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A Sadhu (a #Hindu holy man) takes a dip at the confluence of the river #Ganges and the Bay of #Bengal, ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival. Photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri

New York Times

Charlie Hebdo attackers: born, raised and radicalised in Paris

The radicalisation of the Kouachi brothers began in a picturesque park in the capital while Amédy Coulibaly took the first steps towards terrorism in prison, but what the three had in common was growing up on the margins of French society<p>Along the pathways of Paris’s picturesque Buttes-Chaumont …


Nine things you probably didn’t know about the Queensland election

From the ‘I’m with stupid’ arrest to the fake Tahitian prince, this Queensland election already has more than its share of colourful characters<p>One high-profile arrest is not enough around election time in Queensland<p>The arrest of one Andrew Crook over an alleged criminal conspiracy involving a …


Can Putting Your Personal Genome on the Internet Lead to Lasting Friendships?

Last week at a dinner party in Melbourne, I met two former strangers brought together by a website and a genetic similarity found in their saliva.<p>Last week at a dinner party, I met Melbourne residents Masha Lewis and Miranda Weiss. Complete strangers five months ago, the pair are now firm friends. …

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Almost half of Britons hold antisemitic view, poll suggests

YouGov study surveys attitudes towards British Jews on subjects ranging from power in the media to conduct in business<p>Nearly half of the British population agreed with one of four antisemitic statements presented to them according to a new poll, which found that one in eight of those surveyed …

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17 Ways to Make a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep

Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or …