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Can orcas ever be healthy in captivity

Can orcas ever be healthy in captivity

BBC News : Last month SeaWorld announced it was ending its orca breeding programme and said the 29 orcas currently in its parks would be the last. But the company did not step back from its long-held claim that its orcas – also known as killer whales – live long healthy lives. Liz Bonnin was granted unique access to SeaWorld ...

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The accidental jihadist

The accidental jihadist

BBC News : A recent attack in Lahore, in which more than 70 people were killed, was carried out by a young suicide bomber. The motivation for such acts is not always clear – one man told Owen Bennett-Jones, he didn’t know what he was getting into when he joined a militant group in Pakistan. The group that carried out ...

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Musharraf’s latest coup

Former president Pervez Musharraf.— AP/ file

Dawn.com : It has proved, in the end, to be a damp squib. What once began as a historic treason trial, either radically altering the civil-military imbalance or shaking the foundations of democracy in the country, is now all but over in name. A sheepish Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told the media last night that his government will allow ...

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How it helps, in France, to have a bit of ‘piston’

How it helps, in France, to have a bit of 'piston'

By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris There’s a great French word “pistonner” – from piston, a noun that English shares with French. Basically, “pistonner” means to give someone a leg-up. If you say you’ve got “du piston”, it means you know somebody in some position of influence, who might be inclined to help you. As a foreigner in France, all you ...

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