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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

BBC drama King Charles III
Actors refused to play in royal drama afraid to anger royals/BBC.

News nuggets selected, skimmed and strimmed and from the press.

  1. A man who used a James Bond-style USB cufflink to store extremist data has been jailed for eight years, while two robbers have been jailed after a 10-year-old boy helped identify them, the Met Police has said.
  2. Politicians in Malaysia are urging the organisers of a chess tournament to clarify what happened when a 12-year-old girl was allegedly banned from a tournament because of her outfit, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights.
  3. A couple accused of hurting their daughter in a suspected shaken baby case said they had been treated like "monsters", while a father and stepmother in the US have lost custody of two of their five children after playing pranks on them in a series of YouTube videos.
  4. Journalist Janet Street-Porter has apologised after appearing to compare micro-chipping children to the Nazis tattooing Jews on TV, while the BBC drama King Charles III depicting Princess Diana's ghost has been labelled as "distasteful".
  5. A woman who got pregnant after having sex with a male escort in a German hotel has failed in a legal battle to find out his name, while a judge chairing the public inquiry into undercover policing has rejected calls for the early release of "cover" names used by covert officers.
  6. Johnny Depp's former managers have claimed the star is fed his lines through an earpiece so he doesn't have to memorise his scripts, US media say, while in an incident where life imitates art, actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen has joked that the recent controversial Fyre Festival in the Bahamas was ripped directly from the fictional film he is already developing about a disastrous music festival.
  7. A deal has been struck to avert a strike by Hollywood film and television writers, according to a union negotiator.
  8. About 3.7 million bottles of Volvic mineral water are being recalled in Japan, over fears pieces of plastic have got into some of the products, while activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace for three years in April, according to a closely-watched survey.
  9. The Met Gala usually draws little interest in India, but this year actress Priyanka Chopra's appearance in a vast detective trench coat outfit has inspired jokes, memes and even profound symbolic interpretations.
  10. A restaurant owner in Singapore who angered many by flaunting his wealth at a taxi driver is making amends by offering cabbies a free meal at his restaurants for one day, while a Norwegian billionaire has promised to give "the lion's share" of his money away.

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