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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Holbrooke Blast

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about 4 years ago

Just hours after US special envoy Richard Holbrooke visited the region, an explosion ripped through a mosque in northwestern Pakistan killing at least 29 and wounding dozens. “The explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding about 50, Jawed ...

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Revenge Killing

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about 4 years ago

A teacher at a vocational school in Ludwigshafen, Germany has been murdered by a 23-year-old former student in an apparent revenge attacks for “bad reports he got at school”. “The incident occurred at about 10:00 a.m. local time. Investigators told a press conference that the attacker, armed with a ...

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Niger Coup

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about 4 years ago

Niger's president Mamadou Tandja has been captured and pushed out of office following a military coup and violent gun battle in the capital, Niamey. “In a televised announcement, a spokesman for the plotters said Niger's constitution had been suspended and all state institutions dissolved. The junta ...

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Lama-Obama

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about 4 years ago

Beijing reportedly summoned its US ambassador to account for President Barack Obama’s meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, yesterday. “The foreign ministry also demanded that Washington act to improve ties, warning in a statement that the US president's meeting had ‘grossly ...

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Happy Hearted

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about 4 years ago

Being happy means you are much less likely to develop heart disease a new study has revealed after finding an independent relationship between positivity and the condition. “[This] could have major implications for improving people's health, suggesting it might be possible to help prevent the ...

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Sugar Wrapped

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about 4 years ago

Food packaging and other disposable plastics could soon be biodegraded along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer which you can pop on your compost heap. “The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast ...

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Stalin DiCaprio?

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about 4 years ago

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he wants to shake off his all-American image and wishes to play Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in a movie biopic. “The 35-year-old told Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda: ‘I'd love to play Stalin very much. However, it is all about a script and there is ...

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Obama Phones Space

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about 4 years ago

American President Barack Obama telephoned space yesterday, telling astronauts at the International Space Station that he is “deeply committed” to human space exploration. “The president thanked the Space Shuttle Endeavour's crew for their service, following their installation of the Tranquility ...

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Vast Cyber Attack

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about 4 years ago

More than 75,000 computers at nearly 2.500 firms in the U.S and worldwide have been hacked into in what a security firm is calling the biggest cyber attack discovered to date. “The attack, which began in late 2008 and was discovered last month, targeted proprietary corporate data, e-mails, credit ...

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UFO Files

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about 4 years ago

The British government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD has released transcripts and drawings of reports of alleged alien and UFO close encounters from across the country during the 1990s. “Flying Toblerones, mysterious illnesses and silky-white substances are among hundreds of close encounters described ...

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Outwitting Twitter?

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about 4 years ago

The simplicity that has made Twitter a huge hit is also somewhat limiting, writes the New York Times. Enter Google Buzz, a new networking site that overcomes the limitations. “At its heart, Twitter is dead simple: you type little messages into the box at Twitter.com — news, jokes, observations. Your ...

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Gold Rushes In

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about 4 years ago

It was a star-spangled day for America at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada yesterday with a trio of home-grown athletes striking gold. “Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis all struck gold on Wednesday as the United States transformed a bleak Vancouver Olympics into their own winter ...

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Good Neighbours?

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about 4 years ago

The foreign secretaries of squabbling neighbours India and Pakistan have agreed to meet to discuss building a “climate of trust for future talks”, according to government sources. “The sources said India was being ‘realistic’ in going ahead with the meeting, as beyond a point, putting off talks was ...

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Mossad Accused

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about 4 years ago

Dubai has pointed the finger of blame at Israel’s national intelligence agency, Mossad, for the suspected hit-squad assassination of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. “Officials in Dubai have all but given up hope of catching the killers of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh after admitting that Mossad ...

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“Cutting Risk of Death”

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about 4 years ago

Breast cancer patients who take aspirin regularly after undergoing treatment may be less likely to die or be struck down with cancer for a second time, according to new research. “The study of more than 4,000 nurses showed that those who took aspirin — usually to prevent heart disease — had a 50 ...