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Week 7 2017
V = video report
My Picks of the Week
V Weakened by populists, the EU is at a crossroads (Europe’s “N°1 defender of liberal values” vs the “poster child of Europe’s new wave of populism”)
What if the Internet stopped for a day?
Kim Jong-nam: Second woman arrested over airport poisoning
Is Saudi Arabia on the cusp of change?
Pakistan capital bans Valentine’s Day
Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? (Middle East geopolitics)
FRANCE & Europe
France avalanche: Four killed at Tignes ski resort
Theo ‘rape’ case fuels clashes with police in Paris area
UK, USA & Canada
V What went wrong at damaged US dam?
Andy Puzder withdraws nomination for labour secretary
Russia: The scandal Trump can’t shake
Five big questions after Flynn’s resignation
Washington resignation ruffles Russia
Steve Bannon: Who is Trump’s key adviser? (his éminence grise)
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Bank warns ‘lax financial rules’ are a route to failure
The end of the filling station
Why eating a lot of fat is worse for men than women
Trump calls fallen Muslim soldier a hero, but says father has ‘no right’ to attack him http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/30/trump-fallen-soldiers-father-ve-made-lot-sacrifices/87790612/ (from July 2016 – I had not noticed this item)
Why Aid Workers Are Targets (informative article from 2014 – links to one in my Miscellaneous section)
EDUCATION & FAMILY
Why happy music makes you do bad things (it’s counter-intuitive)
SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT
What makes this New Zealand beach a whale graveyard?
Why has Cameroon blocked the internet?
CULTURE (including LANGUAGE)
Japan city tackles language barrier with quirky signs
Two countries as close as brothers (and they don’t even share a border)
Germany’s favourite fast food (clue: it’s NOT sausages)
Which countries love and hate Valentine’s Day?
Afghan Red Cross workers ‘killed by IS’