The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is taking flak from women’s groups for putting out a version of their catalog for the Saudi market in which photos of all the women and most of the girls have been photoshopped out. Even a photo of the woman who designed one of the lines of furniture has been removed.
In financial news, the Eurozone now has a record 18.2 million unemployed workers, with the jobless rate still at 11.4%. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the average American household will be in for an annual tax increase of more than $3,000 if Congress fails to act.
In other news, Chinese hackers broke into the White House computer network. According to some reports, the computers affected include those that control the nuclear “football”.
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