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Hot Poetry

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Scientists, poets and thermal imaging technology got together over Valentine’s weekend to investigate whether love poems can ignite “instant fires” in your blushing cheeks. “Steamy love poems are always popular around Valentine's Day, but can a few lines of tender verse really make people hot under ...

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“Thugocracy Iran”

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“Make Iran pay, stop coddling the mullahs and crack down on their quest for nuclear weapons,” is today’s sentiment in an editorial from the New York Daily News. “The thugocracy that runs Iran has shown with brutal repression that regime change will wait another day, while proving with nuclear ...

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“Doomsday Pod”

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An inventor is claiming to have come up with a modern day Noah’s Ark – a durable container housing up to four people which could theoretically survive an apocalypse. “The Russian inventor has designed what he says is the key to human survival in the event of an apocalypse. It's an armoured pod that ...

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“Give Us A Break”

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The New Statesman’s Salma Yaqoob talks to Muslim women about the Western perception that they are powerless victims in need of rescuing. “Give us a break”, they say.“For Muslim women, the first decade of the 21st century ended pretty much as it started. Much was done in our name, little of which we ...

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Tiger Burns Brightly

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As Chinese New Year revellers welcomed in the year of the Tiger yesterday, Singapore’s first casino, a key part of a drive to boost tourism revenue, opened its doors. “The $4.7 billion Resorts World Sentosa, built by a unit of Malaysia's Genting Group, is the first of two casinos to go into ...

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Weeping Carnival Queen

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Seven-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio de Janiero’s Carnival, broke down in tears and needed a time-out after finding herself center stage. “Dressed in a sequined halter top and a miniskirt made of purple feathers, the youngster shuffled through the first 50 yards ...

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“Military Dictatorship”

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that Iran is “becoming a military dictatorship” in an address to students at a Qatar university during a tour of the region. “She said Iran's elite army corps, the Revolutionary Guard, had gained so much power they had effectively supplanted the ...

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Head-on Collision

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A train crash in Brussels has left at least 20 people dead after high speed locomotives collided head-on amid snowy conditions, after at least one vehicle failed to put on the brakes. “The trains, one travelling from Leuven to Braine-le-Comte and another from Quiévrain to Liege, crashed head-on amid ...

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When is a Racist Party not a Racist Party

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It may seem odd to those looking in that Britain, the country that stood for a while alone against Nazi Germany, a country whose supposed tolerance of immigrants is legendary and a country that has never been particularly attracted to the further poles of ideological extremity, should be host to an ...