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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Lead item

New allegations of widespread corruption by News Intl "Rupert Murdoch's flagship tabloid, the Sun, established a 'network of corrupted officials' and created a 'culture of illegal payments', the police officer leading the investigation has alleged." (Also: Analysis by Nick Davies)


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

General item

Dirty wars "This is the story of conflict in Africa these days. What we are seeing is the decline of the classic wars by freedom fighters and the proliferation of something else - something wilder, messier, more predatory, and harder to define."

New York Review of Books

Colonialism in Africa and the origins of HIV "We now know where the epidemic began: a small patch of dense forest in southeastern Cameroon. We know when: within a couple of decades on either side of 1900. We have a good idea of how."

Washington Post
Africa, HIV AIDS

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

General item

Pritzker Prize goes to a Chinese architect for the first time "Wang's design for the Ningbo History Museum came to him at 3 in the morning. He realized his job was to show people what their city used to look like."


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