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Hanging cow at Australia restaurant sparks controversy

Adelaide - An Australian pizzeria that hung a taxidermied dairy cow from its ceiling to call attention to the industrialisation of the farming industry has been criticised on social media for cruelty.

Australia expands cashless welfare card to tackle alcohol, drugs

Sydney - Australia will expand the roll-out of cashless welfare cards after a pilot scheme showed a sharp drop in problem alcohol, drug and gambling abuse, the country's prime minister said Friday.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Rabbit farming gets EU lawmakers hopping mad

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday urged Brussels to help improve the lives of 340 million rabbits raised for food in Europe every year, mainly in cramped cages.

EU to overhaul jobless benefits for foreigners

Strasbourg - The European Commission on Tuesday proposed to overhaul rules on benefits for EU migrants in a bid to quell rising anti-immigration sentiment in Europe after the shock Brexit vote.

Bulk of world's child deaths in just 10 countries: study

Paris - Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five who died last year were in just 10 countries in Africa and Asia, an evaluation of global infant health revealed Friday.

Finland to test out basic income scheme

Helsinki - Switzerland may have voted against the controversial idea of paying all its citizens a guaranteed income, but Finland indicated Thursday it plans to try out a monthly basic payment of 560 euros ($600).

'Civil war' in UK govt as anti-EU minister who quit speaks out

London - A top British eurosceptic minister who quit over welfare cuts launched a damaging attack on Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday, exposing tensions within his government ahead of June's referendum on EU membership.

Anti-EU minister's resignation deals major blow to UK's Cameron

London - Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to reshuffle his government Saturday after a top eurosceptic's surprise resignation over benefit cuts sent shock waves through his campaign to keep Britain in the EU.

Op-Ed: UBI and the zenith of Capitalism

The zenith of Capitalism is on the horizon now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots are set to take up countless jobs and Universal Basic Income (UBI) is proposed to unconditionally distribute the wealth.

Skirmishes in Athens as general strike sweeps Greece

Atenas - Thousands marched in Greece on Thursday as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.

Danish lawmakers mull proposal to take refugees' cash

Denmark - In return for staying at a Danish refugee centre, Iranian software engineer Sarah Alimalayeri said she was happy to hand over the gold bracelet and necklace she was wearing, but not her pendant.

Finland to test a basic income for Finns in 2017

Helsinki - Finland is looking to experiment in 2017 with a basic monthly income for Finns, a universal and unconditional monthly payment seen as a way to reform the welfare system and cut spending, Finnish authorities said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin to begin drug testing welfare recipients next week

Milwaukee - No doubt about it, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dismal attempt at running for president was a spectacular failure, so perhaps now he's taking it out on those unlucky enough to need welfare assistance.

Mayor wants to publicly name who's on welfare

Lewiston - A mayor in the state of Maine wants to publicly name people who are collecting welfare. He also wants to publicize where they live.

Government seeks to cost out obesity and drug use

London - The U.K. government is seeking to cost out the amount spent on treating obese people, drug addicts and alcoholics. One of the measures being considered is to reduce state support for people who fall within these groupings.

Danish general election goes down to the wire

Copenhage - Denmark's centre-left government and right-wing opposition are neck-and-neck in the polls ahead of Thursday's general election, with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt staging a major comeback thanks to a resurgent economy.

Economy, welfare take centre stage in Danish election

Copenhage - Denmark's economy and cradle-to-grave welfare system have taken centre stage in the run up to Thursday's election, with a looming skills shortage fuelling a debate on the scope of unemployment benefits.

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty: U.S. diplomat

Prague - A substantial number of the 500,000 Holocaust survivors worldwide are suffering from poverty and need urgent help to live a dignified life in their last years, an advisor to the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday.

Australia to deny welfare to parents who don't vaccinate kids

The Australian government has announced parents won't receive welfare or childcare payments if they don't vaccinate their children.

University of Oklahoma criticized for abusing baboons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the University of Oklahoma for abusing baboons. This issue of animal welfare came about through a routine inspection.

Review: McKellar's Newfoundland comedy may charm, but never seduces Special

Feel-good comedies like “The Grand Seduction” remind me of “nice guys” who try to attract women with flowers and nonstop compliments. Sure, he's harmless, he may even be sincere, but where's the edge? What makes him different from the others?

Louisiana cracks down on welfare dollar acceptance

New limits enacted and announced recently by Louisiana social service officials prohibit welfare recipients from using their benefits to make purchases from tattoo parlors, lingerie retailers, nail salons, and jewelry stores.

Refugees in Hong Kong continue to struggle Special

Long-awaited welfare changes to affect thousands of refugees, have come into effect this weekend in Hong Kong. But not everyone is satisfied with them.

Nordic welfare state being cut down to size

Copenhagen - The Nordic model, known for high taxes and its cradle-to-grave welfare system, is getting a radical makeover as nations find themselves cash-strapped.

Germany plans to raise pension outlays by 60 bn euros

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said on Thursday it plans to boost pensions by 60 billion euros ($81 billion) until 2020, sparking protests that younger generations will have to foot the bill.

Reality TV show sparks row over welfare dependency

London - The welfare system was the pride of post-war Britain, but the reaction to the incendiary reality television programme "Benefits Street" is showing how much times have changed.

Poles urge Tesco boycott amid Cameron migration row

Warsaw - Polish lawmakers on Wednesday called for a boycott of Britain's Tesco supermarket chain amid a high-pitched British row over benefits for EU migrants.
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