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Study Shows Attractive Men Have Long... Ring Fingers

The longer a man's fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday.

The results, published in the British Royal Society's journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure of males to hormones, the development of certain physical traits, and what turns on the opposite sex.

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Cannes Jury Gets Hong Kong Flavor

There's a distinct Hong Kong flavor to the nine-member jury that will decide the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival that opens May 11.

Hong Kong director Johnny To and film producer Shi Nansun, wife of director Tsui Hark, are both on the panel that is being led this year by Oscar winner Robert De Niro, said organizers in a statement late Tuesday.

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Homer Simpson's Beer Falls Foul of Lithuanian Watchdog

A Lithuanian company said Wednesday it had frozen publication of the local version of "The Simpsons" comic after a fine for advertising Duff beer, the fictional favorite of anti-hero Homer Simpson.

"The fine led the company to take the decision to temporarily suspend publication," Indre Pavilonyte of Media Incognito told Agence France Presse.

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Celtic Football Boss Targeted By Parcel Bomb

Parcel bombs were sent to Celtic boss Neil Lennon and two high-profile fans of the club in a dramatic escalation of football tensions in the divided city of Glasgow, police said Wednesday.

The devices targeting Lennon, his lawyer Paul McBride and member of the Scottish parliament Trish Godman were found at various locations across the west of Scotland in the past month.

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Gold Tops $1,500 for First Time

The price of gold topped $1,500 for the first time on Wednesday as a weaker dollar plus fears over high inflation and debt attracted investors into the traditional safe-haven precious metal.

Gold reached $1,505.65 an ounce at 0945 GMT on the London Bullion Market. It later traded at $1,503.60.

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Arab League Delays Summit in Baghdad

The Arab League has delayed a summit that was to be held in Iraq next month as a wave of political unrest rocks the region, its deputy secretary general told Agence French Presse on Wednesday.

Ahmed Ben Hilli said consultations with the pan-Arab organization’s 22 members showed a "preference to delay the summit" that was scheduled for May 15 and added that an upcoming ministerial meeting would set a new date for summit.

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Study Shows Too Much TV Puts Children's Hearts at Risk

Children who spend too much time watching television increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes in later life, an Australian study showed Wednesday.

In what was declared world-first research, the University of Sydney found that six- to seven-year-olds who spent the most time watching television had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes.

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Assad Regime 'Arrests Opponent' as Emergency Move Derided

Syrian authorities arrested an opposition figure in the restive city of Homs as rights groups derided the government's move to end decades of draconian emergency rule, an activist said to France Agence Press on Wednesday.

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Mahmoud Issa was taken into custody in Homs on Tuesday; hours after the cabinet approved a bill to rescind the state of emergency.

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U.S. to Move WikiLeaks Suspect Bradley Manning in Prison Upgrade

Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, is being transferred to a new prison facility after intense criticism of the conditions of his detention.

The Pentagon on Tuesday announced his imminent transfer to a Kansas military facility it said was better-suited for a long-term stay, while denying that the move was in response to criticism of his treatment in Quantico, Virginia.

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Countries Hesitant to Provide Military Support to Rebels, Gadhafi Son Defiant

A rebel official in Libya's besieged city of Misrata pleaded for Britain and France to send troops to help fight Moammer Gadhafi's forces, while a son of the strongman said he was "very optimistic" his father's regime will prevail, sources told the Agence French Presse on Wednesday.

A senior member of Misrata's governing council, Nuri Abdullah Abdullati, said they were asking for the troops on the basis of "humanitarian" principles, in the first request by insurgents for boots on the ground.

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