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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Severe Risk

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New research has found that there is an increased presence and severity of coronary artery plaques in men infected with HIV. “A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study has found that relatively young men with longstanding HIV infection and minimal cardiac risk factors had significantly more ...

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Blackwater Shame

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Two defense contractors, working for a subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide, have been charged with shooting and killing two Afghan citizens in Kabul and wounding a third, prosecutors said on Thursday. “Justin Cannon, 27, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Norfolk ...

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World HIV Cup

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“Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster. With up to half a million football fans expected to visit South Africa for the World Cup, and up to half of South Africa's prostitutes carrying the HIV virus, there have been calls ...

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Child Soldiers

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More than 200 former child soldiers have been sent home from Nepal after being disqualified for being recruited after the ceasefire code of conduct was signed in May 2006. “The first batch of 201 former child soldiers, 155 minors and 46 who were recruited after the cut-off date, left the Unified ...

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“Eco-Fascism”

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“As you freeze your butt off in a winter whose severity the politicised weather forecasters of the Met Office utterly failed to predict, and as you wonder how you can afford gas and electricity bills which have been grotesquely inflated by taxes and legislation designed to ‘combat global warming ...

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Thumbs Down

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The New Jersey Senate yesterday rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state with a 20/40 vote against the motion striking a serious blow for gay rights advocates. “After an hour and 40 minutes of heartfelt speeches, just 14 senators voted in favor of the bill, with 20 opposed. Twenty ...

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Christian Clash

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Thousands of enraged Egyptian Christians clashed with police in the city of Nag Hammadi yesterday after a drive-by shooting the previous night killed six Christians and wounded nine. “The attackers, who are still at large, had opened fire on several groups of Christians gathered to celebrate Coptic ...

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“Systemic Problem”

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Sexual abuse of detainees at juvenile prisons is a “systemic problem” according to a federal report which found that 3 out of 25 young prisoners are abused by their “carers”. “The study, which is the first of its kind, brings attention to the need for more training and accountability for staff ...

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Survivor Dies

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The only official survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs in Japan has died of stomach cancer in his nineties. Tsutomu Yamaguchi witnessed at close hand the nuclear devastation of two Japanese cities, and lived to tell the tale. Now it will be left to others to tell his incredible ...

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Fat And Bone Mass

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Fat mass is important for increasing bone size in girls according to researchers who found that excessive dieting in young women greatly increases the risk of osteoporosis. “According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism ...

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Kan Yen?

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Japan’s new finance minister Naoto Kan has said it would be “nice” to see a weaker yen in order to aid the recovery of the Japanese economy, during a press conference “His predecessor, Hiroshisa Fujii, was criticised for tolerating a strong yen, which hurts Japan's exporters. Japan is currently ...

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“Certain Shock”

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Americans will feel “certain shock” when a report detailing the intelligence failures that could have prevented the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing is published today. “In an interview Wednesday with USA Today, White House national security adviser James Jones said President Obama ‘is ...

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Threatening Peace

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A major upsurge in violence in Africa’s Sudan is threatening the country’s 2005 peace agreement according to a coalition of aid agencies based in the south of the region. “’’Sudan is at a crossroads,’ the 10 agencies say in a report released Thursday, ‘and the next 12 months could determine the ...

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Suicide Bomb

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A suicide bomb in Russia’s Degestan has killed five “hero” police officers after they prevented the bomber from ramming an explosive-filled SUV into traffic police headquarters. Nearly 20 other officers were injured in the attack. “As a small, Russian-made SUV careened toward the building about 8 a ...

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Losing Patience

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Egypt says it is losing patience with Hamas after violent clashes on the Egypt-Gaza border left one border guard dead and dozens of Palestinians injured. “Egypt warned Hamas on Wednesday night that there was a limit to its patience and that any attempt to provoke the Egyptian security forces would ...