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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Ten Things of Divide and Prejudice

George Clooney's upcoming marriage has come under attack/AFP-Reuters
  1. George Clooney has received an apology from the Mail Online "for any distress caused" by a story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, which claimed that Alamuddin's mother objected to their marriage on religious grounds. (Read more)
  2. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to "further intensify attacks on Hamas" in the Gaza Strip after talks with his defence chiefs. He said the Palestinian militants would "pay a heavy price" for their rocket attacks on Israel. (Read more)
  3. For decades women were not allowed to join Britain's diplomatic service, but since the rules were changed they have gone on to represent their country in many of the world's conflict zones.
  4. As the leader of Islamist militant group ISIS calls on Muslims to obey him in his first video sermon, security checks on electronic and electrical devices are being ramped up at airports in the United Kingdom, in response to what the United States calls a "credible threat" of terrorism. (Read more)
  5. A US pilot ordered pizzas for a plane full of passengers as they were stuck on tarmac for two hours in Wyoming.
  6. John Cisna, a high school biology teacher from Iowa, in the United States, lost more than 4st 4lb eating nothing but McDonald's for 90 days.
  7. Country singer Dolly Parton has promised that she will adopt a dog that was abandoned at Glastonbury, if the owner is not found. The animal was named in honour of the star, who stole the show with her first ever performance at the event a week ago. It is not the first time the singer has had an animal named in her honour. After Dolly the Sheep became the world's first successfully cloned mammal, doctors revealed she was so-named because she was derived from a mammary gland cell - and they said they could not think of a more impressive pair of glands than Parton's.
  8. Singapore has scored an own goal with its World Cup anti-gambling ad which features a crestfallen boy telling his friends his dad bet his life savings on Germany - who have just reached the finals by thrashing host nation Brazil 7-1. The defeat has been called the biggest shock in football history. Germany will play Argentina for the cup, who reached their first World Cup final since 1990 by beating the Netherlands on penalties. (Read more)
  9. The UK government is promising to improve wi-fi connectivity on trains, while making services up to 10 times faster.
  10. In July 1985, French secret agents sank the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, killing one of the group's campaigners on board.

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