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Recession hits Australian asbestos victims fund

Recession hits Australian asbestos victims fund

Asbestos victims seeking their retribution payment of $350 million from the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund are approaching the Australian government following an admission from James Hardie compensation fund trustees stating they are unable to pay the victims in lump sums due to the recession.

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Parents prosecuted after homeopathic treatment leads to daughter's death

Parents prosecuted after homeopathic treatment leads to daughter's death

Thomas Sam, 42, and his wife Manju Sam, 36, from Sydney, Australia, are undergoing trial for manslaughter by gross negligence for the death of their nine-month-old child, Gloria. She died from infection caused by severe eczema after they shunned effective conventional medical treatments for homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine that has been described as pseudoscience. Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals including Social Science & Medicine have characterized homeopathy as a form of quackery.

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Wildfire in California displaces 30,000

Wildfire in California displaces 30,000

The recent Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara County, California, has burned more than 8,600 acres of land over the last four days. Over 75 homes were destroyed, and more than 30,500 residents were evacuated.

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US automaker GM reports losses of $6 billion

US automaker GM reports losses of $6 billion

United States automobile company General Motors announced it has lost US$6 billion in the first quarter of 2009, amidst heavy declines in revenues.

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2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks

2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks

Corus Group, the world's fifth largest steel producer, announced on Friday that it may be forced to mothball its steelworks in Redcar, England. This move would threaten the jobs of the works' 1,920 employees.

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Indo-Canadian teens kidnapped, found dead in car

Indo-Canadian teens kidnapped, found dead in car

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Randay and Dilsher Singh Gill, seventeen, were kidnapped Thursday evening and found dead Friday morning on Lower Sumas Mountain Road near Abbotsford, British Columbia. Police believe the teens were kidnapped at gun point from the Bateman Park in Abbotsford following an altercation. The two teens were twelfth grade students.

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Five biggest US banks told to raise $74.6 billion; fail "stress tests"

Five biggest US banks told to raise $74.6 billion; fail "stress tests"

The five largest United States banks need a total of US$74.6 billion in extra funds to increase their cash reserves, according to so-called "stress tests" conducted by regulators to determine whether the banks have enough capital to survive the ongoing recession.

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Mothers around the world on Mother's Day

Mothers around the world on Mother's Day

Wikinews reports on mothers from around the world, some happy and some in despair, celebrating Mother's Day this year.

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