Amazon investigates claims staff are leaking data for bribes

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Employees are offering confidential information to sellers, according to report Amazon is investigating claims that employees have taken bribes for leaking confidential sales information, particularly in China, as it the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sellers, brokers and people familiar with internal investigations. The practice violates company policy and is common in China, where the […]

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US economists win Nobel prize for work on climate and growth

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William Nordhaus and Paul Romer honoured over two of most basic and pressing issues Two American economists at the forefront of work on climate change and the role of governments in boosting growth have been jointly awarded the prestigious Nobel Memorial prize for economics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said William Nordhaus and Paul […]

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‘We’ve bred them to their limit’: death rates surge for female pigs in the US

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With sows producing 23 piglets a year on average, intensive farming is called into question over rise in animals suffering prolapse Death rates for female pigs in the US are rising fast, sending alarm bells ringing throughout the farming industry. The mortality rate rose from as many as 25%-50% of sow deaths. The American Association […]

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra | Diaa Jubaili

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra, says resident and writer Diaa Jubaili Salty, foul water flows through the pipes of Basra: a city racked by high unemployment, broken healthcare and education systems, drugs smuggled in across the borders and cooked up at home with Iranian raw materials. Millions of landmines from […]

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Colombias ayahuasca ceremonies in spotlight after tourist’s drug death

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Western backpackers travelling in increasing numbers into the jungle to take traditional drug administered by shamans A group of backpackers have gathered around the bar in a hostel in Bogot to discuss their next adventure. Some are heading to the Caribbean coast to soak up the sun. Others are drawn to the idyllic villages in […]

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Convicted trafficker leaves Bulgaria’s Celebrity Big Brother after protests

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Rapper Ivan Glavchev departs show for personal reasons, amid complaints over his jail term for coercing women and a child into prostitution A Bulgarian rapper who was convicted of trafficking multiple women and a child into prostitution has announced his sudden departure from Bulgarias Celebrity Big Brother following protests from womens rights campaigners. The sight […]

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Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

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Burst sewers prompt closure of schools and ban on meat and fish sales in Harare as council requests fresh water supplies Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency after a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare killed 20 people and left more than 2,000 infected from contaminated drinking water. The government has also shut schools […]

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