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Friday, 22 July 2011

General item

Stepping back from the brink in Europe... "Euro zone leaders agreed to reduce Greece’s debt burden in a last-ditch effort to preserve the euro and stem a broader financial panic."

... And America: "President Obama and the Republican House speaker, John A. Boehner were closing in on a package calling for as much as $3 trillion in savings from substantial spending cuts and future revenue."

New York Times

Friday, 22 July 2011

General item

Turkey on trial "In a series of bizarre prosecutions, Turkish courts have jailed hundreds of defendants – military officers, journalists, academics, and lawyers – for allegedly plotting to topple the country’s democratically elected government. The cases are comical."

Project Syndicate

Lucian Freud dies aged 88 "Lucian Freud, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest, most influential and yet most controversial British painters of his era, has died." 

Gallery: Lucian Freud in pictures

Lucian Freud

Friday, 22 July 2011

Lead item

Stakes raised on James Murdoch   "Tom Crone and Colin Myler must have been well aware that the statement they were about to make could prove fatal for James Murdoch. If their statement is correct, it will also have destroyed the Murdoch family's last line of defence against the scandal."

James Murdoch

And finally

A post gender normative man tries to pick up a girl in a bar "Hey, how's it going? Mind if I sidle up? I saw you over here sitting alone and I thought, that's fine. A woman should be able to self-sustain."