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Women more educated than men • Nike settles case over sweatshop PR defence • Teleworker safety code • Germans need to pare back pensions: report • Worker’s odour prompts new policy

Women more educated than men

— The 1990s saw women move ahead of men in education obtained among the developed countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a new report says. Women are more likely to obtain university degrees in most countries. But differences continue in the types of degrees obtained. Men still opt for physics, math and engineering courses, while women take programs leading to occupations in health and welfare, teaching, the arts and humanities.

Nike settles case over sweatshop PR defence

New York
— Nike will pay $2.2 million to a workers’ rights group to end a lawsuit accusing it of false advertising in a PR campaign that portrayed the firm as good corporate citizens. The suit by a California consumer activist alleged a campaign of press releases, letters to editors and Web site postings misled the public about working conditions in shoe manufacturing plants in Asia.

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