7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Dec. 9

By Tina Tatarková, Epoch Times
December 9, 2013 Updated: December 9, 2013

Spain: Guilty man returns books he stole 25 years ago

A guilt-stricken Spanish man who stole three books when studying English in the UK 25 years ago recently returned to the scene of the crime in a bit to return them to their owner.

Iñaki Buenaposada took the books when he was a 16-year-old language student in the UK city of Cambridge, local daily The Cambridge News reported on Monday.

“One day I saw a black bag in the garage (of the house where I was staying) and I thought it was rubbish. I saw the books and took three of them.”

But when the lady of the house became upset that night, the young Buenaposada was too ashamed to say anything. “I think it was because I wasn’t man enough to face up to her at the time and tell her I was guilty.”…

The Local


Canada: Caribou habitat in Alberta being destroyed, say environmentalists

Darcy Handy has been going to a once-untouched area of forest and wetland in northwest Alberta for more than 20 years to hunt, fish and trap and well remembers what it used to be like.

“We always used to see numerous caribou in that area, all the time,” he recalls of his one-time hunting grounds southeast of Grande Cache.

No longer.

“It’s more like a wasteland,” said Handy. “It’s all cutblocks now, oil and gas roads everywhere. Big change from what it was 20 years ago.”…

CBC News


South Korea: Use YouTube in the classroom to teach history in divergent ways

The teaching of history is, or at least definitely should be, fundamental to any culture and its education systems. This may be truer for countries like South Korea with a difficult history of wars, conflicts and occupation. How the past is remembered is a matter of building national pride, instilling justice and defining a sense of identity.

In a free democracy with rule of law, the advantage for history studies is that many voices can contribute to the history curriculum. Various perspectives and differing judgments are free to compete in the marketplace of ideas. By definition, these perspectives will not align neatly and, in fact, may clash. …

The Korea Herald


Australia: First world problem – is business class really worth it?

”First world problem!” I can’t tell you how much I loathe the way people throw this expression around. It’s as bad as using “journey” to express a change of emotional state.

Well, I’ve got a doozy of an FWP this week, so please restrain yourselves.

Allow me to pose a question: If you had $10,000 in hand to spend on a trip, be it for business or pleasure, would you spend the bulk of it on the flight or on accommodation? In other words, would you buy a business class fare and stay in an inexpensive bolthole, or travel in economy but when you got to your destination really lord it up on luxury hotels (and/or great meals, adventures and so on)?

It’s a discussion I’ve had many times over the years and people’s responses are so varied. My own opinion changes from time to time, usually after a horror economy flight when I swear I’m never travelling that way again. (But I do.)…

The Sydney Morning Herald


Nepal: Promotion of women’s voices sought

Human rights activists have stressed on the need of raising the issues of women, besides increasing the participation of women in the Constituent Assembly. 

At a programme organised by the Sancharika Samuha here today, participants in the programme drew the attention that women would not be empowered until they are established in leadership level.

Presenting a thematic concept paper, Regional Chairperson of the Samuha, Srijana Acharya said that the state should keep women and men equitable development in priority and political parties should also give rights to women, not sympathy. …

The Himalayan Times


Denmark: Copenhagen restaurant voted world’s best airport eatery

A French bistro at Copenhagen Airport has been named as the best airport restaurant in the world. Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro, which beat off competition from Michelin-rated chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver as well as last year’s victor Porta Gaig at El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona, came out on top of The Daily Meal’s top airport restaurants list.

Le Sommelier, which also has a branch in downtown Copenhagen, serves traditional French cuisine such as bouillabaisse, moules marinieres, Mallard duck with black current sauce and crème brulee. …

Ice News


France: 10 things you either love or loathe about France

Nothing it seems, divides opinion quite like France and the French. And when it comes to certain customs and cultures, nobody is left on the fence. Some curse La France and others say “vive la difference”, but everyone has an opinion.

French culture and customs are so unique that they are the source of endless rows among expats who live here or people who know the country. So we’ve put together this list of ten things about France and its people that expats tend to either respect or reject, admire or abhor. Where do you stand? …

The Local