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WELLINGTON, New Zealand: The reclusive New Zealand billionaire buying the U.S. maker of Hefty brand trash bags to create the world's second-biggest packaging business started out as a tow truck driver and bounced back from the brink of bankruptcy more than a decade ago to become his country's richest person.
MODERN-DAY tax systems have moved a long way from those of medieval states where state assets had long been a source of government revenue. Rome had a sixth of its income from state-owned land while Athens and Renaissance Genoa had their own silver and alum mines respectively.
PONTOISE, France: A French court convicted Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics in Texas of manslaughter for setting off a chain of events that sent a supersonic Concorde crashing into a hotel outside Paris a decade ago, killing 113 people and marking the beginning of the sleek jet's demise.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama celebrated a bipartisan season of progress on Wednesday at a year-end news conference marking an up-and-down second year in office that blended a thrashing at the polls, slow progress on the economy and late victories in Congress.
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YOKOHAMA, Japan: Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn fielded some tough questions from shareholders about his 982 million yen (US$12 million) paycheck Wednesday, but won approval with no problems for another two-year stint as head of the Japanese automaker.