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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Planet Pressures

BBC News

Planet pressures come to the fore of headline buzz, with studies highlighting its pollution hotspots and a BBC survey suggesting that nearly a third of people worldwide back the use of torture in prisons in some circumstances.

While most polled in America are against some degree of torture to combat terrorism, opposition there is less robust than in Europe and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, BBC correspondent Omar Razek discusses the regret and resentment at Guantanamo, the detention camp that has come to symbolise the issue of torture on terrorist subjects.

As the tough stance of the world's greatest superpower has "done so well" on the planet, the US has adopted a tough new space policy to start laying claim to other areas of the universe, too.

And finally, technology forges ahead with the news that Microsoft has made a new version of their Net browser available to the general public, while scientists have successfully tested a cloak of invisibility. Animals also take the spotlight with Russian killer squirrels on the loose, a Norwegian exhibition on homosexuality among animals and a picture that took nine years to obtain and was almost deleted at the last minute has won the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

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