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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Twenty Things

Twenty snippets harvested from the week's news, chopped diced and sliced for easy consumption. Eat up, knowledge is good for you.
  1. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for an immediate ceasefire and political resolution to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
  2. BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell meets the isolated Turkish Cypriot community and asks what it feels like in the spotlight.
  3. Despite last minute offers, Turkey's troubled EU bid has deadlocked once again.
  4. The recent murder of a Russian spy in England seems like something out of a James Bond movie.
  5. Greece's education ministry has banned children from using mobile phones while at school.
  6. DNA tests on blood samples appear to prove the driver of Princess Diana's car was drunk on the night of her fatal accident.
  7. A German-born artist has become the first woman painter to win the £25,000 Turner Prize since it was founded 22 years ago.
  8. A boy whose head was effectively severed from his neck in a racing car crash has made a miraculous recovery.
  9. Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be St Paul's grave in Rome.
  10. Women in the UK are drinking alcohol more, and getting violent with it.
  11. The London tornado was one of 40 to hit the UK this year.
  12. Hearing voices in your head is so common that it is normal, psychologists believe.
  13. It's only 62 years since the last person was prosecuted for witchcraft in the UK.
  14. Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
  15. Children's artist Quentin Blake has turned his hand to painting for the elderly.
  16. Stripping is, officially, an art form (in Norway at least).
  17. Madonna has been criticised by an animal rights group for wearing what it said was a real chinchilla fur coat.
  18. Fifteen thousand young music fans attended the recent SOS Music Festival held in Cairo.
  19. A Hindu God king pays tax for first time.
  20. Standard-sized condoms are too big for most Indian men.

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