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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. 🙄
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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. 🙄
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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.
    ————

    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.
    ————

    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.
    ————

    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.
    ————

    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


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