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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.

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IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2012-01-05

Stephen Hawking: 'Women are a universal mystery'

The world papers look at the crisis with Iran as efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions inches towards a stand-off. Is this just a question of psychological warfare or the real thing? Also, China's mounting military might and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says women are the real mystery of the universe. That's the focus for this Thursday 5th January 2012.

The Chicago Tribune headlines: “Go for Iran’s oil jugular”.

The New York Times warns that if Iran did follow through with threats to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, the oil price would skyrocket.

The Gulf News cartoon shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad opening President Barack Obama’s skull and blowing a trumpet into it to wake up George W. Bush’s old policy on Iran.

The Tehran Times leads “US presence in Persian Gulf is damaging”. Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi says “the enemy is seeking to create a commotion about the Strait of Hormuz issue and sell its arms to various countries in the region”.

Al Quds Al Arabi editor-in-chief Abed Al Bari Attouane argues that despite losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington is now waiting for the “trigger” that will allow the White House and its allies to start an attack on Iran.

The Wall Street Journal Europe headlines: “China Targets US Might By Bulking Up Its Military”.

And renowned astro-physicist Stephen Hawking tells The Guardian in the UK: “Women are a universal mystery”.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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