Last updated Monday 17 January 2011

Greed of the Tunisian president's wife that drove a nation onto the streets to start a revolution
Daily Mail 16th January 2011
By Nabila Ramdani
She flew luxury foods to her beachside mansion by private jet and her playboy husband kept a pet tiger called Pasha, which he fed prime cuts of beef.
Tunisia's angry protestors are shedding no tears for the downfall of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's greedy wife Leila.

The former hairdresser was likened to the Philippines' Imelda Marcos of the Arab world because of her love of wealthy and its trappings. Daily Mail>>

Retired teacher, 52, takes 18-year-old ex-pupil as his fourth wife
Daily Mail 15th January 2011
Photo: SWNS
A retired religious education teacher has married for the fourth time – to an 18-year-old former pupil.
Grey-haired father-of-two Clive Richards, 52, set up home with deputy head girl Jessica Anderson when she was only 16.
He was still married to his third wife at the time, and Jessica’s parents were horrified that she was involved with a man old enough to be her grandfather.
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Cuban man celebrates his 111th birthday with a cigar and a wad of cash
Daily Mail, 14th January 2011
Photo: Reuters
A Cuban man celebrated his 111th birthday on Thursday by counting his monetary gifts and smoking a cigar.
He has 11 children, 40 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Banos, a former sugar factory worker, took some celebratory puffs on a Cuban cigar and showed off a wad of cash a son who lives in Miami had sent as a present before digging into a huge cake.
Born in 1900, Banos only missed seeing twelve days of the 1900s.
Banos' age means he's already lived half a life longer than his average countryman. Daily Mail>>

The population explosion
The Guardian, Friday 14 January 2011
By Leo Hickman
This year, there will be 7 billion people on Earth. But how will the planet will cope with the expanding population – and is there anything we can, or should, do to stop it?
Later this year – on 31 October, to be precise – a boy will be born in a rural village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His parents will not know it, but his birth will prove to be a considerable landmark for our species as his arrival will mark the moment when the human population reaches 7 billion.

There is no way of knowing for sure, of course, the identity of this baby boy. But demographers say that this date, place and gender are the most likely. India has the largest number of births each year – 27 million, roughly one in five of all global births- The Guardian>>

Don't touch my baby! The incredible moment three lionesses killed a crocodile after it tried to attack a cub
Daily Mail, 14th January 2011
Photo: Tony Goldman/Solent
Three lionesses pounced on a crocodile in an extraordinary scene after the reptile tried to attack one of the pride's cubs.
The protective females instinctively leapt into action to fend off the aggressive predator.
With organised precision, the lionesses surrounded the croc and launched a ferocious volley of blows. Daily Mail>>

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