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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Lightweight Lady

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Technological advances have led to a dramatic fall in the weight of women’s handbags, according to research from a department store chain. “Women's handbags now weigh an average of 1.5 kg (3 lb), 57 percent less than the average of two years ago, Debenhams said in an emailed statement on Thursday. A ...

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Cult Rape Probe

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Investigations in Israel of a suspected cult leader who is accused of “raping and enslaving” numerous women took a dramatic turn today as one of his alleged victims agreed to testify. “The head of the cult, Goal Ratzon, was arrested on Monday on suspicions of rape, enslavement, and indecent assault ...

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Tibet Governor

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After Tibet’s governor Qiangba Puncog stepped down this week China today named his replacement an ethnic Tibetan and 17-year veteran of the People’s Liberation Army. Padma Choling, aged 58, will take the helm, while Puncog has been appointed head of the regional parliament. "Stability is of ...

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Makar Sankranti

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Millions of Hindus in India have been bathing in the banks of the Ganges river in celebration of the world’s biggest religious festival, the Makar Sankranti. “Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges during the three-month-long Kumbh Mela festival cleanses them of their sins. The festival ...

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Looking On

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Former president of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was sent into exile after a rebellion involving US intervention which he claims was “a kidnapping”, has offered to return to Haiti. “‘As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time to join the people of Haiti, to ...

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Holy War Threat

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A group of influential clerics in Yemen are threatening to declare jihad, or “holy war”, if foreign troops are drafted into the region to battle the spread of Al-Qaeda. “The edict is a clear warning to the United States as it plans to step up its military involvement in the country. The leaders said ...

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Gunfire Apocalypse

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Sporadic gunfire, a symptom of the mounting anger and despair, rings out across Haiti’s earthquake-ripped capital Port-au-Prince as locals endure a third night on the torn streets. “Much of the aid remains at the Haitian capital's airport and some relief workers and officials say they are too scared ...

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Voodoo Wasps

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Scientists are planning on recruiting a tiny species of wasp, nicknamed “voodoo wasps”, in the war on agricultural pests and as part of a wider effort to boost food production. “The wasps are only 1 or 2 millimetres long fully-grown but they have an ability to paralyse and destroy other insects ...

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"Unwavering Support"

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Barack Obama has launched the first large-scale aid programme in his career as President, pledging the “unwavering support” of America to earthquake-wrecked Haiti on Wednesday. “Within hours of Mr. Obama being informed of the quake in Haiti on Tuesday, United States officials were plotting a ...

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Eco-Terror

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A blogger muses on a recent act of so-called “eco-terrorism” which he says “hit the wrong target” after activists committed arson on allegedly non-eco homes: “I’m not a fan of eco-terror. In fact, I think it is a very ineffective form of protest and gives environmentalists a bad name. For example ...

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Case Abandoned

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The fourth court case against the son of one of New York’s most notorious modern gangsters, John Gotti Junior, has been dropped by prosecutors. “In the course of five years, juries in four trials failed to reach a verdict against John Gotti on charges of murder and racketeering. Justice officials ...

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Jamestown Tablet

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“With the help of enhanced imagery and an expert in Elizabethan script, archaeologists are beginning to unravel the meaning of mysterious text and images etched into a rare 400-year-old slate tablet discovered this past summer at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America ...

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Religious Zeal

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Seven Hindu pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a stampede at a religious festival on the river Ganges in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, according to police officials. “The crush happened as hundreds of devotees rushed for places on a ferry to take them to the pilgrimage site on Gangasagar ...

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Dinosaur Shark

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A man has been killed by a great white shark of “dinosaur-like” proportions off a beach near Cape Town, South Africa. “Lloyd Skinner, 37 – whose mother was born to British missionaries in Mozambique – was standing about 20 yards from the shore at Fish Hoek when the shark struck. ‘We saw the shark ...

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Forgiveness?

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Pope Benedict XVI has opted to turn the other cheek and yesterday met and forgave the woman who attacked him in Rome during Christmas Eve Mass. The woman, 25-year-old Susanna Mailo, had a history of mental illness and had been prevented from carrying out a similar attack before, met with the pontiff ...