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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Lead item

A moment of truth for the Arab Spring as Egypt votes "Around 50 million people are eligible to vote in the poll – the first genuinely democratic presidential election in the nation's history. But the stakes could not be higher. Victory for any of the 13 candidates will pose serious questions about the future."

The Independent
 
 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

General item

Facebook stocks tumble amid new lawsuits "Mark Zuckerberg has gone from hero to zero as the stockmarket flotation of the decade flounders amid lawsuits and accusations of greed, hype and deception. The law firm that won a $7bn settlement for Enron's shareholders is pursuing Zuckerberg, his board and the long list of banks advising the company."

Guardian
 

Armstrong breaks silence to give Australian accountants a moon exclusive "Neil Armstrong hardly ever gives interviews. It was therefore something of a coup for Alex Malley, chief executive of Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia, to secure almost an hour of Armstrong's time to discuss the astronaut's trip to the moon."

Guardian
 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

General item

Indelible: a boy's pat of Obama's head "In the photo, Mr. Obama looks to be bowing to a sharply dressed 5-year-old black boy, who stands erect beside the Oval Office desk, his arm raised to touch the president's hair - to see if it feels like his."

New York Times
 

And finally

Wingman: Skydiver becomes first to land without chute "Gary Connery leapt 2,400ft from a helicopter while wearing a specially made 'wing suit' and swooped towards a 'runway' of 18,600 cardboard boxes in an Oxfordshire field." (Watch video of the jump)

Sky News