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15:52 UK time, Friday, 10 June 2011

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

A furore over a courtroom design which allows spectators to look up skirts is proving popular with CNN's audience. Never mind the glass ceiling, the article jokes, it's the glass staircase which is hindering women now. Designers of a courthouse in Ohio, which opened this week, have been accused by a county court judge who prefers to wear dresses of not taking into account 50% of the population. It reports that security guards are warning women before they climb the stairs that people below can see up their skirts.

The Telegraph's most popular article speculates that Hillary Clinton wants to become the first female boss of the World Bank. It adds that she would be prepared to step down from her job as job as Secretary of State in order to do so. "Once formally nominated for the post by President Obama, Mrs Clinton's appointment would require approval by the 187 member countries of the World Bank" the paper explains. But it adds that an unnamed source suggests that Mr Obama is supportive of the idea.

"In this city that barely existed two decades ago, there are 26 shopping malls, seven golf courses" starts the New York Times' most popular article. It's following the rise of Gurgaon in India. But it's not all plain sailing as the article reports problems with basic public services like rubbish collection and electricity. The issue, it supposes, is that, unlike in China, growth has been in spite of the government.
Now, hailed as the pace setter, its aim for the rest of India is to avoid the lack of planning experienced in Gurgaon, says the paper.

A look at "human rights hoaxes" is the First Post's most popular story. It came after initial outrage about a Syrian lesbian blogger who criticised President Assad and was kidnapped by the Syrian authorities. Questions started to arise about the validity of the blog after a Croatian in London came forward to say the blogger's picture was actually of her. The First Post says that if it turns out the blog was a hoax it wouldn't be the first time such a tactic was used to drum up support against a government. It lists the "human shredder" which Saddam Hussein was accused of throwing his opponents into but turned out to be based on the testimony of one person. And then there was the pictures of an Iranian girl who was buried before being stoned to death. Only in transpired the pictures were from a Dutch film.

Engineer James Dyson reveals his biggest mistake in a popular Daily Beast article. He says he wasted three years trying to convince big companies to take his ideas on board. Eventually he made his bagless vacuum cleaner without them. "Believing that big companies would choose good technology - progress - over short-term profit was a big mistake".

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