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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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European Unrest

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Dissent and unrest is rife across Europe as workers and activists from different countries strike and riot in rejection of government plans to cut spending and impose austerity policies. “Huge protest rallies took place in cities across Spain last night; today a general strike could paralyse Greece ...

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Loosening Gun Law

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Amid fears that the new Obama administration will impose tighter strictures on guns, gun rights activists are pushing their State governments to loosen gun laws. “And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely ...

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Aiding Terrorism?

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Iran is planning to release “irrefutable evidence” that terrorist ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was “aided and abetted” by the US government before his arrest, according to Press TV. “The leader of the Jundallah terrorist group was on a flight from the United Arab Emirates to Kyrgyzstan when he was ...

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Child Training

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A controversial Christian “child training” practice has come under fire from other Christians who deem its processes “abusive” rather than disciplinarian. “Four years ago this month, a 4-year-old boy named Sean Paddock died when his adoptive mother wrapped him in blankets so tightly that he couldn't ...

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Cheney Hospitalised

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Former vice president Dick Cheney has been hospitalised after experiencing chest pains, having previously had four heart attacks. “An aide to Dick Cheney says the former vice president is in George Washington Hospital after experiencing chest pains. Cheney's assistant, Peter Long, said in a ...

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Monetary Future?

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“A simple typo gave Michael Ivey the idea for his company. One day in the fall of 2008, Ivey’s wife, using her pink RAZR phone, sent him a note via Twitter. But instead of typing the letter d at the beginning of the tweet — which would have sent the note as a direct message, a private note just for ...

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Sign of the Times

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A regular system of 26 symbols thought to be the origins of written language crop up in stone carvings throughout the prehistoric world – now experts are trying to decipher their meaning. “Some wonder whether [the symbols] originated with early humans as they migrated across the globe out of Africa ...

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“Rapid Apologies”

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The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn says the “rapid apologies” by Nato forces after the killing of Afghan civilians “show a significant political and military change in the Afghan war”. “Political support for the war is so fragile in the US and other states contributing troops that every misdirected ...

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Snake Surprise

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A Texan mother was startled to find a severed snake's head in a packet of frozen green beans while cooking for her family of four kids in Houston. “Ernestine Jamison said she opened the bag of Pictsweet frozen cut green beans last month to find what she first thought was a rock. ‘I saw something in ...

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Stolen Blood

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Investigation by a tenacious media organisation in Texas has exposed the shady circumstances by which the state gave away samples of hundreds of newborns' blood. “Between 2003 and 2007, the state quietly gave hundreds of newborn blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics ...

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Bomb Plot Thickens

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An Afghan immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, 25, has pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to planning a suicide bomb attack on the city’s subway system. “[He] also admitted in a federal court in New York on Monday that he had received bomb-making and weapons training from al-Qaeda in Pakistan's ...

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Talib Leader “Seized”

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Afghani Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Kabir has been “seized in Pakistan” according to American media reports which say he was picked up in the city of Nowshera. “Mullah Abdul Kabir is widely believed to be a senior member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban leadership council allegedly based in Pakistan ...

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Pulitzer Outrage!

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The National Enquirer has another piece of scandalous news for its clamouring public – it hopes to win a Pulitzer Prize for its revelations about the private life of John Edwards. “In August 2008, during a brief summer lull between Barack Obama's clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination ...

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Glaxo Drug Scrutiny

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Concerns about GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s diabetes drug’s links to heart attacks have been reignited after a Senate report urged the Food and Drug Administration to make changes. “People familiar with the situation say agency leaders held calls over the weekend to discuss how to address complaints from ...

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Independent Target

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The Democrats are pulling out all the stops to entice independent voters by deploying volunteers from the Obama campaign arm known as “Organizing for America”. “After collecting pledges for millions of volunteer hours, O.F.A., under the auspices of the Democratic National Committee, is starting its ...