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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Lead item

Thomson: riveting yet unresolved "Thomson’s dramatic address only highlights how this affair has become a controversy without any hope of a satisfactory end for either the Member for Dobell or the federal Parliament." (Laura Tingle)

Australian Financial Review

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

General item

Sana'a suicide bomb attack kills more than 90 "The bombing, which wounded another 200, was the bloodiest incident in the city in years and dealt a serious blow to a political transition under way after a year of violent political upheaval that unseated Yemen's dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, after 33 years in office."


Saudi Arabia and the new US war in Yemen "The new conflict may be as much about Saudi Arabia, the longtime US ally and Yemen’s northern neighbor, as it is about Yemen."

New York Review of Books

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

General item

Egyptian women excluded following the revolution "Women hold just over 2 percent of the seats in Egypt's new parliament, down from about 12 percent under Mubarak... The Islamist-dominated parliament is discussing several proposals that could change women's status here. They include lowering the legal age of marriage for girls from 18 to 13."

Washington Post

Longing for the return of dueling pistol: 10 Olympic sports to resurrect "As the Olympics has grown and modernized over the years, many events have fallen by the wayside.  While many are unmourned - does anyone miss club swinging? - others could easily return to the program. Here are the top 10 events that would be exciting to resurrect."

New York Times

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