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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Rattling Nerves

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The earth and buildings shook in the Cayman Islands yesterday rattling nerves more than the 5.8 Richter scale the quake hit and prompting fears of a repeat of the devastation in Haiti. “Minor temblors are common in the region, but Cayman residents were mindful of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated ...

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Gaza Appeal

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World aid agencies are appealing to Israel to unlock the Gaza strip after a Palestinian school girl Fida Hejji died of cancer while awaiting permission to go to an Israeli hospital. “Hejji, 18, was promised an entry permit three times. Three days after she died last November, her family got a call ...

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Virginia Shooting

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A manhunt involving hundreds of police and helicopters has been launched in Virginia after a rogue gunman went on the rampage and killed eight people. “Police said Christopher Speight, 39, had fled to the woods, violently resisting efforts to take him in and nearly shooting down a police helicopter ...

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Shock Win

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Republican Scott Brown won the last night’s Senate race in Massachusetts and has vowed to use his deciding vote to move against healthcare reforms in a bitter blow for Obama. “Brown's win robbed Democrats of the crucial 60th Senate vote they need to pass the healthcare bill and sent shudders of fear ...

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Human Rites

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As desperate Haitians flee the horrors of earthquake-stricken Port-au-Prince the hundreds of thousands of dead are being denied burials and the funeral rites that accompany them. “Along with everything else stolen by last week’s earthquake, Haitians must now add another loss: the ability to identify ...

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Gitmo Suicides?

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Doubts have been raised about the apparent suicides of three Guantanimo Bay detainees who had reportedly been taken to a secret location known as "camp no" just hours before their deaths. Harper’s magazine, which published details on the subject yesterday, “raises serious questions about whether the ...

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Taking The Biscuit

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Kraft has agreed to acquire 150-year-old British chocolate manufacturer Cadbury’s in a share transaction worth £11.5m sparking fears that the company’s ethos will be compromised. “The deal ends more than more than 150 years of independence for the maker of Dairy Milk, which will now be subsumed ...

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Sun Lounger Aid

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A luxury cruise liner which usually delivers tourists to a beach near Port-au-Prince has said it will donate spare sun loungers and beach furniture to make a temporary hospital for victims. “A second ship with tourists arrived at Labadee beach yesterday on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas as ...

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Harsh Proof

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Withholding HIV treatments led to the death of 330,000 people in South Africa as the result of AIDs denialist policies according to a new report which proves the benefits of treatment. “In a paper just published online in Springer's journal AIDS and Behavior, Professor Myron Essex and Dr. Pride ...

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Blocking Avatar

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“Golden Globe, Shmolden Globe. You know a movie's a real phenom when the People's Republic of China censors it—and tells theaters to play ‘a patriotic biopic on the life of Confucius’ instead. The Hong Kong Daily Apple (translated and summarized in The Telegraph) reports that, though James Cameron's ...

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Pirates Killed

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Three Somali pirates have been killed and others wounded in an overnight gun battle concerning the sharing of a ransom paid for the release of a Greek-flagged supertanker. “ ‘The fighting started during an argument over the dividing of the ransom paid for the ship,’ Bashir Shiine Muse, a pirate who ...

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Sea Ice

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Stunning images of sea ice formations have been published by Wired, capturing the Wilkins ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula and other areas of eerie natural beauty. “Floating sea ice covers about 11 million square miles of Earth’s oceans in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It plays an important ...

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Restored Footage

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To commemorate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk NASA has released partially restored video of a series of 15 memorable moments from the expedition. “The source material for the restoration project is the best of the available broadcast-format video. Lowry Digital, Burbank, Calif., is ...

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The Vatican Code

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The man who nearly murdered Pope John Paul II and later claimed to be Jesus has emerged from prison demanding $7m for a tell all film and book deal, for which he wants Dan Brown. “Mehmet Ali Agca has been in jail for nearly 30 years and during that time, the theories about why he attempted a papal ...

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Effective Aid Pleas

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“Desperate Haitians scrambled Sunday to find food and water and guarded their meager possessions against the advance of looters as the U.S. and other nations struggled to jump-start a sluggish relief effort. Even as Navy and Coast Guard ships arrived offshore, a round-the-clock airlift intensified ...