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- Health Care prices Jump as Use of Services Fall (Mary Shaub and Allison Bell, LifeHealthPro) A three-page infographic from health insurance organization, Health Care Cost Institute, provides data details on how health care usage and costs have changed for the first year of Obamacare start-up, 2013.
- Shadow banking nears pre-crisis peak (Sam Fleming, Financial Times) Last year shadow banking comprised 24.5% of financial assets. This was the highest percentage since 2007 for 20 countries plus the 18-country Eurozone as tracked by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in Basel. Read the full press release from the FSB. The total assets in the shadow banking system reached to more than $75 trillion in 2013, 120% of the 38-nation GDP. This was less than 2.8% below the 2007 peak. As regulation of banks increases financial activity moves into unregulated areas.
- Articles about conflicts and disease around the world
Ebola: Mapping the outbreak (BBC News)
Defiant Nurse Breaks Ebola Quarantine, Takes Bike Ride (Sandra Rose)
After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School (The New York Times)
Israel Reopens Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem (The New York Times)
Burkina Faso declares state of emergency (Al Jazeera)
Airstrikes against Islamic State do not seen to have affected flow of fighters to Syria (The Washington Post) See graphic below (after Mexico).
Yemen’s Houthis capture strategic city (Al Jazeera)
Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (Alastair MacDonald and Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters)
American Drone Strike Kills 6 in Pakistani Tribal Areas (The New York Times)
Enslaved Abroad, Oppressed at Home (The New York Times)
India’s Imperatives in Sri Lanka (Worldpress.org)
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