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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ten Things of Meat and Muck

Intensive poultry farming spreads food poisoning in the United Kingdom/Getty
  1. It's believed that two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the United Kingdom is contaminated with the potentially deadly campylobacter bug, while a new study of government data shows that two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residue.
  2. A man in England who was filmed swallowing a live goldfish as part of an internet drinking stunt has been fined for animal cruelty, while Scotties aren't the most popular dogs in Scotland. Staying with our canine companions, while scientists discover that dogs can get jealous, American President Herbert Hoover used the name "King Tut" for his pet dog when one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, Tutankhamun's tomb was uncovered after laying untouched for some 3,000 years.
  3. US Secretary of State John Kerry was stopped by security staff at Egypt's presidential palace and checked for weapons. Kerry is not the first envoy to be stopped by security staff. The United States strip-searched India's former defence minister, twice on official visits in the aftermath of 9/11. In 2010 officials at an airport in Houston, Texas, stopped India's envoy to the United Nations and inspected his turban.
  4. Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a seventeen year old boy in a seven-hour operation, while US college student and savvy entrepreneur Aamir Patel has developed the world's first stain repellent T-shirt. Plus, moving on to a different kind of sci-fi doctor, BBC series Doctor Who counts director Peter Jackson as one of its loyal fans.
  5. There is a widespread belief among Hungarians that some western parts of what is now Romania belong to them. The transfer of Transylvania to Romania after the First World War is often referred to by Hungarians as "the national tragedy".
  6. After the MH17 flight disaster, Dutch mayor Pieter Broertjes called for the Russian president's daughter, who is said to live in Voorschoten, to be made to leave the country, but he quickly apologised, saying his comments "stemmed from a feeling of helplessness". Meanwhile, a passenger plane crashed after a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, killing more than 40 people, and Air Algerie Flight AH 5017, owned by Spanish airline Swiftair, was lost travelling from Burkina Faso to Algiers carrying 112 passengers and seven crew - making it the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
  7. With now over 700 deaths in Gaza, Israel says its military offensive in Gaza targets militants from the Palestinian movement Hamas, but most of the deaths are civilians. At least 15 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a United Nations-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, making it the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in Israel's offensive against Hamas militants. The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed, but also condemned Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel, whose acts have accomplished to unify a politically fragmented Israel to raise huge public support for the excursions. Elsewhere, pro-Palestinian protesters have disrupted a football match in Austria between the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa and French team Lille, as anti-Semitism seems to be on the rise in Europe, counterbalanced by the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies Twitter campaign and a Facebook campaign that encourages women to submit sexy selfies to boost the morale of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers.
  8. The UN says militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation. Elsewhere in Iraq, suicide attackers have mounted a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy, killing fifty-one prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say. While closer to home, a twenty year old man from Manchester accused of a terrorism offence, and a college student in London who plotted to kill non-Aryans in a cyanide attack have appeared in court. And a Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has met the Pope.
  9. While one man in the US is serving a life sentence without parole for a marijuana offence in Missouri, in Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood has died after an execution took nearly two hours to kill him.
  10. Restaurants are seeing a rise in solo dining.

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