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16:22 UK time, Thursday, 19 May 2011

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

Over the past 12 months Bon Jovi earned more than Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry combined. A popular article in Forbes says they manage to earn more because their "relatively affluent" fan base are prepared to pay for tickets to see them tour. The group also have fewer costs compared to the likes of Lady Gaga because they only have to transport six band members.

The end of the world is going to be at 6pm on 21 May according to a preacher reported in a popular Independent story. The article points out Harold Camping, the preacher who makes the prediction, has been wrong before. Mr Camping predicts just 2% of the world's population will be immediately "raptured" up to heaven. The story goes on to say that most predictions of this sort would be dismissed but, due to financial support from the Family Radio Network, Mr Camping's forecast has been heavily publicised through an advertising campaign.

"Mummy hates daddy and you should too" starts a popular Slate article. It's talking about parental alienation syndrome where, when the parents are in conflict, a child allies themselves with one parent. The syndrome isn't officially recognised and is trying to do so. The book that holds the key to that is Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But the story explains there is fierce competition to be listed in the manual. It says that having a name for the syndrome would help apportioning blame, and a price tag, in child custody fights. Slate predicts the syndrome would be used mostly be fathers' rights groups.

Journalist Dorothy Parvaz recounts her time in a Syrian "secret" prison in al-Jazeera's most read story. Parvaz says she heard beatings in other cells in a detention centre where she says many Syrians have "disappeared". "I was standing in two fist-sized pools of smeared, sticky blood, trying to sort out why there were seven angry Syrians yelling at me" she says.

The number of long-lasting marriages in the US has risen according to the Washington Post's most popular article. The article says one reason for the increase is that people are marrying later in life, after they have completed their education. "Not only are they more mature, but they also are more financially secure."

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