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Brussels expected to up pressure for economic reform
Brussels expected to up pressure for economic reform

The European Commission is expected on Wednesday to increase the pressure on several countries, particularly France, to speed up structural reforms seen as the only reliable way to boost growth and job creation.

Brussels expected to up pressure for economic reform
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Senate approves pension draft law in first reading

Kazakhstan Senate has approved the draft law amending the pension system in the first reading.

Senate approves pension draft law in first reading
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©REUTERS/Andrew Taylor
Australian PM brought to tears in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tough exterior cracked Wednesday as she choked back tears while introducing a bill into parliament on disability reforms.

Australian PM brought to tears in parliament
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Senators suggest revising draft pension law

Senator Svetlana Dzhalmagambetova suggests to return the draft pension law for rework.

Senators suggest revising draft pension law
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Nazarbyev may postpone retirement reform

The delay may be caused by “the negative reaction of Kazakhstan women” who disagree with the government’s legislative initiative.

Nazarbyev may postpone retirement reform
Study: US immigration reform would cost $6.3 trillion
Study: US immigration reform would cost $6.3 trillion

A US political battle raged Monday over the cost of Senate-proposed immigration reform, with a conservative think-tank warning the plan to legalize 11 million undocumented workers would soar to $6.3 trillion.

Study: US immigration reform would cost $6.3 trillion
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British minister urges rich to give back state handouts

The British government minister pushing through strongly criticised reforms of the welfare state urged rich pensioners on Sunday to give back any handouts they don't need.

British minister urges rich to give back state handouts
Spanish government in new bid to revive economy
Spanish government in new bid to revive economy

Spain's government, seeking to cut its deficit amidst a double-dip recession, is to unveil new measures Friday aimed at reviving the economy, a day after registering record unemployment.

Spanish government in new bid to revive economy
Serik Abdenov after the incident. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovksiy©
Kazakhstan labor minister gets eggs for promoting retirement reform

Kazakhstan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Serik Abdenov was attacked with eggs in front of 50 journalists and photographers during a briefing in Almaty.

Kazakhstan labor minister gets eggs for promoting retirement reform
Tatyana Khomutova supported the retirement reform by skydiving. Photo by Rizabek Issabekov©
57-y.o. Pavlodar citizen skydives to support retirement reform

57-y.o. woman went skydiving in Pavlodar to support the retirement reform in Kazakhstan.

57-y.o. Pavlodar citizen skydives to support retirement reform
Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform
Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform

Bristling with anger, President Barack Obama branded Wednesday's defeat of his gun reform drive in the US Senate as "shameful," and accused lawmakers of caving in to the powerful firearms lobby.

Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of US gun reform
US lawmakers to unveil major immigration reform plan
US lawmakers to unveil major immigration reform plan

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers was set to unveil this week a major immigration reform proposal that could, if passed, provide a path to citizenship for millions of people in the country illigally.

US lawmakers to unveil major immigration reform plan
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500,000 Kazakhstan citizens may be left unemployed with rise of retirement age

Raising the retirement age for women will cause a dramatic jobs deficit and unemployment in Kazakhstan: experts.

500,000 Kazakhstan citizens may be left unemployed with rise of retirement age
Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along
Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along

Cherry blossoms aren't the only things in bloom in the US capital these days. Progress and bipartisanship are, if not in full flower, at least pushing through cracks in longstanding political gridlock.

Huh? US lawmakers suddenly getting along
China 'two-child policy' town shows scope for reform
China 'two-child policy' town shows scope for reform

A few places in China give parents a rare right to have two offspring rather than one, but many stop at a single child anyway -- fuelling demands to end what critics call an unnecessary, harmful rule.

China 'two-child policy' town shows scope for reform
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ©REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Facebook chief Zuckerberg tackling politics: report

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is helping form a group to lobby for US political reform in areas such as education and immigration policy.

Facebook chief Zuckerberg tackling politics: report
Kazahkstan Education and Science Minister Bakytzhan Zhumagulov. Photo courtesy of primeminister.kz
Kazakhstan Education Minister about opponents to university cuts in parliament and government

There are people lobbying for Kazakhstan universities among deputies and government members: Kazakhstan Minister.

Kazakhstan Education Minister about opponents to university cuts in parliament and government
Australia defends media reforms amid 'Stalinism' claims
Australia defends media reforms amid 'Stalinism' claims

Australia defended proposed media reforms arising from Britain's phone-hacking scandal Wednesday after a heated backlash from Rupert Murdoch's local operations, which labelled them dictatorial.

Australia defends media reforms amid 'Stalinism' claims
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Kazakhstan to halve private universities by 2015

The number of private universities will be slashed in Kazakhstan by 2015.

Kazakhstan to halve private universities by 2015
Mexico moves to end telecom monopolies: government
Mexico moves to end telecom monopolies: government

Mexico's government introduced a draft constitutional reform Monday to end monopolies in telecoms industries that have built some of the country's biggest fortunes.

Mexico moves to end telecom monopolies: government