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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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No “Indigenous Law”

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Zimbabwe’s prime minister has rejected government legislation requiring all business operating out of the country to be 51 percent owned by blacks. “Morgan Tsvangirai, who sits in a power-sharing government, said on Wednesday that the law would not be implemented as it had not been approved by his ...

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Avalanche Tragedy

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Bad weather caused 17 snow avalanches in the Afghanistan Hindu Kush mountain range, burying hundreds of cars on a mountain highway and leaving dozens dead. “Calculations of the death toll ranged widely, but official accounts said that at least 64 people were either known or feared dead and that the ...

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“Fairly Quickly”

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“The world is moving fairly quickly on Iran,” remarked US President Barack Obama amid growing fears about Iran’s commencement of a uranium enrichment process. “Obama, whose policy of engagement with Iran has not succeeded in halting Teheran’s nuclear march, told reporters at the White House, ‘what ...

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“Hillbilly Palm Pilot”

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Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has been ridiculed in the press for being caught with notes scrawled on her hands on more than one occasion when making public speeches. “They’re calling it the ‘Hillbilly Palm Pilot’. Sarah Palin’s detractors have been handed a new stick to beat her with: during ...

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Worm Eaters

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Dieters in Hong Kong are being warned by government health officials about the dangers of swallowing parasitic worms, which can grow to up to 15 inches, in the hope of shedding fat. “The city's department of health said that Chinese-language websites have been offering products containing ...

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Clouded Leopard

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A newly discovered species of big cat, the Sundaland clouded leopard, has been caught on film for the first time by scientists in the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysia. “The Sundaland clouded leopard, only discovered to be a distinct species three years ago, is one of the least known and elusive ...

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Existential Problem

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"’Existential problem of the philosopher who did not exist,’ says the Times headline, and indeed Bernard-Henri Lévy might be going through an existential crisis after a massive gaffe in his new book ‘On War in Philosophy’. France’s most dashing philosopher took aim at Immanuel Kant, calling him ...

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Climate Bailout?

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“It's reinventing-the-wheel time. The Obama administration has announced intentions to create a big, fat, shiny, new federal office called the ‘Climate Service’ to track global warming, complete with six regional offices and lots of good intentions. ‘It looks like the [warming] empire strikes back ...

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Tarnished Sheen

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Lawyers for Brooke Mueller Sheen, the wife of Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen, have said she wants the domestic violence case against him dismissed after the pair were reunited. “Charlie Sheen and his wife were reunited Monday after a judge modified a restraining order and allowed them them to work ...

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Malicious Comments

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A staggering 95% of user-generated content for the second half of last year was “malicious,” according to a report from security film Websense. “First off: the film, which scans millions on web sites and e-mails a day looking for malicious content, found that 95 per cent of all user-generated ...

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Beer Bones

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Beer drinkers are toasting a new study which suggests that beer is good for your bones as it is rich in silicon and may help prevent osteoporosis. “These were the findings after researchers tested 100 commercial beers for silicon content and categorized the data according to beer style and source ...

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Body of Water

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There now seems “little doubt” that Saturn’s moon Enceladus holds a “large body of liquid water” beneath its icy surface after a probe returned yet more evidence. “The Cassini probe, which periodically sweeps past the little moon, has returned yet more data to back up the idea of a sub-surface sea ...

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Moral Atheists

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The non-religious know their right from wrong just as well as churchgoers, according to new research revealing a strong moral compass among atheists. “The team behind the research found that most religions were similar and had a moral code which helped to organise society. But people who did not ...

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Prodigal Sons

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Transsexual film-maker Kimberly Reed has wowed America with new movie “Prodigal Sons” which tells the tale of two young brothers and their battle with sexual identity. “Paul McKerrow was an all-American boy. Raised in Helena, Montana, he was the quarterback for his high-school football team, which ...

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“Capital of Killing”

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Congo has become the “world capital of rape, torture and mutilation” during the brutal war that has killed over 5.4m people and is still raging, writes The New York Times. “It’s easy to wonder how world leaders, journalists, religious figures and ordinary citizens looked the other way while six ...