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1. [The amount of plastic trash in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has increased 100-fold during the past 40 years, causing "profound" changes to the marine environment](http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/09/11612593-study-plastic-in-great-pacific-garbage-patch-increases-100-fold) ^worldnews.msnbc.msn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tej3w) ^worldnews 2. [Australia's Federal Budget predicts returns to Surplus, leading developed countries across the globe.](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-08/budget-2012-by-the-numbers-infographic/3999026) ^abc.net.au ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teh8j) ^worldnews 3. [Russian plane disappears over Indonesia](http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/09/russian-airliner-disappears-over-indonesia/) ^news.blogs.cnn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tejsd) ^worldnews 4. [China's results in international education tests -- which have never been published -- are "remarkable", says Andreas Schleicher, responsible for the highly-influential Pisa tests. The findings indicate that China has an education system that is overtaking many Western countries.](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17585201) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/te01c) ^worldnews 5. [2012 vs. 1984: Young adults really do have it harder today - The Globe and Mail](http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/2012-vs-1984-young-adults-really-do-have-it-harder-today/article2425558/) ^theglobeandmail.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/td0lx) ^worldnews 6. [Female Assassin Team Leader tied to at least 20 Murders in Mexico](http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/08/female-assassin-implicated-in-20-murders-in-mexico-police-say/?test=latestnews) ^latino.foxnews.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teaxh) ^worldnews 7. [German Leaders Threaten End to Greek Aid](http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/german-politicians-warn-greece-over-austerity-a-832232.html) ^spiegel.de ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tejnc) ^worldnews 8. [Al-Qaida Suicide Bomber Was 'Double Agent'](http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Al-Qaida-Suicide-Bomber-Was-Double-Agent--150738605.html) ^voanews.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tejtt) ^worldnews 9. [India's Constitution obliges all citizens to develop “scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform”. India's laws, though, are being used to persecute a man who has devoted his life to doing precisely that. ](http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3391109.ece?homepage=true) ^thehindu.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tdsgs) ^worldnews 10. [If Amsterdam won't sell weed to foreigners, who will? The Netherlands' ban on selling cannabis to foreigners could start a weed economy in other EU states. Spain and Portugal are top of the list.](http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/120508/amsterdam-cannabis-cafe-ban-foreigners-marijuana-netherlands) ^globalpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teq6f) ^worldnews 11. ['Vomiting and screaming' in destroyed waterboarding tapes](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17990955) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tes65) ^worldnews 12. [Dolphins Die of Drug Overdose after Swiss Rave ](http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/08/dolphins-die-of-drug-overdose-in-switzerland/) ^newsfeed.time.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/telyt) ^worldnews 13. [9 men convicted in racially sensitive U.K. sex ring; girls as young as 13 were lured into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs](http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-05-08/uk-sex-ring/54845054/1?) ^usatoday.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tduh3) ^worldnews 14. [South Africa seizes $7m in 'rhino-poachers' assets: The men, two of whom are vets, are already facing 1,872 charges of racketeering.](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18004043) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tekar) ^worldnews 15. [Putin's Inauguration Was A Military Operation, Not A National Celebration - Forbes](http://www.forbes.com/sites/yuliataranova/2012/05/08/violence-around-putins-inauguration-correspondents-diary/) ^forbes.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teg04) ^worldnews 16. [David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit News International, claims biography: ''Sorry I couldn't have been as loyal to you as you have been to me"](http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/09/david-cameron-texted-rebekah-brooks) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tdtn7) ^worldnews 17. [Switzerland: An Initiative to Establish Basic Income for All: The idea is quite simply giving a monthly income to all citizens that is neither means-tested nor work-related](http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/05/07/switzerland-an-initiative-to-establish-basic-income-for-all/) ^globalvoicesonline.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tetqp) ^worldnews 18. ['Anonymous' hackers expose Norway rivals](http://www.thelocal.no/page/view/anonymous-hackers-spill-beans-on-norway-rivals) ^thelocal.no ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tej1i) ^worldnews 19. [Seniors urged to eat Fukushima rice to help farmers, protect young people](http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120320a9.html) ^japantimes.co.jp ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tdtza) ^worldnews 20. [Bulgarian and Romanian Immigrants Overwhelm German System - SPIEGEL ONLINE](http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/bulgarian-and-romanian-immigrants-overwhelm-german-system-a-832027.html) ^spiegel.de ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tem1a) ^worldnews 21. [Canada considering "Genderless" passport option to reflect non-traditional and transitional gender identity.](http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/08/genderless-passports-under-review-in-canada/) ^news.nationalpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tep72) ^worldnews 22. [Under popular pressure, European Comission agrees with Hollande's view on austerity. EU structural funds could be used to create jobs. ](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/08/eurozone-crisis-austerity-greece-alexis-tsipras) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/ter43) ^worldnews 23. [We Already Grow Enough Food For 10 Billion People -- and Still Can't End Hunger](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-holt-gimenez/world-hunger_b_1463429.html) ^huffingtonpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/ter3c) ^worldnews 24. [Kim Jong-un lambasts theme park as he unveils 'master plan' for country's future ](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9253674/Kim-Jong-un-lambasts-theme-park-as-he-unveils-master-plan-for-countrys-future.html) ^telegraph.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teph9) ^worldnews 25. ["A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt."](http://phys.org/news/2012-05-space-weather-expert-ominous.html) ^phys.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tel06) ^worldnews 26. [If the left doesn't lead the revolt against austerity, others will](http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/08/left-revolt-austerity-far-right) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tdono) ^worldnews 27. [Authorities in Beijing said Wednesday they plan to get rid of 1,200 high-polluting enterprises by 2015 to improve air quality in the Chinese capital, one of the world's most polluted cities](http://phys.org/news/2012-05-beijing-polluting-enterprises.html) ^phys.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teq0r) ^worldnews 28. [Russian plane disappears in demonstration flight in Indonesia](http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/09/world/asia/indonesia-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1) ^edition.cnn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tejxf) ^worldnews 29. [BBC News - China buying oil from Iran with yuan](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17988142) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tcv6c) ^worldnews 30. [6,000-year-old cooker found on Irish beach ](http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/6000yearold-shellfish-cooker-found-on-irish-beach-16156083.html) ^belfasttelegraph.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/te9vk) ^worldnews 31. [Japanese town to build dolphin zoo near site of annual cull - Taiji defies international criticism over cull & plans to populate 69-acre mammal park with dolphins & whales captured nearby](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/09/japanese-town-dolphin-zoo-cull) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tessj) ^worldnews 32. [Peru drug clinic fire kills 14 people locked inside: Privately run Sacred Heart of Jesus rehab centre outside Lima had windows and doors locked and barred](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/06/peru-drug-fire-14-locked) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tekap) ^worldnews 33. [South Korean IAEA nuclear inspector killed in Iran](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/08/iaea-nuclear-inspector-killed-iran) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tcvia) ^worldnews 34. [NATO Admits Killing Afghan Mother, 5 Children in Air Strike ](http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/08-7) ^commondreams.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tdfli) ^worldnews