Taking notes on some headlines making the news recently:
- Art has won the day in Turkey, when a case against a famous female novelist was thrown out of court soon after the trial opened.
- As the lawns outside Hungary's ornate domed parliament are slowly turning to mud under the protesters' feet, Mark Mardell ponders the question, "Why do politicians lie?"
- Today is International Peace Day. The United Nations designated 21 September as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence 25 years ago.
- The 3.3-million-year-old fossilised remains of a human-like child have been unearthed in Ethiopia's Dikika region, offering a remarkable opportunity to study growth and development in an important extinct human ancestor.
- A US study, by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital Boston reveals that scientists have developed a sunless tan.
- While in the UK, Home Secretary John Reid has been heckled during a speech about targeting potential Muslim extremists, a TV presenter remains seriously ill in hospital after he crashed a jet-powered car during filming for a BBC show, the humble phone book is providing a rich seam of social history, people no longer need to queue at the Post Office for a stamp, and BBC cult drama series This Life is making a comeback to mark the 10th anniversary of the show.
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