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Tax summit in Berlin aims to say goodbye to banking secrecy

Berlin - The finance ministers of around 50 countries meet in Berlin on Wednesday to sign a deal they hope will put an end to banking secrecy and aid the worldwide fight against tax fraud and evasion.

Germany tries to mediate in Ukraine crisis

Berlin - Germany this week launches another attempt to mediate in the Ukraine crisis, pushing for dialogue between the pro-Western government and pro-Russian groups to resolve the festering and violent conflict.

OECD inflation falls to 1.4%, crimped by energy prices

Paris - Weak energy prices pushed down inflation in advanced countries to 1.4 percent in February from 1.7 percent in January, the OECD said on Tuesday against a background of concern that eurozone inflation is too low.In the eurozone, inflation "slowed to 0.

Unemployment rate in advanced economies steady at 7.6%: OECD

Paris - The unemployment rate in advanced countries was steady at 7.6 percent in January, with 46.2 million people looking for work nearly six years after the financial crisis began, OECD data showed on Thursday.The unemployment rate in the 18-member eurozone ...

OECD delivers new global standard to target tax cheats

Sydney - The OECD on Sunday delivered a new global standard to crack down on tax evasion with more than 40 countries already committing to measures which the European Commission called "a big step" forward.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (...

OECD delivers new global standard to target tax cheats

Sydney - The OECD on Sunday delivered a new global standard to crack down on tax evasion with more than 40 countries already committing to the measures.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) chief Angel Gurria called it "a real game-change...

U.S. leads pushback against emerging market angst at G20

The world's rich nations pushed back on Friday against emerging market complaints about the spillover effects of their monetary policies, saying they had to get their own houses in order and get with the ag...

Ireland says Yahoo! move is good business, not tax trick

Paris - Ireland is not a tax haven and Internet giants such as Yahoo! are attracted to the low-tax country for sound business reasons, the Irish prime minister insisted on Friday, fending off a French attack.

Elite Talk: A talk with Yves Leterme on China's economic reforms Special

The 48th Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme shared with this author his perspectives on China's sweeping economic reform package and what it means for the world economy in the foreseeable future.

Adult literacy and numeracy dropping across Britain and America

An OECD study released today highlights disturbing trends in adult literacy and numeracy across 24 industrialized nations. England and the United States scored particularly badly in the tests and the OECD warn of a "shrinking pool of skilled workers."

Global flood damage set to reach $1 trillion by 2015

Flood damages for the world's 136 largest coastal cities could cost $1 trillion annually by 2050 if protective measures are not put into place.

OECD cuts global growth forecast

Paris - Because of the poor economic prognosis in parts of the debt-plagued euro zone, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development has reduced its global growth estimate for next year.

China's economy will soon overtake the EU and US economies

In its new report, Looking to 2060: A Global Vision of Long-term Growth, the OECD has announced that China’s economy will surpass the combined economies of the European Union (EU) Member States in a year.

OECD: South Korea high-speed Internet penetration rate tops 100%

Seoul - According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report published Sunday, South Korea's high-speed Internet penetration rate topped 100 percent for the first time among the group's 34 nations.

State schools 'fail' most able children

England's state schools are failing to meet the needs of the most able children, according to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust. The research ranks England 26th out of 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

OECD warns 'severe recession', urges Canada to hike interest rate

Paris - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its latest report Tuesday, in which it notes of a "severe recession" due to the Eurozone crisis. It also urged Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to raise interest rates.

US students average among world’s top performing countries

Washington - Recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) show Chinese students, taking the PISA exam for the first time, placed first in all three categories of math, science and reading, while US students were around or below average.

People in OECD countries becoming fatter by the day

People in OECD countries are becoming fatter by the day. One in two people is now overweight or obese in almost half of OECD countries. Rates are projected to increase further and in some countries two out of three people will be obese within ten years.

Bid to end world poverty failing, pledges from rich fall short

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a statement Wednesday that said aid pledged by the west to developing nations to reduce world poverty will fall $21 billion short.

One in Seven Japanese Living in Poverty

Despite having one of the world's largest and most equally distributed economies, more of Japan's population is living in poverty now than a decade ago.

Top energy economist: World oil supplies are rapidly depleting

A stark assessment from the International Energy Agency's chief economist concludes that the world's top oil fields have already surpassed peak production and that the world's oil supplies are running out faster than predicted.

Do French People Sleep And Eat Better than Others?

Do the people of some nations sleep better than others? The answer may well depend on how much gunfire and how near borders one’s bed may lie, but one study concluded that the French spend more time sleeping and eating. Read on for more details.

Op-Ed: Quarter of US computers infected with malware, OECD study resorts to baby talk

An OECD report has described the rise in malware as a result of increased cyber criminal activity, and says it as “a potentially serious threat to the internet economy." Problem is, the report is written in virtual baby talk.

Brain Drain in the UK Causes Biggest Exodus for Almost 50 Years

Britain is experiencing what is being called a "brain drain," the worst seen in any country, as professionals such as doctors, teachers and engineers leave in the "biggest exodus for almost 50 years."

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Note the strong standing of Canada in the reading proficiency results.
Note the strong standing of Canada in the reading proficiency results.
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Obesity: A major health concern
Obesity: A major health concern
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Obesity has risen to the top of the public health policy agenda worldwide. Before 1980  rates were g...
Obesity has risen to the top of the public health policy agenda worldwide. Before 1980, rates were generally well below 10%. They have since doubled or tripled in many countries, and in almost half of the OECD, 50% or more of the population is overweight. A key risk factor for numerous chronic diseases, obesity is a major public health concern.
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OECD forum
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The 48th Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme
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