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15:53 UK time, Tuesday, 7 June 2011

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

Proving popular with Telegraph readers is news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not been able to move into Princess Margaret's old apartment in Kensington Palace. Instead they are being housed in temporary rooms which the paper says include "musty rooms" which "have hurriedly had to be made fit for purpose". The article says Princess Margaret's apartment instead is being advertised to be hired out for "private meetings".

A popular CNN story reports that a Zimbabwean police officer has been jailed for allegedly using a toilet reserved for President Mugabe. It goes on to say the homicide detective was part of the president's security team while he was at a trade fair. He had approached the toilets but been denied and later forced his way in, according to CNN. Alois Mabhunu has been sentenced by an internal police court to 10 days in prison but the appeal may be looked at the end of this week.

Economist Peter Diamond complains that although he won the Nobel Peace Prize he still can't get the job he wants. The problem, he thinks, is the job is on the board of the US federal reserve. And, he worries, that the federal reserve just don't appreciate that monetary policy - deciding the interest rate - is related to unemployment figures. After all, he argues "the Fed has to properly assess the nature of that unemployment to be able to lower it as much as possible while avoiding inflation."

He argues that "if much of the unemployment is related to the business cycle - caused by a lack of adequate demand - the Fed can act to reduce it without touching off inflation. If instead the unemployment is primarily structural - caused by mismatches between the skills that companies need and the skills that workers have - aggressive Fed action to reduce it could be misguided."

In the Guardian's most popular story Tanya Gold reports that the SlutWalk protests may be repeating history. She attended a SlutWalk in Newcastle at the weekend. She explains the march, organised by a 16-year-old, is following in a trend started in the US after a policeman advised students not to dress like sluts if they didn't want to get raped. Gold found accusations of this happening again when she checked Newcastle SlutWalk Facebook page after the protest:

"Vicky Vampvick Lyth has written: 'I was told... that a small group of girls on the SlutWalk were on their way to the Green Festival... a police officer then said, 'You can't go there because you're dressed like a slut.'"

US politician Anthony Weiner's original refusal to confirm or deny that it was his genitals sent in a picture via his Twitter account has amused Christopher Hitchen in Slate's most read article.

It reminds him of his time at Oxford where a special part of the river bank was reserved for nude male bathing. He describes the scene by saying "prominent signs and barriers prevented boats and punts containing females from approaching this discreet stretch. On one fateful Sunday afternoon, however, a recent flood had washed away the signs and weakened the barriers. A group of ladies was swept past the rows of recumbent and undressed gentlemen. Shrieks of embarrassment from the boat, while on the shore - consternation."

What tickled Hitchen most was a unique reaction. "Pairs of hands darted down to cover the midsection. All but one, the hedonist and classicist Sir Maurice Bowra, whose palms went up to conceal his craggy visage. As the squeals were borne downstream, and the sheepish company surveyed itself, Bowra growled, 'I don't know about you chaps, but I'm known by my face around here.'"

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