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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Turkish Airlines stewards celebrated the arrival of baby Kadiju after helping her arrival at 42,000ft
Stewards celebrate birth of baby at 42,000ft/TURKISH AIRLINES.

News nuggets selected, sorted and slotted from the press.

  1. Russia's Chechnya region has reportedly opened the world's first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler's in the 1930s, while it has been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised private homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in England and Wales, in 1967, although lesbianism was never criminalised. In Turkey, homosexuality was decriminalised over a hundred years before, in 1858, during the reforms of the Ottoman Empire.
  2. King Camp Gillette invented the disposable razor blade in 1895, while modern innovation struggles as Toshiba has filed its delayed financial results, warning that the company's survival is at risk.
  3. Some cathedrals are facing possible closure because of problems with finance and management, according to the Church of England.
  4. The popularity of University Challenge, the most fiendishly difficult quiz show on TV, is proof of how much more fashionable it has become to be super-smart.
  5. Research has been published that suggests adults are buying toys for themselves in record numbers.
  6. There is a small community of people in the UK who "microdose" - or take small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives. They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits, despite a lack of scientific research.
  7. More than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, new figures reveal. Service providers warn that growing staff shortages mean vulnerable people are receiving poorer levels of care.
  8. A Spanish policewoman reprimanded for briefly abandoning duty during her period has accused an officer of harassment, reports say.
  9. In England, a mum drunk on vodka who lost control of her car in a high-speed crash as her toddler son sat in the back seat has been jailed for 26 weeks, while a fast-food restaurant has shut after a burning car went into the drive-through and set the building on fire.
  10. Women carry out contract killings as part of the government-sanctioned war on drugs in the Philippines.
  11. French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has launched his presidential campaign with a plan to tackle terrorism by forcing internet firms to release encrypted messages.
  12. A Chicago man fatally shot his 22-year-old son after an argument over who would walk the dog erupted into a gunfight between them, say police.
  13. Walmart has issued a recall on a packaged salad after Florida customers found a decomposing bat inside the box.
  14. Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.
  15. The only surviving animals of Mosul zoo have been rescued from appalling conditions in the war-torn Iraqi city.
  16. In the US state of Alaska, the Atchley family are the only people who live anywhere along the length of the Nowitna River.
  17. Fans in the US state of Missouri have been paying their final respects to the rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry who died last month aged 90.
  18. An apparent overbooking problem on a United Airlines flight on Sunday ended with a man being bloodied and dragged from his seat. Videos showing an Asian man being violently removed from the troubled airline's plane provoked an outcry on social media.
  19. Cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight celebrated the arrival of an extra passenger when a woman gave birth to a baby girl in the air. Meanwhile, the US and UK have singled out Turkish Airlines and other Muslim airlines to enforce an anti-terrorism ban on their flights.
  20. You can carry one falcon in economy class on a Qatar Airways flight.

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