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What a Wonderful World


Zimbabwean police torture as many as a third of those they arrest on political grounds, according to a new study. Only 10 percent of those arrested on political grounds were ultimately charged with a crime. (News24.com/South Africa)

The British Royal Military recently determined that accusations by several thousand Kenyan women that they were raped by British soldiers stationed in the African nation did not produce enough evidence to pursue charges. (

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More than 18,000 couples were married on Dec. 13 in Delhi, India. Astrologers had announced the day as especially favorable; extra police were required to handle the added wedding-guest traffic in the city. (IndiaeNews.com)

Around 7,000 fewer girls than boys are born in India every day, according to a new UNICEF report. The suspected cause is abortion of female fetuses; the problem is most pronounced in middle-class areas, where sex-determining prenatal ultrasounds are more easily afforded. (IndiaeNews.com)

Greenhouse-gas emissions from Asia are expected to triple over the next 25 years. (BBC)

The arctic ice cap could disappear as early as 2040, according to new computer studies. (BBC)

Scientists have officially given up looking for the baiji, China's freshwater Yangtze River dolphin, believing it to be extinct. (

The Guardian

/United Kingdom)

The 2006 Census of Marine Life discovered 500 new species, including

Neoglyphea neocaledonica

, a shrimp previously seen only in prehistoric fossils. (NewScientist.com)

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