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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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American Jihad?

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“Five young Americans detained in Pakistan, which is fighting an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency, wanted to join a jihad, or holy war, a police official said on Thursday. The five men, students in their 20s from northern Virginia, were detained this week in the city of Sargodha in Punjab ...

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Royal Snub

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President Obama, who arrived in Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize today, has angered Norwegians over his decision to cancel a series of events normally attended by the winner. “Obama is scheduled to meet the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Norwegian royal family before ...

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Drone Identity

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“The US Air Force on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the ‘Beast of Kandahar,’ a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy. The RQ-170 Sentinel is being developed by Lockheed Martin and is designed ‘to provide reconnaissance and ...

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Not an Option

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“After days of secret talks, Senate Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday night to drop a full-blown government-run insurance option from sweeping health care legislation, several officials said, a concession to party moderates whose votes are critical to passage of President Barack Obama's top ...

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Baghdad Attacks

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After the synchronised car bomb attacks which devastated the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday killing 112 and injuring hundreds, the Iraqi government has been quick to speculate about who was behind the attacks. “The prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and his senior officials quickly blamed the ...

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Bionic Finger

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“British company Touch Bionics has created the world’s first powered bionic fingers that can be used by patients with missing fingers. ProDigits, as the device is called, can help its users bend, touch, pick up and point — reflecting almost all the key functions of a natural hand. The prosthetic ...

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Drugs, Terror, Crime

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“The head of the UN drugs agency (UNODC) has warned that widespread drug trafficking is transforming Africa into a major crime hub. Antonio Maria Costa said huge amounts of heroin and cocaine were being traded by ‘terrorists and anti-government forces’ to fund their operations. He called for a trans ...

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Getting Warmer

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The noughties has been the hottest decade since records began 160 years ago according to the UN World Meteorological Organization – with 2009 ranking as the warmest year. “ ‘Despite 1998 being the warmest individual year, the last 10 years have clearly been the warmest period in the 160-year record ...

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Pot Ordinance?

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“The Los Angeles city council could vote on a much-anticipated medical marijuana ordinance Wednesday, ending a bottleneck that resulted in hundreds of pot dispensaries cropping up across the city. The draft ordinance would provide guidelines for the nation's second largest city that would greatly ...

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Hubble View

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“The Hubble Space Telescope has taken the deepest near-infrared image of the universe in history, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced on Tuesday. The image, which was taken in August by the ‘HUDF09’ team, features galaxies that formed just 600 million years after the Big Bang ...

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Edge of Space

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“How much would you pay for a trip into space? A lot of people are wondering that after the company Virgin Galactic unveiled the first-ever commercial passenger spaceship on Monday. The sleek, black-and-white spacecraft was created in the hope of developing a space tourism industry. Already, 300 ...

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VW Eyes #1

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“Germany's Volkswagen will buy a one-fifth stake in Suzuki Motor for $2.5 billion, giving it access to the Japanese firm's expertise in small cars and dominance in India as it seeks to become the world's top automaker. With the global car industry facing still fragile demand, chronic overcapacity ...

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Baghdad Explosions

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“Three bomb-rigged cars exploded in quick succession across Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 62 and wounding 105 others, a police source told Reuters. State-run Iraqiya television said the explosions occurred at a market in central Baghdad, near the Labor Ministry in northeastern Baghdad and ...

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Rotten Tomato

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“A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a ...

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Monkey Talk

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Talking monkeys may not be a thing of fantasy after scientists analysing Campbell’s primates realised the creatures repeat the same linguistic call patterns. “‘This is the first evidence we have in animal communication that they can combine, in a semantic way, different calls to create a new message ...