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China reports two deaths from swine flu

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 1:19PM UTC

China’s Health Ministry says two more people have died of swine flu on the mainland, bringing its death toll to six. The ministry said late Friday that China had reported 2,972 confirmed cases of H1N1 virus in 48 hours ending Friday afternoon. No more details were available of the two

English teachers overpaid, oversexed and over here

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 10:13AM UTC

The English teacher seems to be overtaking the American soldier as the “white” devil of choice among the more xenophobic elements of Korean society. Assemblyman Lee Gun-hyeon told the press recently that crimes committed by foreign English teachers are “at a serious level.”  When pressed with the fact that the crime

Military-industrial kid-poaching complex

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 8:02AM UTC

McDonalds’ sponsorship of an online maths tutoring program caused a big kerfuffle – the twin arches logo attached to the site causing Australian kiddies to develop an uncontrollable hankering for Big Macs, thus inevitably causing obesity and untimely death. Raytheon’s educational involvement – curriculum development and provision of laptops –

Your chance to own a piece of Australia’s literary history

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 5:08AM UTC

Back in July, Australian fame-seeker, fantasist and man-of-a-million-names Darryl Mason gloated about the massive value of his work: “I had no idea a novel I exhaled in less than a week back in 1996 was now worth so much on Amazon.” Someone was trying to sell middle-aged hippy Mason’s dashed-off

Extradited banking fugitive arrives in Thailand

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 12:21AM UTC

A fugitive former adviser to a Thai bank whose failure caused a crisis of confidence that helped spark the 1997 Asian financial meltdown arrived Friday night in Bangkok after his extradition from Canada.  Rakesh Saxena, 57, had staged one of the longest extradition battles in Canadian history to avoid being