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14:19 UK time, Wednesday, 16 March 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The New York Times' most read article says the best way to keep fit is to get a dog. The story says several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. "Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks," it adds "but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don't have dogs."

"One study even found that older people are more likely to take regular walks if the walking companion is canine rather than human."

Economist readers are catching up on news of the Dalai Lama's resignation. The spiritual leader of Tibet said that "Tibetans need a leader elected freely by the Tibetan people". The article says that whether his resignation is accepted or not, he means to make plain that he can no longer be relied upon as the movement's supremo. Last week, Padma Choling, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said the Dalai Lama must follow the tradition of reincarnation and cannot choose his successor. The Economist is "dumbfounded":

"Strange as it is to see the Communist Party dictating the terms of a Buddhist reincarnation, it wouldn't be the first time China has intervened with succession of Tibetan Buddhist leaders."

The Australian's most read story looks at a row over the extent of action to combat climate change. It comes after the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited China's closure of "dirty" coal-fired power stations to back her argument that Australia must act to price carbon. Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt accused the prime minister of failing to mention that China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, was experiencing huge growth in emissions.

The devastation caused by Japan's earthquake and the subsequent potential risk of nuclear radiation leaks highlight the urgent need to establish a global disaster emergency relief mechanism. That's according to Xinhua news site's most read article. It argues that no individual nation can remain immune from increasingly common threats posed by climate change, shortages of resources and the frequent financial, energy and food crises. That makes it "essential to establish a global emergency and relief system to increase the world's capability to tackle natural disasters".

Proving popular with the Independent's readers is news that the singer Adele's father has never seen her perform.
The article says Mark Evans, regrets becoming estranged from his daughter after he started abusing alcohol 10 years ago, and admits he still can't bear to see her perform on stage. Mark, told the Sun "I was putting away two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day."

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