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George W. Bush is a bigger threat to world peace than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il according to the results of an international survey conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, and Mexico. Bush was considered a threat by 75 percent of respondents, while Kim was considered a threat by 69 percent. Osama bin Laden was considered the largest threat, named by 87 percent of respondents, but Bush was named more often than both Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah (65 percent) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (62 percent). (

The Guardian

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/United Kingdom)

St. Louis Park, Minn. is preparing to roll out citywide solar-powered Wi-Fi for all its citizens. (

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The Star-Tribune

/Minneapolis-St. Paul)

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a historic high in 2005, according to the World Meteorological Organization, up half a percentage point from 2004. According to WMO scientist Geir Braathen, "It looks like it will just continue like this for the foreseeable future." (BBC)

The British army is taking steps to deal with rising obesity among the young men and women who form its recruit base. It recently had to loosen its standards after a study concluded that only one-third of British teenagers fit the required body mass index. The army also plans to extend physical training for new recruits. (

The Guardian

/United Kingdom)

Elephants are able to recognize themselves in a large mirror. Previously, it was believed that only humans, great apes, and dolphins could do so. (NewScientist.com)

The Indian city of Bangalore announced that it will throw off its Anglicized name in January and once again be known by its precolonial name of Bengalooru. The new/old name means "town of boiled beans" in the Kannada language. (IndiaeNews.com)

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