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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

Children in Sanaa receiving treatment for cholera symptoms
Children in Yemen showing cholera symptoms/EPA.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. North Korea has confirmed it "successfully" launched another medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, while up to 20 CIA informants were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government between 2010 and 2012, the New York Times reports, damaging US information-gathering in the country for years.
  2. Spy author Anthony Horowitz says he was "warned off" including a black character in his new book because it was "inappropriate" for a white writer.
  3. About 100,000 black GIs were stationed in the UK during World War Two, but US laws usually prevented black servicemen from marrying the British women they fell in love with.
  4. Sweden may have a global reputation as one of world's most gender equal societies but when it comes to female representation in business, campaigners question whether the Nordic nation is right to keep basking in the spotlight, as progress slows down back home.
  5. Mahtab Hussain's photographic portraits of Muslim men in the UK explore complex themes of identity and marginalisation. He says Muslim men in Britain have had a "plethora of labels" thrown on them - from terrorist to sexual groomer - and that they are struggling to find their place in society.
  6. A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen, according to charity Save the Children.
  7. British prime minister Theresa May's plan to end universal free school lunches for infants will affect about 900,000 children from struggling families, according to sources, while Mrs May denies having to make a U-turn on controversial social care plans for the elderly.
  8. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unscheduled appearance in Vancouver on Friday night - jogging through a high school prom photo.
  9. Yondr is a relatively new American company which gives you a pouch as you're going into a gig for you to lock your phone in. You keep it with you but it's inaccessible.
  10. A diamond ring bought for £10 at a car-boot sale in London 30 years ago is expected to fetch £350,000 at auction.

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