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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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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 ...

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Veiled Message?

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy has put his full political backing behind a move to ban the full Islamic veil in the country saying it was “not welcome” for reasons of sexual equality. “The president, who had shied away from speaking on the issue recently, used his new year's speech to express his ...

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Demanding Apology

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“Kadima Council chairman and former MK Haim Ramon on Thursday morning said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government should send a letter of apology to all the Israeli citizens for humiliating Israel in an unnecessary confrontation with Turkey. On Wednesday, in time with a Turkish-imposed ...

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Haiti Disaster

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Radio1Haiti presenter Carel Pedré, 29, has broadcast an account of the devastating earthquake that rocked the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday leaving tens of thousands dead: “I was in my car driving to work on Tuesday evening and got stuck in traffic. That's when I felt the car shaking. I thought ...

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Working Life

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As many as half of us bring our work home with us regularly according to new research by the University of Toronto which describes “the stress associated with work-life balance”. “Researchers measured the extent to which work was interfering with personal time using data from a national survey of 1 ...

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Ms President?

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The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker says that despite the “assumption that a female president is inevitable, and likely soonish, it’s surprisingly difficult to come up with a name”. “Briefly, Hillary Clinton seemed the obvious answer. For a flicker, Sarah Palin was an entertaining notion -- and ...

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Venomous Pesticides

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Deadly scorpion venom is being used to create new eco-friendly pesticides as some types of venom are harmful only to insects and unlikely to harm larger creatures. “Scorpions are notorious for harnessing a powerful, debilitating venom in their tails. Some species harbor venom potent enough to kill a ...