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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-05-18

Scientists agree: It's unclear whether mobile phones increase the risk of cancer

The Independent welcomes the new government to "the house of pain" and takes a look at the lessons it should have learned since taking power a week ago. And the same study, but a different stories. The world's papers don't agree on how to interpret a 10-year study about links between mobile phone use and brain cancer.

We start out with THE GUARDIAN. Clashes there continue and the government is no accusing the so-called Red Shirts of using children as human shields. The picture you see here was actually shown on state television last night to prove that theory. The paper reports that so far one 14-year old boy has been shot, when the car he was travelling failed to stop at a checkpoint.Of course protestors are telling a different story. A woman told the paper that she simply didn’t have anyone to leaver her child with.

 

The paper also looks at the King’s role in this whole conflict. He was able to resolve a bloody conflict in 1992, but the article says, the “King’s words are no longer enough.”

The Red Shirts have asked the King to step in, he on the other hand urged the problem to be solved on a judiciary level. Plus, the paper says, for the King’s intervention to be effective, both sides have to willing to “summit meekly and go home quietly.” And with that, it’s not sure either side will respond if summoned.Staying with politics, but this time in the UK, the front page of THE INDEPENDENT reads: “Welcome to the house of pain.” You see the finance minister here, and he will have his hands full trying to cut that deficit. David Cameron moved in to number 10 a week ago, and the paper looks at the 7 lessons learned in the past 7 days.

Some highlights: Wednesday’s lesson: Nick Clegg is not a joke. I guess he used to be David Cameron’s favourite joke. But that’s over now.

 

Thursday’s lesson: Gordon Brown is human. People had forgotten that he does have a family amid debates and “bigot scandals”

 

Sunday’s lesson: 736 lords aren’t enough…The coalition only has 258 supporters out of 736 and they saying that’s not enough. So they created 100 more posts.

 

Moving on to social inequality. THE GUARDIAN is asking the “95,000-dollar question: why are whites five times richer than blacks in the US?” The study followed 2000 families since 1984 and has seen that gap get bigger and bigger. And they don’t even count property as part of that wealth, if they did, the gap would be even bigger. The reason, searcher say, is discrimination in housing, credit, and labour markets. It gives the example of mortgages, saying an African American with the same income as a white American will get less advantageous rates. But they also say that there is a social factor. African-American families have larger and stronger ties to a network of kin.

Good news for those that keep their mobile next to their bed at night. A study shows that there is no link between brain tumors and your cell phone. That’s what THE INDEPENDENT reports, saying researchers were unable to link calls to cancer. Same study, different story. THE AUSTRALIEN says, there is a link for those to use their mobile at least 30 minutes a day.The only thing that is clear: the study was conducted in 13 countries and compared the phone usage of some 5000 brain-cancer patients…and mobile phones aren’t getting a clean bill of health quite yet.

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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