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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

Georgia parents win legal battle to name baby girl Allah
Parents in US name baby girl Allah/ACLU.

News nuggets acquired, attained and annexed from the press.

  1. The UK is set to spend its first full day without generating electricity from coal on Friday, the National Grid says.
  2. The £20.3bn spent bailing out Lloyds Banking Group during the financial crash has been re-paid in full, UK chancellor Philip Hammond has said, although RBS is a different matter.
  3. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn't know Hawaii is a state, referring to it recently as an island in the Pacific.
  4. A couple in the US state of Georgia have won their legal battle to give their baby daughter the surname Allah.
  5. Clint Eastwood is to direct a film based on the true story of the passengers who stopped a terror attack on a train to Paris in 2015.
  6. Twenty children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services have said.
  7. A boarding school housemaster has been cleared of touching the feet of two young boys for sexual gratification.
  8. A "distastefully funny" magazine is being investigated by British police over an allegedly racist football report it published about Hull City's owner and his Egyptian origins. These included the terms "sand-licker", "pyramid trotter" and a reference to sexual activity with a camel.
  9. A judgment from Pakistan's Supreme Court ruling that there was insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister began by mentioning Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, before quoting 19th Century novelist Honore de Balzac, in the original French.
  10. A teenager in England made about £360,000 by creating computer hacking software which cost universities, gaming websites and other businesses millions of pounds.

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