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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lead item

Iraq: 100 dead in Al-Qaida attacks "A startling spasm of violence shook more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing over 100 people in coordinated bombings and shootings and wounding twice as many in the country's deadliest day in more than two years."

Washington Post
Iraq, Terrorism
 
 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

General item

Eurozone fears rise again "Fears of a second successive summer crisis for the eurozone triggered big falls on the world's financial markets. Interest rates on US Treasury bonds dropped to levels not seen since the 19th century as investors sought safe havens in anticipation that Greece would be the first country to exit the 17-nation single currency area."

Guardian
 

Rupert Murdoch: The beginning of the end? Far from it "In a memo issued in London, Murdoch's British employees were told that their patron and proprietor had, a few days before, formally exited from his role as a director at his British companies." (Michael Wolff)

Guardian
 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

General item

The woman who shattered the space ceiling "Speaking to reporters before the first shuttle flight, Dr. Ride politely endured a barrage of questions focused on her sex: Did she plan to have children? Would she wear a bra or makeup in space? Did she cry on the job? How would she deal with menstruation in space?"

New York Times
Feminism
 

Bruce Springsteen at 62 "His style in performance is joyously demonic, as close as a white man of Social Security age can get to James Brown circa 1962 without risking a herniated disk or a shattered pelvis. Concerts last in excess of three hours, without a break, and he is constantly dancing, screaming, imploring, mugging, kicking, windmilling, crowd-surfing." (David Remnick)

New Yorker
 

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