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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lead item

England in drought "There may be blizzards in the north, but much of the UK is so gripped by drought that, from today, millions of people will be subject to draconian restrictions on their use of water."

The Independent
 
 

Thursday, 5 April 2012

General item

Iran's spymaster "American and British intelligence officials draw comparisons between the real-life Iranian general and the fictional Soviet spymaster Karla, of John le Carre's Cold War novels. Global chess masters both, their goal is to blunt U.S. advances while aligning with Washington's adversaries."

Wall Street Journal
Iran, Iran politics
 

Autumn of the patriarch: Four days with José Ramos-Horta "When I heard JRH respond to the first questions I knew he was finished. And I was not alone. He radiated a kind of negative energy. He looked as if he wished he were a long, long way away. The event, for him, was a public humiliation." (Peter Robb)

The Monthly
East Timor
 

Thursday, 5 April 2012

General item

Eleven media myths, and why they matter "Let's look at the myths and faulty logic being promoted by some news media organisations in the current debate - Myth 1: Critical scrutiny is good, but only if journalists do it."

Inside Story
 

Easter miracle: A chocolate diet? "A new study shows that people who eat chocolate frequently have lower body mass indexes than those who eat it less often. The researchers could not explain precisely why..."

New York Times
Health
 

And finally

What do North Korea's monuments tell us about the totalitarian state? "When Kim Jong-Il died in December 2011, a window was fleetingly opened on to the notoriously insular North Korea. Now, a new book kicks open the back door of the country's capital, Pyongyang. " (ALSO: image gallery)

The Independent