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Friday, 25 May 2012

Lead item

The crisis this time "They blew it, again. With Greece in meltdown, raising fears of cascading bank insolvencies and deepening recession, Europe's leaders failed again this week to agree on the ambitious initiatives needed to quell the crisis." (Also: The Economist on the future of the EU)

New York Times

Friday, 25 May 2012

General item

Monkey meat and the next HIV "The trade they ply could not only wipe out critically endangered species but, scientists are now warning, could also create the next pandemic of a deadly virus in humans. Eighty percent of the meat eaten in Cameroon is killed in the wild."

The Independent
Genetics, Health, HIV AIDS

Dumb kids' class "Children are exquisitely attuned to the way adults size them up, so there was never any mystery about where anyone stood. Those of us in the dumb kids' class took it as a badge of honor."

The Atlantic

Friday, 25 May 2012

General item

An audience with Bobby Womack "The nurse attending Bobby Womack wears an expression for which the phrase 'long-suffering' was invented. 'Can I give you your meds?' she asks, proffering a handful of tablets. Seated in his hospital bed, n@ked from the waist up save for a pair of immense bejewelled sunglasses, monitors attached to his chest, the singer makes a grunting noise that could well indicate assent."

Pop music

And finally

The Ambani Residence "Mumbai can't stop talking about the 27-story, 570-foot-tall, 400,000-square-foot mansion that her family moved into two months ago." (Image gallery)

Vanity Fair