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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Lead item

Human corpses harvested in multi-million-dollar trade "Investigators grew even more intrigued when they found, amid the body parts, envelopes stuffed with cash and autopsy results written in English. What the security service had disrupted was not the work of a serial killer but part of an international pipeline of ingredients for medical and dental products that are implanted into people around the world."

National Times

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

General item

Romney's problem of his own making "The campaign's latest attempt to explain how and when Romney left Bain Capital - he's supposed to have 'retired retroactively ' at some unspecified date - became an instant punch line. If Romney really does have the power to bend time and space, he might want to retroactively clean up the mess he's made."

Washington Post
Mitt Romney

Assad loses grip on Damascus "Fierce gun battles raged on the streets of the capital in what residents described as the worst fighting since the beginning of the 17-month-long uprising and a slew of senior defections continued."

The Independent

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

General item

Why our memories are not always our own "When brothers and sisters are young, observed the psychologist Dorothy Rowe, they fight with each other for their parents' attention. When they are older, siblings battle over who has the most truthful, accurate memory of their shared past."

The Independent

The strongest man in the world "'What do you think I'm doing here, having fun?' I heard one man shout into his cell phone in the lobby. 'This is work. This isn't playing around. My dad died, and I was lifting weights three days later. What am I supposed to do, go home and drop everything to take care of my girlfriend?"

New Yorker

And finally

The Turkish village where people talk in bird whistles "Most villagers believe kuş dili arose about 400 years ago, although no one knows for sure. The 'language' is, in fact, a whistled dialect of Turkish, with each syllable rendered in one of about 20 different sounds." (Includes video)

The Atlantic