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Illicit Ivory Sales Booming in Bangkok

Steve Herman, VOA NewsThe sale of ivory products is booming in Bangkok, according to a new study.The number of items in shops in the Thai capital has nearly tripled in the past year-and-a-half. And the number of outlets - primarily targeting Chinese tourists - has steeply risen.According to the study conducted by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, the quantity exceeds the supply legally available under a 75-year-old Thai law allowing sales of tusks from domesticated Asian elephants.“It’s not illegal to sell ivory in Thailand so it is quite open," said Naomi Doak, TRAFFIC’s coordinator for the Greater Mekong region…
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Solar Power Makes Gains in US

Jim Randle, VOA NewsTwo universities in Washington, D.C., soon plan to start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students.Experts say the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.Solar panels cover the roof of this and other buildings at American University, creating electricity that is a fraction of the power needed by the campus.Solar power farmsAU, George Washington University, and George Washington University Hospital are…
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US Economy Advanced Faster at End of 2013

VOA NewsThe U.S. economy grew slightly faster than first thought to end last year.The Commerce Department reported Thursday the American economy, the world's largest, advanced 2.6 percent in the October-to-December period, up from an earlier estimate of 2.4 percent. The agency said consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the U.S. economy, rose at its fastest pace in three years.But fourth quarter growth was slower than the 4.1 percent growth in the July-September quarter. Analysts say the economy likely slowed even further in the first three months this year, perhaps to two percent.The U.S. economy has been buffeted by…
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US Economic Growth Slower Than First Thought

VOA News, The U.S. economy grew more slowly than first thought in the last few months of 2013.Friday's report from the Commerce Department says the world's largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in October, November and December.That is eight-tenths of a percent slower than a preliminary estimate published one month ago. Officials routinely revise the figures on gross domestic product expansion as more complete data becomes available.Government experts say the latest figures show disappointing retail sales and a less favorable picture of trade and inventories than initially thought.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday that foul winter…
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Analysts: Rich, Poor Far Apart in US

VOA News, Carolyn PresuttiVOA News, WASHINGTON — Many analysts agree there is a wide economic divide in the United States between the destitute and the wealthy. And they say it's not getting any better. But there are differing opinions about what led the country to this divide, and whether President Obama can do anything to close the gap, as he suggested in his State of the Union address Tuesday.Ameyah doesn’t understand why her mother has to pay bills.But Tiffany Beroid can think of little else as she struggles to make ends meet. She works part-time, making minimum wage at Walmart.…
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Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU

The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission. To support Member States' efforts to do so, the Commission's paper outlines five concrete actions to strengthen the right to free movement, while helping Member States to reap the positive benefits it brings. The policy paper clarifies EU citizens' rights to free movement and access to social benefits, and addresses the concerns raised by some Member States in relation to the challenges that migration flows…
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Tackling Tax Avoidance: Commission tightens key EU corporate tax rules

Today the Commission proposed amendments to key EU corporate tax legislation, in order to significantly reduce tax avoidance in Europe. The proposal will close loopholes in the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, which some companies have been using to escape taxation. In particular, companies will no longer be able to exploit differences in the way intra-group payments are taxed across the EU to avoid paying any tax at all. The result will be that the Parent-Subsidiary Directive can continue to ensure a level-playing field for honest businesses in the Single Market without opening opportunities for aggressive tax planning. Today's proposal was foreseen in…
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Blackberry Abandons Plan to Sell Company

VOA, BlackBerry Ltd is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about $1 billion from institutional investors, including its largest shareholder, the smartphone maker said on Monday. Shares of BlackBerry dropped 16.3 percent to $6.50 in premarket trading. The company said it would raise the money with a private placement of convertible debentures. John Chen will be appointed executive chairman and will be interim CEO while the company looks for a new leader. He is the former CEO of Sybase, a database software company that SAP AG acquired in 2010. Chen…
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Dr. Karnit Flug appointed Bank of Israel Governor

​Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Lapid have decided to appoint Dr. Karnit Flug as Governor of the Bank of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid decided to appoint Dr. Karnit Flug as Governor of the Bank of Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Lapid said, "We have been impressed by Dr. Flug's performance as Acting Governor in recent months and we are certain that she will continue to assist us in moving the Israeli economy to additional achievements in the face of the global economic upheaval."
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