"Saudi press told to stop printing pictures of women" "Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has told the country's newspapers to stop publishing pictures of women as they could lead young men astray....All media in the kingdom are either owned by the state or run by it, but in recent months some Saudi newspapers have published pictures of women, always with the hair covered and only their face showing. The images of women wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf were used to illustrate stories connected to women's issues, including the right to vote and drive, both of which are withheld."
"'Pyow hack!' Monkeys can talk to each other using sentences" -- Scientists have discovered Africa's wild putty-nosed monkeys can talk - and they use syntax. They believe it is the first evidence of such communication in non-humans."
"Creationism debate moves to Britain: The debate over creationism in schools was an American problem. But now the controversy is taking root in Britain."
It's-All-Israel's-Fault Department: "Gaza on brink as Hamas deploys militia" -- "The Hamas-led Palestinian Authority has deployed a new militia in Gaza under the command of a leading militant and in direct defiance of a veto by the PA President Mahmoud Abbas." ... "Witnesses told Associated Press that members of the Hamas-supporting force--many with the beards favoured by Gaza's devout Muslims--had also beaten demonstrators at the education ministry offices in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis. Ministry officials and protesters said around 40 militiamen had jumped from jeeps and fired in the air before entering the building and attacking protesters with clubs and rifles." ... "Jamal Abu Samadhana [who heads the Hamas force] is a prominent member of the Popular Resistance Committee, which is believed to be responsible for many of the rocket attacks on Israel and has been suspected of involvement in the bombing which killed three Americans travelling through Gaza in October 2003."
(You won't tell anyone I got all these items from today's issue of The Independent [UK], will you? I've explained how busy I am these days [see previous post]. Give me a break.)