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One billion family history records get digital makeover

27 September 2013

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GENEALOGY

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have joined forces to streamline worldwide access to genealogical records, reports the Westmoreland Times. Some 1 billion birth, marriage, death and immigration certificates will be available for the first time online.

 

MENTAL CAPACITY

A 79-year-old man from Cheshire in the early stages of dementia has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility after beating his wife to death following a row about finances, reports The Daily Mail.

 

ASIA-PACIFIC

Ernst and Young's Asia-Pacific Fraud Survey Report has revealed that 48 per cent of executives from large corporations in the region said anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies are failing, reports The Law Society Gazette.

 

QUANTITATIVE EASING

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has told the Yorkshire Post that the bank would consider more quantitative easing should the economy falter but said he personally didn't see a case for it, reports The Times.

 

PROPERTY

Cash buyers are the reason for the surge in the property market, according to research from Hamptons International reported in The Times. Johnny Morris, head of research at the firm, said the group is as important as first-time buyers.

 

PENSIONS

Three in four people who still hold a "gold-plated" pension are public sector workers, according to a story in The Telegraph. An official report has shown a huge difference between public and private sector retirement benefit packages on offer.

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