and micro-blogging service was the best way to reach an anonymous Tweeter who had been impersonating someone.

Solicitors Griffin Law sought the injunction against the micro-blog page www.twitter.com/blaneysblarney arguing it was impersonating right-wing blogger Donal Blaney, the owner of Griffin Law.

Oct 1, 2009

Cancer not cervical cancer vaccine killed UK teen

LONDON (Reuters) – The teenage girl who died shortly after being immunized against cervical cancer was killed by a malignant chest tumor and not by a reaction to the vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Natalie Morton, 14, fell ill on Monday after being vaccinated at her school under a national immunization program against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV).

Oct 1, 2009

UK teenager killed by tumour not Glaxo vaccine

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The teenage girl who died shortly
after being immunised against cervical cancer was killed by a
malignant chest tumour and not by a reaction to the vaccine
manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline <GSK.L>, an inquest heard on
Thursday.

Natalie Morton, 14, fell ill on Monday after being
vaccinated at her school under a national immunisation programme
against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV).

Sep 29, 2009

UK teenager “unlikely” to have died from vaccine

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline’s cervical cancer vaccine Cervarix probably did not cause the death of a British teenager shortly after she was given the drug, a health official said on Tuesday.

“I think it is unlikely that will be the case … I think once we get into the investigation … we may discover there is another cause of her death,” Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health in the area where the 14-year-old girl died, said in an interview with the BBC.

May 6, 2009
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Post-Iraq, would-be militants eye Pakistan

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By William Maclean

The flow of foreign militants to Pakistan worries Western governments, which fear the south Asian country has replaced Iraq as the place to go for aspiring Islamists planning attacks on the West.

The camps will probably be smaller and the skills on offer less photogenic to al Qaeda’s online video audience, but that is no deterrent to Arabs, Central Asians and Europeans making their way to the turbulent northwestern tribal areas.

May 5, 2009
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A Taxi, an accountant and his four sons

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By Edmund Blair

It was a simple question but it touched a raw nerve.

Mohamed, my 46-year-old taxi driver, had been wondering where I learnt Arabic. So I explained that I had been based in Egypt a few years ago and had now returned to take up a new post in the Reuters bureau. So, I asked, how’s life these days?

And then it began. He launched into a tirade about an economy where the rich were getting richer and the poor poorer,a government that only seemed concerned about staying in power and the difficulty of paying for the education of his four sons — the eldest of whom he is now supporting through university.