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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Lead item

The unravelling: Chen Guangcheng "When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m., Chen thought he'd extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said."

The Daily Beast

Thursday, 3 May 2012

General item

Australia's cost of living delusion "The only households that are doing it tough are those in the bottom quintile of incomes, who spend a much bigger proportion of their income on necessities than the rest of us. But even they have enjoyed nearly 20% growth in real income over the last 30 years."


The shock-jock rule of Campbell Newman "The question that now looms over the potentially long reign of Campbell Newman is just how much of the past he intends to disinter. He's not a fascist. He's not even Bjelke-Petersen. But he's not the master manager he likes to portray himself as, either."

The Monthly

Thursday, 3 May 2012

General item

Foul play: the spy found dead in a bag "Deepening the mystery surrounding the death of a reclusive MI6 agent found doubled up inside a padlocked duffel bag in his London flat, a coroner said on Wednesday that it was unlikely that the case would ever be solved."

New York Times

And finally

High-priced anxiety - New Yorker cartoonists take on Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

New Yorker