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Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

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Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

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Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

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Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

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Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

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IN THE PAPERS

Is there such thing as 'telegenic' victims of war?

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IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

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THE INTERVIEW

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

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Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2012-07-03

Grim news and alarming psychoanalysis

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apologises...to Turkey for shooting down a fighter jet. Also, Human Rights Watch investigates Syian torture centres. And there’s speculation about criminal prosecution of the Barclays bankers who rigged interest rates. For one paper that would not be enough, given the distorting effects that unconstrained power has on the brain activity of those running a virtually unregulated banking industry.

Human Rights Watch has investigated two dozen torture centres across Syria, and The Brisbane Times highlights witness accounts in which we read of stapled chests and electric shocks.

In the UK, the Barclays bankers responsible for rigging inter-banking rates could be prosecuted for criminal behaviour. The Independent argued the Chairman’s head should not have rolled though, as interest rate manipulation would have been below his level of oversight. CEO Bob Diamond should be the one to go. (Someone was listening, as Diamond has since stepped down).

In an essay on The Psychology of Greed, the Guardian cites studies which look into the effects of power on the human brain. Bank bosses are more powerful than most elected officials – particularly after decades of deregulation, and holding onto power changes brains by boosting testosterone, which increases the dopamine in the brain's reward systems.

While moderate amounts encourage people to be more strategic and bolder, the logic goes, extreme forms distort personalities, making them egocentric, unempathetic and greedy for financial, sexual and material rewards.

All the while, the excess of unchecked power dulls their perception of risk, even when a storm is brewing.

By Kyle G. Brown

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2014-07-22 Israel

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

Fears of a spill-over of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities onto French soil, but will the big visit of faith leaders to the Elysée calm tensions?

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2014-07-21 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Violence in Paris following banned protest

An overview of the French newspaper headlines: Violence in Paris after two pro-Palestinian marches are banned. Meanwhile, the death toll rises in Gaza.

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2014-07-18 Hamas

Israel launches ground assault on Gaza

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 18.07.14: Papers across the world react to the ground offensive launched by Israel against Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip.

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2014-07-17 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

9 months in prison for a racist insult

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