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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ten Things of War and Forage

War steal collier SS Ayrfield now a wreck of Homebush Bay/Photoree
  1. The SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was a steam collier built in the United Kingdom in 1911 and registered in Australia in 1912. It was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during the Second World War. It still remains afloat at an abandoned ship-breaking yard.
  2. A new inquest has been ordered into the death of soldier Pte Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks in Surrey. The 18-year-old Army recruit was one of four soldiers who died at the barracks between 1995 and 2002, sparking allegations of bullying and abuse.
  3. As four Palestinian boys playing football on the beach are killed by Israeli rocket fire, and a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas at the request of the United Nations has ended in the Gaza Strip after nine days of fighting, Israel's prime minister has said Israel is now prepared to "significantly widen" its ground offensive against militants. (Read more)
  4. While Iraq burns, ISIS take advantage in Syria: With international attention fixated on the disintegration of Iraq and the expansion of the so-called caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Sunni insurgents have moved their offensive back into Syria with a newly acquired haul of US-made weapons and cash. (Read more)
  5. A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has crashed down over Ukraine, near the Russian border. There were 280 passengers including three infants, most of which were Dutch nationals, with world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange and ex-BBC journalist Glenn Thomas among the dead. Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels accuse each other of shooting down the plane. (Read more)
  6. Former Romanian princess Irina Walker has admitted operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting enterprise in Oregon.
  7. It is estimated that 60% of modern agricultural production in the United States involves crops domesticated by the indigenous populations of the Americas.
  8. Cities around the world are debating whether to permit barbecues in municipal open spaces.
  9. An exhibition of photographs by residents of the Falkland Islands is being held at London’s Mall Galleries.
  10. The British have little sense of pavement etiquette. An attempt to bring order to this chaos was suggested in 2000, amid reports of rising "pavement rage".

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