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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Lead item

Troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan; Pakistan key to security "Ms Gillard said once Afghan President Hamid Karzai had announced a transition to local forces in Oruzgan province in 'coming months', it would take 12 to 18 months to withdraw Australian troops."

The Australian
Afghanistan, Pakistan

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

General item

A veteran's death "An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutesMore veteran suicides are logged every year than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began."

New York Times

Breivik's fight to be ruled sane "Though the trial has only just started, it has already created something of a judicial crisis in Norway. Following the horrifying massacre, and Breivik's brazen confession of his guilt, there was concern that the Norwegian justice system simply wasn't up to the task of dealing with such evil." (Guy Rundle)


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

General item

Waste product becomes cream of the crop in milk wars "In the milk industry it's called 'permeate' - a watery, greenish waste product from the production of cheese - and it forms up to 16 per cent of the fresh milk we drink."

The Age
Food, Food Production

The masculine mystique "What would fashion look like if it could shake off the ballasts of gender, sex, and sexuality? What would menswear look like if it could shed its anxieties around masculinity? More importantly, what would I look like?"

The Morning News
Fashion industry

And finally

Population density "We would like to direct your attention to this remarkable, fascinating, and interactive (!) population-density graph."

Vanity Fair