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Pandas arrive at Edinburgh

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Two giant pandas arrived at Edinburgh, Scotland from China recently, according to BBC News.

The pandas' names are Sweetie and Sunshine, and arrived in Edinburgh after a 5,000 mile non-stop flight from China.

After five years of negotiation with China, it was decided that the pandas will be staying at Edinburgh Zoo for the next 10 years.

Sweetie and Sunshine are the first pandas to be loaned to Britain in more than 17 years, and they are costing Edinburgh Zoo 600,000 pounds a year, but the Zoo hopes that because of the pandas, Zoo attendance will increase over the years.

School rejects student due to HIV

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Pennsylvania's Milton Hershey School recently rejected entry to a student because of the fact that he was HIV positive, according to CNN.

The circumstances of this situation were ironic, given that the school's decision was made during the week of World Aids Day and because the school was founded over 100 years ago for the purpose of providing education to disadvantaged students.

The denied student, who wished not to show his face on the broadcast, said he was put under emotional stress because of this and wished that no other teenager would have to go through something similar.

The Aids Law Project of Pennsylvania filed suit on the student's behalf, claiming that the Hershey School violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, reported CNN.

The school believed that they made the right choice because they felt the student would prove to be a direct threat to the health of others, saying that he might engage in sexual intercourse with fellow students.

Chateau du Gros Chesnay

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Frenchman Alain Passard, according to the Australian, bought the Chateau du Gros Chesnay a few years ago through a unique French process.

The process is when a younger person buys the property of an older person when that older individual is still alive, reported the Australian.

Francemag said that Passard grows produce on the Chateau with no chemicals and no mechanical machinery.

According to the Australian, Passard bought the Chateau from a French grande dame who is happy tending to the house while Passard works on the grounds.

Passard grows produce to supply a restaurant and said that he learned the importance of his techniques from his grandmother, reported Francemag.

He enjoys observing his garden and has made quite an agreeable living from doing what he loves.

Alice Sara Ott

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Alice Sara Ott, a 23-year-old German-Japanese woman, is feeling the pressures of early success, according to the Telegraph.

Ott is a pianist who is considered one of the best interpreters of Chopin, even at such a young age, reported the Telegraph.

The young pianist is happy with her success, but doesn't want to have burn-out syndrome, reported Zimbio magazine.

The Telegraph reported that she has won several awards since becoming a pianist, and is currently on an international concert tour.

She has been self-motivated to learn the piano since the age of five and has succeeded every since, said the Telegraph.

Majority of Greeks back their new prime minister

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A majority of Greeks strongly support Lucas Papademos as their new technocrat prime minister and his three-party coalition government, according to four opinion polls, the English News reported.

The survey was carried out by MRB for Real News, and 75 percent of participants said they approved of the appointment of their new prime minister.

According to the Ekathimerini News, Papademos took over as head of Greece's crisis coalition government for George Papandreou.

Six out of ten respondents supported the formation of a new unity government after the elections due in February, since no party is expected to win a strong parliamentary majority, reported the English News.

Questions for Rupert Murdoch

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Readers surveyed about Rupert Murdoch were most interested in hearing what he had to say about the payments made by News Group to settle legal actions in July 2009, according to a poll carried out by The Guardian.

Out of 27 questions listed as potential options for Murdoch, 7.1 percent of readers were most interested in hearing what he had to say about the payments.

The Daily Mail reported that the details of the payments from Murdoch's media company were found by detectives probing phone hacking at the News of the World.

In response to the claims about the payments, Murdoch insisted that he had no idea about it. He said that he would have known about it if it had happened, reported The Guardian.

The Guardian reported that the question that readers were most interested to hear about from Murdoch after the payment ordeal was, "How could a company which obstructs the police and misleads Parliament and regulators be considered a fit and proper company to run a media organisation?", at 5.8%.

The questions were posted to create a shortlist for a committee later in the week for Murdoch to address and answer.

Australian actor dies

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A desert Aborigine actor from Australia died in July of 2011, leaving behind memories of a happy life and fulfilling acting career.

The Australian reported about the sorrow of his foster parents, Derek and Amy Sloan, at losing David Ngoombujarra at the young age of 44.

The Sloans adopted Ngoombujarra into their Perth home when he was just a baby. They also had two daughters, who said their brother was a born entertainer, said The Australian.

According to CBC News, Ngoombujarra was found in a park and died in a hospital in Fremantle, near Perth on Australia's west coast. The cause of death was undetermined.

Ngoombujarra is most famous for his performance in the movie Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

CBC News reported that Ngoombujarra was a member of Australia's Stolen Generation -- young indigenous children taken from their parents to be educated in white schools.

Jackman told CBC News that Ngoombujarra was "an extraordinary man, actor and friend" whose "laugh, warmth and humanity will live on with all who knew him."

Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner dies

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The first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, died in late September of this year at age 71 after a long battle with cancer.

According to the Guardian, Maathai was sent to a primary school run by Italian nuns when she was young to study. She excelled in the school and eventually got a scholarship to study in the United States.

Maathai said her success was due entirely to her closeness with nature. She lived in the central highlands of Kenya with her family and was surrounded by nature.

The Guardian reported that Maathai saw the destruction of the environment throughout her life in Kenya and worked hard to protect it.

The Feminist Wire reported that Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, one of the most prominent transnational environmental groups in the world today.

The Green Belt Movement, The Feminist Wire said, provides financial incentives for women to plant and nurture native species of trees. Since it was founded, the movement was responsible for planting more than 30 million trees in Africa.

Maathai influenced countless people to become active with environmental issues and her legacy will not be forgotten.

Pakistan spot-fixing trial

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Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, two cricket players from Pakistan, went to trial last week after being accused of fixing a game.

According to The Guardian, Butt and Asif were both accused of cheating at gambling and accepting corrupt payments for bowling the allegedly pre-arranged no-ball in the fourth Test against England at Lord's in 2010.

The Times of India reported that the two players are presently awaiting a verdict from the jury at the Southwark crown court which is hearing cases of cheating and conspiracy.

The two said they had a good relationship before the incident, but Asif claimed that Butt, his former captain, often shouted profanities at him during games.

Aftab Gul, who represented Butt, said the court didn't have enough evidence to prove that the players were guilty.

International court in surrender talks with Gadhafi son

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The International Criminal Court says it is in contact with slain Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam over his surrender.

Seif and Gadhafi's brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi are the most wanted fugitives from Gadhafi's inner circle, according to the Taiwan News, on charges of crimes against humanity.

The Lebanon Daily Star reported that Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, has "substantial evidence" that Sief helped hire mercenaries to attack Libyan civilians protesting against his father's rule.

According to the Taiwan News, Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement that they have informal contact with Seif through intermediaries.

A group of mercenaries has offered to move Seif to an African country where he would be safe for the time being, but the ICC has maintained contact with them to urge Seif to surrender.

According to the Taiwan News and the Lebanon Daily Star, Moreno-Ocampo said that the ICC received some questions from Seif through an intermediary about the legal system and what would happen to him if he would appear before the judges.

It has been made clear that if Seif surrenders to the ICC he would have the right to be heard in court and is innocent until proven guilty.

The Taiwan News said that the exact whereabouts of Seif and Senussi are still unknown, but security sources said that Senussi had crossed from Niger into Mali, with sources claiming he was under protection from Tuareg nomads.

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