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Finland’s progressive fines dent wallets big and small

In Finland, the fines for more serious speeding infractions are calculated according to income — stinging both the little and big guys.

Everest climbers killed as Nepal quake sets off avalanche

NEW DELHI — A year after a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest ended the climbing season, another avalanche, this one caused by a powerful earthquake near the Nepalese capital, slammed into part of the mountaineering base camp Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and injuring an unknown number of others, Nepalese officials said.

Car bombs driven by foreigners hit Iraq-Jordan border post

Three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan Saturday killing at least four Iraqi soldiers, said Iraqi officials.

Thousands march in South Korea antigovernment protest

Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women’s rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country’s restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.

Relief agencies, governments prepare response after earthquake

World leaders and global charities offered condolences and emergency aid Saturday.


opinion | Scott Lajoie

// Get excited about the SATs

Has the backlash against aptitude testing gone too far?


All Things Catholic | John L. Allen Jr.

// Aid groups help victims of anti-Christian violence

Two-thirds of the world’s Christians live in the developing world, where they’re often convenient targets for anti-Western rage.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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