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Italy unveils secret weapon against tax fraud

In 1970's New York, "Serpico" was the cop who fought against police corruption. Today in Italy, it's the name of a computer system tackling tax evasion. With the country on the brink of recession, Rome misses out on over 100 billion euros a year in unpaid taxes. Yet for some Italians the system is less like a crime-busting policeman than Orwell's "Big Brother"; a dangerous intrusion into their privacy.

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2014-08-22 environment

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

In China's major urban centres air pollution can sometimes reach alarming levels. Faced with the rising discontent of manty city dwellers the Chinese government has vowed more...

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2014-08-21 economy

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage remains a key point of contention in the US. President Obama wants to bring it up to $10.10. This might seem like a win-win situation: earn more, spend...

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2014-08-19 Gaza Strip

Israel's minorities and military service

We look at how Israel's religious minorities feel about military service. At the end of last month - three weeks after the latest conflict with militants in Gaza started - Israel...

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2014-08-20 tourism

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Spain's Canary Isles are a popular tourist destination offering year-round sun, sea and sand. But they could be about to gain a new string to their bow as a sustainable energy...

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2014-08-18 religion

South Korea: The Catholic Church's Asian Tiger

We head to South Korea, where Pope Francis has just wrapped up a five-day visit. A pope hadn't set foot in the country for a quarter of a century. Yet Catholicism is thriving in...

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