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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Lead item

Syria peace plan in disarray as violence spills into Turkey "International efforts to resolve the bloody crisis in Syria are mired in disarray and uncertainty in the face of violence spilling over into Turkey, and the near certain failure to meet Tuesday's UN-imposed deadline for government troop withdrawals and a ceasefire.

Guardian
Arab Spring, Syria, Turkey
 
 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

General item

Robert Mugabe said to be fighting for life in Singapore hospital "The Zimbabwe Mail said the President was undergoing intensive treatment in Singapore and that some members of his family had joined him after boarding a chartered private jet on Saturday. The alarm was raised when the government postponed a cabinet meeting set for today."

The Australian
Robert Mugabe
 

Malcolm on the outer "For all Malcolm Turnbull's un­doubted electoral appeal, he might be just too individualistic for the party of individualism gone tribal."

Inside Story
 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

General item

US temperature records shattered in 2012 "It has been so warm in the United States this year that national records were not just broken, they were deep-fried. Temperatures in the lower 48 states were 8.6 degrees (4.8 degrees Celsius) above normal for March."

Washington Post
 

The Disconnect: on single life "The reputation of modern solitude is puzzling, because the traits enabling a solitary life - financial stability, spiritual autonomy, the wherewithal to buy more dishwashing detergent when the box runs out - are those our culture prizes."

New Yorker
SOCIETY
 

And finally

The strange world of outlandishly expensive hosiery for men "Many of us can name the various brands of suits worn by the world's best-kitted gentlemen. But what about the socks hidden beneath those suits?"

Slate
Fashion industry