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Kalima On November - 20 - 2011

Good morning everyone!

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Categories: Morning Blog

Written by Kalima

Long time resident of Tokyo --- "Where is this woman I once knew so well? Memories fading or hurtling by like a howling wind at a speed I can't fathom or define. A star hangs like a teardrop from her eye, quivering but never falling. I search the empty corridors of my soul in hopes of catching just another glimpse of who she once presumed herself to be. Where is this woman who trod with such certainty, where is she now? I mourn her passing as another dawn breaks in my restless heart."

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  1. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    There is a good chance I might not be able to bring you Tuesday’s updates, I will let you know as soon as I can.

    Have a good Mumbly Monday wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my evening corner of Tokyo, where we saw lots of sunshine but chilly winds today. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Hallelujah!!
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    All atomic power to halt ‘momentarily’

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120416a2.html

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    The government wanted to jump ahead even without all the required safety measures being implemented. They have learned nothing from 3/11 last year.
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    Move to restart Oi’s reactors blasted as misinformed haste

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120416a3.html

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    Another thermometer breaks at Fukushima

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120416a1.html

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    Govt to subsidize debris tours / Visits to disaster-hit areas may help accelerate removal of debris

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120415001616.htm

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    No-entry designation lifted for Minami-Soma

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-entry-designation-lifted-for-minami-soma

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    Insurgents’ RPGs hit Japanese Embassy in Kabul

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120416a6.html

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    The government has just finished telling us that we are broke, and that is why our consumption tax is going up from 5% to 10%. They must have found an extra $60 bil under the sofa seats.
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    Japan considering $60 bil contribution to IMF

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/japan-considering-60-bil-contribution-to-imf

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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Just so you don’t feel so isolated with your nutters in politics in the U.S., here is one of ours.
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    Lord Ahmed suspended from Labour Party after ‘offering £10m bounty for capture of Obama and Bush’

    Lord Ahmed, a controversial British, peer has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9206078/Lord-Ahmed-suspended-from-Labour-Party-after-offering-10m-bounty-for-capture-of-Obama-and-Bush.html

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    Or how about this one? Will they send out a bounty hunter for me?
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    Register to vote or face fines, under plans backed by Nick Clegg

    Adults who fail to register to vote face being fined under plans being drawn up by the coalition.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9205952/Register-to-vote-or-face-fines-under-plans-backed-by-Nick-Clegg.html

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    Well of course they did
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    Ed Miliband’s party donation cap plan snubbed by Tories

    Labour proposal for £5,000 limit described as meaningless, but party says it would curtail discretionary donations by unions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/15/ed-miliband-party-donation-cap

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    As if we or they are hearing it for the first time. :roll:
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    Treasury reveals how little tax the super-rich pay

    Figures were backdrop to George Osborne’s ‘tycoon tax’ in budget to cap relief on charitable giving

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/15/treasury-reveals-super-rich-tax-rates

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    Remember folks, “There is no global warming”. Repeat after me, “There is no global warming”.
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    Wildlife and farming disaster warning as drought spreads across England

    Officials warn dry spell could last into next year and hosepipe bans could be extended to cover larger areas

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/16/drought-wildlife-farming-disaster-warning

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    Eurozone crisis live: Euro slides as Spanish fears grow

    • Sterling hits 19-month high against the euro
    • Today’s agenda

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/16/eurozone-crisis-spain-bonds-euro

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    France elections 2012: Nicolas Sarkozy declared most unpopular president in history

    Nicolas Sarkozy was declared the most unpopular president in French history in a damning poll on Sunday ahead of the first round of the presidential elections next week, as the two leading candidates vied to rally voters in mass, open-air speeches in Paris.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9205652/France-elections-2012-Nicolas-Sarkozy-declared-most-unpopular-president-in-history.html

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    Suspected Paris serial killer arrested

    A suspected serial killer was on Sunday under arrest in connection with a spate of murders in suburban Parisian housing estates after detectives identified him thanks to motorbike he drove to the crime scenes.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9205703/Suspected-Paris-serial-killer-arrested.html

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    How can you defend that Silvio, it’s bribery and corruption. Have you lost your tiny mind?
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    Silvio Berlusconi defends paying money to former showgirls in ‘bunga bunga’ trial

    Silvio Berlusconi has defended paying thousands of pounds to former TV starlet Nicole Minetti and two showgirls due to testify in his “bunga bunga” prostitution trial in Milan.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/9205401/Silvio-Berlusconi-defends-paying-money-to-former-showgirls-in-bunga-bunga-trial.html

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    Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik barred from reading ‘new manifesto’ in court

    Anders Behring Breivik has been banned from reading a “new manifesto” he has written when he stands to give testimony over the massacre in Norway, his lawyers have told The Daily Telegraph.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9205393/Norway-killer-Anders-Behring-Breivik-barred-from-reading-new-manifesto-in-court.html

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    Gag him, no one has to listen to that, especially not the families of the victims..
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    Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik trial: latest

    The terror trial against Anders Behring Breivik begins, amid concerns that he will use the proceedings to showcase his extreme views.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9206193/Norway-killer-Anders-Behring-Breivik-trial-latest.html

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    Nervous Kremlin seeks to purge Russia’s internet of ‘western’ influences

    Unlike Vladimir Putin, many Russians have taken to the internet with great enthusiasm. Now liberals and gay rights activists are among those feeling the heat from the Kremlin

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/kremlin-purge-russia-internet-western-influences

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    Barack Obama: ‘Of course I’ll be angry’ if prostitute accusations are true

    President Barack Obama, speaking for the first time about allegations that Secret Service agents hired prostitutes, has said “of course I’ll be angry” if those accusations are proven true by an investigation.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9206086/Barack-Obama-Of-course-Ill-be-angry-if-prostitute-accusations-are-true.html

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    US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17720012

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    Google fined by FCC over Street View

    Web giant to pay $25,000 for collecting personal information without permission and impeding investigation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/16/google-fined-fcc-street-view

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    This is definitely too much. I’m still in shock after finding our house for all to see a few years ago. This is not just an invasion of privacy, it is an invitations to stalkers and criminals too.
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    Google accused of invading privacy with pictures of house numbers

    Google has sparked a new privacy row by forcing users to decipher blurred photos of private house numbers to access their own accounts.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9205486/Google-accused-of-invading-privacy-with-pictures-of-house-numbers.html

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    Five killed, 29 hurt, as 100 tornadoes rake central US

    Forecasters warn more twisters possible after homes and businesses are wrecked and thousands left without power

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/oklahoma-tornado-two-dead

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    Good Lord!
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    El Salvador marks murder-free day

    Central American country marks first day in almost three years that no one has been murdered

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/16/el-salvador-murder-free-day

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    Syria: first UN peace monitors arrive -- live updates

    • UN advance team arrives in Syria to monitor fragile peace
    • Leading candidates banned from Egypt’s presidential race
    • Human Rights Watch directors arrested in Bahrain

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/16/syria-un-monitors-arrive-live

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    What ceasefire??
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    Syria’s fragile ceasefire on the verge of collapse

    Syria’s fragile ceasefire was on the verge of collapse on Sunday night after the regime was accused of shelling the rebellious city of Homs and staging attacks in other towns.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9205732/Syrias-fragile-ceasefire-on-the-verge-of-collapse.html

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    The poster that illustrates Syria’s anger

    A poster of Asma al-Assad by an anonymous writer expresses her and her country’s disgust

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/apr/15/poster-syrias-anger

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    Egypt’s Islamists threaten street protests over presidential election chaos

    Islamist radicals threatened to take millions of people to the streets of Egypt on Sunday night after a ruling which plunged the presidential elections into chaos by banning most of the leading candidates.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9205604/Egypts-Islamists-threaten-street-protests-over-presidential-election-chaos.html

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    Well at least they didn’t gun them down like the last time.
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    Israeli police detain ‘flytilla’ Palestinian protesters

    Israeli police detained dozens of pro-Palestinian activists who had attempted a mass “flytilla” protest at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on Sunday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9205594/Israeli-police-detain-flytilla-Palestinian-protesters.html

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    Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to go on hunger strike

    Around 1,600 prisoners expected to take part in protest against imprisonment without charge and solitary confinement

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/palestinian-prisoners-israel-hunger-strike

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    Juba accuses Khartoum of bomb attack

    Former civil war foes close to full-blown war after South Sudan seizes Heglig oilfield, prompting shelling and air raids by Sudan

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/south-sudan-accuses-sudan-bombing-oilfield

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    Swiss woman abducted by gunmen in northern Mali

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17724256

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    Iran agrees to concrete proposals for resolving nuclear crisis

    A new effort to break the deadlock over Iran’s nuclear ambitions is set to begin after 10 hours of talks between Tehran and the world’s leading powers ended with rare words of mutual praise.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9205403/Iran-agrees-to-concrete-proposals-for-resolving-nuclear-crisis.html

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    Insurgents who launched multiple Kabul attacks killed in overnight operation

    Afghan security forces have regained control of Kabul, killing all the Taliban militants who launched one of the biggest coordinated attacks on Kabul in a decade of war, officials said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9206092/Insurgents-who-launched-multiple-Kabul-attacks-killed-in-overnight-operation.html

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    India factory collapse ‘traps many’ in Punjab

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17724544

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    Ok, so now prove that this is just not some government plot against a very popular and successful politician and businessman, and his wife.
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    Neil Heywood was poisoned with cyanide, official Chinese report reveals

    The Old Harrovian businessman Neil Heywood was poisoned with cyanide on the orders of a powerful Chinese politician’s wife, according to a report compiled for the Chinese government, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9205859/Neil-Heywood-was-poisoned-with-cyanide-official-Chinese-report-reveals.html

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    China’s censors tested by microbloggers who keep one step ahead of state media

    China may have the world’s most internet-savvy government but Beijing has been struggling to keep a lid on bold social networks

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/16/internet-china-censorship-weibo-microblogs

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    Just in case anyone gives a flying squirrel.
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    Kim Jong-un delivers first North Korea address

    North Korea’s leader made his first televised public speech on Sunday on the centenary of the birth of the country’s founder, promoting himself as a powerful military leader.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9205387/Kim-Jong-un-delivers-first-North-Korea-address.html

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    Philippines-US war games begin amid China tensions

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17699176

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Indonesia. It’s kretek cigarettes are two parts tobacco to one part cloves.

    Today’s question.

    Which is the only state flag wih different designs on its front and back?

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    Has Kony 2012 changed anything?

    The film about the Ugandan warlord, produced by the US charity Invisible Children, has now been viewed on YouTube nearly 90m times. On Friday the campaign will go offline with thousands of people poised to plaster major cities overnight with posters calling on governments to get together to arrest Joseph Kony. What has the campaign achieved so far?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/apr/16/has-kony-2012-changed-anything

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    Long time no see Charlie Brooker.
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    Some people are gay in space. Get over it

    Video game players can now identify their characters as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Which is wonderful, unless you’re a sad homophobe

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/15/charlie-brooker-gay-video-game

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    Britain must find its own way to overcome its racism

    Black Britons have a harder time in the job market than African Americans – but US-style affirmative action isn’t the answer here

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/15/racism-britain-affirmative-action

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    Why does the 1970s get painted as such a bad decade?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17703483

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    Dr Dillner’s health dilemmas: will chemotherapy affect my job?

    Treatment can be tiring and isolating, but some research suggests that leading as normal a life as possible may help cancer patients

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/15/will-chemotherapy-affect-my-job

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    Orthodox Easter -- in pictures

    Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than western churches

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2012/apr/15/orthodox-easter-churches-in-picture

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    Week in pictures: 7-13 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17702006

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/15/24-hours-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good afternooon/morning, Kalima! I hope you and your little Apple are both doing well, and that if we miss you on Tuesday, we’ll see you again on Wednesday!

      Charlie Brooker — he never misses! His pieces are so conversational; you feel as though he’s talking to you in person. I love his take on “homophobia in space”! Too funny.

      Almost equally amusing was reading that Nicky Sarkozy is the most unpopular leader in France in living memory. A 67% negative rating. Whoopie! Angela Merkel — have a second piece of cheese and savor this moment! You’re not the only one who thinks he’s an a-hole.

      And speaking of popularity: how ’bout that Kim Jong un(able)? What a weird sight it is to watch a middle aged woman describing how “everything will be fine as long as we have General Kim Jong un.” A 29 year old “General” struggling to read the speech that has been written for him? Really? This is your source of security? Uh-oh…

      I saw a quotation today that was reportedly from Anders Breivik in which he said he was shooting in “self-defence.” Classic sociopath: always the victim. And he wants to be allowed to grandstand and read his “manifesto.” Argh! Well, it’s a small thing and rather petty but at least this very vain man seems to be gaining quite a bit of weight. Let him meditate on that and the fact that his Nordic perfection in decline.

      Trivia time: I just realized that I completely forgot to guess on yesterday’s question. Not that I know the answer anyway! And sadly, the same goes for today’s. I have no idea! Let me just toss out Rhode Island… Why? I know not!

  2. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    It will have to be a bit of a quickie this morning, I’m running a bit late this afternoon.

    Have a good Sunday wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs.
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    Okinawa bases stored toxic defoliant, ex-soldier says
    U.S. vet pries lid off Agent Orange denials

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120415a1.html

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    Oi reactor restarts hinge on assembly, locals: Fukui governor
    Nishikawa tells trade minister to consult with Kyoto, Osaka and host town’s residents over resumption

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120415a2.html

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    Machine fell into MOX spent-fuel pool: Tepco
    Hydrogen blast likely caused 35-ton behemoth’s plunge; no damage seen

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120415a4.html

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    Namie to seek medical fee exemption for all resident

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120415a3.html
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    Ministers sound retreat in charity tax row

    Ministers are preparing a climbdown in the face of intense pressure over plans to cut tax relief on charitable donations, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9204963/Ministers-sound-retreat-in-charity-tax-row.html

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    About time too. May I signal my distaste of this woman altogether?
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    Judges signal distaste for Theresa May’s human rights reform

    Judges have fired a warning shot against Theresa May’s plan to stop foreign criminals abusing human rights laws.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9204527/Judges-signal-distaste-for-Theresa-Mays-human-rights-reform.html

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    There is that scary word again, “private”, and all it conjures up for the consumer, the patient and the student, with the added bonus of a rip-off from con men along the way.
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    DIY firms allowed to send staff into homes and push their own products in Green Deal scheme

    B&Q staff are to be allowed to enter homes, decide how to make them more energy efficient and then sell their own green products to householders, under a new Government scheme.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9204767/DIY-firms-allowed-to-send-staff-into-homes-and-push-their-own-products-in-Green-Deal-scheme.html

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    Friends: The One Where Nick Worries About His Finances

    It all gets a bit much for the DPM, but Miriam keeps her cool, in the latest episode of our political sitcom.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/9204227/Friends-The-One-Where-Nick-Worries-About-His-Finances.html

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    Far-right anti-Muslim network on rise globally as Breivik trial opens

    Report highlights UK role in the growth of groups that inspired Norway’s mass murderer

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/breivik-trial-norway-mass-murderer

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    Bad news for Nicolas Sarkozy in Burgundy’s bellwether village

    The prescient voters of Donzy, like the rest of the country, have yet to make up their minds. But the mood is for change

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/burgundy-village-mirrors-french-election-news-bad-sarkozy

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    This certainly won’t be a picnic for the families of the victims.
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    As final preparations are made for trial of Anders Behring Breivik, Norway families fear it could become a circus

    The man accused of mass murder in Norway last year has called a bizarre array of expert witnesses and threatens to use his trial to spread his poisonous ideas.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9204793/As-final-preparations-are-made-for-trial-of-Anders-Behring-Breivik-Norway-families-fear-it-could-become-a-circus.html

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    US secret service scandal widens to include military

    Five soldiers confined to quarters over claims of inappropriate conduct as 11 secret service members are put on leave

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/us-secret-service-scandal-military

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    Another clueless idiot. No Wayne LaPierre, it wasn’t the media, but the people who are demanding justice for yet another senseless gun crime.
    ————

    NRA official accuses media of creating controversy over Travyon Martin case

    Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of National Rifle Association, says media ignore ‘everyday victims’ of crime

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/nra-official-media-trayvon-martin

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    Mitt Romney’s poor judgment is already undermining his candidacy

    Finally, Obama’s opponent has been confirmed, but can the Republican nominee mount an effective challenge?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/15/michael-cohen-mitt-romney-presidential-nominee

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    Tornadoes sweep across US Midwest

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17710248

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    UN Security Council votes to send ceasefire monitors to Syria

    The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously voted its first ever resolution on the Syria crisis, allowing an advance party of ceasefire monitors to go to the country on the brink of civil war.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9204705/UN-Security-Council-votes-to-send-ceasefire-monitors-to-Syria.html

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    Homs shelled on third day of truce

    Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shell the battered Syrian city of Homs, killing one person, opposition activists say.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9204563/Homs-shelled-on-third-day-of-truce.html

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    Egyptian presidential hopefuls barred from race

    10 of the candidates planning to run, including an ex-spy chief and key Islamists, will not be allowed to stand

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/egyptian-presidential-hopefuls-barred-race

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    Militants attack Yemen checkpoint

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17714437

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    Teenage protester in intensive care as Bahrain Grand Prix gets green light

    A teenage mourner shot by police in Bahrain was in intensive care on Saturday as Formula One bosses said next week’s Grand Prix will proceed as planned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/bahrain/9204530/Teenage-protester-in-intensive-care-as-Bahrain-Grand-Prix-gets-green-light.html

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    Bahrain Grand Prix: Formula One demeans itself with this event

    Whoever participates in this race is tainted by association with a malign regime

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/15/editorial-boycott-bahrain-grand-prix

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    Khartoum forces ‘bomb South Sudan town

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17712848

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    Mining giant Glencore accused in child labour and acid dumping row

    London-listed company denies polluting river in Congo and profiting from children working underground

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/14/glencore-child-labour-acid-dumping-row

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    Iran nuclear talks begin with rare mood of optimism

    The first talks between Iran and the world’s leading powers for over a year have opened on a rare note of optimism, with a diplomat hailing the ‘completely different’ atmosphere of the first session.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9204531/Iran-nuclear-talks-begin-with-rare-mood-of-optimism.html

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    Pakistan militants free hundreds of prisoners

    Armed Islamists attack jail in north-western town of Bannu, allowing almost 400 prisoners to escape

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/15/pakistan-militants-free-prisoners

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    Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-17712058

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    Chinese police seek blogger who revealed death of Neil Heywood

    Journalist defends role in telling the truth as details emerge of British consular suspicions about Neil Heywood’s death

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/15/china-neil-heywood-death-blogger

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    Inside North Korea: Empty screens and blank faces as rocket launch fails

    It was meant to be a triumphant day for Kim Jong-un and his North Korean generals. But, as Angus Walker reports, things didn’t quite go as planned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9204477/Inside-North-Korea-Empty-screens-and-blank-faces-as-rocket-launch-fails.html

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    Bomb hits Philippines cock-fight

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17714442

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. The painting shows Van Gogh with his right ear bandaged, but it was his left earlobe that he cut. Experts believe the self portrait is a mirror image.

    Well done kes. 😉

    What country uses about half the world’s production of cloves -- primarily in cigarettes?

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    British farmer’s quest to find lost Spitfires in Burma

    A Lincolnshire farmer has told how he spent 15 years trying to find a lost squadron of Spitfires that was buried in Burma at the end of the Second World War.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/burma/9204921/British-farmers-quest-to-find-lost-Spitfires-in-Burma.html

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    The Penge Mystery: the murder of Harriet Staunton

    In 1877, Harriet Staunton’s husband and three others were accused of starving her to death and lurid newspaper reports of the Penge murder trial held the nation’s rapt attention. A bestselling novel about the affair – written in 1934 and now republished – proves as gripping today

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/15/harriet-staunton-penge-murder-jenkins

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    Titanic’s 1,512 dead are remembered in mid-ocean 100 years after sinking

    Remembrance service held aboard cruise ship Balmoral at mid-Atlantic spot where the Titanic went down

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/15/titanic-memorial-service-balmoral

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    Titanic: Unlikely friendship in lifeboat eight

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17583924

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    If you’ve lost the philatelists, your days are surely numbered

    Who will buy Royal Mail now that even the stamp collectors have turned against it?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/15/david-mitchell-royal-mail-stamps

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    Be good and eat all yer veggies. :)
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    A taste of spring, from Ruth Rogers

    The River Café’s Ruth Rogers makes a feast from fresh spring vegetables with four exciting new recipes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/15/ruth-rogers-river-cafe-spring-recipes

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    The Songkran Festival: new year in Thailand and Burma marked with water fights

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9203238/Songkran-festival-new-year-in-Thailand-and-Myanmar-marked-with-water-fights.html

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    Your pictures: Spring

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17675717

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/14/24-hours-in-pictures

    • SueInCa says:

      Is it India? I know they have a brand of clove cigs

    • SueInCa says:

      Kalima

      Have you seen this?

      http://japanfocus.org/events/view/142

      Only 20% of the population answered the survey conducted by Fukushima Medical University. For many, Fukushima Medical University has become Dracula’s Castle. Nevertheless, the role of this university is to care for people, and in order to do that correctly, those in charge need to change their policy. They have to discuss issues with residents and citizens and consider their opinions and requests while determining how the survey is conducted, for example. We need to be close to people. We need to consider the precise situation and act accordingly.

      Very disturbing comment but it remains to be seen yet just how polluted the Gulf of Mexico is now that a life cycle has passed so we have our own disaster brewing from the Gulf spill.

    • kesmarn says:

      Good afternoon/morning, Kalima! I hope your Sunday was a peaceful one. A visit to the Warlord is planned for this afternoon here in the corn belt. Fingers crossed, as always.

      I’m wearing my trivia tiara with a touch of Catholic guilt today, since I got such a large assist from MB Central on the answer. But a guilty tiara’s better than no tiara, so I’ll keep on wearing it! 😳

      The Tories never run out of bizarre ideas, do they? Now citizens are going to be required to allow “inspectors” (a.k.a. door-to-door salepersons) to enter their homes and peddle “green products” which will — ta-dah! surprise! — be profitable for private companies. Who would have ever guessed?

      The notion that Anders Breivik might be turned into some sort of heroic figure for right-wing hate groups around the world is terribly disturbing. Whether he’s a calculating criminal or a violent, delusional psychotic, he is nobody’s role model; that’s for sure. These poor families of the victims; there’s a long road ahead of them.

      That Staunton murder case is haunting. What a complicated tale of cruelty and betrayal. Almost as convoluted as the Bo Xilai one in China. I wonder if anyone will ever get the real answers in that Heywood death. Even the blogger who revealed the man’s death is being investigated. The son who lived near Harvard has been whisked away. Intrigue upon intrigue. A Chinese puzzle indeed.

      Now — off to make the Sunday rounds! Back soon, I hope.

      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, hope you found your Hungarian Warlord well and in good spirits?

        If I have to roll my eyes any more at the bizarre suggestions and new laws coming from the Tories, they will get stuck in the back of my head one of thses days. Let the DIY people walk into your home to make you spend more money than you have in your saving account, and no one is speaking up against it except the press? What are these people on for goodness sake?

        I agree kes, that Anders Breivik should now become a cult figure for these disgusting groups is indeed horrific and disturbing. How far must they go before they can be disbanded I wonder, actually murder someone?

        About the wife of Bo Xilai being arrested in China for Heywood’s murder, I don’t buy it. Bo Xilai was a very popular communist leader and business man, there was an election coming up, they didn’t like that he had so much power, they arrested him, and when Cameron asked the Chinese government to investigate Heywood’s murder, they conveniently arrested the wife without a single piece of evidence. Two birds with one stone if you ask me. Wouldn’t trust that government or the police force as far as I could throw them.

        Don’t feel bad about retaining your tiara, you knew it had something to do with which side the ear was on, so wear your crown proudly. :)

        Another day off for the hubby today here. Take care and see you soon.

        • kesmarn says:

          Kalima, that’s a very interesting take on the Heywood case in China. I honestly had not thought of that possibility — that the government might have had its own agenda in this instance. This will definitely be one to keep an eye on, won’t it?

          • Kalima says:

            I could be wrong of course, but it all happened so quickly, and until Cameron asked for the Chinese government to prioritize an investigation into Heywood’s death, it wasn’t a huge news story. As for the Communist leaders being afraid of the growing popularity of Bo Xilai, I had read about that since they had their big Communist anniversary celebrations and their upcoming reshuffle of their parliament recently. He was destined for great things, then they couldn’t let him become more powerful so they arrested him. Then arrested his wife for murder, it stinks like days old fish to me. He might be involved in some sort of corruption, but then again, there are few that are not, they just needed him out of the way, and found the perfect opportunity.

            I’ll be linking to any new updates here, and yes, it’s worth keeping an eye on because if true, there is nothing and no one more corrupted than the Chinese government itself.

  3. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Well I don’t know about you, but it was a miserably wet and cold Saturday here today, and I think the last cherry blossoms must be gone now. I didn’t see any this year. :(

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my rainy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Rocket failure an embarrassment for North
    Taepodong-2 launch fails after a minute in flight

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120414a1.html

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    ANALYSIS
    Blown launch might be followed by nuclear test, internal strife, purge

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120414a2.html

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    Failure spoils North’s bid to salute new young leader

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120414a4.html

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    Thank the Lord it wasn’t an air-raid warning that we were expecting.
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    Govt took 43 minutes to announce missile launch

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120413006101.htm

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    Yes because someone has been payed a bribe to hurry it up.
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    Ministers declare Oi nuclear reactors safe for reactivation

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120414p2g00m0dm004000c.html

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    For a second there I thought a voice would say, “Cross my palms with silver”, then I read it again. :)
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    Bank to install palm-reading ATMs

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/regional-bank-to-install-palm-reading-atms

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    Senior U.S. diplomat heads to Japan, other Asian nations amid N Korea tensions

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/senior-u-s-diplomat-heads-to-japan-other-asian-nations-amid-n-korea-tensions

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Pond pals

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/pond-pals
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Who can blame them, anyone would suffer from low morale watching these clods in charge make a total, bumbling mess of things.
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    A quarter of senior civil servants quit Whitehall under Coalition

    One in four senior civil servants have quit since the Coalition formed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9203416/A-quarter-of-senior-civil-servants-quit-Whitehall-under-Coalition.html

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    Oh bloody brilliant, now we should all be able to feel safer in our beds at night. :roll:
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    Beat bobbies to be replaced by ‘plastic police’

    A police force has come under fire over plans to take PCs off the streets and replace them with community support officers in a move that would spell the end for the “bobbie on the beat”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9201760/Beat-bobbies-to-be-replaced-by-plastic-police.html

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    Can someone find a vacant island for this drip, I’m sure he would be much happier there creating his own world with its own rules. Shangri-La is the other way Lansley.
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    Lansley comes under fire over plain cigarette packet plans

    Health secretary faced criticism from within his own party after announcing plans for a consultation on cigarette branding-

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/13/lansley-plain-cigarette-packet-plans

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    Staff deporting foreigners out of UK ‘loutish and aggressive’

    Firm hired by Home Office to deport refused asylum seekers and foreign prisoners admits its guards lack respect for minorities and women

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/13/staff-deporting-foreigners-loutish

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    You can stuff it.
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    ‘Gay cure’ Christian charity funded 20 MPs’ interns

    Christian Action Research and Education has supplied staff to Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/gay-cure-christian-charity-mps-interns

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    The legacy of Orgreave and Hillsborough is still with us

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/13/legacy-orgreave-hillsborough

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    Hackers beware!
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    BPAS hacker jailed for 32 months

    Anonymous member James Jeffery intended to publish details of 10,000 women stolen from British Pregnancy Advisory Service

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/bpas-hacker-james-jeffery-jailed

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    Let’s get the ball rolling by sacking those at the top.
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    Ministers need to be ready for a revolution

    Politicians must prepare for a fundamental change to the way this country is governed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9202963/Ministers-need-to-be-ready-for-a-revolution.html

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    Alex Salmond ‘manufacturing outrage’ over Economist Skintland cover

    Given Alex Salmond’s famously short fuse, he was never going to take kindly to the front cover of the Economist’s new edition mocking his claims about a separate Scotland’s wealth.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9203329/Alex-Salmond-manufacturing-outrage-over-Economist-Skintland-cover.html

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    NightJack blogger files claim against the Times over email hacking

    Detective seeks aggravated damages from paper for breach of confidence, misuse of private information and deceit

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/13/nightjack-blogger-times-email-hacking

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    Sarkozy is spitting and growling like a cornered wild animal. Bye bye Nic.
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    Nicolas Sarkozy: Britain ‘in far worse economic situation than France’

    Britain is in a “far worse economic situation than France,” Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed as he took a swipe at the “Anglo Saxon” model to help boost his waning hopes of re-election.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9203584/Nicolas-Sarkozy-Britain-in-far-worse-economic-situation-than-France.html

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    Father of Anders Behring Breivik considered committing suicide

    The father of Anders Behring Breivik considered taking his own life after hearing his son carried out the Oslo and Utoya massacres that killed 77 people.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9203814/Father-of-Anders-Behring-Breivik-considered-committing-suicide.html

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    Five men shot dead near Macedonia capital Skopje

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17704960

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    Obama paid higher rate than Mitt Romney, 2011 tax returns reveal

    White House says president believes he should pay more tax as returns show he and Michelle paid 20.5% on $789,674

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/barack-obama-us-taxation

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    More of Romney’s slimy lies.
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    Mitt Romney plays to NRA interests in bid to win over conservative base

    Address to annual meeting of gun lobbying group focuses on anti-Obama rhetoric and an assurance to protect gun rights

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/mitt-romney-nra-conservative-speech

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    US secret service agents sent home from summit over claims of misconduct

    Officials say 12 agents accompanying Barack Obama to leaders’ meeting in Colombia have been relieved of duties

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/us-secret-service-agents-summit

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    Oklahoma pair handed murder and hate crime charges over Tulsa gun spree

    Police say Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, confessed to weekend shooting spree that left three black people dead

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/oklahoma-murder-hate-crime-charges

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    Trayvon Martin death raises issue of racism in America, says Toni Morrison

    Nobel prize-winning novelist says Republican presidential hopefuls used hateful language against Barack Obama

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/toni-morrison-trayvon-martin-racism-police

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    This is sickening, surely this is so very wrong?
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    American Nazi Party registers first Washington lobbyist

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17710570

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    Two vipers at each other’s throats. Newt who? Fox what? Pathetic.
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    Fox News hits back at ‘bitter’ Newt Gingrich over claims of campaign bias

    News channel says Gingrich is ‘auditioning for a gig at CNN’ after former House speaker complained Fox favoured Romney

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/newt-gingrich-complains-fox-news

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    Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai’s son ‘escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials’

    The son of the Chinese power couple embroiled in the scandal over British businessman Neil Heywood’s death was escorted from his home by US officials, as experts said he could obtain asylum in America.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9203549/Neil-Heywood-death-Bo-Xilais-son-escorted-from-his-home-near-Harvard-university-by-US-officials.html

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    Syria ceasefire: UN expected to vote on monitor team

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17710358

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    As expected, sorry to say.
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    Syrian forces shell central Homs, breaking ceasefire, activists claim

    Human rights group says Syrian regime has started bombing for first time since ceasefire began on Thursday, injuring several

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/syrian-forces-shell-homs-ceasefire

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    Syrian troops threaten ceasefire by firing on demonstrators

    Syrian troops fired on and broke up demonstrations as crowds poured on to city streets across the country, threatening a ceasefire even before the UN monitors supposed to guard it arrived.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9203727/Syrian-troops-threaten-ceasefire-by-firing-on-demonstrators.html

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    Syria: Turkey threatens to invoke Nato’s self-defence article

    Turkey has resurrected the prospect of western military intervention in the Syrian crisis, threatening to invoke NATO’S self-defence mechanisms over violations of its territory by Assad regime troops.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9200822/Syria-Turkey-threatens-to-invoke-Natos-self-defence-article.html

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    Thousands of Islamists demonstrate in Tahrir Square

    Thousands of Islamists demonstrated in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to demand that members of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime be barred from standing in next month’s presidential election.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9202946/Thousands-of-Islamists-demonstrate-in-Tahrir-Square.html

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    Tear gas and fire bombs exchanged as police and protesters clash in Bahrain

    As the FIA confirm that next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead, the latest amateur video from the Gulf state shows violence on the streets of Manama.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/bahrain/9202110/Tear-gas-and-fire-bombs-exchanged-as-police-and-protesters-clash-in-Bahrain.html

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    Cowards and bullies.
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    Israel forces airline to cancel tickets of British ‘flytilla’ activists

    Jet2.com move follows pressure from Israel as 2,000 pro-Palestinian activists prepare to fly in on way to West Bank

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/palestinian-territories-israel

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    Sudan troops ‘advance on Heglig oil field

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17707977

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    Sudan ‘arming civilians’ to fight South Kordofan rebels

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17706113

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    Guinea-Bissau coup suspected as military seizes parts of capital

    Witnesses report explosions in Bissau as troops seal city centre and fire on prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior’s residence

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/guinea-bissau-coup-suspected

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    Iran calls for ‘comprehensive, long term dialogue’ over nuclear talks

    Iran’s foreign minister called for “comprehensive, long term dialogue” yesterday as the adversaries in the confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions prepared for crucial talks.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9203235/Iran-calls-for-comprehensive-long-term-dialogue-over-nuclear-talks.html

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    One Iranian human rights activist released, another sentenced to jail

    Kouhyar Goudarzi is reported to have been temporarily released while campaigner Mansoureh Behkish is sentenced to jail

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/apr/13/kouhyar-goudarzi-released-iran

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    Pakistan gunmen kill eight Shia Muslims

    Attackers on motorcycle stage two sectarian attacks in south-western city of Quetta, leaving eight people dead

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/pakistan-gunmen-kill-shia-muslims

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    Neil Heywood’s widow ‘silenced by Chinese police’

    The Chinese widow of Neil Heywood, the British businessman whose death has been linked to one of China’s most powerful politicians, has reportedly been gagged by local police.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9203339/Neil-Heywoods-widow-silenced-by-Chinese-police.html

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    Humiliating rocket launch raises fears of North Korea detonating nuclear device

    Concerns are growing that North Korea is stepping up plans to detonate a nuclear device after the launch of a rocket on Friday ended in humiliating failure.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9203138/Humiliating-rocket-launch-raises-fears-of-North-Korea-detonating-nuclear-device.html

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    Can’t help feeling sorry for the people of N. Korea, their brainwashing is so complete, and it’s not their fault that their leaders are bonkers.
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    North Korea rocket failure gets brief mention on local TV

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17707288

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    China and Philippines end fishing standoff

    Chinese fishing boats leave disputed shoal in South China Sea, ending days of tension

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/china-philippines-end-fishing-standoff

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What is misleading about Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 painting “Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear”?

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    Saving the condemned children of Ethiopia

    In remote Ethiopia, where tribes still practise ritual infanticide, one man has made it his mission to save the children

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/9189136/Saving-the-condemned-children-of-Ethiopia.html

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    Gay ‘conversion’ therapies give moral authority to bullies, says ex-missionary

    Former Pentecostal Christian Peterson Toscano says his life was ruined by his church authorities’ attempts to alter his sexuality

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/gay-conversion-therapies-bullies-missionary

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    Change.org thrust into spotlight in wake of Trayvon Martin case

    The online campaign platform is growing at breakneck pace as petition success proves its ability to impact real world change

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/13/change-org-social-activism-trayvon-martin

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    Occupy Wall Street: the story behind seven months of protest – video

    In September last year, anti-corporate activists descended on a small park in lower Manhattan and Occupy Wall Street was born. As protesters ready for a spring resurgence, film-maker Kat Keene Hogue looks back at more than six months of Occupy, a movement that spread from Zuccotti Park to over 100 cities around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/apr/13/occupy-seven-months-of-protest-video

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    Toni Morrison: ‘I want to feel what I feel. Even if it’s not happiness’

    Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison talks to Emma Brockes about being a single mother, the death of her son and why love doesn’t last

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/13/toni-morrison-home-son-love

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    Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17693816

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    Adventures of Yvonne the runaway cow to be made into film

    Lion King producer to turn tale of the German cow who bolted from farm and evaded capture by hunters into animation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/yvonne-runaway-cow-film

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    Andre Kuipers, space station astronaut, sends pictures to Earth via Twitter.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/picture-galleries/9202815/Andre-Kuipers-space-station-astronaut-sends-pictures-to-Earth-via-Twitter.html

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    News tweets: Corey Booker, Charles Manson and more

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17707344

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    Week in pictures: 7-13 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17702006

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/13/1

    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! I was in the land of playgrounds, video games and fossil hunting for a few days there, over the elementary school spring break, and lost track of a lot of the news of the world. But I did catch wind of the fact that the much bally-hooed launch of Kim Jong Un-able’s rocket went limp in midair one minute after liftoff. I realize that this really is a serious issue, but, in a spirit of total relief, I join you in saying: “Hahahahahaha!”

      I loved the story of Saroo Brierly, who was separated from his family at age five and actually managed to navigate his way back all the way from Australia 25 years later. And based on his memories as a little child! Absolutely amazing. I can only imagine what his mother must have felt when she saw him again after all those years. The mere fact that he survived Calcutta is a miracle in itself.

      Some fairly alarming predictions in the article about the need to completely redefine government and peoples’ expectations of it. This one sentence made my jaw drop:

      “…they need to be more forthright about what will be required over the next 20 or 30 years, in particular about the need to take the state entirely out of the provision of services, just as it stepped away from running heavy industry and utilities in the 1980s and 1990s, and to ensure that we spend for the future (in the form of infrastructure and education) rather than the past.

      For starters, it’s incredible that the author regards what the Tories have done in privatizing education as a “success story.” Huh? And if the state is taken “entirely out of the provision of services,” does it exist only to tax citizens, wage war and funnel money to the very wealthy achiever class? If this is what the “Big Society” is supposed to look like, I think British citizens need to rush to the polls or to the ports and airports in order to get out of the country asap!

      On to today’s trivia: a few days of child care hasn’t done anything to make me any better at guessing (my brain has been zapped by losing so many consecutive video games that I lost count). Is the deceptive part of Van Gogh’s painting the fact that there still seems to be an ear under that bandage? From what I’ve heard, poor Vincent had pretty well amputated it by this point… 😯

      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, first of all let me tell you that you and your opinions have been missed, and that I hope you have had time to catch your breath after all those video games and fossil hunting, although it sounds like fun to me.

        Yes that article about completely redefining the government….. Sometimes I really have to include opinions from the other side of the glass, never minding that they leave me speechless in their absurdity, and lacking of any social conscience. The author’s total disregard for anyone except those who are rich enough to not depend on benefits, is indeed jaw dropping though it plays to the mind set of the Tories. I’m with you kes, if anyone can count to more than 10, they have an obligation to get these people out of office as soon as possible. The Tories see no class inequality because for them, people who need help should fend for themselves, so they want to ignore them. It’s like kids with monsters, if they close their eyes, the monsters are gone. Anyone who is not rich enough to live without financial worries, yet still votes Tory, needs to have their heads examined.

        The story of the little Indian boy was heartwarming, I love stories with a happy ending, and this story was one of the best.

        On the trivia question, a little hint, a bonus because you have been so busy. Hint: It’s all about left or right. :)

        Have a good what is left of your evening, and take care.

        • kesmarn says:

          Ah-hah! That is some hint there, my friend! 😀

          Okay…the only thing I can say then is that in the portrait it appears the right ear is the injured one, while I can only suspect it was the left one that Vincent did surgery on. (Or maybe Gauguin whacked it off with his sword? We may never know!)

  4. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    It’s Friday the 13th and here in Asia it could have been a very different day. Thankfully the “Sense of Humour God” let the N. Korean “rocket of misfortune” once again drop harmlessly into the surrounding sea after less than a minute of flying time. Thank you for that, and although I can make light of it now, it has been time consuming and worrying time for Japan and S. Korea who were in the flight path. After all we went through last year, the thought of another person being injured or killed here by things we couldn’t control, was more than enough. Like the new leader of that country, the rocket fell out of the sky like a limp noodle without ever reaching space. So much for showing the world what a great leader you are Kim Jung un, your food aid deal just sunk with your rocket.

    Have a good Friday today, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my early evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    North Korean rocket launch reported as failure

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120413x1.html

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    G-8 calls for U.N. action over launch
    Foreign ministers charge rocket development violates resolutions

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120413a4.html

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    Governors visit Oi nuke plant

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120413a5.html

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    7.7% of quake debris recycled / Rate remains low as firms fear causing anxiety among locals

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120412005114.htm

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    Threat of monster tsunami poses ominous possibilities

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120413f1.html

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    16 in Kyoto mowed down by minivan
    Driver plows into busy crosswalk in Gion district

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120413a1.html

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    Chinese aircraft approaches Japanese destroyer in E. China Sea

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120413p2g00m0dm051000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Personally I can’t see what all the fuss is about, I find tall buildings quite ugly, and this is no exception.
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    Standing tall

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/standing-tall-2
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    This is really disgraceful when so many families can’t even manage to make ends meet, especially now after all the cuts to benefits and care for the elderly, most of which are then implemented by local councils on behalf of the government.
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    Council pension schemes costing £2,000 for every family in Britain

    Councils have a combined black hole in their staff pension schemes worth £54billion – the equivalent more than £2,000 for every family in Britain -- new figures show.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/council-spending/9200869/Council-pension-schemes-costing-2000-for-every-family-in-Britain.html

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    Charity tax relief proposals: The taxman’s greed will strangle Britain’s amazing culture of giving

    Charities cannot exist without their generous backers, so a Treasury assault on them is intolerable.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9200166/Charity-tax-relief-proposals-The-taxmans-greed-will-strangle-Britains-amazing-culture-of-giving.html

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    That these advertisements are even allowed is scandalous, they sound so familiar, and I smell the interference of the U.S. RR here as well as the connection already exposed in the anti-abortion groups in the U.K. Good for Boris, well done. What on earth is wrong with the Brits?
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    Boris Johnson bans ‘gay cure’ bus adverts

    Boris Johnson faces being drawn into a bitter dispute over homosexuality after banning advertisements on London buses promoting the idea that gay people can be “cured”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/9201095/Boris-Johnson-bans-gay-cure-bus-adverts.html

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    Met police chief to face MPs over racism scandal

    Bernard Hogan-Howe summoned for cross-examination over growing number of cases of alleged racism referred to the IPCC

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/12/met-police-chief-mps-racism-scandal

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    Black people more likely to be jobless in Britain than US, research reveals

    During last three recessions, unemployment among black men was up to 19 percentage points higher in UK than US

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/black-people-unemployed-britain-us

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    Eurozone crisis live: Another Friday the 13th horror story?

    GDP figures out of China, where the economy grew at its weakest pace in nearly three years, could weigh on markets

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/13/eurozone-crisis-live-market-friday-13th

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    Why do that, we are not blind or deaf over here. We would have known about it, and certainly have seen it on our news. The man is desparate.
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    Nicolas Sarkozy facing ridicule after false Fukushima claims

    Nicolas Sarkozy was facing yet more political embarrassment on Thursday after falsely claiming he visited Fukushima nuclear power plant after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami last year.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9201646/Nicolas-Sarkozy-facing-ridicule-after-false-Fukushima-claims.html

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    Just when you think that you might have heard the last of him, up he pops like a bad penny. Up to his old tricks of bribory again, that should get him another 12 years.
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    Silvio Berlusconi paid £100,000 to showgirls due to testify in trial

    Silvio Berlusconi paid more than £100,000 to glamorous showgirls expected to testify in his “bunga bunga” prostitution trial, it emerged on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/9200509/Silvio-Berlusconi-paid-100000-to-showgirls-due-to-testify-in-trial.html

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    Muhammed cartoon revenge plot trial to open in Denmark

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17698436

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    Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman makes first appearance in court

    George Zimmerman has appeared in court for the first time, 46 days after he shot and killed the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin and sparked a murder case that has gripped America.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9201146/Trayvon-Martin-George-Zimmerman-makes-first-appearance-in-court.html

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    Guantánamo war crimes tribunals ‘transparently unfair’

    The Guantánamo war crimes tribunals are “transparently unfair” and will be the only court in US history where the rights of the US Constitution do not apply, the lawyer charged with defending the alleged Al Qa’eda mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing claimed last night.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9201667/Guantanamo-war-crimes-tribunals-transparently-unfair.html

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    News Corp faces growing threat of phone-hacking lawsuits in US

    Lawyers preparing News of the World phone-hacking claims in New York

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/13/news-corp-phone-hacking-lawsuits-us

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    Lehman administrators earn £500m in fees

    • PwC admits it could take 20 years to unravel debts
    • Figure does not cover pay to lawyers and former staff

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/13/lehman-debt-pwc-unravel

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    There will be plenty of this before November Mitt. Can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than you do.
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    US Election 2012: Former Mitt Romney healthcare expert accuses him of hypocrisy

    One of the experts behind Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare reforms has accused him of “fundamental hypocrisy” as the Republican frontrunner struggled to explain the difference between his law and the one passed by President Barack Obama.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9201050/US-Election-2012-Former-Mitt-Romney-healthcare-expert-accuses-him-of-hypocrisy.html

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    Mexico hit by two strong earthquakes

    Two large quakes strike western Mexico within 12 hours, shaking buildings in the capital more than 200 miles away

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/mexico-two-strong-earthquakes

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    I hope this couple sues.
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    Argentinian mother attacks hospital over baby ‘miracle’

    A mother whose newborn baby was found alive in an Argentine morgue 12 hours after being declared dead on Wednesday blamed hospital negligence for the near-fatal mistake.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/9199430/Argentinian-mother-attacks-hospital-over-baby-miracle.html

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    Syria opposition calls for day of protests – live updates

    • UN security council move to send observers to Syria
    • Clashes reported near Turkish border
    • Bahrain grand prix ‘will go ahead’ despite protests

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/13/syria-ceasefire-protests-bahrain

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    Syria ceasefire: UN plans to send observers ‘in days’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17698852

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    Syria: Assad regime ‘has failed to implement peace plan’

    The United Nations was drawing up plans for a 200-strong monitoring mission to Syria after its envoy, Kofi Annan, declared that the Assad regime had failed to implement his peace plan by withdrawing troops from the streets.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9201101/Syria-Assad-regime-has-failed-to-implement-peace-plan.html

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    President Bashar al-Assad won’t make same mistake as Colonel Gaddafi – so the West must act

    Syria’s fragile UN-brokered ceasefire will do nothing to topple its ruthless and astute leader.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9200160/President-Bashar-al-Assad-wont-make-same-mistake-as-Colonel-Gaddafi-so-the-West-must-act.html

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    Homs activist: this is the quiet before the storm

    Speaking from Homs via Skype, Abo Allith tells the Telegraph that there have been four mortar attacks on the city despite the ceasefire.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9200230/Homs-activist-this-is-the-quiet-before-the-storm.html

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    Well that was certainly quick and to the point.
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    Egypt passes legislation banning Mubarak officials from running as president

    Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament has passed legislation that would ban top officials who served under Hosni Mubarak from becoming president, a move which could derail former Vice President Omar Suleiman.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9201194/Egypt-passes-legislation-banning-Mubarak-officials-from-running-as-president.html

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    Libya’s failure to hand over Gaddafi son must be referred to UN, says ICC counsel

    Xavier-Jean Keïta’s call for formal complaint follows inadvertent release of scathing report on treatment of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/libya-failure-hand-over-gaddafi-icc

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    South Sudan choosing the ‘path of war’

    Africa’s newest country was accused of choosing the “path of war” after South Sudan invaded its neighbour and seized a crucial oilfield.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/south-sudan/9200747/South-Sudan-choosing-the-path-of-war.html

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    More suffering in Sudan

    South Sudan’s invasion of its neighbour’s territory is reckless behaviour.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9200177/More-suffering-in-Sudan.html

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    Mali’s new leader threatens ‘total war’ against Tuareg rebels

    Mali’s new interim president, who took over from coup leaders on Thursday, has threatened “total war” against the Tuareg and Islamist rebels who have seized half the country since the putsch three weeks ago.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9201664/Malis-new-leader-threatens-total-war-against-Tuareg-rebels.html

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    Legality of attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities hinges on UN charter

    While some experts argue that the UN recognises ‘self-defence’, others say any pre-emptive action would break international law

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/iran-attack-un-charter-experts

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    Iran’s nuclear programme: legal debate stirs over basis for US or Israeli attack

    As US and Israeli officials weigh up prospect of military strike on Iran, critics say any attack would go against international law

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/iran-military-attack-legal-debate

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    Iranian intellectuals raise alarm over war

    A group of Iranian writers, artists, lawyers and intellectuals living in the country have voiced their opposition to military action against Iran

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/apr/12/iran-intellectuals-raise-alarm-war

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    Afghan officer who killed British servicemen ‘showed no hints of extremism’

    An Afghan officer who shot dead two British servicemen in an argument over access to a base in Helmand had never shown hints of extremism or links to the Taliban, his family said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9200576/Afghan-officer-who-killed-British-servicemen-showed-no-hints-of-extremism.html

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    China’s internet users temporarily blocked from foreign websites

    Unexplained, hour-long incident sparks speculation about changes to ‘great firewall’ net censorship system

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/china-internet-users-foreign-websites

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    North Korea’s rocket launch fails as world condemns action

    Launch ends in failure and embarrassment for North Korea, breaking up only minutes after lift-off

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/north-korea-rocket-launch-fails

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    No wonder it’s people are starving while idiots in charge play war games. Their rocket lies in the sea, and they are a laughingstock with nothing to show for it.
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    North Korea rocket cost impoverished country £533 million

    North Korea is spending $850 million (£533 million) on the imminent launch of what it claims is a rocket to put a satellite into orbit, an amount that would feed millions in the impoverished country.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9200407/North-Korea-rocket-cost-impoverished-country-533-million.html

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    Wrong turn grants glimpse behind North Korean curtain

    It’s hard to know what is real in North Korea, but foreign press got a chance to see life behind the facade by accident

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/north-korea-real-life-press-bus

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer.

    Germany (‘Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer’ was a slogan of Nazi Germany before and during World War Two)

    There will be no question today. Sorry.

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    A few facts for the Romneys.
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    Ann Romney, stay-at-home moms and the real facts about women at work

    US government researchers find most women who stay home with kids are less educated and can’t afford to pay for child care

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/12/ann-romney-stay-home-moms

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    Stand Your Ground: Four case studies

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17693084

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    Jeffrey Sachs on the US economy: ‘It’s been an amazing ride for the rich’ – video

    Jeffrey Sachs in conversation at the Guardian Open Weekend. Here, he discusses how globalisation has exacerbated income inequalities and the control over politics exerted by the rich, citing the Occupy movement which he describes as a ‘public relations hazard not a health hazard’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/video/2012/apr/12/jeffrey-sachs-us-economy-video

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    Somalia conflict keeps Ethiopia’s Dolo Ado refugee camp busy – audio slideshow

    Fleeing conflict, drought and famine in Somalia, about 130 people arrive daily at the Dolo Ado refugee camp in south-west Ethiopia. The number represents a significant decrease compared with last summer, but – as clashes continue between al-Shabaab and Ethiopian troops across the river border – humanitarian agencies are worried that increased fighting or drought could once again turn a manageable trickle of arrivals into a flood. Last month, Ruth Evans spoke to World Food Programme aid workers and refugee Zainab Mohammed at Dolo Ado’s Buramino camp

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/audioslideshow/2012/apr/12/somalia-conflict-dolo-ado-audio-slideshow

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    Titanic: Faces of the crew

    To mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage, the BBC has brought together 250 photos of the ship’s crew in one of the biggest collections of its kind. Find out more about the people who worked on the ship by rolling over the images.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17669380

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    Why not, we did all these things when we were kids. It’s healthier than staying indoors watching tv or playing video games any day.
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    National Trust: The 50 things to do

    The National Trust is aiming to get the UK’s ‘cotton wool kids’ outdoors. Here is their list of the 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9201607/National-Trust-The-50-things-to-do.html

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    This was a first for me.
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    Firefighters rescue woman from neck massage machine

    A 64-year-old woman’s family was forced to call the emergency services after her hair got accidentally trapped in a neck massager in southern China.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9200848/Firefighters-rescue-woman-from-neck-massage-machine.html

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    Angry Roman centurions besiege Colosseum

    Complete with red skirts, tunics, armour, swords and feathered helmets, the protesting centurions clashed with police in front of the city’s tourist attraction, the Colosseum, built in the times of Ancient Rome.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9201344/Angry-Roman-centurions-besiege-Colosseum.html

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    😯
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    German man calls police over insatiable date

    A German man hid on a balcony and called police for protection after his companion during a one-night stand refused to let him leave her flat

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9201336/German-man-calls-police-over-insatiable-date.html

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    Our moment of “Awwww”.
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    Female Bengal tiger and a Siberian tiger give birth to three cubs

    Jaguar Zoo in southern Mexico has three new members, a litter of half-Bengal, half-Siberian tiger cubs born on 3 April.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9201096/Female-Bengal-tiger-and-a-Siberian-tiger-give-birth-to-three-cubs.html

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/12/24-hours-in-pictures

    • AlphaBitch says:

      Hi K: I did almost ALL of those 50 things, and still do #s 3 & 36. We had a barred owl nearby and I nicknamed him “Hootie” (clever, I know). I would stand on my porch or in my bathroom with the window open and call to him, and he would answer. This, mind you, was recently. Hootie did not like the Blov much, but would come and peek at me from the big oak tree -- I could see him well in winter. The Blov could see him if he was very quiet and very still. It’s something I will treasure always.

      So much of that list -- finding treasures on the beach sticks out -- are still things that give me great joy, and I hope always will. Thanks for sharing. -- AB

      • Kalima says:

        Sorry I’m late AB, but here I am.

        I spent most of my childhood outdoors. School finished at lunchtime in Germany, and I would rush home, do my homework, and then go out to play. The forest which started just opposite my grandparent’s house was my palace. Tree climbing, going downhill sitting on cardboard boxes, collecting wild flowers, watching the deer and the squirrels was all a part of my afternoon. I would come home only to eat and sleep, the sun turned my arms, legs and face the colour of milk tea, and bleached my blond hair, silver. In the winter I wore out my poor grandfather by asking him to take me there for downhill sledging. After two goes, he would sit on a nearby bench and watch me going up and down for hours.

        We had an orchard, and I spent the rest of my time there with out four dogs, seven cats and two tortoises. I can’t imagine a life without the outdoors in my childhood, and as I got older and moved to England, the woods were replaced by long bike rides through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

        When I came home from the forest, often because my grandmother would come looking for me, she always said that I smelled like the sun, the moon and the stars.

        I’m glad it brought back some good memories, and thank you for reading.

        Take care and have a good weekend. Hugs to all.

  5. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    A beautiful Spring day here today, the outside tribe were immensely happy to be rolling around in the dirt once again, plenty of washing for me to do soon though.

    Japan is ready for N. Korea’s rocket launch, which could happen in the next 3 days. As you can imagine, no one in the region is too happy about this. We will see what happens.

    Have a good Thursday wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my corner of Tokyo where I’m wondering just how much money we have saved by not using the heater today. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Japan remains on alert as Thursday rocket launch window closes

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120412a9.html

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    Government to keep close eye on Kim Jong Un’s consolidation of power

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120412a1.html

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    37,000 tsunami-damaged vehicles stuck in limbo

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120412a6.html

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    Kyoto unable to dispose of firewood from Iwate

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120411003869.htm

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    Kindergarten sues TEPCO for damages

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120411005004.htm

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    TEPCO to sell additional 800 properties to raise funds for compensation

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-to-sell-additional-800-properties-to-raise-funds-for-compensation
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Cameron always comes off like an 8 year old being scolded for doing something bad, he fits that role perfectly. If charitable donations from those who can afford it stop, who will pay for caring for those most in need? The government? Santa Claus?
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    David Cameron ‘must retreat’ on charities, senior Tory MPs warn

    David Cameron must back down over plans to cap tax breaks on donations to charity or risk undermining Britain’s culture of philanthropy, senior Tory MPs have warned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9198625/David-Cameron-must-retreat-on-charities-senior-Tory-MPs-warn.html

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    IMF warns of £750bn pensions time bomb

    Britain’s ageing population is threatening a pensions time bomb that could cost as much as £750billion, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/9198756/IMF-warns-of-750bn-pensions-time-bomb.html

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    NHS chief to investigate overnight discharges

    Medical director says he is concerned by survey suggesting hospitals discharge patients at night 8,000 times a week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/12/nhs-overnight-discharges-investigated

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    Selling arms and snooping technology is no way to help democracy, Cameron

    Any business deal that makes Britain complicit in extrajudicial killings, censorship and torture abroad is a Faustian pact

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/11/selling-arms-cameron

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    Met police ‘showed poor judgment’ in hiring former News of the World deputy

    Former Scotland Yard press chief Dick Fedorcio criticised in wake of phone-hacking revelations for giving Neil Wallis contract

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/12/met-police-news-of-world

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    Occupy storms AIB’s Dublin HQ

    Occupy protestors unfurled banners stating that ‘The Banks Got Bailed Out We Got Sold Out’ and ‘Warning Bail Out in Progress by AIB’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/11/occupy-aib-hq

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    Eurozone crisis live: Italy tries to raise €5bn of debt

    Mario Monti will hope the markets have recovered when his government approaches the debt markets

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/12/eurozone-crisis-live-italy-approaches-debt-markets

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    Germany monitors Koran distribution by Salafists

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17680908

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    Die Weltwoche sparks anger over ‘racist’ Roma story

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17687435

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    Spain accused of ‘draconian’ plans to clamp down on protests

    Spain has been accused of planning “draconian” new laws against street protests by curbing the use of social networking.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/9198496/Spain-accused-of-draconian-plans-to-clamp-down-on-protests.html

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    Greece to hold snap general election

    Greece is to hold a snap general election on May 6 amid popular opposition to European Union imposed austerity measures and deep anger at how the Greek governing coalition has handled the country’s economic crisis.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9198241/Greece-to-hold-snap-general-election.html

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    Prominent Muslim Metin Mekhtiyev stabbed in Moscow

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17679417

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    Russian opposition MPs snub Putin with walkout

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17674878

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    George Zimmerman to face second-degree murder charge

    Neighbourhood watch leader who shot dead Trayvon Martin will plead not guilty and is expected in court on Thursday

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/george-zimmerman-second-degree-murder-trayvon-martin

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    News International braced as lawyer brings phone-hacking scandal to US

    Lawyer’s visit brings UK scandal to Rupert Murdoch’s front door and raises prospect of lawsuits involving US legal system

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/11/news-international-lawyer-phone-hacking

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    Not the most popular guy on the block.
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    US election 2012: Rick Santorum’s conservative backers prove reluctant to fall in line behind Mitt Romney

    Rick Santorum’s conservative supporters are proving reluctant to fall in line behind Mitt Romney after their champion pointedly refused to give his backing to the Republican frontrunner.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9198343/US-election-2012-Rick-Santorums-conservative-backers-prove-reluctant-to-fall-in-line-behind-Mitt-Romney.html

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    I hope they won’t listen and still invite him, he deserves a medal, not condemnation. The Koch brothers and their power doesn’t or shouldn’t reach across the Atlantic.
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    Heartland Institute calls on Oxford to ban Peter Gleick from giving lecture

    Conservative thinktank says Gleick should be barred for his role in leaking Heartland’s plans to discredit climate science

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/11/heartland-calls-on-oxford-ban-lecture

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    UC Davis chancellor blamed over use of pepper-spray on Occupy protesters

    Task force finds breakdown in chain of command proceeded officer’s use of unauthorized canister, seen widely in viral video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/uc-davis-pepper-spray-occupy

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    Canada emissions figures put 2020 target in doubt

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17685982

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    Trapped Peru miners rescued after six days underground

    The nine men had been stuck about 656 feet below ground since the wildcat copper-and-gold mine partially collapsed on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/peru/9198600/Trapped-Peru-miners-rescued-after-six-days-underground.html

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    Unbelievable.
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    Mother finds ‘stillborn’ baby alive in hospital morgue in Argentina

    An Argentine woman who gave birth to a “stillborn” baby found her alive in a hospital morgue 12 hours after doctors pronounced the infant dead.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/9197937/Mother-finds-stillborn-baby-alive-in-hospital-morgue-in-Argentina.html

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    Syrian ceasefire begins -- Thursday 12 April

    The ceasefire for Syria proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan came into force at 6am local time

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/12/syria-ceasefire-begins

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    We will see how long it lasts. The man knows no honour.
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    Syrian ceasefire comes into effect despite scepticism from the west

    A ceasefire in Syria came into effect on Thursday morning with no new reports of violence in the region, despite scepticism from the west that the agreement would hold.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9199122/Syrian-ceasefire-comes-into-effect-despite-scepticism-from-the-west.html

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    Europe has left Syria to a distinctly Ottoman fate

    On Syria there’s a moral case for intervention – but with the west reluctant, Turkey and other powers will be the ones to decide

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/11/europe-left-syria-to-ottoman-fate

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    Saif Gaddafi ‘wants to be tried in Libya’

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the imprisoned son of the former Libyan dictator, has aligned himself with the new government by declaring his opposition to extradition to face war crimes charges in The Hague.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9198080/Saif-Gaddafi-wants-to-be-tried-in-Libya.html

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    Saudi Arabia denies activist on hunger strike

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17675671

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    Bahrain activists call on BBC and Sky to boycott Formula One race

    Bahrain Grand Prix’s future in doubt amid mounting pressure over continued violence and fears for health of hunger striker

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/bahrain-grand-prix-broadcast-boycott-call

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    Algeria’s first president Ahmed Ben Bella dies

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17683449

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    Sudan mobilises army over seizure of oilfield by South Sudan

    African Union gravely concerned as border crisis deepens and threatens to turn into an outright war

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/sudan-south-border-war-crisis

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    Mali’s Dioncounda Traore to take over from junta

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17686468

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    African Union ‘deeply alarmed’ at growing Sudan and South Sudan unrest

    The African Union has said it is “deeply alarmed” by worsening violence between Sudan and South Sudan and called for the withdrawal of Southern troops from the Heglig battle zone.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/south-sudan/9198036/African-Union-deeply-alarmed-at-growing-Sudan-and-South-Sudan-unrest.html

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    Iran promises ‘new initiatives’ ahead of landmark talks over nuclear ambitions

    Iran has sent a rare conciliatory signal, promising “new initiatives” when landmark talks with the world’s leading powers open on Saturday, having dropped any preconditions for negotiating over its nuclear ambitions.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9198079/Iran-promises-new-initiatives-ahead-of-landmark-talks-over-nuclear-ambitions.html

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    Indian court sentences Gujarat rioters to life

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17686875

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    India Maoists release Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17686504

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    There is no evidence to prove that she did it yet, and might just be a convenient way for China to delay a proper investigation.
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    Thousands clash with Chinese police in Chongqing district of Wansheng

    Officials claim order restored after violence followed news of Bo Xilai’s expulsion, though economic problems blamed

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/thousands-clash-chinese-police-chongqing-wansheng

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    Bo Xilai: Neil Heywood’s mother ‘horrified’ at murder inquiry

    The mother of Neil Heywood said she was “horrified” to hear that her son may have been murdered by the wife of one of China’s most powerful Communist party leaders.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9197827/Bo-Xilai-Neil-Heywoods-mother-horrified-at-murder-inquiry.html

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    South Korea’s ruling party holds on to parliament

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17685360

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    Such a sham.
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    New titles for North Korea leader

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17686183

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    Philippines sends second ship amid China stand-off

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17686107

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    Indonesia tsunami warning revives nightmares of Boxing Day 2004

    A major earthquake off the coast of north-western Indonesia triggered panic across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, causing people to flee for higher ground and reviving memories of the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/9197924/Indonesia-tsunami-warning-revives-nightmares-of-Boxing-Day-2004.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Massachusetts, in Quincy-Holo’s in 1925; Dunkin’ Donuts in 1950.

    Today’s question.

    It is illegal to use the slogan ‘One People, one Empire, one Leader’ in what country?

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    Horrifying.
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    Uzbekistan’s policy of secretly sterilising women

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17612550

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    Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17673213

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    Witness to the cult of North Korea’s Kim dynasty

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/12/world/asia/north-korea-grant-kim-cult/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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    Ivory demand in Far East could see African elephant wiped out

    A soaring demand for ivory in China and the Far East is putting Africa’s elephant population under strain and could see the creatures wiped out altogether by poachers in some countries, conservationists have warned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9198258/Ivory-demand-in-Far-East-could-see-African-elephant-wiped-out.html

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    Arctic oil rush will ruin ecosystem, warns Lloyd’s of London

    Insurance market joins environmentalists in highlighting risks of drilling in fragile region as $100bn investment is predicted

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/lloyds-london-warns-risks-arctic-oil-drilling

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    Shift workers ‘risking’ diabetes and obesity

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17680882

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    Who, What, Why: Who gets on the FBI’s ‘top 10’ list?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17680954

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    Angela Hartnett’s sweet and sour pork ribs with lime and chilli recipe

    A great dish for sunny barbecue days, or even oven-cooked if it’s gloomy outside

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/11/sweet-and-sour-pork-ribs

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    Day in pictures: 11 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17675072

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/11/24-hours-in-pictures

  6. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Rain, rain and more rain today, and unfortunately much too dark to do much of anything worthwhile.

    Hope you all have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my cooling corner of Tokyo, where it was quite sticky today. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Kansai leaders boost pressure against restart

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120411a1.html

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    Tokyo becomes largest shareholder in TEPCO

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120411p2g00m0dm087000c.html

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    Environment Ministry eyes geothermal power stations under national parks

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/environment-ministry-eyes-geothermal-power-stations-under-national-parks

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    Kyocera to build Japan’s biggest solar power plant in Kagoshima Pref

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/kyocera-to-build-japans-biggest-solar-power-plant-in-kagoshima-pref

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    The man is an interfering idiot. Worldwide sanctions against Iran and he goes there being too dumb to realize that his visit will be used for propaganda by the Iranian government, who end up saying that he criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency. A well seasoned politician would have known, now he returns in shame and complains to the Iranian Embassy here. How dumb is that? Well what do you expect from a man who sends his son to Russia to study world affairs?
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    Government takes hands-off stance to controversy
    Hatoyama on his own after ‘private’ Iran trip

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120411a5.html

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    LDP, Komeito to demand Hatoyama testify before Diet on visit to Iran

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120411p2g00m0dm086000c.html

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    Poll: Only 28% approve of Cabinet

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120410005409.htm

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    More than a satellite at stake

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120411mr.html

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    Editorial: World community must unite to stop North Korea’s missile, nuclear programs

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20120410p2a00m0na001000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    SAKURA

    http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    As they should be, he is really either very dumb, or a heartless jerk.
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    Charities’ anger over Osborne’s ‘tax dodge’ attack on donors

    Charities warn that their funding is under threat after Downing Street launched an attack on wealthy individuals who benefit from tax relief on donations.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9196618/Charities-anger-over-Osbornes-tax-dodge-attack-on-donors.html

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    Big society turns out to be a big disappointment

    Subscriber to David Cameron’s concept urges the PM to better explain the idea, as funding for her women’s centre dries up

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/10/big-society-big-disappointment

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    Only if he’s been living in a cave for the last 30 years.
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    Can George Osborne really be ‘shocked’ that the richest people avoid tax?

    The chancellor has expressed shock that the wealthiest people aggressively avoid paying tax. Is it so surprising?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/apr/10/george-osborne-richest-avoid-tax

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    Clegg seems to be joining the ranks of the “I was for it before I was against it” crowd. He has been for many issues privately, and against them when found out. Nick, you are two-faced, just like your new pals, the Tories.
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    Nick Clegg denies endorsing Coalition’s ‘snooping’ plans

    The coalition spat over extending internet surveillance intensified tonight after Nick Clegg denied he had signed up to the plans.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9196081/Nick-Clegg-denies-endorsing-Coalitions-snooping-plans.html

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    Scandalous, Theresa May the HS, doesn’t have a clue.
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    UK Border Agency unable to fulfil its basic functions, MPs warn

    Home affairs select committee says agency’s failures are tarnishing the reputation of the government

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/11/uk-border-agency

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    It seem quite fitting as the only people he deems worth helping are the rich.
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    David Cameron uses oil firm’s plane

    Prime minister forced to use Angolan oil company Sonangol’s plane after British carriers were unable to release an aircraft

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/10/david-cameron-sonangol-oil-plane

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    Eurozone crisis live: Spain in crisis as borrowing costs soar

    Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy hopes to send a message of calm to markets when he speaks on cuts this morning

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/11/eurozone-crisis-live-spain-in-crisis

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    Shocking if you understand what her racist party stand for. Reminds me a bit of the young voters for Ron Paul.
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    Marine Le Pen wins over young voters in French presidential election race

    Front National candidate leads among 18- to 24-year-olds but overall poll ratings slip as Nicolas Sarkozy targets rightwing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/marine-le-pen-young-voters

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    French WWII resistance hero Raymond Aubrac dies aged 97

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17674554

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    I always said here that I didn’t think he was insane, and am glad that there was a second opinion sought.
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    Norway massacre gunman Anders Behring Breivik ‘not insane’

    A new psychiatric examination has found that confessed Norway massacre killer Anders Behring Breivik is not criminally insane, contradicting an earlier assessment.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9195351/Norway-massacre-gunman-Anders-Behring-Breivik-not-insane.html

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    Can Norway please hurry up and get this trial over with so that we don’t ever have to hear anything from the foul mouth of this despicable monster again.
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    Anders Behring Breivik will tell a court he ‘regrets not going further’

    Anders Behring Breivik, the far-Right extremist who killed 77 people in Norway last summer, will tell a court that he regrets “not going further, after a new psychiatric examination rule that he is not criminally insane.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9195753/Anders-Behring-Breivik-will-tell-a-court-he-regrets-not-going-further.html

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    Poland commemorates Smolensk plane crash victims

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17663232

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    Russian Church leader under fire after backing Putin

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17667782

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    Ukraine seeks Libya ‘mercenaries’ release

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17667268

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    Lawyers for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman stand down

    Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner say Zimmerman – with whom they have lost contact – spoke to prosecutors without their knowledge

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/george-zimmerman-lawyers-trayvon-martin

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    Taxes paid by America’s highest earners drop sharply

    Taxes for America’s highest earners have fallen sharply since 1995, according to a White House report, released ahead of a speech by President Barack Obama on fairness in the tax code that is a key part of his campaign for reelection.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9195520/Taxes-paid-by-Americas-highest-earners-drop-sharply.html

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    Guantánamo judge to rule on allowing al-Qaeda suspect to testify about CIA torture

    The US war crimes tribunal in Guantánamo Bay is to due to make a landmark ruling later today over whether to allow an alleged al-Qaeda mastermind to testify in public about his torture in secret CIA prisons set up after the September 11 attacks.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9196890/Guantanamo-judge-to-rule-on-allowing-al-Qaeda-suspect-to-testify-about-CIA-torture.html

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    ADX Florence supermax prison: the Alcatraz of the Rockies

    Colorado facility where extradited terror suspects would be held is one of the most secure environments in the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/abu-hamza-isolation-supermax-prison

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    Bomb threat diverts Korean plane to Canadian army base

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17673425

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    New drug gang wars blow Colombian city’s revival apart

    Hard-won peace process clears path for bloody challenge to Medellín’s top cartel

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/colombia-drug-gang-rivalry-medellin

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    Syria: Annan optimistic on ceasefire but violence continues -- live updates

    • Kofi Annan hopes for ‘improved conditions’ within 24 hours
    • Syrian government has promised ceasefire -- Annan
    • Fresh violence reported including shelling in Homs

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/11/syria-annan-optimistic-on-ceasefire-but-violence-continues-live

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    How will they pay, I see no evidence except for sanctions of any real pressure against the Assad murder squad. I respect Annan, but feel this peace plan was just a pipe dream from the beginning. How do you negotiate with a brutal madman?
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    Syria: Bashar al-Assad ‘will pay’ for breaking peace pledge

    President Bashar al-Assad of Syria fell under renewed threat of international action today after peace negotiator Kofi Annan said his regime had broken its promises to embrace a ceasefire.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9196588/Syria-Bashar-al-Assad-will-pay-for-breaking-peace-pledge.html

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    William Hague: Syria could face International Criminal Court

    The Foreign Secretary warns that Britain will intensify support for Syria’s opposition and get the Security Council to refer President Assad to the International Criminal Court if he does not honour an agreement to pull back his troops.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9196789/William-Hague-Syria-could-face-International-Criminal-Court.html

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    Syrian rebels run low on food and hope

    Snipers, shelling and decomposing bodies; Two activists tell of life on the streets of Homs despite the UN-brokered ceasefire

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/syria-middleeast

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    I wonder just how long Turkey will put up with this from Syria.
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    Syria: refugees living in fear as the fighting moves closer

    Just beyond the row of Turkish flags that mark both the end of Kilis refugee camp and the national border, a military helicopter circled menacingly, seeking out unrest in the shrub below.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9196627/Syria-refugees-living-in-fear-as-the-fighting-moves-closer.html

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    Egypt court suspends constitutional assembly

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17665048

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    Bahrain Grand Prix in doubt amid tension over hunger striker

    Concern over Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s fate and bomb blast in Manama increases demands for race to be cancelled

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/bahrain-tension-doubt-grand-prix

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    Israeli forces prepare for pro-Palestinian ‘flytilla’

    Israeli security forces said on Tuesday they had begun preparations for a “fly-in” of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists expected to arrive at Ben Gurion airport this weekend.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9194985/Israeli-forces-prepare-for-pro-Palestinian-flytilla.html

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    Gaza executions: Hamas condemned over ‘inhuman punishment’

    Human Rights Watch calls for a moratorium on death sentences in Gaza after three men were hanged at the weekend

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/gaza-executions-hamas-human-rights

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    Oh that’s such a shame, I thought we had something to celebrate soon.
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    Zimbabwe regime dismisses Mugabe deathbed reports

    Claims leader is fighting for his life in a Singapore hospital are malicious hogwash, senior Zanu-PF party officials say

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/zimbabwe-mugabe-deathbed

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    Sudan says South Sudan controls largest oil field

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17672727

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    If you believe the Iranian government that is.
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    Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says they can withstand oil embargo for ‘2 to 3 years’

    Iran has amassed sufficient reserves to withstand a total embargo of all oil exports for “two to three years”, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed on Tuesday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9196219/Irans-Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-says-they-can-withstand-oil-embargo-for-2-to-3-years.html

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    The husband is arrested. The U.K. demands China look into Heywood’s murder, and Bo Xilai’s wife is arrested. How very convenient for the Chinese government.
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    Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai arrested for Neil Heywood’s murder

    Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, one of China’s most powerful Communist party leaders, has been arrested for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/9196486/Bo-Xilais-wife-Gu-Kailai-arrested-for-Neil-Heywoods-murder.html

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    North Korea fuels rocket ready for launch

    Engineers pump fuel into rocket set to carry satellite into space ahead of five-day window set for the controversial launch

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/north-korea-fuels-rocket-launch

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    There has been an increase in these incidents as China tries to flex its maritime muscles in the region. China’s increasing encroachment into the territorial waters of other countries, is a growing problem in Asia. Land grabs are not enough, now they want to try “sea” grabs too.
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    Philippine warship in standoff with China vessels

    Philippines warship in confrontation with two Chinese surveillance ships over disputed shoal in South China sea

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/11/philippines-china-stand-off-south-china-sea

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    Aung San Suu Kyi meets Burma President Thein Sein

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17670440

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer.They shaved off their eyebrows, and I’m going to give this one to kes because she was close. Well done again kes. :)

    Today’s question.

    Which state was home to the very first Dunkin’ Donuts shop and the very first Howard Johnson’s restaurant?

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    The wisdom of women written out of history

    A golden age of female achievement, buttressed by an acceptance in the sacred sphere, is now largely unknown

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/10/wisdom-women-written-out-of-history

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    Forecasting Africa’s future through Bong County

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17668616

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    Are our street names sexist?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17203823

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    How free speech can get you fired

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17660865

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    DIY woman trapped in flat pack wardrobe for 90 minutes

    A woman dialled 999 after she got trapped for 90 minutes inside a flat pack wardrobe she was assembling.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9195172/DIY-woman-trapped-in-flat-pack-wardrobe-for-90-minutes.html

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    Pantanal: protecting the world’s largest wetland -- video

    The world’s largest wetland, the Pantanal in South America, is a paradise for wildlife. Its annual cycles of flooding and drought create a strikingly beautiful and rich ecosystem. It is a haven for almost 5,000 species of animals and plants, and attracts about a million tourists a year – joining the eight million people who live there. The region’s ‘ecosystems services’, such as irrigation of agriculture and wildlife tourism, have been valued at $112bn a year. But this paradise is at serious risk

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2012/apr/10/pantanal-largest-wetland-wwf-deforestation-video

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    We had fields and woods full of them every year, and I stopped to pick some for my mother and neighbours on the way home from school. It was breathtaking, everywhere looked like a blue carpet, it would be tragic to see them disappear. I have always loved wild flowers over cultivated ones.
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    Bluebells: The survival battle of Britain’s native bluebells

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17597489

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    Cherry blossom season around the world -- in pictures

    As Japan hold festivals to celebrate the annual cherry blossom bloom, unseasonal weather has caused trees on the eastern seaboard of the US to flower early while those in Germany have had to withstand snowfalls

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/10/cherry-blossom-season

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    Day in pictures: 10 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17662951

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/10/24-hours-in-pictures

  7. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Another warm day here today which was great because from tonight it has given rain, something I used love until our nuclear crisis last year, but now it just scares me.

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my early evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne..

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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    If the required safety standards can’t all be met until 2015, why should the reactors be allowed to reactivate now?
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    Oi reactors secure from blackout-induced meltdowns, Edano says
    Kepco submits new timetable for mid- to long-term safety measures

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120410a1.html

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    New standards for reactivating nuke reactors are too hasty and sloppy

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20120409p2a00m0na018000c.html

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    Decontamination needed even after residents return

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120409003637.htm

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    JAL, ANA, others reroute flights to avoid N Korean rocket path

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/jal-ana-philippine-airlines-avoiding-north-korean-rocket-path

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    Sony to lay off 10,000 worldwide

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120410a1.html

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    I criticize for the simple reason that he was a useless PM here, and clearly hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about when abroad either.
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    Gov’t rebukes Hatoyama over Iran visit, criticizing IAEA

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/japanese-govt-rebukes-hatoyama-over-iran-visit

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    Ok, it’s not all that funny, I’ve encountered flashers here before too, but the way he was dressed made me laugh out loud, and I think that policemen over here need some extra time off, they have been featured in the news doing weird things quite often lately.
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    Policeman in schoolgirl uniform arrested for flashing

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/policeman-in-schoolgirl-uniform-arrested-for-flashing

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    Cherry blossom viewing can be harmful to your health. 😉
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    Hospitals admit scores of ‘hanami’ revelers

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120410a4.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Out and about

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/out-and-about
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Well that’s a surprise. No one expects the Tories to have much of a clue about fixing the economy. No one who remembers a bit of history that is.
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    Tax reform project running into trouble, say experts

    The far-reaching reform of the tax system has ‘critical’ weaknesses that need ‘immediate attention’, a leaked report discloses.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9194620/Tax-reform-project-running-into-trouble-say-experts.html

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    Ok George, give us a shout when you start, we would so hate to miss it. :roll:
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    George Osborne: I’m going after the wealthy tax dodgers

    George Osborne was left ‘shocked’ after an analysis of the tax returns of multi-millionaires which he personally ordered found that they are exploiting loopholes to pay little or nothing at all.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/9194558/George-Osborne-Im-going-after-the-wealthy-tax-dodgers.html

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    Osborne is throwing out the baby with the bath water here. Tax them on their incomes and investments, not on their charitable contributions. Lord you are thick.
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    We should applaud those who give, not tax them

    George Osborne should think again about restricting tax relief on charitable donations.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9194156/We-should-applaud-those-who-give-not-tax-them.html

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    The tax and finances of every citizen must be open to public scrutiny

    The tax genie is now out of the bottle. It is secrecy that enables inequality, while transparency underpins social justice

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/09/tax-finances-every-citizen-scrutiny

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    This is highly embarrassing, but definitly not exclusive only to the U.K.
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    One in 40 UK diplomats fluent in language of country in which they work

    Just one in 40 British diplomats is fluent in the language of the country where they work with the majority lacking even basic grasp sufficient for day-to-day exchanges.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9194006/One-in-40-UK-diplomats-fluent-in-language-of-country-in-which-they-work.html

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    Abu Hamza can be extradited to US, human rights court rules

    Radical cleric can be sent to US to face terrorism charges, European court of human rights rules

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/10/abu-hamza-extradited-us-court

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    Dissident republicans arrested in Londonderry

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-17658661

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    Eurozone crisis live: Bombs in Athens over Easter break

    Greeks protest austerity measures with small fire-bombs

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/10/eurozone-crisis-live-athens-protests-bombs

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    German exports rise for the second month in a row

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17662058

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    Russian outcry after ‘sadistic beating’ of 15-year-old girl

    Russia’s top criminal investigator has been forced to intervene after police caused a public outcry by failing to press charges over the “sadistic beating” of a 15-year-old schoolgirl at the hands of two female classmates.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9194269/Russian-outcry-after-sadistic-beating-of-15-year-old-girl.html

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    Former KGB chief wins South Ossetia

    A former KGB chief on Monday scored a victory in the run-off presidential election in Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/georgia/9194128/Former-KGB-chief-wins-South-Ossetia.html

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    US elections 2012: ‘Super PAC’ founded by former George W. Bush aides rounds on Barack Obama

    Barack Obama is braced for a barrage of attacks from a political campaign group founded by former aides to President George W. Bush and backed with tens of millions of dollars in corporate funding.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9194195/US-elections-2012-Super-PAC-founded-by-former-George-W.-Bush-aides-rounds-on-Barack-Obama.html

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    Trayvon Martin case: prosecutor rules out grand jury

    The family of black teenager Trayvon Martin called for the immediate arrest of his killer after prosecutors cancelled a grand jury hearing into the case in a move expected to spark widespread protests.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9194434/Trayvon-Martin-case-prosecutor-rules-out-grand-jury.html

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    Why must people be so dumb, his father’s killer is already in jail.
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    Tulsa shooting suspect ‘was seeking revenge for killing of his father’

    A suspect accused of murdering three people during a racist rampage was allegedly seeking revenge for the death of his father at the hands of a black killer.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9194381/Tulsa-shooting-suspect-was-seeking-revenge-for-killing-of-his-father.html

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    I hope this is just saber rattling.
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    US flexes muscles as it sends aircraft carriers to Persian Gulf

    The United States sent Iran a message of intent yesterday by despatching two aircraft carriers to the Gulf region just days before the resumption of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9194512/US-flexes-muscles-as-it-sends-aircraft-carriers-to-Persian-Gulf.html

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    US scientists campaign for veto of ‘Monkey Bill’ on creationism in Tennessee

    Scientists are pleading with the governor of Tennessee to veto a proposed law known as the ‘Monkey Bill’ which would allow teachers to teach creationism in the classroom.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9194214/US-scientists-campaign-for-veto-of-Monkey-Bill-on-creationism-in-Tennessee.html

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    Costa Rica diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17659179

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    Syria: Shelling continues as ceasefire deadline passes

    • New attack by government forces in Homs
    • Syrian foreign minister in Moscow for talks
    • UN chief’s appeal for Bahrain hunger striker

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/10/syria-crisis-live-updates-ceasefire-bahrain-tunisia

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    Didn’t hold out much hope for it anyway when dealing with a conniving, lying monster like Assad.
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    Syria ceasefire plans close to collapse

    A last minute demand by Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government has been rejected by the opposition, as the prospect of a UN-brokered ceasefire looked increasingly bleak.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9193838/Syria-ceasefire-plans-close-to-collapse.html

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    He still doesn’t get it.
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    Egypt’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman says he won’t ‘reinvent’ Mubarak regime

    Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s former intelligence chief and ally of Hosni Mubarak has declared that he will not “reinvent” the old regime in a bid to reassure voters on Monday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9194218/Egypts-former-spy-chief-Omar-Suleiman-says-he-wont-reinvent-Mubarak-regime.html

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    Libya stops paying rebels as fraud mounts

    Libya’s interim authorities have stopped paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing millions of Libyan dinars, the country’s official news agency reported.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9194767/Libya-stops-paying-rebels-as-fraud-mounts.html

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    Scores dead in Yemen al-Qaeda clashes

    At least 44 people were killed Fighters from al-Qaeda-linked group attack military camp near southern Yemen city, Lawdar, on Monday when fresidents and local officials said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/9194172/Scores-dead-in-Yemen-al-Qaeda-clashes.html

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    Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s death would be a stain on Bahrain

    Bahrain risks instigating a collapse of its civic society if it fails to release this respected human rights activist and hunger striker

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/09/open-letter-bahrain-abdulhadi-al-khawaja

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    Palestinians to mount renewed statehood bid at UN

    The Palestinian Authority has declared its intention to resurrect its statehood bid at the United Nations within a month if Israel refuses to heed its conditions for renewing peace talks.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9194194/Palestinians-to-mount-renewed-statehood-bid-at-UN.html

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    Somalia bombing kills at least 12

    Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for attack targeting Somali and Ethiopian troops near a market in the city of Baidoa

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/somalia-bombing-kills-12-alshabaab

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    Malawi’s new president sacks police chief

    Joyce Banda’s decision, a day after she took office following predecessor’s death, is welcomed by rights groups

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/malawi-president-sacks-police-chief

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    London 2012: Iran ‘blocks’ official Olympics website

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17657450

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    Message of hope as Iraqi Christians mark Easter

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17656333

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    New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

    Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/pakistani-women-conservative-islam

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    Afghan suicide bomber kills nine

    Three police and six civilians die as suicide bomber detonates explosives outside government building in Herat province

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/afghan-suicide-bomber-kills-nine

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    Chinese activist jailed for fraud and ‘making trouble’

    Supporters say prison sentence given to Ni Yulan, disabled after police beating, is illegal, unfair and inhumane

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/chinese-activist-ni-yulan-jailed

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    After their botched nuclear test in 2006, high levels of radiation were detected by ships in the Sea of Japan. These loose cannons in charge should never have nukes.
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    North Korea ‘building tunnel for third nuclear test’

    North Korea is digging an underground tunnel in apparent preparation for a new nuclear test, intelligence reports have claimed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9193861/North-Korea-building-tunnel-for-third-nuclear-test.html

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    North Korea rocket launch – in pictures

    Pyongyang has readied a rocket for launch from a forested valley in its remote north-west this week that will showcase the reclusive state’s ability to fire a missile with the capacity to hit the continental United States

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/10/north-korea-missile-launch

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    Malaysia acts to end indefinite detention without trial

    Prime minister Najib Razak hails ‘historic day’ as government introduces law to prevent arrests on grounds of political belief

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/malaysia-indefinite-detention-without-trial

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    Burmese conservationists battle to save Rangoon’s colonial heritage

    Conservationists in Burma are battling to save Rangoon’s unique colonial heritage amid fears that many of its admired British Raj-era buildings will be destroyed once sanctions against the government are lifted.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9194162/Burmese-conservationists-battle-to-save-Rangoons-colonial-heritage.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Egypt

    Today’s question.

    According to Herodotus, the Greek historian, how did ancient Egyptians express their grief over the death of a pet cat?

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    Truly heartbreaking, and I hope those responsible will be arrested soon.
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    Ethiopian migrant suicide: ‘I can’t tell my daughter that her mother is dead’ -- video

    Alem Dechasa, an Ethiopian migrant, was beaten in the streets of Beirut by men who allegedly worked for the company that recruited her in Lebanon. Later she was found dead in hospital, having apparently killed herself. Alem’s partner, Lemesa Ejeta, explains why he cannot bring himself to tell their two children that she is dead

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/apr/09/ethiopia-migrant-suicide-video

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    Nothing is simple in Burma’s great gold rush

    If a sudden inflow of capital enriches only the few, then the consequences for global economic re-balancing are worrisome

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/09/great-burma-gold-rush

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    Survivors of Uganda’s LRA rebel insurgency

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17657995

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    Peering behind North Korea’s celebrations

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17658524

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    A child’s experience of her mother going to prison

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17627258

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    Titanic 100: We survived

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17608126

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    ‘Universal’ cancer vaccine developed

    A vaccine that can train cancer patients’ own bodies to seek out and destroy tumour cells has been developed by scientists.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9191848/Universal-cancer-vaccine-developed.html

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    On the trail with Bigfoot-hunters

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17615457

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/09/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good afternoon/morning, Kalima! That very welcome phone call came today, offering on call for a change. Yippee!

      I hope those April showers have blown away from Tokyo by now and that the day is brightening up.

      Between the Japanese flasher/cop dressed up in a schoolgirl’s sailor uniform, and the new tradition of viewing cherry blossoms through the filter of an alcoholic haze, we’re undoubtedly seeing the quirky side of Japanese life. And -- as it is in America — quirky it is! 😀

      Isn’t it about time for Karl Rove to consider a life of retirement and playing golf with Dubya, instead of trying to sabotage our President via “American Crossroads”? Doesn’t the role of Pudgy Leader of the Dark Forces ever get old for him?

      Wouldn’t it be completely amazing if that universal cancer vaccine actually did turn out to be a safe and workable therapy? It would change life for so many, so dramatically.

      Now -- to trivia: Let’s see…the Egyptians…I’m assuming they would have mummified those cats. Did they also do something else? Like shave their heads? (As you can tell, I have no idea!) 😳

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, I hope that you enjoyed your day off, you don’t get too many of those these days.

        The drinking under the cherry trees has been going on for centuries, and the getting absolutely sloshed in the afternoons too. The problem with the Japanese is that they don’t know their limits, and they are much weaker for drink than Westerners due to a much slower breaking down of the alcohol. I’ve seen men getting totally drunk on one glass of beer here. Still, it’s tradition, and for a nation that usually work themselves to death, a thing they really enjoy.

        Karl who? These people are just so boring doing the same thing over and over again. Times change, these people’s thinking never does.

        A universal cancer vaccine, wouldn’t that be something kes, all those who could be saved. I won’t give up hope, we have seen, and continue to see too much suffering.

        Trivia question I will give to you because you got the shave part right. :)

        Take care and have a good day. See you soon.

  8. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to Mumbly Monday.

    Hope you all had a good weekend, and will wish you a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my corner of Tokyo, where temps reached 24C today. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Here we go again with China.
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    Japan, China, South Korea urge North Korea to cancel rocket launch

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120409a1.html

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    Ex-prime minister Murayama expresses regret over supporting nuclear power

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120409a4.html

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    35 prefectures, cities positive about taking debris

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120407002821.htm

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    Govt to monitor reactor safety measures

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120407002810.htm

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    Pakistan airlifts Japanese tourists out of Gilgit

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120409a2.html

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    Japan swings back to current account surplus

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japan-swings-back-to-current-account-surplus

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    Ready and waiting

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20120409dy01.htm

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Row your boat

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/row-your-boat
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    😆 How, with foot stomping and sulking?
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    Lib Dems prepared to ‘kill’ Government surveillance plans

    The Liberal Democrats are prepared to “kill” controversial Government plans to monitor online communications, the party’s president warned yesterday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9193395/Lib-Dems-prepared-to-kill-Government-surveillance-plans.html

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    Yes Cameron, get a grip. You and your MP’s are so out of touch with the pulse of the country, it’s surprising you don’t suffer a collective heart attack. And please dump that annoying smirk.
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    David Cameron urged to get a grip on police racism allegations

    David Cameron has been urged to get a grip on allegations of racism that are “spiralling out of control” in the police service.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9193236/David-Cameron-urged-to-get-a-grip-on-police-racism-allegations.html

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    Be sure to read the fine print before you commit. Why work for most of your adult life if you have nothing to show for it when you retire.
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    Workers to be offered guaranteed pensions under new plans

    Workers will be offered a new type of guaranteed pension to replace gold-plated final salary schemes under radical plans being drawn up by ministers.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/9193305/Workers-to-be-offered-guaranteed-pensions-under-new-plans.html

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    Teachers get angry every year. Now it’s time to listen

    Through academies, Gove has destroyed the power structure that governed English education for more than a century

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/share-teachers-seasonal-anger-gove

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    Tougher tax credit rules and lack of full-time jobs create benefits trap

    Analysis shows only half of vacancies meet government’s tougher rules for working tax credit qualification

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/08/tax-credit-rules-families-benefits-trap

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    Who is “point-scoring” Cameron, and aren’t the taxpayers paying for those government iPads?
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    Ministers to be ‘points-scored’ by David Cameron on his iPad

    Ministers are set to be “points-scored” by David Cameron for the first time, The Daily Telegraph can disclose

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9193367/Ministers-to-be-points-scored-by-David-Cameron-on-his-iPad.html

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    UK jobless total ‘to rise by 100,000 over summer’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17649817

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    Paris building collapse kills child, 6, in Pierrefitte

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17651626

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    Russian dissenters allowed to protest in Red Square

    Police allow free movement and make only one arrest as anti-Putin demonstrators gather next to the Kremlin

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/russia-red-square-protest

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    Air traffic controller dismisses emergency landing call as a prank

    US aviation officials are investigating an air traffic controller accused of ignoring a request for an emergency landing, believing it to be a hoax, after a commercial airline pilot reported smoke in the cabin.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9192890/Air-traffic-controller-dismisses-emergency-landing-call-as-a-prank.html

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    Tulsa shootings: Facebook posts suggest racial revenge motive

    Suspect in shootings of five people appears to have left angry messages online about his father’s killing by a black man

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/tulsa-shootings-facebook-racial-revenge

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    Egyptians flood Obama’s Facebook page in election row

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17656215

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    Obama has been the president for 3 years and 3 months, what has Romney done in this time except for counting his money and not paying his full share of taxes? So who is out of touch? Romney’s idea of fixing the economy when the economy is improving already under the President’s leadership, is a bad joke and not even funny. His foreign policy is nonexistent, and from the snippets I’ve heard, would be a disaster. Weren’t the 8 years of Bush enough for most Americans?
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    US election 2012: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney accuse each other of being out of touch

    A line has been drawn in the early stages of the battle between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the likely Republican challenger.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9193177/US-election-2012-Barack-Obama-and-Mitt-Romney-accuse-each-other-of-being-out-of-touch.html

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    Mike Wallace: ‘Without him, there wouldn’t be a 60 Minutes’

    Colleagues and friends of the CBS correspondent Mike Wallace, who died on Saturday, have posted their memories of him

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/apr/08/mike-wallace-tributes

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    Peru appeals for help to free trapped miners

    Plea for heavy machinery as rescuers resort to pickaxes and shovels to reopen tunnel that collapsed during blasting

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/peru-appeals-help-trapped-miners

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    Syrian forces fire on Turkish refugee camp

    Unconfirmed reports say two people were killed at camp close to Syrian border, as concerns mount over ceasefire plan

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/syrian-forces-injure-three-turkish-refugee-camp

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    If there is anyone who wasn’t expecting this, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
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    Syria peace plan in disarray as Bashar al-Assad regime backs away from troop withdrawal

    President Bashar al-Assad’s government backed away from a pledge to complete a troop withdrawal before Tuesday’s deadline as the opposition claimed more than 1,000 people had been killed since a UN-backed ceasefire deal was struck.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9193391/Syria-peace-plan-in-disarray-as-Bashar-al-Assad-regime-backs-away-from-troop-withdrawal.html

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    Syria’s online army is simply playing into Assad’s hands

    A successful overthrow of the regime needs more muscle than social media can supply, writes David Blair.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9193823/Syrias-online-army-is-simply-playing-into-Assads-hands.html

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    Syria: Easter cancelled in Homs after churches bombed

    For the first time in centuries no services were held to mark the festival of Easter in Christian churches of war-torn Homs as the Syria government inflicted a heavy bombardment in defiance of UN-brokered ceasefire talks.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9193394/Syria-Easter-cancelled-in-Homs-after-churches-bombed.html

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    Then stop running for office, you are part of the old regime and the people don’t want you.
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    Omar Suleiman accuses Islamists of sending him death threats

    Omar Suleiman, Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief, said his bid for the presidency does not have the support of Egypt’s military rulers and accused Islamists of sending him death threats, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9193821/Omar-Suleiman-accuses-Islamists-of-sending-him-death-threats.html

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    Another explosion along Egypt to Israel gas pipeline

    Conduit for gas supplies to Israel and Jordan has been sabotaged 14 time since uprising against Mubarak

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/egypt-israel

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    Tariq Ramadan: the Muslim Brotherhood currently lacks political substance – video

    Tariq Ramadan, author of The Arab Awakening, on the Muslim Brotherhood, which has chosen to field a presidential candidate in Egypt. He says there are tensions in the movement between those prepared to reach out to secularists – as Ennahda has done in Tunisia – and those who want to go it alone. He goes on to argue that at the moment the Brotherhood relies heavily on historical and religous legitimacy rather than presenting a serious set of policies for dealing with Egypt’s stark economic and social problems

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/apr/09/tariq-ramadan-muslim-brotherhood-video

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    Bahrain rejects Danish request for prisoner transfer

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17651613

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    Turkish prime minister visits China

    Trip by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is first to China by a Turkish leader for 27 years and is designed to boost business ties between the booming economies

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/turkish-prime-minister-visits-china

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    Try convincing Netanyahu of this, and good luck, you will need it.
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    Israel ‘would not be able to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme with pre-emptive air strike’

    Israel would not be able to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme in a pre-emptive air strike with its current airforce, forcing its leadership to look for alternative means of attack, an influential defence report has concluded.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9193013/Israel-would-not-be-able-to-destroy-Irans-nuclear-programme-with-pre-emptive-air-strike.html

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    Typical Netanyahu overreaching and Grass did not say “plotting Iran’s annihilation” in his poem. Here are the exact words he used, and it speaks to the number of civilian Iranians who would die as a result of an attack. If anyone is naive enough to believe that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facility wouldn’t be met with retaliation that would be met with further retaliation from both sides and turn the region into chaos, causing many civilian deaths on both sides, then you are missing the point, and the point I believe Grass was making in his poem. It is after all a poem and not an essay.

    “It’s the alleged right to a first strike

    that could destroy an Iranian people

    subjugated by a loudmouth

    and gathered in organized rallies,

    because an atom bomb may be being

    developed within his arc of power”.

    BTW, I don’t believe that 84 year old Mr. Grass will be losing too much sleep over this childish threat, and anyone condemning him in the West should be ashamed of themselves for not owning up to the truth. The truth being that Israel’s pitbullish neocon government policies, are a threat to peace in the ME, and to world peace.

    We need to remember that almost 70% of Israeli are against this strike too.
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    Israel bars German author Günter Grass over poem

    Israel on Sunday barred German author Günter Grass from entering the Jewish state, citing a poem in which he accuses Israel of plotting Iran’s annihilation and threatening world peace.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9193044/Israel-bars-German-author-Gunter-Grass-over-poem.html

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    Palestinian activist wins appeal against deportation

    Tribunal overturns home secretary’s decision to expel outspoken critic of Israel’s policies during his visit to UK

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/09/activist-deportation-overturned

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    Nigeria car bomb leaves 38 dead

    Car bombers blocked by police from approaching a church instead detonated their explosives in a busy street in Nigeria on Sunday, killing 38 people in an apparent repeat of Islamists’ attacks on Christians on Christmas Day.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/9193249/Nigeria-car-bomb-leaves-38-dead.html

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    Mali’s president resigns after coup

    Army promises to relinquish power as neighbouring states argue over how to deal with separatist rebels

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/president-mali-resigns

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    Western powers to demand closure of Iran’s best-protected uranium facility

    Major Western powers are to set two demands, including the closure of Iran’s best-protected uranium facility, when negotiations over the country’s nuclear programme resume this week.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9193190/Western-powers-to-demand-closure-of-Irans-best-protected-uranium-facility.html

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    Hopes fading for 135 Pakistanis trapped in avalanche at Siachen

    Hopes are fading for more than 100 Pakistani soldiers missing after an avalanche swept through a remote mountain base on Saturday morning.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9192984/Hopes-fading-for-135-Pakistanis-trapped-in-avalanche-at-Siachen.html

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    US agrees to hand over control of night time raids against Taliban targets to the Afghans

    America has agreed to hand over control of night time raids against Taliban targets to the Afghan government.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9193336/US-agrees-to-hand-over-control-of-night-time-raids-against-Taliban-targets-to-the-Afghans.html

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    Indian court finds Gujarat rioters guilty of killings

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17655715

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    Pakistani president visits Indian shrine after talks with PM

    Asif Ali Zardari discusses trade, security and Kashmir with Manmohan Singh and spends an hour at saint’s tomb

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/pakistan-president-visits-india

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    Indian tribe’s Avatar-like battle against mining firm reaches supreme court

    Dongria Kondh people pledge to carry on fight to prevent Vedanta Resources from mining bauxite in Niyamgiri hills

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/indian-tribe-avatar-supreme-court

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    South Korea police chief resigns over murder outcry

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17655300

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    North Korea moves rocket into position for launch

    Pyongyang vows to go ahead with launch of what it says is a satellite launch but US fears is a long-range missile test

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/north-korea-rocket-positioned-launch

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    Encouraging.
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    What North Koreans really think of Kim Jong-un

    Secret telephone calls to North Korea reveal what citizens of the world’s most secretive and dictatorial regimes really think about their new leader Kim Jong-un.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9191998/What-North-Koreans-really-think-of-Kim-Jong-un.html

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    Voters in Indonesia’s Aceh cast ballots for governor

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17655283

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Nikita Khrushchev, and well done again kes.

    Today’s question.

    What is the only country whose homeland spans Africa and Asia?

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    Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials

    In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/special-report-britain-rendition-libya

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    Mamie Till’s warning still holds true in a racist world

    On both sides of the Atlantic, black parents are forced to weigh children’s self-esteem against their safety

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/rooting-out-racism-us-uk-black

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    Obama as Atticus Finch is the defender of the American mainstream

    The president’s endorsement of To Kill a Mockingbird combines his message on race with a nostalgia for small town values

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/08/obama-atticus-finch-us-elections

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    ‘An ECG could have saved my child’

    Two of Kathy Moyle’s daughters and a grandson died suddenly. Had she been aware of a genetic link, she says, they might still be alive

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/08/ecg-could-have-saved-child

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    New York’s oldest taxi driver recalls a life on Manhattan’s streets

    When he first took to the wheel of a taxi 75 years ago, it cost two dimes to travel a mile and racism was so rampant that many white people shunned him.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9193066/New-Yorks-oldest-taxi-driver-recalls-a-life-on-Manhattans-streets.html

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    Swiss village in Alpine valley votes to turns its back on $1.2 billion goldmine

    Villagers almost anywhere in the world would be celebrating if more than a billion dollars of gold was found under them. But not in Switzerland.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9191676/Swiss-village-in-Alpine-valley-votes-to-turns-its-back-on-1.2-billion-goldmine.html

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    In pictures: Easter Sunday celebrated around the world

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17652049

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    Easter Sunday around the world – in pictures

    From Bulgaria to Belarus and from Malawi to Manila, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. In Rome, more than 100,000 people turned out to see the pope recite Easter wishes in 66 languages. In Jerusalem, Catholics and Protestants took turns to hold ceremonies at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2012/apr/08/easter-sunday-world-pictures

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/08/24-hours-pictures

  9. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    A sunny but cool day here today, the days without a heater are still a few weeks away. Getting ready to Skype with our favourite Welshman on my new iPad, this should be fun.

    Have a good Sunday whatever you are doing, wherever you may be. Take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my still light corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs.
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    Strikes loom as teaching unions vote to escalate industrial action

    Two of the UK’s biggest teaching unions were today on a collision course with the Government after voting for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9191885/Strikes-loom-as-teaching-unions-vote-to-escalate-industrial-action.html

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    Don’t hold your breath waiting for any straight answers, they have none.
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    ‘Civil liberties? They’re safe.’ And if you believe that…

    The government has yet to show why we should trust the security forces with sweeping new powers of surveillance

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/08/civil-liberties-surveillance-security

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    Hackers ‘shut down’ Home Office website

    The hacking group ‘Anonymous’ appeared to have shut down the Home Office website on Saturday night, in an apparent protest against extraditions of British citizens to the US and so-called “draconian surveillance proposals.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9192699/Hackers-shut-down-Home-Office-website.html

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    Here I was thinking that these two Eaton toffs were BFF.
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    Cracks are beginning to open along the Downing Street fault line

    They vowed that it would never happen, but the prime minister and the chancellor are increasingly at odds

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/andrew-rawnsley-cameron-osborne-relationship

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    “Bizarre” is too trivial a word for it.
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    George Osborne faces revolt over ‘tax on giving’ as charity donations dry up

    National Theatre chief calls budget move ‘bizarre’ amid cabinet unrest over chancellor’s bid to target rich

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/07/george-osborne-charities-donation-tax-revolt

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    David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband -- focus groups won’t win you our love

    Politicians have never been so unpopular, while never has so much effort been expended in finding out what voters think and want.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9191496/David-Cameron-Nick-Clegg-and-Ed-Miliband-focus-groups-wont-win-you-our-love.html

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    Friends: The One Where Nick Sees the Light

    There’s a moment of revelation for the DPM in the latest episode of our Westminster sitcom.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/9191500/Friends-The-One-Where-Nick-Sees-the-Light.html

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    Another watchdog group suggestion, one of far too many, and who watches the watchdogs?
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    Senior officer calls for watchdog after Met police racism revelations

    Police cannot restore trust over racism on their own, says chairman of Black Police Association, Bevan Powell

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/07/racism-metropolitan-police-stephen-lawrence

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    France election 2012: Islam takes centre stage in battle for France

    The Toulouse shooting, arrest of 30 Islamic radicals and expulsion of 10 more has all shone an uncomfortable light on France’s Muslim community. But, as Harriet Alexander finds out, the politicians are revelling in the spotlight.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9191923/France-election-2012-Islam-takes-centre-stage-in-battle-for-France.html

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    Tulsa police launch manhunt after shootings kill three

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17648620

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    John Derbyshire fired for article urging children to avoid African Americans

    US conservative magazine National Review says it has parted ways with columnist over ‘nasty and indefensible’ article

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/john-derbyshire-fired-article-african-americans

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    The Trayvon Martin case reveals a vigilante spirit in the US justice system

    Prosecutorial misconduct, police corruption and ‘stand your ground’ laws are part of the lingering lynch mob mentality

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/07/trayvon-martin-vigilante-spirit-us-justice

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    Navy jet crash leaves dozens without homes

    All residents of apartment blocks destroyed when navy jet crashed on Friday have been accounted for, rescuers say

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/navy-jet-crash-dozens-homes

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    God and Mammon: row over Wall Street rector engulfs Anglican church’s $1 billion parish

    Furious members of the Rev James Cooper’s flock demanded his ousting at New York’s Trinity Church in a row over ‘lavish spending’ and ‘Wall Street pay and conditions’.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9191962/God-and-Mammon-row-over-Wall-Street-rector-engulfs-Anglican-churchs-1-billion-parish.html

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    Women voter are not his only problem.
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    US election 2012: Mitt Romney’s problem with women

    The polls may show Republican contender Mitt Romney can’t win support from women today, writes Mark McKinnon. But he certainly can’t win without them come election day.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9191906/US-election-2012-Mitt-Romneys-problem-with-women.html

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    Peru mine collapse leaves nine workers trapped

    Rescuers deliver oxygen and liquids through hose to miners stuck 200 metres below ground at ‘wildcat’ mine

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/peru-mine-collapse-workers-trapped

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    Syria fighting ‘kills 100’ ahead of ceasefire

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17644404

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    Libya to defy UN on handing over Saif Gaddafi, documents reveal

    Tripoli blocking efforts of war crimes tribunal to try late dictator’s son in the Hague, say lawyers

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/libya-saif-gaddafi-war-crimes-hague

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    Yemen’s Sanaa airport closed by pro-Saleh protest

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17644405

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    Danish bid to help Bahrain inmate on hunger strike

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17646022

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    Hamas hangs Gaza prisoners, including one ‘collaborator

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17644406

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    Handed from one tyrant to another.
    ————

    Robert Mugabe strikes secret deal to hand Zimbabwe power to Emmerson Mnangagwa

    Robert Mugabe has struck a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to hand over power in Zimbabwe to his feared defence minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, sources close to the two men have revealed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9192076/Robert-Mugabe-strikes-secret-deal-to-hand-Zimbabwe-power-to-Emmerson-Mnangagwa.html

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    The “Maliban”.
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    Triumphant Tuareg rebels fall out over al-Qaeda’s jihad in Mali

    As one group of rebels proudly proclaimed the independent state of Azawad in the “liberated” north of Mali last week, their allies were preparing for jihad by cutting off the hand of a “criminal” and forcing women to wear the veil.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9191760/Triumphant-Tuareg-rebels-fall-out-over-al-Qaedas-jihad-in-Mali.html

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    Joyce Banda sworn in as new president of Malawi

    Women’s rights campaigner and country’s vice-president succeeds late leader Bingu wa Mutharika

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/joyce-banda-new-president-malawi

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    Iran can make nuclear weapons -- but won’t, says top politician

    Statement is first time an Iranian politician has admitted country has capability to produce nuclear arms

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/iran-can-produce-nuclear-weapons-politician

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    He must have had a deeper hole to hide in than his pal Saddam.
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    ‘Fugitive Saddam Hussein aide’ appears in video attacking Iraqi government

    Video purports to show Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most senior member of the former regime still at large

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/fugitive-saddam-hussein-aide-video

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    Pakistan avalanche: rescuers recover soldiers’ bodies

    Helicopters, sniffer dogs and troops deployed to Siachen Glacier to find up to 150 soldiers buried in Kashmir army base

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/pakistan-avalanche-rescuers-search-soldiers

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    Pakistan President Zardari visits India for talks

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17648622

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    Fang Lizhi, China dissident who inspired Tiananmen, dies

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17645597

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    Oh dear, if that rocket passes through Japanese air space or over our mainland, it’s gone, and S. Korea is on alert to shoot it down too. Should we move?
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    North Korea threatens ‘merciless punishment’ as it readies rocket launch

    North Korea has threatened retaliation and “merciless punishment” against any country that shoots down the long-range rocket it is preparing to launch this coming week.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9192301/North-Korea-threatens-merciless-punishment-as-it-readies-rocket-launch.html

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    North Korea promotes nuclear and missile chiefs as Kim Jong-un consolidates power before rocket launch

    Kim Jong-un, the new North Korean leader, has strenthened his grip on power by promoting heads of the regime’s nuclear and missile programmes to his inner circle.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9191814/North-Korea-promotes-nuclear-and-missile-chiefs-as-Kim-Jong-un-consolidates-power-before-rocket-launch.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    Who succeeded Joseph Stalin as leader of the Sovient Union?

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    Zlata Filipovic, whose journal was Sarajevo’s answer to Anne Frank’s diary, tells of her fears for Bosnia today

    Zlata Filipovic was a teenager in Sarajevo -- and her diary of life under siege touched the world. Now, 20 years later, she says the lessons of that terror still have not been learnt.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bosnia/9192248/Zlata-Filipovic-whose-journal-was-Sarajevos-answer-to-Anne-Franks-diary-tells-of-her-fears-for-Bosnia-today.html

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    Bosnia stories: then and now -- in pictures

    Survivors of the Bosnia war tell how they have rebuilt their lives after the horrors committed by the Serbian army 20 years ago

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/08/bosnia-stories-then-now-in-pictures

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    A fading past: How America remembers World War I

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17620822

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    The Delhi child servant scandal that has outraged India

    Plight of 13-year-old locked in house while employers went on holiday sparks revulsion

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/india-child-labour-delhi-outrage

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    The month in photography – audio slideshow

    The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Simon Norfolk, Weegee, Andy Hall, Roger Ballen and Eve Arnold.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/audioslideshow/2012/apr/06/month-in-photography-audio-slideshow

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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Easter recipes

    Easter is a time of celebration, not mountains of chocolate eggs, ‘spring’ lambs that have barely seen the light of day and increasingly cynical marketing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/06/easter-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall

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    The week in pictures: 6 April 2012

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/9189216/The-week-in-pictures-6-April-2012.html

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    In Pictures: 100 years of Washington cherry blossom

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17589684

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/07/1

    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/afternoon, Kalima! Once again I’m sliding in just before midnight on MB as the door is closing…zooom!

      Leave it to Cameron. Even when he advertises that he’s “going after the rich” in the tax department, he ends up punishing the poor. When the tax benefits of charitable donations are taken away from the rich, who really suffers? As always — the people at the bottom.

      At least we have the consolation of knowing that Cameron and Osborne — as always happens when thing go terribly wrong — are now at odds and blaming each other.

      A very interesting story on the high-living pastor of the Wall Street church. I really have to hand it to the vestry board members who called this guy out on channeling church funds to fancy frills and building projects and ignoring the plight of the poor. That Wall Street sense of entitlement must be contagious.

      Today’s trivia: as the clock ticks down to midnight, I have to guess good old shoe-pounding Nikita Khrushchev?

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes and thanks for stopping by when you must have been exhausted.

        Yes, it will be fun watching Cameron and Osborne blaming each other, isn’t that what losers usually do?

        The Wall Street pastor story just shows how corrupted it really is there, and with most of these TV preachers too. The brainwashed believers give money they really can’t afford so that these creeps, who really have nothing to do with God, can buy their luxury houses, cars and shiny baubles. There is a fool born every minute, so the saying goes, and they all have eyes to see and ears to listen, so my sympathy is pretty shallow.

        Correct on the trivia question. :)

        Hope to see you soon, and don’t work too hard.

  10. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, and a Happy Easter and Passover to all who are celebrating.

    Where did the day go, still have things to finish off and it’s already getting dark. Must rush.

    Have a good Saturday wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my chilly corner of Tokyo, where we had a bit of snow falling last night. Where is our Spring? Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Newly consolidated safety criteria for reactor restarts finalized

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120407a4.html

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    Debate growing over ‘local’ reactor consent
    Governors of prefectures without units seek greater say in process

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120407a1.html

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    11 crew members of Hong Kong freighter rescued off Kagoshima Pref.

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120406p2g00m0dm022000c.html

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    Govt report: North Korea’s nuclear program poses global threat

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120406004914.htm

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    All this trouble because Kim junior wants to flex his nonexistent and mostly flabby muscles.
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    J-Alert hard to use for 30% of local governments

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120406004913.htm

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    NHK tsunami documentary wins Peabody Award

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/nhk-tsunami-documentary-wins-peabody-award

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Photogenic

    No they are not mine, but could have been if the beautiful trees across from me hadn’t been chopped down to make way for an ugly parking lot. My outside tribe used to love climbing trees. :(

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/photogenic
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Andrew Lansley is living in Oz about so many things, but his latest claim is ludicrous. Smokers will not stop smoking just because they stop advertisements and promotion. Once a person gets hooked on smoking, it’s not pretty pictures, billboards or supermarket displays that keeps them smoking, it’s nicotine addiction, and this is our Health Secretary pushing so hard for NHS reforms? Just how dumb can you get?

    Will we now have to find our “pushers” in unlit shop doorways, or in alleys across the country I wonder, because you know how things go with illegal drugs, there is no shortage, and where there is a will, there is a way. We’ll find em Lansley. What’s next for this government, a sex curfew? No sex after midnight in rural areas, and no sex after 6 am in the cities??
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    Smoking “no longer part of life”, Lansley hopes

    The ban on promoting cigarettes and tobacco in shops will help more addicts give up, and ensure “we no longer see smoking as a part of life”, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9191171/Smoking-no-longer-part-of-life-Lansley-hopes.html

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    All David Cameron’s problems gone, in a puff of tobacco smoke

    The shutters are coming down over cigarette displays in supermarkets, we shall not see them lit again.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9191217/All-David-Camerons-problems-gone-in-a-puff-of-tobacco-smoke.html

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    Carers versus Atos’s attempts to protect its image -- video

    Jon Ronson investigates Atos, the company that vets disability benefit claimants on behalf of the government, which has gone to great lengths to control references to it online. Ronson meets two people who have experienced this first hand, Frances Kelly and Phil Lockwood

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/apr/06/carers-versus-atos-image-video

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    I agree with the “pure politics” part 100%, and have never felt that Cameron’s concern was sincere.
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    We don’t need to get married, says gay MP

    The first MP to enter into a civil partnership has dismissed David Cameron’s plans to introduce homosexual marriage as “pure politics”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9190155/We-dont-need-to-get-married-says-gay-MP.html

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    Talk is cheap Osborne, and you know what, we wouldn’t trust your government as far as we could throw them.
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    Osborne ‘very happy’ for government to consider publishing MPs personal tax returns

    George Osborne today says he is “very happy” for the Government to consider publishing the personal tax returns of ministers before the next general election.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/9191222/Osborne-very-happy-for-government-to-consider-publishing-MPs-personal-tax-returns.html

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    Tax avoidance: UK urged to rejig Swiss tax deal for the super rich

    The Treasury estimates taxes on Swiss accounts could raise £5bn for the exchequer

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/06/tax-avoidance-uk-swiss-accord

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    One would hope so, unless the voters have all gone stark raving bonkers.
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    Lucy Mangan: the Tories are panicking. Rejoice!

    Ever since the budget, it’s been back-to-back bad news for the PM and his chums. Can we dare hope the jig is almost up?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/06/tories-panicking-lucy-mangan-taxes

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    Looks like the Met have been burying scandals for years and not only the phone hacking types.
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    Metropolitan police ‘buried’ report in 2004 warning of race scandal

    Scotland Yard veterans claim spiralling crisis triggered by recording of racial abuse was ‘accident waiting to happen’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/06/metropolitan-police-warned-racism

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    Teachers’ poll reveals crisis of morale

    42% of respondents to YouGov survey rate their morale as low or very low, blaming workload and unrealistic expectations

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/07/teachers-poll-reveals-crisis-morale

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    Phone hacking: ‘Hold back on News International witnesses,’ MPs told

    Lawyers fear select committee criticism could prejudice fair trials if former executives are charged

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/06/phone-hacking-select-committee-legal-pressure

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    France fears another serial killer as scooter shooter strikes in Paris suburbs

    A series of murders in suburban Parisian housing estates has sparked fears that a serial killer is on the prowl, as the same gun was used to kill four apparently innocent citizens in five months.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9190171/France-fears-another-serial-killer-as-scooter-shooter-strikes-in-Paris-suburbs.html

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    Greek dockworkers clash with police

    In Athens dockworkers clash with police during the protest over losing their savings.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9190651/Greek-dockworkers-clash-with-police.html

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    Bosnia-Hercegovina marks 20th anniversary of war

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17636640

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    Grief of Bosnia war lingers on

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17636221

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    Russia sure likes its home grown villains, and yet will stand by as Assad and other tyrants, murder thousands of their own citizens.
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    Russia vows to bring ‘Merchant of death’ Viktor Bout back to motherland

    Moscow responded angrily on Friday to the jailing in New York of Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, dubbed the Merchant of Death, calling his sentence “unfounded, biased and political”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9190702/Russia-vows-to-bring-Merchant-of-death-Viktor-Bout-back-to-motherland.html

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    Iraqi woman bludgeoned to death in ‘hate crime’ was ‘planning to divorce husband’

    An Iraqi woman bludgeoned to death in America was planning to divorce her husband, police have disclosed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9190704/Iraqi-woman-bludgeoned-to-death-in-hate-crime-was-planning-to-divorce-husband.html

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    US Navy F-18 jet crashes into Virginia apartment building

    A US Navy fighter jet slammed into an apartment complex in Virginia yesterday, bursting into flames and destroying several buildings.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9190923/US-Navy-F-18-jet-crashes-into-Virginia-apartment-building.html

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    Ohio woman admits keeping granddaughter in barricaded bathroom

    Rivae Hart, 50, pleads guilty to endangering children after girl was reportedly kept in bathroom and rarely let out for years

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/ohio-woman-granddaughter-barricaded-bathroom

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    Absolutely disgraceful!
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    National Review writer ignites firestorm over ‘disgusting rant’ on race

    Conservative columnist writes piece urging parents of ‘nonblack’ children to shield kids from contact with black Americans

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/apr/06/john-derbyshire-firestorm-race-column

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    New York Public Library’s plan to take books off shelves worries scholars

    City institution’s $300m transformation will make way for an up-to-date lending library, but some fear research will suffer

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/new-york-public-library-jersey

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    Cuba celebrates Good Friday for first time since 1959 revolution

    Day of holiday is marked at request of pope, who visited communist country last week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/cuba-good-friday-1959-revolution

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    I’m sorry, printable words fail me on this.
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    Colombian girl, 10, gives birth to baby girl

    A 10-year-old girl has given birth to a baby in Colombia, becoming one of the world’s youngest mothers.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/colombia/9189944/Colombian-girl-10-gives-birth-to-baby-girl.html

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    This is the government who want the opposition to lay down their arms. I get pretty tired of hearing and seeing the word “rebel” in every story about those who oppose a leader or a government, what these protests and the consequent fighting to defend their town from Assad’s bombardment has shown without a doubt, is the kind of man Assad is, and to what lengths he will go to stay in power. Having witnessed the scenes in so many towns, especially Homs, how can anyone broker a peace deal that would include this monster staying in power or even sharing it?
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    Syrian security officials ‘tortured pregnant mother with electric shocks in front of infant sons’

    Syrian security officials tortured a pregnant mother and a father with electric shocks in front of their infant sons, according to an eyewitness who was held in the same cell.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9190549/Syrian-security-officials-tortured-pregnant-mother-with-electric-shocks-in-front-of-infant-sons.html

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    Syrian claims of withdrawal from cities thrown into doubt

    Syrian claims to have begun withdrawing troops from restive cities in accordance with a UN-backed ceasefire plan have been called into question after it mounted one of its biggest offensives against rebel strongholds in months.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9189417/Syrian-claims-of-withdrawal-from-cities-thrown-into-doubt.html

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    Syrian exodus prompts call for urgent UN evaluation

    Turkey urges UN to send officials to border as thousands flee Syria each day to escape government violence

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/syrian-exodus-urgent-un-evaluation

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    Hundreds of Libyans protest against militias

    Soldiers and police join demonstration in Benghazi against armed groups still active months after helping to oust Gaddafi

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/hundreds-libyans-protest-against-militias

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    These guys just don’t get it.
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    Former Mubarak intelligence chief to stand in Egyptian presidential race

    Omar Suleiman announced decision to run as crowds protested about possible conspiracy against another candidate

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/egypt-rally-hazem-abu-ismail

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    Tunisians jailed for posting ‘Naked Muhammad’ cartoons

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17640207

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    It really should be.
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    Bahrain unrest fuels calls for grand prix to be cancelled

    Grand prix should not go ahead amid violence on streets and a hunger strike by jailed activist, opponents say

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/bahrain-unrest-calls-grand-prix-cancelled

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    Bahrain hunger-striker al-Khawaja moved to hospital

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17640200

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    All in the family and not much of a shake up at all.
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    Yemen’s president shakes up military commands

    Yemen’s president removed a half brother of former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday as head of the air force, replacing nearly 20 top officers but leaving Mr Saleh’s son, nephew and other allies in place as heads of important military units.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/9191527/Yemens-president-shakes-up-military-commands.html

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    The new Somalia?
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    Mali coup: al-Qaeda linked rebels declare independence of territory larger than France

    Tuareg rebels fighting alongside Islamist revolutionaries linked to al-Qaeda have declared the “irrevocable independence” of a swathe of northern Mali larger than France.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9190558/Mali-coup-al-Qaeda-linked-rebels-declare-independence-of-territory-larger-than-France.html

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    More than 100 Pakistani soldiers die in avalanche

    More than 100 Pakistani soldiers were buried by an avalanche near the Siachen glacier on the border with India on Saturday, an army spokesman said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9191605/More-than-100-Pakistani-soldiers-die-in-avalanche.html

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    Suicide bomber kills Afghanistan peace councillor

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17637353

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    Why are India’s army and government at loggerheads?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17635618

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    That a 17 year old can sell his kidney shows the overwhelming problem in Chinese society of too much regulation in one place, and hardly any to protect the innocent in another. I hope that whoever performed the surgery and took the kidney will be thrown in jail.
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    Chinese boy ‘sells kidney to buy iPad’

    A Chinese boy is suffering from kidney failure after he sold his organ to buy an iPad and iPhone, state media reported on Friday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9191325/Chinese-boy-sells-kidney-to-buy-iPad.html

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    Crew of Chinese cargo ship hijacked off Iran ‘rescued’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17636649

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    China’s most-wanted man appears in court in ‘the city he once owned’

    China’s most-wanted man went on trial yesterday on Friday, 13 years after he fled the country, charged with masterminding a multi-billion pound smuggling ring that was so powerful it at one point controlled an entire city.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9191288/Chinas-most-wanted-man-appears-in-court-in-the-city-he-once-owned.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Tuber.

    Please forgive me as I haven’t got the time for a question today. Will be back with one tomorrow.

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    Inside Keppel: finding freedom in a children’s prison

    The Guardian has been given exclusive access to a unit in West Yorkshire trying new ways to reach the most disturbed children

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/06/children-prison-inside-keppel-unit

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    Autistic workers: loyal, talented … ignored

    Employers could recruit a whole army of unique workers. But ignorance and fear get in the way. Lynne Wallis looks at why autism is so misunderstood and what sufferers can offer

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/apr/06/autistic-workers-employers-ignorance

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    A Cambodian American who can never ‘go home’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17527030

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    Dispossessed: the South Sudanese without a nationality

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17624075

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    Simon Hoggart’s week: Andrew Lansley performs the splits

    Response to the Telegraph story on abortion clinics shows this is is not a government but a PR agency with fabulous offices

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2012/apr/06/simon-hoggart-andrew-lansley-abortion

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    Doris Lessing’s Golden Notebook, 50 years on

    Lessing’s radical exploration of communism, female liberation, motherhood and mental breakdown was hailed as the ‘feminist bible’ and reviled as ‘castrating’. Four generations of writers reflect on what it means to them

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/06/the-golden-notebook-50-years-on

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    Good Friday around the world -- in pictures

    Christians across the world have taken part in re-enactments, processions and services to mark Good Friday

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/06/good-friday-around-the-world-in-pictures

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    Cute, but I’ll stick with the bunnies.
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    Easter bunny? Australia introduces Easter bilby -- video

    Instead of rabbits to represent Easter, conservationists in Australia aim to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. This rare native marsupial is on the threatened species list, with as few as 600 of the animals left in the wild. Its habitat is being destroyed by rabbits, which were introduced to Australia and are now seen as a pest

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2012/apr/06/easter-bunny-australia-introduces-bilby-video

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    Good, but get rid of five, and five more will take their place.
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    Twitter sues ‘spamming’ websites

    Social network launches action against five sites it accuses of creating tools for spamming users

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/06/twitter-sues-spamming-websites

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    Beautiful? Did I miss something, or is she pulling our legs?
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    Samantha Brick goes transatlantic with awkward Today show interview

    High-profile British media spectacles this week have made American women realise they’re not all like Kate Middleton

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/apr/06/samantha-brick-today-show-daily-mail

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    News tweets: Gosling to the rescue?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17640837

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    In Pictures: BP Portrait Award 2012 shortlist

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17608425

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/06/1

    • Kalima says:

      Ok, just one question, what are you all doing down here? Now who started this? Ok KQ, it was you -- bend over.

      You all get an A- for this, and I’ll be back to deal with the rest of you after I’ve started my morning and have time for a break. You have been warned. 😉

    • AlphaBitch says:

      Happy Easter, Kalima! At least western time. Just popped in to wish you that. Haven’t had much of a chance to catch up but I have all week off now to do so and I can’t wait. See you tomorrow. And watch out, Kes -- I’m jumping back into Trivia Games.

      • Kalima says:

        Sorry I missed you AB, and thanks for the good wishes. I’m sending your parking ticket in the mail.

        See you soon then. :)

      • kesmarn says:

        Uh-oh! Hang on to your tiaras, folks! AB is roaring back!

        Happy Easter, AB, to you, the Blov and the extended family. And enjoy that well-deserved week off!

        • AlphaBitch says:

          Hey co-queen! He is risen. I am referring of course to the Blov. My BFF is here from Nashville and we are making migas, and of course (being we are followers of Jesus) BACON!!!! A whole pound of it! Have you ever broiled bacon? Instead of frying? Less fat, just as tasty.

          Of course, we will not eat the whole pound -at least not at one sitting -- but still. MMMMMMMM…..

          • Got that right we always broil our bacon AB. Lowering the fat content broiling bacon as opposed to frying it probably is like taking a deck chair off the Titanic and calling it weight loss though. 😉

            We just do it because the bacon cooks much more uniformly.

            Mmmmmm… is right. We haven’t had bacon buddies in a while.

    • Happy Easter K. I hope I caught it before it ends in your part of the world.

      “/>

      How come I get the feeling that cute little Easter Kitty is up to no good.

      • Kalima says:

        K, thank you, but I can’t see the kitty picture here. When I checked my email though, it was there.

        I thought it was a very good little kitty, my lot would have caused utter chaos. Thanks again. 😀

    • kesmarn says:

      Good noon/night, Kalima! And Happy Easter, since you’ll be the first among us to celebrate.

      We did our egg-coloring and decorating yesterday -- the Fave 5th grader and I -- so we’re ready for tomorrow. Work today, unfortunately…

      The Tories just get weirder and weirder. Now the plan is to cover up/darken down cigarette displays in stores? Riiiight. I’m sure everyone will quit now. It was the bright displays that got ’em. Sigh.

      It’s good to hear that the general impression is that the Tories are pretty much in total disarray.

      Sad but not surprising to hear that teachers in Britain are facing the same demoralising struggles that nurses do. One of the definitions of stress is: responsibility for everything; authority for nothing. That’s the conservative way when it comes to people who actually work for a living.

      Equally sad was the story of the Chinese kid who’s facing renal failure after selling a kidney to be able to buy an iPad. You’re so right, Kalima. What about the surgeon? What about a level of materialism that drives a kid to do something so self-destructive? What about parents who were unaware that their child was minus a kidney and only questioned things when the iPad appeared in the house? Lots of unanswered questions on this one.

      But on to more positive thoughts: many wishes for a wonderful Easter to all who celebrate and a beautiful spring weekend of hope and renewal to those who don’t!

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, hope the Easter gathering goes well today, again, Happy Easter.

        There are certainly enough sceptics wondering about what the Tories are doing, and even more wondering if they know what they are doing. The thing I find interesting is that a lot of the harshest criticism is coming from within their own party by veteran Tories. It’s not unheard of, but it is in the news quite often these days. As you can see from some of the opinion pieces I post here every day, praise for their policies are few and far between, while ridicule is plentiful. Their ideas are so off the wall, you sometimes think you must be reading a bad script for a comedy skit. If I roll my eyes much longer, they might get stuck in the back of my head.

        Looks like the teachers are going on strike, can’t blame them of course, but the way things are heading, it has become a thankless job. Yesterday I posted an article where someone predicted that over 70% of schools would be academies in a few years, and you know how these private school are run and will end up because you have them in the U.S. According to a recent survey, kids do better in state run schools, but of course the Tories put cotton wool in their ears because there are no profits to be made for their investors. Moronic losers.

        Well, off I go to what is left of my Sunday. Take care and see you soon.

  11. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    A pleasant day here today, not quite Spring yet, but the tribes slept through most of the day. A small slice of heaven for this tired bod. :)

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my twilight corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Strontium from No. 1 plant taints Pacific

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120406a5.html

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    Govt to check Oi procedures / Results of 30-point safety plan will affect possible resumption date

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120405004775.htm

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    High levels of cesium detected in produce

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120405004955.htm

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    What about the bosses?
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    No bonuses for TEPCO employees this year

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-bonuses-for-tepco-employees-this-year

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    Village near Fukushima plant speeds up decontamination work prior to reopening of schools

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120405p2a00m0na007000c.html

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    Coast Guard cannon fire sinks Japanese ghost ship

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120406p2g00m0dm079000c.html

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    First glaciers in Japan recognized

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120406a3.html
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Wow 5p. About the only thing it’s good for would be to straighten out a wobbly table leg. Actually that would be like fighting off a real “monster” with a matchstick.
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    Businesses to save average of just 5p each from plans to cut health and safety

    David Cameron’s pledge tackle Britain’s “health and safety monster” has been ridiculed after it emerged flagship plans to cut red tape will only save businesses an average of 5p each.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9188669/Businesses-to-save-average-of-just-5p-each-from-plans-to-cut-health-and-safety.html

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    They won’t publish it because the country would panic and riot, rightly so I might add. We will never see the original.
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    Minister ‘must publish NHS risk register to calm down public alarm’

    Health ministers have made “general alarm” over the NHS reforms even worse by refusing to publish a register showing how risky the changes might be, a judge has found.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9189086/Minister-must-publish-NHS-risk-register-to-calm-down-public-alarm.html

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    That’s a lot of money to most families.
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    Working couples face losing nearly £4,000 a year under new tax rules

    Working couples face losing nearly £4,000 a year under changes to tax rules that come into force tomorrow, the shadow chancellor has revealed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/how-budget-affect-me/9187769/Working-couples-face-losing-nearly-4000-a-year-under-new-tax-rules.html

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    Labour says tax change is a ruthless assault on low income families

    Opposition and coalition trade blows over major tax and benefit changes including raising personal income tax allowance

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/05/labour-tax-change-assault-families

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    Talk about foot in mouth, what an idiot.
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    It’s a compliment to be a tax haven, says Francis Maude

    Francis Maude has boasted about trying to turn Britain into a “tax haven” sparking claims the Conservative minister’s gaffes are “going from bad to worse”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9189492/Its-a-compliment-to-be-a-tax-haven-says-Francis-Maude.html

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    Do these nincompoops ever look at other countries where academies have failed miserably, I suppose not when your eye is on the money. Privatizing either education or health care, doesn’t work for the people, and could lead to a U.K. version of the Kochs, or the RR taking over the curriculum of unsuspecting students. No thank you!
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    Academies to become a majority among state secondary schools

    Over half of Britain’s 3,261 state secondaries have become, or applied to become, academies, government data shows

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/05/academies-majority-state-secondary-schools

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    How Scotland Yard’s racism allegations unfolded

    The week’s allegations of police racism date back to just after the 2011 riots, and encompass assault and verbal abuse

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/05/scotland-yard-allegations-of-racism

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    Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’ John Darwin

    Sky News has admitted senior executives authorised a journalist to hack into the emails of John Darwin, the “canoe man” accused of faking his own death in 2002.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9188402/Sky-News-admits-hacking-emails-of-canoe-man-John-Darwin.html

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    That’s ok, Sarkozy has become cheesy enough himself recently.
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    France election 2012: Nicolas Sarkozy bans cheese from Elysée Palace

    It is an admission that is verging on sacrilegious for a French president. But Nicolas Sarkozy’s top chef has revealed that the French head of state has banned cheese from the table at the Elysée Palace.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9189535/France-election-2012-Nicolas-Sarkozy-bans-cheese-from-Elysee-Palace.html

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    I want to tell them that it’s not exclusive to Greece.
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    Death in the morning: how one pensioner’s suicide has traumatised Greece

    Until Wednesday morning, Dimitris Christoulas, a respectable middle-class pensioner, was familiar only to the residents of the quiet Ampelokipous district of Athens where he had lived and worked hard for nearly 40 years.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9189562/Death-in-the-morning-how-one-pensioners-suicide-has-traumatised-Greece.html

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    I believe that they are doing the same in China. Like two peas in a pod. 😯
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    Russian officials to be prevented from buying foreign cars

    State officials in Russia are to be prevented from buying expensive Mercedes, Lexus and other foreign saloons in order to cut costs and boost the domestic auto industry.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9188776/Russian-officials-to-be-prevented-from-buying-foreign-cars.html

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    Trayvon Martin killing: UN human rights chief calls for investigation

    UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an “immediate investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a volunteer neighbourhood watchman in Florida.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9189884/Trayvon-Martin-killing-UN-human-rights-chief-calls-for-investigation.html

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    Viktor Bout sentenced to 25 years in prison

    Russian arms dealer known as ‘the Merchant of Death’ convicted on terrorism charges resulting from a US sting operation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/05/viktor-bout-sentenced-25-years-prison

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    US Marine faces dismissal for criticising President Obama

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17635878

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    Truly priceless. :)
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    US Election 2012: Newt Gingrich’s think tank files for bankruptcy

    A healthcare think tank founded by Newt Gingrich has filed for bankruptcy, piling further humiliation on the Republican presidential hopeful following the virtual collapse of his campaign.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9189378/US-Election-2012-Newt-Gingrichs-think-tank-files-for-bankruptcy.html

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    Syria crisis -- live updates

    • More violence in Damascus suburbs -- activists
    • More that 2,800 flee from Idlib to Turkey in one day
    • Kurdish bloc quits Syrian National Council

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2012/apr/06/syria-crisis-live-updates

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    Syria crisis: Turkey refugee surge amid escalation fear

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17635434

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    Why, when the truce has already been broken by the government? The only thing to encourage any sort of peace plan, is for Assad to relinquish power, and I can’t see him doing that without further bloodshed.
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    Syria: UN Security Council backs ceasefire deadline

    The UN Security Council has given formal backing to a deadline that UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan agreed with the Syrian government to end its military offensive on protest cities.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9188627/Syria-UN-Security-Council-backs-ceasefire-deadline.html

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    Syria: troops attack Damascus suburbs despite peace plan

    Syrian authorities have told Kofi Annan they have begun withdrawing troops from three areas, despite fresh reports this morning that they are attacking a suburb of the capital Damascus.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9187939/Syria-troops-attack-Damascus-suburbs-despite-peace-plan.html

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    Syria’s Christians caught in the middle

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17629499

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    Gaddafi son ‘attacked in custody’ in Libya, ICC lawyers say

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17630335

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    Egypt Brotherhood candidate registers for presidency

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17629067

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    Yes, well, we knew that, we’ve been saying that for quite a few years now, but thanks for confirming it.
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    Israeli architect of Oslo accords says Middle East peace process is over

    The chief Israeli architect of the Oslo accords has urged the Palestinian leadership to declare the death of the peace process he helped instigate as Britain issued one of its strongest ever condemnations of Israeli settlement policies.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9189227/Israeli-architect-of-Oslo-accords-says-Middle-East-peace-process-is-over.html

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    Israel’s dogs of war are straining at the leash to attack Iran – can Barack Obama stop them?

    An attack in September looks almost inevitable unless Tehran changes course on developing nuclear weapons.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9188515/Israels-dogs-of-war-are-straining-at-theleash-to-attack-Iran-can-Barack-Obama-stop-them.html

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    Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika ‘dead’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17636393

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    Mali coup: Islamists kidnap Algerian diplomats

    Armed Islamists stormed the Algerian consulate in northeastern Mali and abducted seven diplomats Thursday amid fears Al Qaeda-linked fighters are turning the country into a rogue state and fuelling a humanitarian crisis.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9189810/Mali-coup-Islamists-kidnap-Algerian-diplomats.html

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    Iran and Turkey open rift over Syria

    Tensions between Iran and Turkey are in danger of scuppering a new round of international talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/apr/05/iran-turkey-rift-syria

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    Boy what an ego. Is he feeling a tad fragile these days, he should be.
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    To Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei, with love and squalor

    An Iranian organisation has called on writers to submit devotional poems in praise of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/apr/05/iran-khamenei-poetry-festival

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    Australian energy company CEO stands down after slew of racist remarks on Facebook

    An Australian energy company has lost contracts and had its ties with a football club cut after its CEO made a slew of offensive remarks on Facebook about Aborigines, Asians, Jews, Muslims and women.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9187965/Australian-energy-company-CEO-stands-down-after-slew-of-racist-remarks-on-Facebook.html

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    ‘Smuggling kingpin’ Lai Changxing on trial in China

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17635521

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    China adds six Uighurs to terrorist list

    Beijing claims the men were trained to carry out terror attacks in another south Asian country -- most likely Pakistan

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/china-uighur-terrorist-list

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    Chinese government tells military to ignore internet in wake of coup talk

    Regime’s jitters evident in thinly veiled reference by army newspaper to rumours that prompted crackdown on chat sites

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/china-military-ignore-internet-coup

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    Neil Heywood seemed ‘very happy’ days before he died

    British businessman Neil Heywood, whose death in a Chinese hotel room has become swept up in the biggest political scandal to hit the country in decades, appeared carefree and “very happy” to a friend just a few days before he died.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9187880/Neil-Heywood-seemed-very-happy-days-before-he-died.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Daniel, well done to kes. :)

    Today’s question.

    Technically the potato is a: Tuber; Root; Stem; or Fruit?

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    I agree about the weak gun control laws.
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    Rise in justifiable homicides linked to weak gun control laws

    Guardian analysis finds 25% rise in justifiable homicides, and casts doubt on claim of a link to stand-your-ground laws alone

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/05/stand-your-ground-gun-control-data

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    Fears over wind turbine plans in Bronte country

    Plans to build a £12 million wind farm on the “wild and wonderful” moorland that inspired Wuthering Heights have enraged conservationists and locals.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9189105/Fears-over-wind-turbine-plans-in-Bronte-country.html

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    Singapore to drive road through historic cemetery

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17594008

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    How awful.
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    HS2: 50,000 bodies ‘to be exhumed’ for high speed rail link

    Up to 50,000 bodies will need to be exhumed to make way for the new high speed rail line from London to Birmingham, it has emerged.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/9189588/HS2-50000-bodies-to-be-exhumed-for-high-speed-rail-link.html

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    Drugs not best option for people at risk of psychosis, study warns

    Counselling and therapies effective in treating psychotic experiences that can lead to conditions such as schizophrenia

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/06/drugs-psychosis-schizophrenia-counselling

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    Buford, Wyoming, ‘smallest town in US’, is auctioned

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17630161

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    In pictures: From elephant stampedes to hairdos in Zimbabwe art

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17565574

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    World’s rarest ducklings Madagascan pochards hatch

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17616488

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    A Cat in Paris: ‘Part childlike fable, part old-fashioned cops and robbers’ -- video review

    Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s charming Oscar-nominated animation has been described as ‘Hitchcock for middle-schoolers’. It’s not quite that purrfect, says Andrew Pulver, but this engaging tale -- about a mute girl (voiced by Oriane Zani) and a burglar (Dominique Blanc) that share custody of a crafty feline -- deserved a stroke or two during the awards season

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2012/apr/06/a-cat-in-paris-video-trailer

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    Day in pictures: 5 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17624838

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/05/24-hours-in-pictures

  12. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    It got to be 18C here today, and the first time that I could turn off the heater for half a day since November last year. Spring??

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my slightly cooling corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Softbank plans huge Hokkaido solar plant
    With output of 200,000 kw, facility will be nation’s larges

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120405a1.html

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    Storage of large amounts of radioactive water near Fukushima No. 1 sparks safety concerns
    Long-term no-go areas considered

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120405a1.html

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    Nitrogen injection briefly halts at N-plant

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120404005065.htm

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    Radiation expert takes on red tape in disaster zone

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120405f2.html

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    Megasolar rush a band-aid on a bullet hole

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/megasolar-rush-a-band-aid-on-a-bullet-hole

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    Pro-N Korea newspaper in Japan hints at nuclear test

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/pro-n-korea-newspaper-in-japan-hints-at-nuclear-test

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    Gasoline prices rise for 7th straight week

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/gasoline-prices-rise-for-7th-straight-week
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    I bet they either vote Tory, or stand to gain some sort of benefit from the new bill because if they honestly cared about patient care, they would be against it.
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    Just 12% of GPs back NHS shake-up, says poll

    GPs are increasingly unconvinced that the Government’s shake-up of the National Health Service will lead to improved patient care, according to a poll.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9187263/Just-12-of-GPs-back-NHS-shake-up-says-poll.html

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    NHS watchdog attacks blitz on abortion clinics

    Andrew Lansley’s directive seen as an attempt to placate Tory right as concerns grow over monitoring of patient care

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/04/nhs-abortion-clinics-andrew-lansley

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    The Tea Party Tories

    Angry rightwingers who seek a return to the mythical golden age of Thatcher need to wake up

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/04/tea-party-tories-cameron

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    Millions affected as tax and benefit changes come in

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17619212

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    So Cameron thinks that keeping the public in the dark will be protecting Britain while taking away their privacy, how does that work I wonder? “Secret trials” sound very dodgy to me.
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    David Cameron: ‘it is my job to protect Britain’

    David Cameron defends the Government’s plans to hold “secret trials” and gather personal data, saying he will only act to protect Britons.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9185592/David-Cameron-it-is-my-job-to-protect-Britain.html

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    Petrol prices hit 170p at some garages as strike talks begin

    The price of fuel has hit a record high of more than 170p per litre at some garages, as tanker companies and unions began talks aimed at avoiding strikes.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9185928/Petrol-prices-hit-170p-at-some-garages-as-strike-talks-begin.html

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    No wonder the country is broke.
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    George Osborne’s corporation tax cut may not win business for Britain

    Amazon not the only company to have shifted headquarters out of UK, other multinationals could do same and save billions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/04/george-osborne-corporation-tax-cut-amazon

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    Amazon: £7bn sales, no UK corporation tax

    Online retailer’s British operation owned by company in Luxembourg which receives all payments for books, DVDs and other goods

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-british-operation-corporation-tax

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    How Amazon finds tax loopholes

    Company’s US map shows states in red, yellow or green colour to warn executives where laws could trigger tax collections

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-tax-loopholes-us

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    Chechen separatist allegedly targeted by president says he feels safe in UK

    Akhmed Zakayev says he is not surprised by alleged plot disclosed in deportation appeal hearing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/chechen-separatist-akhmed-zakayev

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    Hosepipe bans come into force for southern and eastern England

    20 million people face £1,000 fine if they defy hosepipe bans, introduced after one of driest two-year periods on record

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/05/hosepipe-bans-southern-eastern-england

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    France election 2012: Nicolas Sarkozy accused of using Islamist terror swoops to boost campaign

    Ten Islamist terror suspects were seized in France on Wednesday the latest in a wave of arrests, as Nicolas Sarkozy’s rivals stepped up criticism that the swoops were electioneering.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9186107/France-election-2012-Nicolas-Sarkozy-accused-of-using-Islamist-terror-swoops-to-boost-campaign.html

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    The rich are the same the world over.
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    Italian police uncover widespread tax evasion amongst yacht owners

    Italian police who raided a smart marina found it packed with shiny new yachts owned by people who had declared zero or almost no income, in the latest example of the country’s brazen tax evasion.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9186069/Italian-police-uncover-widespread-tax-evasion-amongst-yacht-owners.html

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    Norway massacre: Breivik disputes psychiatric report

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17613822

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    Greek debt suicide provokes Athens violence

    There were tense clashes between police and protesters as people gathered near the spot where a retired pharmacist shot himself after falling upon hard times.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9187366/Greek-debt-suicide-provokes-Athens-violence.html

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    Obama campaign leaves Mitt Romney trailing as focus shifts to November

    Shackled by the internal battle for the GOP nomination, Romney has been closing offices in key battleground states while the president has been firing on all cylinders for months

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/obama-campaign-romney-trails-november-election

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    California shooting: nursing director says she fears she was target

    The nursing programme director at a Christian college where alleged gunman One Goh killed seven people has said she thinks she may have been the suspect’s intended target.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9187383/California-shooting-nursing-director-says-she-fears-she-was-target.html

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    September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed facing death penalty

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks, faces a potential death sentence after being formally charged with the murder of thousands of Americans.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/september-11-attacks/9187027/September-11-mastermind-Khalid-Sheik-Mohammed-facing-death-penalty.html

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    New tests after French academic Descoings found dead in NY

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17619046

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    Wisconsin: America’s democratic struggle laid bare

    Scott Walker’s recall, pitting a big-spending Republican against grassroots activists, is an apt prologue to November’s election

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/04/wisconsin-struggle-america-democracy

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    Utter madness.
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    Students hit with pepper spray during tuition fee protest

    Students who were hit by pepper spray during a rally against a hike in tuition fees have expressed their shock over the incident, as college officials defended their actions.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9187520/Students-hit-with-pepper-spray-during-tuition-fee-protest.html

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    Inside America’s Drone HQ

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17516156

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    2.4 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, says UN

    The United Nations has called on the international community to strengthen efforts to combat human trafficking, saying 2.4 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking at any one time.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9185811/2.4-million-victims-of-human-trafficking-worldwide-says-UN.html

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    Syria: Fresh attacks raise ceasefire doubts -- live updates

    • Assaults ‘across the country’ -- activists
    • 800-900 refugees enter Turkey in 24 hours
    • Russia warns against arming Syrian rebels
    • ICC orders Libya to hand over Saif al-Islam

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/05/syria-attacks-ceasefire-live-updates

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    New Syria clashes as UN envoy set to arrive

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17622310

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    Russia sticking its big, cold nose in once again. What do they want the opposition to do, lay down their arms and be shot at in the streets, imprisoned and tortured or killed in cold blood?
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    Syria’s rebels will never defeat Bashar al-Assad, even if they are ‘armed to the teeth’, says Russia

    Proposals to arm Syria’s opposition are doomed to fail because the country’s disparate rebels will never be able unseat President Bashar al-Assad even if they are “armed to the teeth”, Russia has warned.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9186766/Syrias-rebels-will-never-defeat-Bashar-al-Assad-even-if-they-are-armed-to-the-teeth-says-Russia.html

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    Hand over Gaddafi son, international criminal court tells Libya

    Tribunal in The Hague calls on Libyan authorities to deliver Saif al-Islam Gaddafi rather than hold their own trial

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/05/gaddafi-son-international-criminal-court

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    Israel evicts settlers from Hebron house

    Police say group put up no resistance to eviction, hours after settlers were given three weeks to comply with order to leave

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/israel-evicts-settlers-house-hebron

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    Fuel arrives in Gaza to ease power crisis

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17607549

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    Somalia’s prime minister narrowly escapes female suicide bomber

    Somalia’s prime minister narrowly escaped assassination when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a VIP event at the country’s National Theatre, killing herself and the country’s two most senior sports officials.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/9186566/Somalias-prime-minister-narrowly-escapes-female-suicide-bomber.html

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    Senegal musician Youssou Ndour given ministerial post

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17620917

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    Tuareg rebels announce end to ‘military operations’ in Mali

    The UN Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire and return to democracy in Mali on Wednesday, prompting an announcement of an end to “military operations” by Tuareg rebels in the north.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9187608/Tuareg-rebels-announce-end-to-military-operations-in-Mali.html

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    US soldiers among 10 killed in Afghan suicide bombing

    Taliban claims responsibility for attack after motorcyclist detonates explosives at gate of Maimana park

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/05/us-soldiers-afghan-suicide-bombing

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    Kabul Bank scandal: Hamid Karzai sets up special tribunal

    Afghan president moves to tackle $900m Kabul Bank corruption scandal ahead of latest round of aid funding decisions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/kabul-bank-hamid-karzai-special-tribunal

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    India to free Maoists for abducted Orissa politician

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17621253

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    New Zealand container ship owners charged over environmental disaster

    The owners of a stricken container ship wrecked on a reef off a popular New Zealand holiday spot have been charged with causing the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades, maritime officials said on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9187623/New-Zealand-container-ship-owners-charged-over-environmental-disaster.html

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    China considers Seychelles military base plan

    China is weighing up whether to open an Indian Ocean naval base in the Seychelles in a move which will heighten tensions with India amid fears of a regional arms race.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/seychelles/8953319/China-considers-Seychelles-military-base-plan.html

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    North Korean ‘poisoned needle assassin’ jailed in Seoul

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17621110

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    Ok, this is weird.
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    Ballet dancers denied entry to Malaysia over ‘indecent costumes’

    A group of dancers from Singapore have been denied entry to Malaysia to perform The Nutcracker and other ballet works due to concerns about “indecent” costumes.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/9187604/Ballet-dancers-denied-entry-to-Malaysia-over-indecent-costumes.html

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    US to ease sanctions against Burma

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17619519

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Easter Island, which is what Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen named it when he came upon it on Easter Sunday in 1722.

    Today’s question.

    Which of these was not the name of an apostle in the Bible: Philip; Daniel; Simon; Thaddeaus; or Andrew?

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    Bosnian war 20 years on: peace holds but conflict continues to haunt

    Two decades after the conflict started, Bosnia is divided more than ever as bitter memories permeate society

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/bosnian-war-20-years-on

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    In Cambodia, a landmine victim’s long recovery

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17569854

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    Forty years in solitary confinement and counting

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17564805

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    I don’t think he got it wrong, and have enjoyed his poetry since I was a teenager. So because of our past history, we are not allowed to voice our opinions about Israel’s policies for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic, I find that ridiculous. We are talking about their government, not their citizens, and I find the German government’s attitude very disappointing. Not everything that Israel does is right, in fact there is a lot that is plainly and very wrong. When will we as Germans be able to lift our heads from the shame that every generation born after the war, which includes me, has been bought up to acknowledge and live with since we could talk and understand the world around us? Must being born German carry a stigma for the rest of our lives on earth?

    I haven’t read the poem yet, but will try, and as far as I could gather from this article, Grass is only voicing what millions of us around the world are thinking.
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    Günter Grass launches poetry attack on Israel

    German Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass says Israel is a threat to world peace in his poem What Must Be Said

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/04/gunter-grass-poetry-attack-israel

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    James Murdoch: the rise and fall of a News Corp scion

    As a story, it has everything: dynastic succession, Oedipal conflict, vaulting ambition, hubris, crisis, catastrophe … read on

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/04/james-murdoch-news-corp-scion

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    Florida woman parks car for last time after 576,000 miles and 48 years

    A 93-year-old Florida woman has parked her beloved “Chariot” for the last time after clocking up 576,000 miles behind the wheel in 48 years.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9186398/Florida-woman-parks-car-for-last-time-after-576000-miles-and-48-years.html

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    Easter tree festooned with 10,000 painted eggs

    An apple tree in Germany has been decorated with 10,000 hand-painted eggs ahead of Easter celebrations.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/easter/9186042/Easter-tree-festooned-with-10000-painted-eggs.html

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    Welcome home little kitty. :)
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    German woman reunited with cat after 16 years

    A German woman was preparing on Wednesday for an emotional reunion with her long-lost cat, missing and thought dead, but then handed in after 16 years apparently living in the woods, an animal home said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9185269/German-woman-reunited-with-cat-after-16-years.html

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    How do you track a wolf pack?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17540978

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    Haven’t made it for ages, will make it again soon though. Love aubergines.
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    How to cook perfect moussaka

    A summer holiday favourite perfect for the British spring’s combination of scintillating sunshine and sudden sharp showers

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/apr/05/how-to-cook-perfect-moussaka

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    Easter week around the world – in pictures

    From Jerusalem to Damascus and from Spain to Haiti, Christian communities around the world have been celebrating Easter week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/04/easter-week-world-pictures

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    Day in pictures: 4 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17608483

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/04/1

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good noon/night, Kalima! A quick visit during lunch and before work!

      Just long enough to say that I love stories with happy endings and the “Long Lost Poldi the Cat” story was the best! 16 years…imagine!
      I hope Poldi enjoys her old age in total comfort.

      And on trivia: I know the bible slightly better than I know my geography, but I’d better not get over-confident here. I’m gonna say Daniel.

      • Kalima says:

        Work again, hope you got a good rest during the night.

        Lucky Poldi indeed, however if it had been me, I would have thought myself the luckiest woman on earth.

        Your trivia guess was correct. :)

        Have to dash, running a bit behind tonight. Have a good day, and hope to see you soon.

  13. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    We are still all in one piece but a few plants weren’t so lucky. A few times during the night, the wind sounded like a freight train speeding by, and by morning it was blue skies and sunshine, with a humidity that follows any storms here.

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my darkening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    So where was he, hiding in the Ladies room?
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    Prime minister’s office not linked to teleconference system during nuclear crisis

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120404a1.html

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    And here you have the main obstacles for fighting against nuclear energy. Whether in Japan, the U.S. or Europe.
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    Nuclear agency under fire for donations from industry body

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120404a6.html

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    Cesium in excess of new gov’t limit detected in smelt from Gunma lake

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120404p2g00m0dm032000c.html

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    How about starting at the top?
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    TEPCO mulling not paying summer bonuses to employees

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120404p2g00m0dm029000c.html

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    TEPCO declines wood chips as fuel for thermal power generation

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120403005212.htm

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    Editorial: Catastrophic quake, tsunami projections demand policy rethink

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/perspectives/news/20120403p2a00m0na010000c.html

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    Ministers to continue discussion on Oi reactors’ reactivation

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120404p2g00m0dm044000c.html

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    U.S. tracks derelict ‘tsunami ship’ drifting toward Alaska

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120404a7.html

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    Sanctions on North Korea extended 1 yr / Missile launch cited; tougher steps possible

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120403005214.htm

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    U.S., Japan again warn N Korea not to launch rocket

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/u-s-japan-again-warn-n-korea-not-to-launch-rocket

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    Storm briefly halts cooling system at Onagawa nuclear plant

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/storn-briefly-halts-cooling-system-for-fuel-pool-at-onagawa-nuclear-power-plant

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    Strong storm wreaks chaos nationwide
    Transportation grinds to a halt amid powerful gusts, heavy rainfall

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120404a2.html

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    I had no idea that NHK had a sense of humour, their programs always make me sleepy.
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    NHK apologizes for April Fool’s Day Twitter joke

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/nhk-apologizes-after-april-fools-joke-causes-outrage

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Long journey

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/long-journey
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Most certainly.
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    New snooping powers could be illegal, human rights watchdog warns

    New powers to snoop on every email, web visit and phone call could be illegal by breaching privacy laws, the human rights watchdog warned yesterday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9183641/New-snooping-powers-could-be-illegal-human-rights-watchdog-warns.html

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    Poor Nick, he still believes that people will listen to what he might have to say.
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    Nick Clegg pledges open hearings over web surveillance plans

    Draft clauses in new parliamentary bill will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee as anger grows over measures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/03/nick-clegg-open-hearings-surveillance

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    This woman thoroughly annoys me most times, now even more so as she claims that the abuse of privacy for all of the citizens of the U.K. is ok because you catch one killer out of hundreds. Nonsense, if the police are doing their job properly, that’s how it used to be done Ms. May. If Cameron hadn’t implemented the cuts on the police force, maybe our streets would be safer because there would be more boots out in the streets. Don’t make the nation suffer because of the lousy job your government is doing to protect us. You can’t even protect our borders, so there is little room for talk.
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    Theresa May: data snooping helped jail Ian Huntley

    Plans to monitor emails, phone calls and websites are vital to track down and convict killers like Ian Huntley, the Home Secretary has said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9182478/Theresa-May-data-snooping-helped-jail-Ian-Huntley.html

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    This is a disgrace. Do they think the resignation of their top person was enough to entitle them to carry on with the same? That they are even under consideration is scandalous.
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    Welfare-to-work provider A4e in running for new contract despite fraud inquiry

    A4e is in the running for a major contract with the Home Office despite fraud investigations into the company owned by David Cameron’s former “families champion”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/rowena-mason/9184426/Welfare-to-work-provider-A4e-in-running-for-new-contract-despite-fraud-inquiry.html

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    Then take a seat because it’s been happening for as long as I can remember.
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    Met police commissioner urges staff to report racist behaviour

    Bernard Hogan-Howe says he has been ‘shocked’ by recent revelations and ‘will not stand for any racism or racists’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/03/met-police-commissioner-report-racist-behaviour

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    Phone hacking: timeline of the scandal

    The key events in the phone hacking scandal, which has led to the closure of the News of the World, halted Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover bid, and prompted the arrest of several key figures.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8634176/Phone-hacking-timeline-of-a-scandal.html

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    Eurozone crisis live: Spain faces bond auction test

    Madrid goes to the bond markets for the first time since its austerity budget, with last week’s general strike fresh in the memory
    • Fed minutes send shares falling
    • Today’s agenda

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/04/eurozone-crisis-spain-bond-sale

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    France launches raids to arrest 10 suspected Islamist suspects

    Elite police arrested 10 Islamist suspects in early morning raids across France on Wednesday ordered by President Nicolas Sarkozy after seven people were killed by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman last month.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9185023/France-launches-raids-to-arrest-10-suspected-Islamist-suspects.html

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    Whole of Cyprus left without electricity after power grid failure

    The whole island of Cyprus has been left without electricity after a problem at one of the island’s power plants resulted in the entire grid shutting down.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/cyprus/9184809/Whole-of-Cyprus-left-without-electricity-after-power-grid-failure.html

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    Roma face persecution in Europe, says Amnesty

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17606004

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    “You’ve come a long way Baby”. Not!
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    Russian schools to keep exercise books with portrait of Joseph Stalin

    Russia’s education minister has said he has no power to ban children’s exercise books featuring a portrait of Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin that have gone on sale in Moscow causing public condemnation.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9184293/Russian-schools-to-keep-exercise-books-with-portrait-of-Joseph-Stalin.html

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    Obama accuses Republicans of ‘social Darwinism’ over Paul Ryan budget

    Stinging attack accusing GOP of favouring the rich comes as Mitt Romney expected to win at least two primaries on Tuesday

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/obama-accuses-republicans-social-darwinism-budget

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    California shooting: Oakland gunman One Goh was looking for female administrator

    One Goh, the gunman who shot and killed seven people at a college in Oakland, California, was looking for a female administrator.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9183567/California-shooting-Oakland-gunman-One-Goh-was-looking-for-female-administrator.html

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    Tornadoes touch down in Dallas area causing ‘considerable damage’

    Large tornadoes reported just south of Dallas, but no injuries reported from twisters that ripped through neighbourhoods

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/tornadoes-cause-damage-dallas

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    Prominent French academic found dead in New York hotel room

    A prominent French academic, Richard Descoings, was found dead in a New York hotel room on Tuesday afternoon and New York police opened an investigation into the circumstances of his death.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9184802/Prominent-French-academic-found-dead-in-New-York-hotel-room.html

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    Amazing.
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    Elderly US woman lands plane after pilot-husband dies

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17605770

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    Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett dies aged 96

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17607706

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    Memo shows US official disagreed with Bush administration’s view on torture

    Previously-unreleased document shows state department official thought techniques were ‘cruel’ and ‘degrading’ punishment

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/george-bush-state-department-torture

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    Yahoo layoffs: 2,000 staff expected to go in latest shake-up

    More turmoil at internet company after change of CEO, hostility from major shareholder and Facebook lawsuit

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/yahoo-layoffs-2000-staff-go

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    Rick who??? :roll:
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    Rick Perry criticises UK initiative to influence US climate sceptics

    The governor says the UK government was ‘misdirected’ to try to ‘educate’ policymakers and ‘move them from a state of denial’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/03/rick-perry-climate-sceptic-policymakers

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    Mexican drugs kingpin jailed for 25 years

    Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix has been sentenced to 25 years in prison by a US judge for leading one of the world’s most powerful cartels for more than a decade.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/9182355/Mexican-drugs-kingpin-jailed-for-25-years.html

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    Syria crisis -- UN peacekeeping team heading for Damascus -- live updates

    • New security council draft on Kofi Annan’s peace plan
    • Syrian official claims troop withdrawal has begun
    • New clashes between rival militia in western Libya

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/04/syria-bashar-al-assad

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    Syria: fierce clashes as regime forces abandon truce

    Fierce clashes erupted after Syria’s regime sent reinforcements into rebel areas despite a truce pledge, as the UN said it was rushing a team to Damascus to pave the way for peace monitors.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9184778/Syria-fierce-clashes-as-regime-forces-abandon-truce.html

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    UN advance team to begin Syria mission in 48 hours

    An advance UN team preparing the deployment of Syrian observers is expected in Damascus within the next two days.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9183406/UN-advance-team-to-begin-Syria-mission-in-48-hours.html

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    Syria: Bashar al-Assad’s uncle Rifaat says he will not hold on to power for much longer

    Rifaat al-Assad, the exiled uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has said it is unlikely his nephew can hold on to power for much longer.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9182788/Syria-Bashar-al-Assads-uncle-Rifaat-says-he-will-not-hold-on-to-power-for-much-longer.html

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    Libya clashes: ‘At least 14 dead’ around Zuwara

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17602343

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    UN urges Lebanon to investigate Ethiopian maid’s death

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17598437

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    Moroccan teenager’s death puts focus on women’s rights

    Protests over case of 16-year old Amina Filali, who killed herself after court ordered her to marry man who allegedly raped her

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/moroccan-teenager-death-women-rights

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    The Arab spring has shaken Arab TV’s credibility

    Their biased coverage is undermining viewers’ faith in the Middle Eastern satellite channels that sprang up in the 1990s and 2000s

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/03/arab-spring-arab-tv-credibility

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    Turkey 1980 coup leader Kenan Evren goes on trial

    Ankara court to hear case against 94-year-old leader of military takeover that led to executions and 500,000 arrests

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/turkey-1980-coup-kenan-evren

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    ICC prosecutor rejects Palestinian recognition

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17602425

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    Of course he would. This man thinks he can do whatever he chooses.
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    Israeli PM halts eviction of hardline Jewish settlers in Hebron

    Binyamin Netanyahu overrules defence minister who said settlers lacked purchase permit for three-storey property

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/israel-netanyahu-jewish-settlers-hebron

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    ‘We don’t know of any Kony video’: villagers tell of reality of violent attacks

    As world attention is drawn to their plight, victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army say their situation is getting worse

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/kony-terrorised-villagers-rebel-attacks

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    Iranians count the cost of Nowruz traffic carnage

    Over the New Year holiday period Iran suffered a spike in a road accident rate that is already one of the worst in the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/apr/03/iran-road-safety

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    Afghan suicide bomb ‘kills six

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17607699

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    Afghanistan: Militants ‘kill police by poisoning food’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17597797

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    Leading Afghans cast doubt on election schedule

    Talk in Kabul that presidential vote due in 2014 could be delayed or brought forward by a year, threatening constitutional crisis

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/03/afghans-doubt-election-schedule

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    Afghanistan near deal on night raids

    US and Afghan officials close to a deal to give Afghan security forces the lead role on night raids, a US official has said

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/afghanistan-near-deal-night-raids

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    First US marines arrive in northern Australia

    The first detachment of 200 US Marines has arrived in northern Australia, where a permanent joint training hub is taking shape as part of a US shift of military strength in the Asia-Pacific region.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9184787/First-US-marines-arrive-in-northern-Australia.html

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    North Korea refugees ‘arrive in Seoul after China stay’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17607839

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    Oh right, they can’t even get it to launch properly, it just keeps falling in either the Pacific, or in the Sea of Japan. Did they think we hadn’t noticed? Really makes me wish I could say “Oh do shut up” in Korean.
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    North Korea ‘preparing to unveil missile capable of striking continental US’

    North Korea is preparing to unveil a new long-range missile that is capable of striking targets in the continental US.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9182604/North-Korea-preparing-to-unveil-missile-capable-of-striking-continental-US.html

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    Burma sanctions must be lifted, south-east Asian nations say

    Ten leaders urge western nations to lift the embargo after Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide election victory

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/04/burma-sanctions-lift-aung-san

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    Burma elections: President Thein Sein happy with result

    Burma’s president, the former military leader Thein Sein, has welcomed the country’s by-elections, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory, and pledged to continue his liberal reform programme.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9183220/Burma-elections-President-Thein-Sein-happy-with-result.html

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Sausage (originally via French, saussiche, from Latin salcicius/salsicia, from salsus, salt) You were so close kes. :(

    Today’s question.

    By what name do we know the South Pacific island that’s called Rapa Nui by its Polynesian inhabitants?

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    Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

    Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/03/scientist-bird-flu-spread-people

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    Life returns to streets of Mogadishu -- in pictures

    The capital of Somalia is full of life for the first time in two decades following years of civil war and the absence of a government

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/03/life-returns-normal-mogadishu-in-pictures

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    Who, What, Why: How many soldiers died in the US Civil War?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17604991

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    Shut-out parents create co-op schools

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17593589

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    Life and death on my street in Sarajevo

    For two years, Barbara Demick chronicled the trials of one Sarajevo street during the Serbian siege. In her latest book, Besieged: Life Under Fire on a Sarajevo Street, she catches up with the people she befriended

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/03/life-and-death-in-sarajevo

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    Convicting a murderer with no dead body

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17464298

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    Huh? How ridiculous to even be having this conversation and wasting time.
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    Should offensive online comments be an imprisonable offence?

    Anti-bullying legislation is close to completion in Arizona thatwould class as a misdemeanor online or text messages that ‘intimidate, harass, annoy or offend’. Should verbal nastiness on the internet be an imprisonable offence?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2012/apr/03/offensive-online-comments-poll

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    Woolly mammoth may have been killed by humans

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17525070

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    Day in pictures: 3 April 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17595990

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/03/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good afternoon/morning, Kalima! And I hope your day is going better than mine! I had typed out nice long reply to today’s MB, when the power cable fell out of the back of my laptop and all was lost. Well, I’ll try to reconstruct some of it, at least.

      As I was saying… I was glad to hear that you and yours survived the monsoon will minimal damage, although when I read the article about how the weather affected Japan in general, I found myself wondering what a 90 year old man was doing up on his roof during those winds! (He was among the three fatalities.) Then I remembered by late father-in-law who seemed to feel obliged the dance round on his roof until well into his old age — much to the dismay of my late mother-in-law.

      I have to say that I found the NHK April Fools twitter pretty funny! But then any time that North Korean kimono-clad woman announcer who emotes her way through the news is mentioned, I crack up. She’s a born comedienne; she just doesn’t know it.

      On a more serious note, this massive invasion of privacy in Britain is really worrying. Is it too far-fetched to wonder how soon it will be before — in the interest of national security — cameras and microphones in every home will be a necessity? “For our own good,” of course.

      And equally alarming is the thought of awarding yet another government contract to the infamous A4e company. Are these people daft? That would be like making Bernie Madoff Secretary of the Treasury.

      Amazing story about the 80 year old woman who landed the place safely after her husband died at the controls. And she did it with only one engine. What a woman!

      The video of huge semi-trailer beds flying through the air in that Dallas tornado was so awe-inspiring I had to watch it several times. Incredible that no one was killed. Thank goodness.

      A fascinating story about the true toll of death that the American Civil War took. I’ve often wondered about what choices younger women were left to make when so many of the able bodied young men of their generation were taken away by death. There were so few career options open to women then. What did they do with the rest of their lives? It would be a fascinating area of study for some researcher.

      Good for those parents in NYC, for forming their own co-op pre-school. The kids looked as though they were having a great time, and the parents can free up those thousands of dollars wasted on expensive private preschools and save them for college. I don’t mean to sound “braggish” but when my kids were in their elementary years, I was approached by the parents of 8 other kids about taking charge of their kids’ education. Something like what this woman did. I opted not to, but I’ve often wondered what might have happened if…. That just goes to show how desperate parents are for a shot at a decent education for their kids. The school systems are/have been so troubled, for so many reasons.

      But one of the subjects I would have had to outsource would have been geography! Because I am as in the dark as ever on today’s trivia! I’ll just toss out Fiji because I have no reason not to, and I am clueless as usual. Ah well…at least I was close on my “salami” guess yesterday… 😳

      Now to rest my fingers after having typed all this twice!! 😆

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, first of all well done for posting again, much appreciated.

        I have no idea why, but here, when there is a storm warning, some people just feel the need to put themselves in danger by either climbing on their roofs, or taking a walk by the seashore when ? meter waves are predicted. I just don’t get it, if the man had a leaky roof, couldn’t he have asked for help before the storm hit? it puzzles every year, so does the building or rebuilding of homes destroyed in a landslide in the exact same location. After awhile you just have to wonder.

        Even crazier than the loss of privacy, is the fact that taxpayers are expected to pay for the abuse. There is already a huge outrage, rightly so, but it will not be a slam dunk. If we needed any more proof that the Tories are wacko, this must be it. The similarity of the GOP business as usual after a scandal, seems to work just as well for Cameron and his chinless thugs.

        Great question kes, I wonder what all the women left behind after the Civil War did to survive. Fascinating really for anyone interested in history.

        I was relieved that there were no casualties in Texas too, watching that was really scary, especially after our own typhoon.

        Now I feel guilty, I should have given you points for coming so close, but I did give you a hint further down when I replied to your reply yesterday. So today I’ll give you a hint. What are we celebrating soon?

        Take care and come home soon. :)

  14. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Happy to let you know that the Mac is fixed and running much faster than before, although I believe I will be saving my pennies for a new one by the end of this year. We are having an early typhoon here in Tokyo, and have been advised to stay indoors tonight. The rain and wind is already quite fierce, and the hubby is on his back from a golf game.

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe and stay warm.

    Sayonara from my windy and wet corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    SDF to send 450 to Ishigaki to man rocket interceptors

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120403a2.html

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    In light of further nuclear risks, economic growth should not be priority

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/perspectives/news/20120402p2a00m0na002000c.html

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    Nuclear agency received large donations from nuke plant operators

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120403p2g00m0dm053000c.html

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    ‘New start’ for nuclear evacuees / But residents concerned over delayed decontamination, rebuilding

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120402004436.htm

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    New employees commence work in disaster-hit areas

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120402004929.htm

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    Children who created newspaper in quake-hit city honored by UNESCO

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120403p2g00m0dm050000c.html

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    WELFARE COMMISSIONER
    Volunteers struggle to track neediest residents

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120403i1.html

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    New nuclear regulatory agency delayed amid political infighting

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/new-nuclear-regulatory-agency-delayed-amid-political-infighting

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    DPJ lawmaker’s resignation reveals divisions
    Young Ozawa ally bolts over consumption tax bill, driving speculation others could follow sui

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120403a1.html

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    Osaka Mayor Hashimoto opposes Kansai Electric restarting any nuclear reactors

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/osaka-mayor-hashimoto-opposes-kansai-electric-restarting-any-nuclear-reactors

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    Japan rejects N Korean invitation to send observers to rocket launch

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-rejects-n-korean-invitation-to-send-observers-to-rocket-launch

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    It’s late afternoon, and the strong winds and rain have just started a few minutes ago.
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    203 flights canceled as typhoon-strength winds hit Kanto region

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/kanto-workers-urged-to-go-home-early-ahead-of-typhoon-strength-winds

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Bloom of youth

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/photojournal/graph/photojournal/1.html
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    I wonder if a warning from their own party is enough to penetrate those thick skulls, somehow I doubt it.
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    Tory MPs round on David Cameron and George Osborne

    Conservative MPs warn the Prime Minister he must make major changes in the way he runs his Government and his party to reconnect with voters and retain public confidence.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9179475/Tory-MPs-round-on-Cameron-and-Osborne.html

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    The last thing we need is politicians who feel our pain

    It could be the Prime Minister’s greatest strength to be out of touch.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9180934/The-last-thing-we-need-is-politicians-who-feel-our-pain.html

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    Insanity, remind me not to send any emails to the U.K. The poll at the bottom indicates that the majority feel the same as I do. Paying to be spied on, whatever next??
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    Taxpayers must foot £200 million bill to have their emails snooped on

    Taxpayers will have to pay £200 million a year so police and security agencies can spy on their every email and phone call.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9181326/Taxpayers-must-foot-200-million-bill-to-have-their-emails-snooped-on.html

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    Email snooping laws: as idiotic as they are illiberal

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100148695/email-snooping-laws-as-idiotic-as-they-are-illiberal/

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    Hugely embarrassing.
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    Britain won’t be the only country snooping on people’s internet use

    If the government gets its way and starts monitoring what you’re emailing, it will join a list of countries with a draconian approach to the internet

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/apr/02/countries-snooping-on-internet-use

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    Ed Miliband: the Government has betrayed middle Britain

    The Labour leader says voters cannot trust the coalition parties as he launches his local election campaign.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9180561/Ed-Miliband-the-Government-has-betrayed-middle-Britain.html

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    Poor pupils in weak schools face ‘double disadvantage’

    Labour says inequality, which result in poor being left a year behind richer pupils, is one of biggest barriers to social mobility

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/03/poor-pupils-weak-schools-disadvantage

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    The fight for the NHS is not over: this is what we need to do now

    Professionals and policymakers give their thoughts on the act’s implications and on campaigning for the future of the service

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/02/fight-for-the-nhs

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    Metropolitan police race row deepens after assault claim

    Exclusive PC caught on tape allegedly assaulting teenager, hours after colleague was recorded making racial slur

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/02/police-race-row-assault-claim

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    Abortion protests: ‘what my mum fought for is being threatened’ – video

    Hundreds of pro- and anti-abortion activists staged rival protests in Bedford Square in central London on 30 March as the 40 Days For Life anti-abortion group intensified its campaign. In Brighton, Rosie Swash reports from an abortion clinic that has been targeted by anti-abortion campaigns

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/apr/02/abortion-protests-mum-fought-video

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    BREAKING:

    James Murdoch to step down as BSkyB chairman -- live

    Full coverage as it is confirmed the News Corp heir apparent is to leave his role at the satellite broadcaster

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/03/james-murdoch-bskyb-live

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    Former NoW deputy editor: I gave PR advice to Met police commissioners

    Neil Wallis tells Leveson inquiry of his unofficial role while still a journalist, claiming he helped Lord Stevens get the top job

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/02/now-deputy-editor-met-police-commissioners

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    Eurozone crisis live: Wolfson Economics Prize shortlist revealed

    A quarter of a million pounds is on offer to the winning suggestion for how to handle the break-up of the eurozone -- we get the shortlisted entries this morning

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/03/eurozone-crisis-euro-breakup-wolfson

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    France expels five Islamist radicals

    France has expelled two Islamic radicals and is planning to deport three more as part of a crackdown announced after a gunman killed seven people, officials said on Monday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9181726/France-expels-five-Islamist-radicals.html

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    Hungary’s president steps down after plagiarism scandal

    The president of Hungary has quit after being stripped of his university doctorate in a plagiarism scandal.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/hungary/9181220/Hungarys-president-steps-down-after-plagiarism-scandal.html

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    Yulia Tymoshenko allowed to leave jail for hospital treatment on back

    Former Ukrainian PM will be treated for suspected herniated disc as government appears to bow to western pressure

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/02/yulia-tymoshenko-jail-hospital-treatment

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    Deadly blaze hits Moscow market warehouse

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17594267

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    Russian plane crash kills 31 in Siberia

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17580917

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    Oakland school shooting: police identify gunman

    Oakland police chief Howard Jordan identifies the suspect as One L Goh after seven people were killed and three more were injured at a small Christian university in California.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9182476/Oakland-school-shooting-police-identify-gunman.html

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    Barack Obama ‘confident’ Obamacare will not be scrapped

    President Barack Obama last night warned the US Supreme Court that scrapping his overhaul of America’s healthcare system would be an “unprecedented” move by an “unelected group of people”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9182165/Barack-Obama-confident-Obamacare-will-not-be-scrapped.html

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    Pressure grows for Rick Santorum to drop out as Obama surges in polls

    Mitt Romney expected to win Tuesday primaries as GOP eager to end contest and shift campaign against the president

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/02/pressure-rick-santorum-drop-out-obama

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    George W. Bush: Barack Obama’s Best Friend in the 2012 Election
    by Michael Tomasky Apr 3, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    The GOP wants to erase George W. Bush’s ruinous presidency from the nation’s memory, but the Dems shouldn’t let it happen. Michael Tomasky on the gift that keeps on giving.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/03/george-w-bush-barack-obama-s-best-friend-in-the-2012-election.html

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    US official resigns ‘over taxpayer-funded mind reader and clown’

    The head of a top US government department resigned on Monday amid a furor over a luxury $800,000 Las Vegas conference for staff, reportedly featuring a mind reader, a clown and a comedian.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9182357/US-official-resigns-over-taxpayer-funded-mind-reader-and-clown.html

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    The Kochs and the Cato Institute: a hostile takover?

    The rightwing industrialists are locked in a battle for control of a libertarian thinktank. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/02/kochs-cato-institute-hostile-takeover

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    Stupidity at it’s lowest, and this is ok with you Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner? Shame on you.
    ————

    Falkands anniversary sparks attack on British Embassy in Buenos Aires

    Petrol bombs and stones are thrown at police guarding the British Embassy on 30th anniversary of Falklands war.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/9182505/Falkands-anniversary-sparks-attack-on-British-Embassy-in-Buenos-Aires.html

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    Colombia Farc rebels free 10 soldiers and police

    Guerrilla group claims the hostages represent its last police and military captives but president tempers peace hopes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/02/colombia-farc-rebels-soldiers-police

    —-

    Syria crisis -- live updates

    • Syria’s pledge to withdraw troops greeted with scepticism
    • Refugees describe their escape from terror
    • Free Syrian Army confirms switch to guerilla tactics

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/apr/03/syria-crisis-live-updates

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    Syria’s rebels abandon territory in major cities in favour of new guerilla war

    Syria’s rebels have been forced to abandon efforts to hold territory in major cities and towns after a series of devastating battlefield defeats, senior opposition commanders have conceded for the first time.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9181867/Syrias-rebels-abandon-territory-in-major-cities-in-favour-of-new-guerilla-war.html

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    What the heck is the matter with these people? Seriously, vote to throw Russia out of the UNSC.
    ————

    Syria: Russia rejects Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan deadline

    Russia on Monday rejected the deadline for Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan whilst Syrian government forces continued their crackdown on rebel bastions in the north, killing at least 18 people.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9181439/Syria-Russia-rejects-Kofi-Annans-six-point-peace-plan-deadline.html

    —-

    Syrian refugees: In their own words

    Thousands of Syrians have escaped the violence and persecution that followed the Arab spring. In camps along the border, refugees talk about the dangers they face and what it means to leave their homes behind

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/02/syrian-refugees-their-own-words

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    Paul Conroy’s wife says he will return to Syria

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-17591828

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    Muslim Brotherhood raises fears among liberals as it names Egypt presidential candidate

    The Muslim Brotherhood has angered secular liberals in Egypt by naming a candidate in next month’s presidential election, reneging on a pledge not to seek the country’s top office.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9179297/Muslim-Brotherhood-raises-fears-among-liberals-as-it-names-Egypt-presidential-candidate.html

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    Shocking!
    ————

    Ethiopian maid publicly abused in Lebanon takes her own life – video

    An Ethiopian domestic worker who was filmed as she was attacked in public outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut has taken her own life. The video, aired by Lebanese television, has caused outrage in the country, where reports of mistreatment of domestic workers are common. The woman’s employer, who was seen trying to bundle her into a car, has denied beating her

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/15/ethiopian-maid-publicly-abused-suicide-lebanon-video

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    Red Cross delivers fuel to Gaza hospitals

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17590139

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    Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi exiled to Gaza

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17582868

    —-

    Bahrain protests flare against F1 after protester dies

    Bahraini police fired tear gas and arrested demonstrators as protests were mounted against the Formula One race to be held in the Gulf kingdom following the death of fellow dissident.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/bahrain/9180063/Bahrain-protests-flare-against-F1-after-protester-dies.html

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    Mali coup: West African countries meet to discuss cutting country off

    West African leaders gathered in Dakar on Monday for a meeting on the unfolding crisis in Mali, in which they are expected to decide whether to cut off Mali’s trade and financial ties to its neighbours.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9181017/Mali-coup-West-African-countries-meet-to-discuss-cutting-country-off.html

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    Sudan and South Sudan hold talks in Addis Ababa

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17590065

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    Iran gives Reuters news agency chop over ‘ninjas’ story

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17592224

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    Iraq demands Qatar hand over Vice-President Hashemi

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17583666

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    US puts $10m bounty on Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17594018

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    “Talks with the Taliban” always sounds so impotent to me.
    ————

    Afghan foreign minister in Qatar to set up Taliban talks

    Afghanistan’s foreign minister is to visit Qatar, where the Taliban are due to open an office ahead of possible peace talks, a spokesman for the ministry in Kabul said on Monday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9180949/Afghan-foreign-minister-in-Qatar-to-set-up-Taliban-talks.html

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    China micro-blog comments back after rumour ‘clean up

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17594006

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    North Korea test build-up at rocket launch site

    New satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of empty fuel and oxidiser tanks as preparations get underway for a test launch.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9180224/North-Korea-test-build-up-at-rocket-launch-site.html

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    Unfortunately for those of us living in the region, the whole family is just as dumb.
    ————

    Kim Jong-un’s poor marks exposed

    Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was the class dunce at a Swiss school where he studied for two years.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9180501/Kim-Jong-uns-poor-marks-exposed.html

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    Landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi sets Burmese nerves on edge

    Burma’s democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi hailed her overwhelming victory in a series of by-elections as a “triumph for the people” after a landslide victory.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9180175/Landslide-victory-for-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-sets-Burmese-nerves-on-edge.html

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    Kachin plight reveals Burma’s patchy

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17564726

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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the last trivia question, “What was the original use of the term “tabloid”? It was the name created and trademarked in 1844 by Burroughs, Wellcome & Company for a small pill containing a concentration of different ingredients. The term was soon being appied to anything in compressed form, and eventually becaume associated with newspapers with short condensed articles.

    Today’s question.

    What modern convenient foodstuff takes its name from the Latin meaning ‘salted (and preserved meat)’?

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    Confronting Argentina’s people-traffickers

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17560518

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    India parents ‘reject newborn girl for baby boy’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17587284

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    Caravaggio ‘ was killed by the Knights of Malta’

    His mysterious death at the age of 38 has been blamed variously on malaria, an intestinal infection, lead poisoning from the oil paints he used or a violent brawl.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9181383/Caravaggio--was-killed-by-the-Knights-of-Malta.html

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    Scientists find clue to human evolution’s burning question

    The discovery in Africa of a one million year old fireplace may enable us to identify when humans first began using fire

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/02/scientists-clue-human-evolution-question

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    The giant snake that stalked the Earth

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17544885

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    Move over Mary Poppins.
    ————

    Dutch inventors make flying car

    A car which can fly for up to 315 miles at speeds of 110mph, has been produced in the Netherlands.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motoringvideo/9182040/Dutch-inventors-make-flying-car.html

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    Audio slideshow: Giant cosmic eyes of the Atacama Desert

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17567694

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    24 hours in pictures
    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/apr/02/24-hours-in-pictures-gallery

    • AdLib says:

      Woo Hoo! Glad you and Mac are back! And what a great edition of MB today!

      It is insult to injury for Brits to learn they’re spending 200 million pounds to pay their government to spy on their phones and emails.

      James Murdoch keeps going down…if only he could drag down Rupert with him!

    • kesmarn says:

      Good morning/night, Kalima! So good to hear that your little Mac is up and running once more. Now just make sure you tie a string around it when you’re away from it if those winds pick up. In all seriousness — stay safe!

      A flying visit today as it’s a work day once more. Sigh…

      The Tomasky article was up to his usual terrific standards, though. I totally agree that Dubya’s name and “legacy” — with all their infamy — should be prominently on display at the Dem convention and throughout the campaign. Do people really want to go back to that?

      The Hungarian president who was forced to resign because of his earlier plagiarism made the same mistakes all plagiarists do — underestimating the intelligence of his readers and assuming no one will ever figure it out. Now it’s cost him his career. Silly mistake.

      Today’s trivia: hmmmm…I’m back in the realm of guessing. Initially I thought “salsa,” but now I’m more inclined to go with “salami”? :-)

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, the typhoon left our neighbourhood intact, with just a few things blown down the street.

        I also agree with Tomasky about not letting the voters forget about Bush and the 8 years of madness they were very much a part of. It seems the best time to remind them of it too.

        Yes, sooner or later plagiarism is found out, especially with so many inquisitive internet users and so much info even on a single Google search. You would think that these people would be aware of that by now, but obviously not. People like the dopey GOP candidates, even forget that their words are on video clips as they try to deceive the public with their “I didn’t say that” or their, “I can’t remember saying that, you are twisting my words”.

        Ok kes, your answer is so close. What is a salami?

        Take care and come home early and safe.

        Glad to be back. :)


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