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Testicle-eating pacu fish back with a vengeance in Scandinavia

"Keep your swimwear on if you're bathing in the Sound these days — maybe there are more out there!" the Danish National History Museum warned those who enjoy bathing au naturel.

Denmark: Gay church weddings approved

Under the law, individual priests can refuse to perform a ceremony, but the local bishop is required to arrange a replacement for their church.

Far-right groups rally in Denmark to unite 'anti-Islamic alliance'

The rally has reportedly drawn participants from several countries, including Britain, Germany, Poland and Sweden, and began with a moment of silence for the seven people killed in France by Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah earlier this month.

Coming Apart? European experience of illegitimate births is different than America's

Controversial author Charles Murray's new book points to births out of wedlock as a reason for social decay in America. Europe's experience says illegitimacy may not be the reason.
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Not all families are traditional, like President Obama's, but is the decline in their number behind America's social crisis? (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The works of conservative intellectual Charles Murray are designed to provoke debate and raise hackles among liberal intellectuals. His book "The Bell Curve" is the best-known example, along with "Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences." He is an ice-cold flame-thrower as this radio interview from a couple of years ago shows.

He's at it again, in the just published, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010." Much of the discussion of the book has centered on Murray's statistical dissection of the white working class, particularly family breakdown as measured by births out of wedlock.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an interesting discussion of the book here, and at least partially tips his liberal hat towards a point Murray makes.

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Davos takes on euro zone crisis

Old arguments about how to solve the euro zone crisis are re-hashed at World Economic Forum annual meeting
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Davos: the euro zone crisis followed the leaders to the Alps (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Davos. The name, the place, what it stands for is a challenge to an ideal of journalism. It seems to be one of those events that become a story not because of any intrinsic news value but because a bunch of famous people get together and allow journalists to mingle among them.

There are many national leaders at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos but no treaties are signed, nor are there joint declarations of policy made. That would be news and worth reporting. There are titans of industry in Davos, but no products are launched or companies acquired. That, too, would be news etc.

It can't be news because the comments about the year to come actually shape events. I came across this article from The Washington Post a couple of years ago on Google about some famously wrong predictions made by the rulers of the planet at the World Economic Forum. It's pretty amusing. (For that matter, did anyone at Davos in 1996 or 97 predict there would be something like Google (founded in 1998) and that a search engine would upend all previously known models of information aggregation and dissemination?

Anyway, the leaders are at Davos, journalists are tweeting like fan-boys and girls about rubbing shoulders with them. 

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Somalia hostages Jessica Buchanan, Poul Thisted freed by Navy SEALs

US Navy SEAL Team 6 stormed the area in central Somalia where hostages Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted were being held by gunmen late last night.

Denmark institutes fat tax

MALMO, Sweden — With more than two pigs for every person, Denmark is one of the world’s largest producers of bacon.

Meet “Gucci Helle,” slated to be Denmark’s first female prime minister

COPENHAGEN — It’s an inevitable fact of life for female politicians: people are bound to pay more attention to your looks, style and spouse. Helle's no exception.

Redheads turned away from sperm bank

The world’s largest sperm bank isn’t taking any more donations from men with red hair because demand for redheaded children is low.
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Redheads like the comedian Carrot Top need not apply: The world's largest sperm bank is no longer taking donations from men with red hair. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The world’s largest sperm bank isn’t taking any more donations from men with red hair because demand for redheaded children is relatively low.

"We have nothing against red-haired donors," Ole Schou, director of Denmark-based Cryos Intl., told msnbc.com. "Our stock is about to explode. We have just too many on stock in relation to the demand for the time being."

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Denmark elects first female prime minister

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