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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Chinese Ransom

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over 4 years ago

“China was under intense diplomatic pressure last night to abandon key demands which risk scuppering an international treaty on climate change in Copenhagen. Today President Barack Obama is due to arrive in the Danish capital after Hillary Clinton electrified the faltering conference by announcing ...

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Auschwitz Theft

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An iron sign bearing a Nazi slogan, “Arbeit Macht Frei”, was stolen early this morning from the main entrance of the Poland-based death camp Auschwitz, according to police. “The sign with the German words for "Work Sets You Free" is believed to have been stolen from the gates of the Auschwitz ...

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Lost Ship

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Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a ship carrying more than 80 people and a cargo of livestock sank during a storm off the north Lebanese coast. “The Panamanian-flagged Danny F II capsized 11 nautical miles off Tripoli after sending a distress signal. At least 25 survivors from the ...

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Hacked!

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Iraqi militants have used cheap computer software to intercept live video feeds from US drones in a security breach which could give them enough information to evade air strikes. “Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking ...

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Also Rogue

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“Joe Lieberman has long gone rogue in his own way. The senator from Connecticut and former Democratic vice-presidential candidate may not be quite out there with that other contender for high office, Sarah Palin. But Lieberman – a professed liberal who supports access to abortion, gun control and ...

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Tiger’s Empty Den

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Golfer Tiger Woods may well be spending the Christmas holidays alone after reports that his wife Elin is moving out of his den following revelations that the pro has been cheating. The Miami Herald reports: “Elin plans on going somewhere ‘warm and Tiger-free,’ according to a source, who added that ...

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Cosmic Xmas

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The Hubble Space Telescope has captured festive-looking images of the cosmos (resembling a starry Christmas wreath) just in time for the holidays. “The spacecraft observed a group of young stars called R136, which is only a few million years old and inhabits the 30 Doradus Nebula, part of a ...

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Mapping Cancer

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“Researchers have completed the genetic sequences of two types of cancer — skin cancer and small-cell lung cancer — revealing that the genomes bear the hallmarks of their respective carcinogens: sun and smoke. Worldwide, the two diseases kill a total of nearly 250,000 people each year, despite the ...

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Life Condition?

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Planetary scientist Francis Nimmo says evidence from recent NASA expeditions suggests that conditions necessary for life may exist on the icy satellites of Saturn and Jupiter. “’If these moons are habitable, it changes the whole idea of the habitable zone,’ said Nimmo, a professor of Earth and ...

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Doubtful China

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“With just two days remaining in historic and contentious climate talks here, China signaled overnight that it sees virtually no possibility that the nearly 200 nations gathered would find agreement by Friday. An official in the American delegation said that China would agree only to a brief ...

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Gay Hate Row

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has sparked outrage for hosting an online debate on the “Have Your Say” website asking people if homosexuals in Uganda should face execution. The debate, original entitled “Should homosexuals face execution”, changed its headline to “Should Uganda debate ...

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Needling Issue

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Surgeons in Brazil are attempting to remove up to 50 sewing needles from a 2-year-old boy. “Brazilian media reported that a former stepfather of the toddler has been detained and he told police that he inserted the needles into the boy with the help of two unidentified women. The police inspector in ...

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No Compromise!

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has announced that the Western military bloc was not prepared to compromise with Russia over Georgia. “When asked by journalists whether his talks with Russian leaders meant the alliance had changed its position on the August 2008 war between Russia and ...

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Citi Tax Break

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The US government has agreed to forgo billions in tax payments from Citigroup as part of a deal to help the company repay the massive taxpayer bailout which helped it weather the crisis. “The Internal Revenue Service on Friday issued an exception to long-standing tax rules for the benefit of ...

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Teen “Sext” Rise

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A new study suggests that 15 per cent of teenagers have received explicitly sexually text messages, dubbed “sext messages”. “Remember when we were all crying about the fact that AT&T delayed the rollout of multimedia messaging on the iPhone? Well, some parents may now be wishing the feature wasn't ...