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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Blair Inquiry

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“Former Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't become a bigger threat after Sept. 11, but said his perception of the risk posed by terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction was dramatically changed by the attacks. Blair told Britain's Iraq Inquiry that his ...

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Hunting, Shooting

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“Not long after the smoke from the Consumer Electronics Show cleared, thousands of gun lovers converged upon the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. It was loaded with techie stuff, too. This year, the highest-tech gun belonged to Armatix. The ...

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An Infection?

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Schizophrenia has a significant environmental link and can be triggered in the womb by an infection, with the symptoms lying dormant for years, according to new research. “The onset of schizophrenia is not easy to predict. Although it is associated with as many as 14 genes in the human genome, the ...

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Abbas And Abu Dis

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“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Moscow on Thursday that the Palestinians will not accept Abu Dis, a town between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim administered by the PA, as the capital of their future state, and will insist on receiving control over east Jerusalem. It was ...

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US Corruption?

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“This week, a disaster hit the United States, and the after-shocks will be shaking and breaking global politics for years,” writes Johann Hari. “It did not grab the same press attention as the fall of liberal Kennedy-licking Massachusetts to a pick-up truck Republican, or President Obama's first ...

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Mogadishu Raids

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Militants in Somalia’s capital have attacked African Union peacekeepers exactly a year after President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed took political office. “At least 12 people, including civilians, are reported to have been killed in the violence in Mogadishu. Islamist group al-Shabab has said it ...

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Iran Executions

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Iran executed two men yesterday alleged to be members of the opposition group Mujahedin Khalq, which is reportedly involved in a mosque bombing in 2008 which killed 13 people. “Iran executed two alleged government opponents Thursday, sentenced nine others to death as ‘enemies of God’ and warned of ...

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Murky Stream

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French authorities are planning to appeal against the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique De Villepan over allegations of a campaign to smear President Nicholas Sarkozy. “'I have decided to file an appeal against this decision,’ Jean-Claude Marin told Europe 1 radio. ‘Whatever happens ...

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“Urgency Over”

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“’Urgent’ relief operations in Haiti are ending as aid deliveries are satisfying most immediate needs, United Nations and U.S. aid officials said. ‘We are out of the urgent phase,’ Dr. Henriette Chamouillet, head of World Health Organization operations in Haiti, told reporters on a videoconference ...

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Double Dip, Up Ahead!

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Delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are predicting that the global economic recovery could lose pace later this year as heavy debts weigh on the beleaguered. “When Steve Jobs said Apple’s new iPad tablet would have 3G data service from AT&T during Wednesday’s press conference ...

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“Fatal Attraction”

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“Prior to the unveiling of the 9.7-inch device Wednesday, a few vague rumors suggested Verizon would carry the tablet. Instead, Jobs announced two versions of the iPad: a Wi-Fi only model and an unlocked, Wi-Fi + 3G model for use on GSM networks. The Verizon network operates on the CDMA standard ...

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Doggy Diet

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Pet owners keeping watch on the girth of their furry friends are faced with “confusing two-fold variation in calorie density, recommended intake and cost” of low-calorie pet foods. A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, which examined up to 100 commercially ...

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“Volcker Rule”

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“Since Paul Volcker stood by Barack Obama a week ago as the US president unveiled banking reforms devised by ‘this tall guy’, the ‘Volcker rule’ has provoked angst on Wall Street and in Washington. Critics complain that it is a populist measure designed to distract attention from the Democrats ...

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Shoe-Thrower

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“The state prosecution was set to indict Pinchas Cohen in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday morning, on suspicion of attacking Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch the previous day. The 52-year-old Jerusalem resident apparently threw two of his sneakers at the chief justice as she presided ...

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Simulated Volcanoes

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Radical “geoengineering” projects including simulated volcanoes and man-made sun blocks could prove handy weapons in the fight against climate change, scientists are claiming. “It would be 100 times cheaper to shield the Earth from sunlight with a man-made ‘sun block’ than to cut emissions of ...